Marvel character Stephen Strange, aka Doctor Strange, is about to get his moment on the silver screen when a full length movie about the Sorcerer Supreme hits multiplexes this November. Starring British thespian Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character, comic book lovers and Marvel fans alike are treating this upcoming release with some trepidation. While almost everyone is excited about the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch, many people are wondering if a big screen adaptation of Doctor Strange can work, as the character has always been one of Marvel’s most inaccessible and, well, strangest superheroes. While it remains to be seen whether the Doctor Strange movie will pan out, here are 10 facts about the Sorcerer Supreme that at least prove he’s nothing if not interesting.
10. This Is Not Doctor Strange’s First Movie
Unless you are a die hard fan of the character, you likely don’t know that Doctor Strange has been the subject of a movie before. In September 1978, the CBS network aired a television movie about Doctor Strange. The 93-minute film was actually a pilot that CBS planned to use to launch a weekly one-hour TV series about the Sorcerer Supreme, starring Peter Hooten as the good doctor. Peter Hooten is a character actor who mostly had guest star roles in 1970s television programs such as The Waltons and The Mod Squad.
There were high hopes for Doctor Strange at CBS, as the network was eager to capitalize on the success of its Incredible Hulk television show at the time. However, ratings for the TV movie were poor and CBS was forced to scrap plans for a Doctor Strange series. Doctor Strange also starred in his own animated feature film in 2007 called Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme.