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When Stephen Strange’s was name-dropped in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ it seemed he likely already had his powers as ‘Doctor Strange‘ in that film so one has to wonder when his stand-alone movie would actually be taking place. If he has been a magic user already, it could make you wonder why the Sorcerer Supreme has stayed out of the events of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron‘ and ‘Captain America: Civil War‘. Well, now we’ve got a bit of a better idea on when the film takes place all from a very close look at the trailer.

The time frame of the ‘Doctor Strange’ movie is all revealed by a super small look in the following screen grab from the trailer:


As you can see from the image above, the Avengers Tower has a blue A intact which means it would have taken place right before or during the time of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. So is it possible that he was too busy saving the world from Kaecillius and who knows what else while The Avengers are saving Sokovia and the world from Ultron?

You might ask why he didn’t step up to the plate in ‘Civil War’ to help out but that explanation seems a little more straightforward. It quite simply wasn’t his fight. As Kevin Feige explains:

“People inhabiting the same world, who are stopping buildings from falling down and robots from doing this or aliens from doing that, these people in this movie are stopping inter dimensional forces from wiping out all of reality. So, although it doesn’t necessarily come up, we’ve always sort of assumed that the sorcerers have bigger fish to fry. When they hear there’s something happening in the city, or there’s a bank being robbed, they’re not thinking about it. They’re thinking about, ‘If we don’t keep vigilant, our sense of reality will disappear and there won’t be a bank to rob and there won’t be a city to be conquered.'”

So, yes that kind of makes sense. Strange is often in the comics fighting his own battles that most of Marvel’s superheroes are never privy to and those that get a taste never quite seem to know what to make of it.

Either that or whoever made the trailer dropped the ball and one of Marvel’s digital effects creators just wanted to throw it in there.

We’ll find out soon!

Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Doctor Strange’ on the big screen? Do you think there will be anything in this film or after the credits to start to draw him into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe? Share your thoughts below True Believers!


Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.

‘Doctor Strange’ is directed by Scott Derrickson and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the title hero, with Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Michael Stühlbarg as Nicodemus West, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Mads Mikkelsen, Scott Adkins and Amy Landecker in mystery roles. The film will appear in theaters on November 4, 2016.

Source: Cinema Blend

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