Sneak Peek the "Doctor Strange" 1978 TV movie on the news that Marvel Studios have hired a director to helm their big screen "Doctor Strange" motion picture, paving the way for the next phase of the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe'.
Scott Derrickson ("The Day The Earth Stood Still"), will direct the first big screen adaptation of Marvel Comics' 'Sorcerer Supreme', with casting suggestions to play 'Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange', including Johnny Depp, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Jon Hamm, Oscar winner Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy. Matthew Modine ("Full Metal Jacket") has also expressed interest in the role.
Following their Marvel Comics' success with "The Amazing Spider-Man", writer Stan Lee and co-writer/illustrator Steve Ditko debuted 'Doctor Strange' in Marvel Comics' "Strange Tales" #110 (July 1963), fashioning the physical look of the character after creator Lee Falk's popular, 1930's comic strip character "Mandrake The Magician".
'Dr. Stephen Strange' was an arrogant, womanizing world-renowned neurosurgeon, until a Chappaquiddick-like car accident damaged the nerves in his hands, preventing him from ever conducting surgery again.
In desperation, a bitter Strange seeks out a legendary Tibetan hermit living in a 'Lost Horizon' of the Himalayas who may have a cure for his debilitating condition. Strange finds 'The Ancient One', possessed of the knowledge of sorcerous spells and incantations, invoking names and aspects of extra-dimensional objects and beings of power.
Some of these phenomena include the 'Flames of the Faltine', the 'Shades of the Seraphim' and the 'Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth'.
When Strange selflessly thwarts the evil ambitions of the Ancient One's disciple 'Baron Mordo', the 500-year old wizard tutors Strange in the 'mystic arts', teaching him how to use magical artifacts to augment his power, including the 'Cloak of Levitation', the all-seeing 'Eye of Agamotto' and the 'Book of the Vishanti'.
Strange uses his magic to achieve a number of effects, including energy projection, teleportation, telepathy and astral projection.
Strange was also schooled in the use of addictive and corruptive 'dark magic' by one-time foe 'Kaluu', using it to destroy the entity known as 'Shuma-Gorath'.