Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! Hosts David and Holly spend this week talking about Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, especially season 4 which just finished up (spoilers), but also season 1-3 which they have been binge watching as well! The show is improved by knowing where it was going, and with some binge watching, and our conclusion was that season 4 was absolutely the best so far – so if this show dropped out of your life at some point, it might be worth it to pick it back up and watch it through season 4!
So hopefully this is the start of a recurring sort of article type, because I can think of several other things to apply it to! The question here is: how are they going to pull off the movie, Doctor Strange? Back a few years ago, I wrote a post talking about how in the grounded Marvel Cinematic Universe, they had left no room for Magic. The closest you get is Thor saying that advanced science is indistinguishable from Magic, and while that might be a fair assessment, it’s also probably not the explanation we’re going to see for the Sorcerer Supreme.
In that original post, I basically posited that there just wasn’t going to be a Doctor Strange, and it made me sad because the character is fun and very different from everything else. I also spent some time exploring the thought of casting one of the actors who has played The Doctor in the role of Strange himself… and they actually got really close by casting Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch), right?
About to enter the Mind Palace…
Meanwhile, they got a writer/director (Scott Derrickson) known more for his work in the horror genre, so they seem to be steering hard into the supernatural and suspenseful elements that are possible with Magic. That really makes it seem that, indeed, it’s going to be Magic. Although the first trailer shows us more than that:
They are going full-blown alternate realities. A multiverse. And while this is often an element of the more science-heavy comics, it’s coming up here in Doctor Strange. So maybe they really are going with a scientific explanation, or at least a nod towards science.
I’ll admit here: I haven’t seen the most recent trailer. I’m torn. As Holly points out, we know we’re going to see the movie, so why go in with any more spoilers? Honestly, this first trailer is so good. “Teach me.” Sold. Done. I’m there. He’s asking, in many ways, the questions I’m asking here. But… let’s go into wild speculation mode here.
Many villains are forgettable. Some just want money, or power, or control. Some had a hard knock life and are just taking it out on the world. Some men even just want to watch the world burn.
But some villains are very memorable, and a little harder to cope with. Because some villains think they are the hero.
I explore three such villains here: one who does not necessarily think he is the hero but wants to be seen as such, by basically being his own villain; one who is the total and complete foil of the hero, and thinks fully that he is the hero; and one who spends the entire story stating again and again that he is the hero of the piece, and that you are the attacking villains. Read along as I explore Syndrome, Venom, and Handsome Jack.