Doctor Strange has officially begun shooting, as we've learned from a few glimpses of a barded Benedict Cumberbatch wandering around picturesque Nepal. The movie itself is a little under a year away, but the details of what Doctor Strange will actually include remain shrouded in secrecy.
Kevin Feige has mentioned that Doctor Strange will include the transformation of Stephen Strange from a masterful surgeon to the Sorcerer Supreme, even if it seemed like Marvel was going to spend more time in the theater with team-up movies than origin films.
But on top of what Feige has said about the film, we have a great deal more info now thanks to one of our sources, who wishes to remain anonymous.
The "Doctor Strange" movie actually starts much earlier than anyone expected, opening in 1968 Kathmandu where some Zealots of dark magic manage to open a portal to another dimension. Leading them is a character named Kaecilius, a name taken from a character associated with Baron Mordo in the Marvel Comics.
We leave the mystery of magic in the 1960s behind to catch up with brilliant Stephen Strange in modern day New York operating on a gunshot wound. He's a brilliant surgeon who is a bit arrogant until one night, while chatting on the phone, he clips his car, causing an accident that damages his hands.
After several surgeries from Dr. Nicodemus West, Strange's hands still aren't healed enough to return to being a doctor. An encounter with magic (and sub-atomic particles) leads him on a journey to find the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and when he finds her, she initially refuses to teach him.
That's what they're filming right now in Nepal, as there will be a scene in the movie where Cumberbatch's Strange gets his now-wild facial hair under control, and shaves it down to the classic Doctor Strange facial hair we're all expecting.
But where is Mordo in all of this, and does Chiwetel Ejiofor know about what Kaecilius is up to...in the past? Does time even matter in the other dimension?
More details from Doctor Strange to come as production continues and we grow closer to discovering just how magical the Marvel Cinematic Universe is...or always has been.