Nice, get some everclear in the mix! Thanks for the prompt :)
“Look,” I say, “it’s not you, it’s me. I think I’m just heading in a different direction right now. I can’t let our relationship hold me back anymore.”
Light, fastest man on Earth, superhero extraordinaire, stops struggling against his bonds to stare at me. “Did you kidnap me to…break up with me?”
My heart skips a beat. “No! I mean, we’re not even, like, dating so I’m not. Obviously.” I adjust my rubber gloves nervously, tucking my lab coat more securely into them. “Just, um, letting you know that you don’t need to save the day anymore. From me at least.” I laugh and stop abruptly, face flushing. My laugh is off putting, so I hear.
Light speed kicks the chair I’ve tied him to and grimaces when it doesn’t break.
“It’s titanium,” I say, shoving my hands into my coat’s pockets. “I’ll let you go, just wanted to tell you goodbye, I guess. We, uh, probably won’t be seeing each other again.”
“Are you dying?” he asks, strangely alarmed. He lowers his voice. “Or is someone threatening you?” His eyes narrow. “Is it Technomaniac? Because he’s from Texas, this isn’t even his turf, I can contact the heroes down there to come get him–”
“I’m not being threatened,” I blurt out. He’d kick another villain out of LA for me? Why? “I just, it’s time for me to move on, that’s all. I, well…”
“You are dying,” Light says, face horrified. “Oh my god, and I threw you through that window last week!”
“I’m not dying!” I throw my hands up in the air. “I’m quitting being a villain!”
The words ring in the empty lab. All of my equipment has already been disposed of, the experiments, everything. I’m ready for a new start, totally and completely.
“You’re…quitting.” Light seems unable to comprehend it. “Like, quitting quitting? Or taking a break? Or maybe you mean rebranding, I hear that’s popular these days–”
The first establishment of true “magic” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange follows the tale of surgeon-turned-sorcerer Stephen Strange as he learns of the mystic arts and worlds beyond our own in an attempt to heal his shattered hands and return to his place of prestige as one of the world’s greatest surgeons. In the end, Stephen finds a higher calling than himself, and becomes one of the world’s foremost sorcerers, protecting the realm of earth against those who would do it harm.
Despite Cumberbatch, cast in the titular role, looking a lot like Stephen’s comic incarnation, a lot of character work was done attempting to make the “mystic” nature of Stephen’s costume work in the context of the modern ‘realistic’ super-hero. Excellent work was done defining the general silhouette he maintains with his cloak (by far the most outlandish element of his costume) only part-way through the movie, choosing to slowly transition his outfit from worn-down street clothes into monk’s clothing into his final outfit. Making the Sorcerer Supreme seem grounded in reality is a real magic trick all its own.