‘Doctor Strange’ First Act Plot Details Revealed!

Marvel Studios is reportedly very happy with the screenplay turned in by writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

Doctor Strange first act plot details revealed
Doctor Strange first act plot details revealed
Superhero genre fans already know the wrath El Mayimbe has incurred from Marvel Studios for breaking the latest scoops on all of their upcoming Phase Two and Phase Three movies. The man is at it again, this time offering a very detailed look at the screenplay for Doctor Strange.

Marvel Phase Three consists of four movies thus far, with release dates confirmed by Marvel Studios. The first out of the gate is Ant-Man, which arrives November 2015. Then we have the Untitled Marvel Project 2016 arriving May 6th of that year, followed by the Second Untitled Marvel Project 2016 coming July 8th. And this will be wrapped up with the Untitled Marvel Project 2017 on May 5th of that year.

Right now, it's a safe bet that the Untitled Marvel Project 2017 is actually The Avengers 3, which Robert Downey Jr. was recently confirmed to return for. That leaves the other two mystery movies floating through speculation land. Most believe that these films will be, no surprise, Doctor Strange and Black Panther.

Latino Review confirms that Doctor Strange is one of the movies, but aren't sure which date it will land on. They did, however, get their hands on the screenplay, written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Marvel Studios is reportedly very happy with what has been turned in.

El Mayimbe has decided to reveal the contents of the script in a series of videos. To watch the first one: Click Here!

Here is a detailed description of the screenplay's first act, which opens with Stephen Strange's sister disappearing in the bottom of a pond, and eventually finds the Doctor taking over the neurology center at his hospital.

"Doctor Strange is an origin film that opens on a pond, where we meet a 13-year-old Donna Strange, and her younger brother Stephen Strange, who is ten. The siblings are swimming in the pond, when Donna dares Stephen to dive to the bottom. Stephen is scared because there are lights below, glowing from a star field. Donna goes down below, and gets pulled under water. The lights flare, blinding Stephen, and Donna disappears.

Later, police officers and supervised construction workers drain the pond looking for Donna. There is no sign of her. A police psychologist talks to Stephen's parents, Gene and Beverly Strange, and suggests transference. Maybe Stepen has done something too horrible to contemplate.

Years later, we meet Doctor Strange at the Hudson General Hospital. With piercing eyes, a trimmed goatee, and the swagger of a demi-god, he commands respect. Strange comes across a young boy with a brain tumor, and orders a cat scan within the hour.

Next, we are in Strange's corner office. As he surveys his new office and asks for a decorator, we find out that Strange is going to become the head of neurology, replacing the out going Doctor Bresten. Strange later catches up with Dr. Bresten as he fires five residents in taking up his own residency. Strange and Bresten argue, because Strange is going to operate on the young boy with the brain tumor, who is also Dr. Bresten's patient.

We are next in Strange's penthouse, where Strange makes love to Becca, one of the nurses. We discover that Strange sleeps 30 minutes out of time, six times every twenty-four hours, for a total of three hours a day. Polyphasic sleep. Later, we catch up with Strange, as he operates on the boy with the brain tumor. Something happens during surgery, where Strange bursts out of the operating room and into a hallway, where it is filled with multi-colored lights glowing in space. A multi-layered star field.

Strange leaves the hospital and gets into an accident, where his car hits a light pole. The electricity travels right through the roof of the car, sending 8000 volts of blue power shooting right through Strange's hands and arms. Strange screams out in agony and blacks out.

Strange wakes up in an operating room, where we discover that he has sustained sever neurological damage. His motor functions will be impaired. We next go through a montage where Strange goes through some painful physical therapy, pours over medical papers, gets prescriptions, goes through acupuncture, is in exile, regains his strength, meditates, incurs death, and finally gets served with an eviction notice."

This will be continued in a Part II report.

What do you think about this opening? Are you excited for the film? Do you want to know more? Let us know what you think.

Doctor Strange comes to theaters November 4th, 2016 and stars Benedict Cumberbatch. The film is directed by Scott Derrickson.

Sources: Latino Review

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  1. Sean

    @Fry-3000 Thank you :) . Yes, I think he'd bring a great presence on screen as well, if they were to cast him for the role of Doctor Strange.

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  2. Fry_3000

    @themoviefanatic oohh...I'm liking that choice also. He'd defintaly bring a great presence on screen. Good thinking there my friend :)

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  3. Sean

    @instead8909 I cannot think of anyone else more right for the role of Doctor Strange than him. No, I haven't heard about Bitten.

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  4. WongFu

    @themoviefanatic Jeffery is a talented guy and I do hope to meet him one day. have you heard the news about Bitten yet, one of the stars looks like Wolverine.

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  5. Sean

    @instead8909 Yes, I did not know he was in Red Dawn either. When I looked for his imdb webpage recently, I found out then that he was in it. Other then all that though, he would be great as Doctor Strange if he were play that role in a Doctor Strange movie.

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  6. WongFu

    @themoviefanatic I know and have Watchmen, I love the film while others don't. did not know that he was in Red Dawn, I miss the days when he was in Supernatural. having him show up as a fallen Angel would be so cool.

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  7. Sean

    @instead8909 Yes, I think Jeffrey Dean Morgan would be great as Doctor Strange as well. He was in Red Dawn, and in Watchmen. Here' his imdb webpage -> http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0604747/

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  8. WongFu

    @themoviefanatic I haven't even thought of him for some time. What was his last film? Jim or Jeffery would be great as Doctor Strange.

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  9. Sean

    @Fry-3000@instead8909 Jim Caviezel? How about Jeffrey Dean Morgan? He could play Doctor Strange in a Doctor Strange movie.

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  10. Fry_3000

    @instead8909 great minds think alike :)

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  11. WongFu

    Must be Jim Caviezel

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  12. CoreyB

    meh thats all i have to say. clean this up.

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  13. Fry_3000

    Has to be jim caviezel

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  14. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Liking the poster as well as

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  15. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Hm. Fine by me. Interesting. Director? Hope its Del Toro. Or somebody else, maybe Jeff Nichols? The guy who did Shelter and Mud, anyone for that.

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  16. Kill-Bill

    @u1sart@Brizzy This is actually almost the same origin as in the comics. He is at first a arrogant douchebag before his hands got damaged.

    2 years agoby @Kill-BillFlag

  17. Mohd Akbal Tauge Topup

    the poster is so one eyed, can see evrywhere now, huh

    2 years agoby @Mohd-Akbal-Tauge-TopupFlag

  18. the Narrator

    @Brizzy Tony Stark and Steven Strange are fairly different characters with noticeably similar traits (polygamous, wealthy, egotistical), but those are traits many characters share. They look physically similar and that's basically where all the comparisons stem from. That aside, post-transformations I find them very unique in comparison to one another. No one should replace Stark's character. I say Stark's character and not RDJ because people seem to get the two confused.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  19. Joshua Hollaway

    @Brizzy Actually Dr. Strange before he got into the mystics was very similar to Tony Stark, just a little more stern.

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  20. Josh

    The script sounds like it needs some ironing out scene-to-scene, and it could go either way depending on casting and direction, but they seem like they've done the character properly. @Brizzy Strange kinda looks like Stark, but they're very different characters. Stephen Strange is arrogant, like Stark, but he isn't a loveable joke-cracking wise-ass. He's a lot more like Reed Richards without the humility.

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  21. Brizzy

    So these people are basically going to try and replace RDJ with another loveable douchebag? Let's see how this turns out..

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  22. Sean

    @balanorange I assume that movie poster with the article above is fan made ?

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  23. u1sart

    I dont think thats the origin of Doctor Strange, Why are they always messing the comic book stories up.. SMH

    2 years agoby @u1sartFlag

  24. Mr.K

    That poster looks good and I like what I'm reading here so far.

    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

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