Now that Doctor Strange – the 14th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – has been released, critics are chiefly praising its astonishing visual palette and its very strong cast. In connection to the latter, Marvel have always managed to get some terrific actors to play superheroes and villains in their movies, but Doctor Strange is certainly one of their most prestigious casts yet.
There are no less than three Academy Award nominees in the movie – Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor, respectively – as well as one Academy Award winner – Tilda Swinton, of course. Not to mention Mads Mikkelsen, a very popular face on the big and small screens for such roles in Casino Royale and Hannibal.
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But does the movie match up to these big talents and give them strong material to work with? For the most part, yes. Obviously, this is a special effects-heavy endeavour, with an emphasis on action/adventure over searing drama (not that’s there is anything wrong with that, of course), but just about everyone in the cast gets some solid serious and comedic material to work with.
Who came out the best though? Read on to find out as we rank the characters of Marvel’s Doctor Strange.