Doctor Strange Movie (2016) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review

Doctor Strange

November 4, 2016
1hr 55min
Status: released

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Doctor Strange Movie Details:

Based onDoctor Strange by Stan Lee Steve Ditko
Country United States
Language English
GenreAction, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Superhero
Release dateOctober 13, 2016 (Hong Kong)
November 4, 2016 (United States)
Running time1hr 55min
Age ratingPG-13
StarringBenedict Cumberbatch
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Rachel McAdams
Benedict Wong
Michael Stuhlbarg
Benjamin Bratt
Scott Adkins
Mads Mikkelsen
Tilda Swinton
Directed by Scott Derrickson
Written byJon Spaihts
Scott Derrickson
C. Robert Cargill
Produced byKevin Feige
Cinematography by Ben Davis
Edited by Wyatt Smith
Sabrina Plisco
Music byMichael Giacchino
Production CompanyMarvel Studios
Distributor Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures

Doctor Strange Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange: A neurosurgeon who, after a car crash, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. Cumberbatch described Strange as arrogant, with the film being about him realizing he knows nothing. He compared the character to Sherlock Holmes, calling them both “intelligent” and having similar qualities. Strange’s abilities include casting spells, creating shields and weapons, and manipulating time.
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo: A Master of the Mystic Arts and mentor to Strange. Unlike in the comics, this version of Mordo is not introduced as villainous. Ejiofor described Mordo as a complex character with a “long and intense” relationship with the Ancient One.
  • Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer: An emergency surgeon who is initially written as a love interest for Strange. However, shortly before filming, it was suggested that they be made lovers as part of their backstory and come “out the other side of it as friends”.
  • Benedict Wong as Wong: A Master of the Mystic Arts tasked with protecting valuable relics and books. The character is depicted differently from the comics to avoid racial stereotypes, with Wong being pleased with the changes made to the character.
  • Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West: A rival surgeon to Strange.
  • Benjamin Bratt as Jonathan Pangborn: A paraplegic who learned how to heal himself through the mystic arts.
  • Scott Adkins as Lucian: One of Kaecilius’ followers.
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius: A Master of the Mystic Arts who broke away from the Ancient One. Kaecilius was used to drive the introduction and development of bigger villains for the future.
  • Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One: A Celtic mystic who becomes Strange’s mentor. Swinton’s casting was widely criticized as whitewashing, but Derrickson defended the decision, stating that it was the lesser of two evils.
  • Chris Hemsworth appears in the film’s mid-credits scene, reprising his role as Thor from previous MCU films.
  • Linda Louise Duan appears as Tina Minoru, Mark Anthony Brighton as Daniel Drumm, and Topo Wresniwiro as Hamir, all Masters of the Mystic Arts under the Ancient One. Zara Phythian, Alaa Safi, and Katrina Durden portray zealots under Kaecilius, and Pat Kiernan appears as himself. Additionally, Doctor Strange co-creator Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance as a bus rider reading Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception. Amy Landecker was cast as anesthesiologist Bruner, but the majority of her role was cut from the finished film.


Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.—Marvel

Doctor Strange Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget$165–236.6 million
Worldwide Collection$677.8 million

About Doctor Strange Movie:

Doctor Strange is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.

It is the 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and as part of Phase Three of the MCU.

A sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, was released in May 2022.

Various incarnations of a Doctor Strange film adaptation had been in development since the mid-1980s, until Paramount Pictures acquired the film rights in April 2005 on behalf of Marvel Studios.

Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer were brought on board in June 2010 to write a screenplay. In June 2014, Derrickson was hired to direct, with Spaihts re-writing the script. Cumberbatch was chosen for the eponymous role in December 2014, necessitating a schedule change to work around his other commitments. This gave Derrickson time to work on the script himself, for which he brought Cargill on to help.

Principal photography on the film began in November 2015 in Nepal, before moving to England and Hong Kong, and wrapping up in New York City in April 2016.

Doctor Strange held its world premiere in Hong Kong on October 13, 2016, and had its premiere in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theatre and El Capitan Theatre on October 20, 2016. The film was released in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2016, alongside a total of 33 markets in its first weekend, with 213 IMAX screens in 32 of those markets. It was screened at the EW PopFest on October 28, 2016, in Los Angeles. Doctor Strange’s North America release on November 4 took place in 3,882 venues, of which 3,530 were in 3D, along with 379 IMAX theaters, 516 premium large-format (Disney’s biggest release in that format to date), and 189 D-Box locations. Overall, Doctor Strange had the widest IMAX release ever globally, along with being the first film to release on more than 1,000 IMAX screens. It was previously reported to have been scheduled for a July 8, 2016, release, before the production schedule shifted to accommodate Cumberbatch’s other commitments.Doctor Strange is part of Phase Three of the MCU.

Doctor Strange grossed over $677 million worldwide and was met with praise for its cast, visual effects, and musical score. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Doctor Strange was released on digital download by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on February 14, 2017, and on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD on February 28, 2017. The digital and Blu-ray releases include behind-the-scenes featurettes; audio commentary; deleted scenes; a blooper reel; an exclusive preview of the Phase Three films Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War; and Team Thor: Part 2, a continuation of the “mockumentary” short film Team Thor, that was directed by Waititi. Best Buy released an exclusive collector’s edition steelbook case for the regular and 3D Blu-ray release, featuring art based on the Book of Cagliostro and the Eye of Agamotto. Target’s Blu-ray versions have an additional exclusive featurette, while the digital version also features an exclusive featurette. The IMAX Enhanced version of the film was made available on Disney+ beginning on November 12, 2021.