Dr. Strange is a unique entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in more ways than one. First off, it released far earlier than any of the other movies, way back in 1978. It never saw a theatrical release, as it went straight to TV. It’s also the first MCU movie where the main villain is a woman. To be more specific, Morgan le Fay is Stephan Strange’s main opponent. The movie also features Dr. Strange’s eventual wife, Clea Lake. Even though the movie is PG, in a lot of ways it feels like a softcore porn. The acting is really cheesy, Dr. Strange has a pure 70’s mustache, and it’s got special effects that will make you feel like you’re on drugs. Even the music gives you that general feel, when it’s not giving you the sense that something really intense is about to happen.
OK, enough kidding around. That said, besides the 1978 movie being in the MCU and the softcore porn feel, everything I said is true. The 1978 Dr. Strange movie was initially intended to be the pilot for a TV series in the same vein as The Incredible Hulk, but that never came to fruition. I looked at the movie for my old blog, and while I won’t link to that blog at all, I may look at this movie again someday here. Save for a couple animated specials, it would be years before we’d get another Dr. Strange movie. Various film adaptations had been in the works since the mid 1980’s, until Paramount Pictures acquired the rights in 2005, along with Iron Man, Thor and others. Several writers were hired in 2010 to write a treatment.