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Let’s continue our 15 best scenes in Doctor Strange from the last article with the final 7:
7. IMPRISONING KAECILIUS
The Cloak of Levitation once again steals all the spotlight in yet another scene.
As Strange continues battling with Kaecilius, the former’s cape pulls him back to the other side of the room in the New York Sanctum. Stephen thinks it wanted to grab an axe, which he repeatedly tries to do, while the cloak continues to hold him back, hilariously keeping him in stationary while the amused villain calmly collects himself and readies to strike again.
Strange ultimately discovers what the magical object wants out of him, and he grabs some sort of medieval-looking contraption then proceeds to release and wrap itself painfully around Kaecilius, bending his body into a submissive position as it locks itself there. It is arguably the most interesting effect in the whole movie, and once the audiences appear to get a big kick out of: it is both fantastical, archaic and futuristic.
If this is an implication of what kind of story beats future Doctor Strange are capable of performing, we’re definitely in for the long haul.
6. THE APPLE
Dr. Strange’s grabbing of the Eye of Agamotto, an extremely powerful magical relic, in Kamar-Taj’s library is one of the most essential details in the entire film. By successfully putting it on and activating it, something which even most of the masters there can’t do, Stephen showcases the vast reservoir of potential that hidden within him as well as unleashing one of the coolest-looking spell effects in Doctor Strange watch free.
He also introduces into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time something which has already been claimed may serve a very important role in both The Avengers Infinity War and the beginning of Phase 4, in the summer 2019: time travel. Using a partially-eaten apple as the example for how time-control magic can work is ingenious, especially when Strange fast-forwards it to a decomposed state. Mordo and Wong’s horrified reaction is also at its best, helping to set up the film’s climax while also explaining why not everyone is flitting all about the timeline, making changes left and right.
5. STRANGE’S INTRODUCTION TO THE MULTIVERSE
In order to fully explain this whole new sub-mythology within the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe – parallel dimensions, alternate realities, astral planes and the flow of time – director Scott Derrickson had to convey loads and loads of exposition. He also needed to set the new look of this new take on the MCU, and how the visual rules of magic work, and make the viewer suspend his disbelief just enough to adequately be on board for Strange’s duration.
The answer? An intro in which the titular doctor takes on a trip through the far recesses of the multiverse, keeping audiences engaged while at the same time, conveying all the important backstory. The 2001: A Space Odyssey-like journey is a mission statement, a guaranty to audiences, and a thoroughly exciting way to spend five minutes in a film, all rolled into one.
4. THE PROLOGUE
Ever since Christopher Nolan established the practice with both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, a variety of modern Hollywood movies, in particular the comic-book sub-genre, have found it essential to include a prologue that sets the stage for the later film’s action, tone, and plot.
Doctor Strange 720p doesn’t fall off expectation in this matter at all. The audience’s first encounter with the world-altering clashing of the masters of the mystical arts is mind-blowing and jaw-dropping in equal measure. When one applies the kung-fu fisticuffs of the Ancient One and Kaecilius’s followers and the breath taking effects of their magical weapons, the scene becomes more than excellent. And the fact that audiences enter this without having any sort of information at all, only adds to the spectacle.
To be simple: Doctor Strange 720p online starts flawlessly. That it also happens to ending the same way makes it one of the most satisfying single-viewing experiences in the MCU to the existance.
3. THE FALL OF HONG KONG
The Ancient One is dead. The London Sanctum Sanctorum has fallen. The New York holdfast has been shattered, and now Stephen Strange and Karl Mordo must quickly get to the Hong Kong Sanctum as fast as possible to prevent the evil Dormammu from consuming the entire planet. Except when they arrive, they come across a scene of mass slaughter, including a mass of dead civilians – and Wong, who died heroically off-screen – and a sky that is rapidly becoming consumed by the Dark Dimension. The stakes really couldn’t be raised any higher.
It’s the most incredible way to start off the story’s climatic end-battle, and it has some of the best visual in the entire film. And even if viewers are able to realize that Dr. Strange will employ the Eye of Agamotto to engage in some more time travel right before the character pulls out the magical artifact to do so, the suspense over him breaking the laws of nature in this way aren’t discharged in the slightest; the movie has effectively set up the dangers of messing with the space-time continuum, audiences can be more than forgiving if they think such action will have severe consequences, if not backfire completely.
2. THE REWIND-TIME BATTLE
One thing for certain: a worthy follow-up conflict, one that is able to take the absolutely perfect setup and turns it into a kinetic, engaging, well-crafted conclusion. Lucky for us, Doctor Strange is able to successfully deliver on this also.
As Stephen starts rewinding time in all of Hong Kong, audiences are spoiled with the absolute visual delight of seeing an entire city start to forming itself back together; bodies fling back through windshields into cars, civilians take food out of their mouths and return it in their bowls, and Wong stands again on his feet. Then, when Kaecilius and his followings are able to escape from the rewind spell, they battle against the heroes once more, forcing each other to duck around all the flying ruins, culminating in the flashy image of Kaecilius being sealed in a brick wall as it just so happens to rebuild itself while he gets thrown there. It is just undeniable that Doctor Strange didn’t take full advantage of its time manipulation abilities in this scene.
1. THE TIME LOOP AGAINST DORMAMMU
The final battle between good and evil, life and death, normal-space and the Dark Dimension is just as fittingly made as everything that had predated it. Dormammu’s home is complementary to the rest of the cosmic sequences describes, yet different enough to make it both beautiful and haunting at the same time. And the Lord of the Realm of Darkness’s design is suitably other-worldly while still being relatable as an emotional character that an actor could portray – a grand pay-off to a movie-long build-up of this mysterious being made of mystical energies.
However, it is literally just a dessert to the main action: the clash between Doctor Strange and Dormammu, in which the future Sorcerer Supreme creates a time loop that allows him to keep coming back again and again despite being murdered innumerable times, and in innumerable ways. Indeed, this montage of rapid-fire deaths and reintroductions plays almost hilariously, much similar to a twisted scene from Groundhog Day.
This combination of realistic design, emotional tension, and humor is a genius ending – one of Marvel’s best to existance.