Listen I love the X-Men movies and all but just a thought: maybe you wouldn’t have such a hard time trying to shove everyone’s character development and backstories into one ensemble film (and subsequently cutting important characters out of the majority of said film) if you gave someone other than fucking Wolverine a solo movie.
So it’s actually old Marvel Canon that Doctor Strange was born in
1930 (He’s not aging as Sorcerer Supreme) and his father was something
of a… well, kind of an asshole who discouraged anything fanciful and
what he considered frivolous.
Stephen’s Father didn’t even believe
in celebrating Birthdays and once punished Stephen for showing pride in
a blue ribbon he won for a spelling Bee. As a child Stephen Strange
had a natural attraction to Magick, unaware of the innate powers waiting
inside him. However his father squashed that interest around the age
Doctor Strange is essentially what would have
happened if Harry Potter had not been able to attend Hogwarts until he
was in his forties.
Now fast forward to 2016. Here we have
the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. It doesn’t precisely follow
the comics at all. In fact it plays loose and free with a lot of
canon. However it keeps the canon fact that poor Doctor Strange has
never experienced Trick or Treating for himself. So toward the end of
the episode called “Strange Little Halloween” Spider-Man talks Doctor
Strange and Ant Man into trick or treating with him and the first stop
they make is Nova’s door where this happens…
This is now my favorite Halloween gif set.
Another moment I love from this cartoon series is the first episode
we see Doctor Strange Spider-Man asks him to guess what number he’s
thinking of. Doctor Strange replies with “You’re not thinking of a
number. You’re thinking of flapjacks.” And sure enough he was right.