5 Awesome Reasons To Look Forward To Doctor Strange In The MCU

Next year will see the arrival of Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch will portray the Sorcerer Supreme in the Phase 3 November 2016 offering, with only Captain America: Civil War - which is released in May 2016 - coming between now and then as far as MCU movies are concerned.

The idea of a Doctor Strange movie has long been touted and it was a name-dropping of the character in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that confirmed his existence in the MCU, prior to the confirmation of his titular movie.

It will certainly be a very different production to anything seen in the MCU to date - and that's a good thing, as it's always nice to keep things fresh in a franchise - and this article will list some reasons that you should be looking forward to watching it.

Here are five awesome reason to look forward to Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe...

New Twists On Old Characters

Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Baron Mordo and Tilda Swinton will play the Ancient One Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Baron Mordo and Tilda Swinton will play the Ancient One

In Doctor Strange, two key characters from the titular hero's stories will be getting on-screen makeovers. While this can often be a negative thing in movies, you have to think this is a good thing in these cases.

The Ancient One is generally depicted as a meek-looking Tibetan man who was born a farmer and learned the ways of magic, growing old and practically immortal as a result - something very stereotypical of "wise" characters in fiction.

Baron Mordo is generally depicted as a creepy Transylvanian nobleman who, having been taught the ways of magic by the aforementioned Ancient One, was corrupted by the power and plotted to kill his master.

In the movie, the Ancient One is getting a sex change - with The Chronicles of Narnia star Tilda Swinton taking on the role of Doctor Strange's teacher (although there are rumblings that she might play the character as a male, that seems unlikely) - and Baron Mordo is getting an ethnicity change - with 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor taking on the role of Strange's mortal enemy.

Not only will these be interesting twists on classic characters, they are also being portrayed by two brilliant performers and, unlike Iron Man 3's depiction of the Mandarin, they can be depicted in a way that doesn't brutalise the characters completely.