One of the reasons I am looking forward to Benedict playing Doctor Strange?
Because of what the Doctor has meant to some of the
cleverest and most unique people I know. Like this writer who posted this, this
“I have been waiting for a Doctor Strange
movie since I picked up a comic book when I was a kid.
unearthing old comics like that, learning about how pain and suffering can
become compassion and enlightenment and thinking, this is the kind of person I
want to be. The kind of person I may not be, but the kind of person I should
strive to be. And, for a lonely kid who always felt like an alien, and
spent most of their childhood being the strange one (pun intended), having a character
to look up to who leaned on knowledge, compassion, meditation to save the day,
who was so human and yet dealing with the vast enormity of the
universe, of forces beyond understanding, beyond comprehension… It just meant
so much. It made the world a little better.
Not because it coddled me, but
because it challenged me. Because it showed me that despair, that fear, that
every strange and horrible thing was real. But that I can fight.
And as I grew
older, it became an inspiration to overcoming myself, even if I falter. To
find ways to constantly try and set myself aside, that though my ego is huge,
it cannot compete with the enormity of what I do not know. And that
there is so much more to learn…”
(This is why sometimes the casting arguments annoy me.
Because it ends up detracting on why Doctor Strange is such a resonant,
powerful and profound character. Reasons why in fact I assume Benedict chose to
play him. Why Kevin Feige loves him. Why JM de Matteis wrote Into Shamballa. and why they chose someone like Scott Derrickson to direct).