‘Doctor Strange’ has always been rather unique among the pantheon of Marvel heroes. This can be attributed in part to the fact that his abilities are based on magic as opposed to a suit of high-tech armor or a super soldier serum. Along with Strange’s status as master of the mystic arts comes the use of an array of mystical artifacts, which can be dizzying to new fans. Accordingly, Marvel’s latest promotional video for ‘Doctor Strange‘ focuses more on the magical objects featured in the film than on the Sorcerer Supreme himself.
The video (which can be seen below) begins with the hosts introducing the film’s star, Benedict Cumberbatch. With this out of the way, Cumberbatch begins to show off some of the Sorcerer Supreme’s tools of the trade. He begins with the sling ring, which Strange uses to open portals between different locations. Cumberbatch even demonstrates the hand gestures that Strange uses to open and control these portals. Next up is the Cloak of Levitation, which Cumberbatch mentions as the one of Strange’s artifacts he would like to call his own, also gets some time in the spotlight here. As seen in the video, the Cloak displays a measure of personality in its interactions with Strange. Though this has long been the case in the comics, this video marks the first confirmation that that trait will carry into the film.
Though not specifically showcased here, the film also features the Eye of Agamotto, which has been seen at least in passing in a variety of promotional clips and trailers to date. The Eye, which is arguably Doctor Strange’s signature artifact, is worn around the sorcerer’s neck. Many have also speculated that the cinematic version of the Eye may contain yet another Infinity Stone. This is based on comments made by both Kevin Feige and Benedict Cumberbatch, who have both made veiled references to the Eye’s otherworldly powers, though of course they could just as easily mean “otherworldly” in the magical sense
The latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Doctor Strange’ will land in theaters on November 4, 2016. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.