Doctor Strange: The Master of the Mystic Arts
Doctor Strange is a fictional superhero who appears in comic books, movies and TV shows published by Marvel Comics. He is a brilliant neurosurgeon who becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, the most powerful magic user and protector of Earth from mystical threats. He was created by Steve Ditko and first appeared in Strange Tales #110 in 1963.
Doctor Strange has a vast array of magical abilities and artifacts, such as the Eye of Agamotto, the Cloak of Levitation, the Book of Vishanti and the Orb of Agamotto. He can cast spells, create illusions, manipulate energy, travel across dimensions, astral project, teleport and fly. He is also skilled in martial arts and has a high intellect. He is aided by his loyal friend and assistant Wong, and his mentor and former teacher The Ancient One.
Doctor Strange has appeared in several media adaptations, most notably in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), where he is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. He made his debut in the 2016 film Doctor Strange, and has since appeared in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021). He will also star in his upcoming sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), directed by Sam Raimi. In this film, he will team up with Scarlet Witch and America Chavez to face multiple threats from different realities, including alternate versions of himself.
Doctor Strange is one of the most popular and influential characters in Marvel Comics, and has been praised for his complex personality, rich mythology and stunning visuals. He is a member of several superhero teams, such as the Avengers, the Defenders and the Illuminati. He has also crossed over with other characters from different franchises, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk and Black Panther. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest comic book heroes of all time.
Doctor Strange has also starred in several comic book series of his own, starting with Doctor Strange vol. 1 in 1968. This series continued the numbering of Strange Tales and ran for 15 issues, featuring stories by Roy Thomas and art by Gene Colan and Tom Palmer. The series introduced a new look for Doctor Strange, with a full-face mask and a blue costume, but this was soon abandoned after fan backlash.
The second volume of Doctor Strange began in 1974 and lasted for 81 issues until 1987. This series featured some of the most acclaimed writers and artists in the industry, such as Steve Englehart, Jim Starlin, Roger Stern, Chris Claremont, Frank Brunner, Marshall Rogers and Paul Smith. The series explored Doctor Strange’s origin, his relationship with Clea, his battles with Dormammu, Baron Mordo, Nightmare and Shuma-Gorath, his involvement in the Infinity Gauntlet saga and his role as a founding member of the Defenders.
The third volume of Doctor Strange was a four-issue miniseries published in 1999, written by Dan Jolley and drawn by Tony Harris. It focused on Doctor Strange’s struggle to balance his personal life and his duties as Sorcerer Supreme. The fourth volume of Doctor Strange launched in 2015 as part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel initiative, written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Chris Bachalo. It depicted Doctor Strange facing a new threat called the Empirikul, who sought to destroy all magic in the universe.
The fifth volume of Doctor Strange began in 2018 as part of the Fresh Start relaunch, written by Mark Waid and drawn by Jesus Saiz. It followed Doctor Strange’s journey across space to find new sources of magic after losing most of his powers on Earth. The series also introduced a new ally for Doctor Strange, Kanna, an alien sorceress. The sixth volume of Doctor Strange was titled Dr. Strange and ran for six issues in 2020, also written by Mark Waid and drawn by Kev Walker. It showed Doctor Strange dealing with the aftermath of the War of the Realms event and facing a new enemy called Dr. Druid.