In 2016, Doctor Stephen Strange came to life as Benedict Cumberbatch and his solo film contained a wealth of detail and references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Avengers Tower
If you can get a better look at the Avengers Tower during the visual manipulation of New York later in the film, you can see it from the general shot over the city before Stephen Strange took his car.
Reference to comics n°1
The plot of the film is inspired by The Oath arc of the comics, published from 2006 to 2007.
Reference to comics n°2
The scene where Strange witnesses his surgery in astral projection by Doctor Christine Palmer directly echoes a scene from The Oath comic.
Reference to comics n°3
The scene where Stephen Strange tries to write with his injured hand after his accident is from the Strange comics, published in 2005.
This password, “Shamballa”, is a nod to the comic Doctor Strange – Into Shamballa, published in 1986. Shamballa refers to a mystical kingdom.
The living tribunal
During a practice session, Mordo tells Strange that he is holding the staff of the Living Tribunal. This cosmic entity is the supreme judge of the Marvel Universe, trying to balance the various forces of the multiverse.
Mordo wears Valtorr’s flying boots that allow free (but brief) movement through the air and negate the effects of falling.
An embarrassing brazier
In the comics, Bom’Galiath’s brazier is used to move around without being seen. More precisely, it is used to enter the domain of the demon Mephisto, in Thor n°443, published in 1992. In the film, Strange, as his opponent points out, does not know how to use it at all.
The unattainable ax
As his cape pushes him in a different direction, Strange tries to grab an axe. A reference to the fact that in some comics it is the wizard’s weapon of choice when he has run out of his powers.
This very secondary character played by Linda Duan only appears in the movie and doesn’t really intervene in the plot. In the Marvel Runaways series, one of the main characters is his daughter Nico Minoru, played by Lyrica Okano.
A little more present thanks to a deleted scene on the film’s Blu-ray, the master of the New York sanctuary is none other than Daniel Drumm, brother of Jericho Drumm aka Brother Voodoo, another Marvel superhero, master of magic. .. voodoo.
Wong .’s stick
Wong holds the scepter of Watoomb, created by Watoomb himself, an extremely powerful character whose powers are contained within the scepter.
Is War Machine in the movie?
Just before his accident, Strange gets a call reporting that a “35-year-old Air Force colonel has blown up his lower back with some sort of experimental armor plus a nice fracture. thoracic”. A possible reference to War Machine wounded in combat at the airport in Captain America: Civil War, however refused from director Scott Derrickson.
Name the Miss America?
In that same phone call, Strange hears about a “22-year-old woman with an electronic implant to control her lightning-stricken schizophrenia.” A possible reference to Miss America’s character, who hasn’t officially appeared on screen yet, but thus already exists in the MCU.
During his cameo, Stan Lee explores The Gates of Perception, a book by Aldous Huxley published in 1954, which examines the effects of taking mescaline, a psychedelic drug, among other things.
an endless day
Stephen Strange consults the time before his accident and the day indicated is February 2, or Groundhog Day, immortalized by the film Groundhog Day. The concept of the time loop also reappears at the end of the film during the confrontation between Dormammu and the Doctor.
Les Pink Floyd
On several occasions, the film features Pink Floyd’s music, which is no coincidence given that the group had chosen images from the Doctor Strange comics to illustrate their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets, from 1968.
In the final battle, Benedict Cumberbatch faces off against himself, while also acting as the interdimensional entity Dormammu, carrying out the capture of the super villain.
Strange is everywhere!
In the “hand sequence”, Doctor Strange’s face quickly appears over the walls.
The Quantum Realm
While it won’t appear until Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), the Quantum Realm already appears in the film, during the psychedelic scene where Strange becomes aware of the existence of multiple formats .
The Missing Book
This empty spot in the Ancients’ library has fans speculating that this could be the Darkhold book featured in the Agents of SHIELD series that allows the user to create the things they most desire. In the Marvel show, the book is picked up by the Ghost Rider, who takes it to Hell. A clearly unverifiable but very tempting theory.
The Crimson Bands of Cyttorak
The magical item that binds and subdues Kaecilius is an alternate version of Cyttorak’s Crimson Bands. In the comics they look like pink/purple stripes.