DOCTOR STRANGE: Initial Impressions Are In, And The Verdict Is…

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has gotten to the point that with each passing film, I wonder if it’ll be the one to topple the proverbial house of cards. Sure, not every single one of their movies has been a winner — I maintain that Thor: The Dark World is terrible, and Iron Man 3 is better when you try not to think of it as a Marvel film — but there hasn’t been a film that’s broken the world. Given that we have characters spanning galaxies, that’s a definite possibility.

Their next film, Doctor Strange threatened to break the universe more than any other. Yes, it could be seen as any other standard run-of-the-mill standalone origin story, but the film is anything but. It’s set in a world that’s been populated for the past eight years, and in those eight years, rules have been established that cannot so easily be tossed aside. Doctor Strange introduces into this relatively grounded world magic, mysticism, time travel, and alternate dimensions — things that can lose an audience in a moment’s notice.

This was my big concern coming into this film (with my secondary concern being that it’d be a boring film).  Recently, some folks got a chance to see Doctor Strange, and while they are currently under embargo for standard reviews, a whole bunch of them took to Twitter to give their initial impression.

The consensus? It’s another hit for Marvel Studios. Here’s what some of the lucky folks had to say.

Collider’s Steve Weintraub:

Fandango and’s Erik Davis:

/Filmcast Co-host Jeff Cannata:

Uproxx’s Mike Ryan:

Indiewire’s David Ehrlich:

The Daily Beast’s Jen Yamato:

IGN’s Eric Goldman:

Collider’s Perri Nemiroff:

What do you think of these first impressions? Do they get you more excited for the film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCES: Steve Weintraub, Erik Davis, Jef Canasta, Mike Ryan, David Ehrlich, Jen Yamato, Eric Goldman, Perri Nemiroff

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