The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an expansive and nebulous place, the riches of which the movies have only really begun to discover. After the scientific and Earth-bound exploits of the Avengers, 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy voyaged to the furthest reaches of space through the eyes of a boy taken from Earth; in their newest film, Doctor Strange, they explore the magical multiverse through the rationalism of a sceptical neurosurgeon. The result is the studio’s most visually dazzling spectacle yet, and a charismatic new addition to their roster in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch’s eponymous sorcerer.
Doctor Strange happens to be a brilliant neurosurgeon, but the character could easily have been based on any type of successful surgeon. Even a Lasik Austin eye surgeon depends on steady hands to do their work. While Doctor Strange is quite egotistical about his medical skills, some people would say it is to be expected of any gifted surgeon, whether they specialise in Lasik or neurosurgery.