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* CrossesTheLineTwice: [[spoiler: Strange's first death at the hands of Dormammu is horrifying. Before his second death, you realize [[StableTimeLoop what he's doing.]] Then you laugh at Dormammu's plight and the various over-the-top deaths afterwards.]]

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* CrossesTheLineTwice: [[spoiler: Strange's first death at the hands of Dormammu is horrifying. Before his second death, you realize [[StableTimeLoop [[GroundhogDayLoop what he's doing.]] Then you laugh at Dormammu's plight and the various over-the-top deaths afterwards.]]


** Mordo stops being able to claim the moral high ground in the second [[TheStinger stinger]], as soon as he [[spoiler: takes Pangborn's magic away.]] Bear in mind, [[spoiler: Pangborn]] was an innocent person who wasn't doing any harm, simply [[spoiler: using his magic and the teachings of the Ancient One to live a normal life despite crippling injuries.]] And Mordo [[spoiler: took all of that away because he feels there are "too many sorcerers."]] He [[spoiler: ruined a man's life]] because of his personal views on magic.

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** Mordo stops being able to claim the moral high ground in the second [[TheStinger stinger]], as soon as he [[spoiler: takes Pangborn's magic away.]] Bear in mind, [[spoiler: Pangborn]] was an innocent person who wasn't doing any harm, simply [[spoiler: using his magic and the teachings of the Ancient One to live a normal life despite crippling injuries.]] And Mordo [[spoiler: took all of that away because he feels there are "too many sorcerers."]] He [[spoiler: ruined a man's life]] life because of his personal views on magic.


* AwardSnub: The film's amazing special effects weren't nominated for an Academy Award.

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* WhatAnIdiot: Stephen Strange is currently driving in the middle of a roadway while it is dark and rainy, and has received a phone call from his colleague regarding three potential patients that he can operate on.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Being the genius surgeon he is, that Strange realize that texting in the middle of driving is a really, ''really'', '''really''' bad idea and just tell the caller he is currently driving and could not respond at the moment. Or if he really want to respond, he find some place to park so he can reply safely with little risks of an accident.\\
'''Instead:''' Strange - something of an adrenaline junkie -decides to text ''while'' driving in the middle of a tight road and in a bad weather condition.\\
'''The Result:''' Strange gets into a ''bad'' accident, severely damaging his hands, and begins the TraumaCongaLine that is to follow.


** In a franchise-wide example, the reason for Mordo's AdaptationalHeroism. Kevin Feige said that Mordo is kind of a FlatCharacter and CardCarryingVillain in the comics, and since one of the most frequent criticisms of the MCU is that the bad guys tend to be shallow and bland, they felt it'd be better to introduce Mordo as a hero and then have him become an antagonist in future installments, which everyone felt would make for a more interesting and sympathetic villain.

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** In a franchise-wide example, the reason for Mordo's AdaptationalHeroism. Kevin Feige Creator/KevinFeige said that Mordo is kind of a FlatCharacter and CardCarryingVillain in the comics, and since one of the most frequent criticisms of the MCU is that the bad guys tend to be shallow and bland, they felt it'd be better to introduce Mordo as a hero and then have him become an antagonist in future installments, which everyone felt would make for a more interesting and sympathetic villain.



* AwardSnub: The film's amazing special effects weren't nominated for an Academy Award.



* BaseBreakingCharacter: Some have argued Kaecilius is a decent antagonist due to an understandable/well-defined motivation and a menacing performance by Mikkelsen, while many others have contested that he and his backstory simply aren't given enough screen-time for him to fully make an impact, and that [[spoiler: he's further marginalized when it turns out he's merely a pawn of Dormammu]].

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* BaseBreakingCharacter: Some have argued Kaecilius is a decent antagonist due to an understandable/well-defined motivation and a menacing performance by Mikkelsen, Creator/MadsMikkelsen, while many others have contested that he and his backstory simply aren't given enough screen-time for him to fully make an impact, and that [[spoiler: he's further marginalized when it turns out he's merely a pawn of Dormammu]].



** The casting of Creator/TildaSwinton as the Ancient One has been divisive since it was first announced. While many are glad to have a powerful character be portrayed by a female actor, especially one as accomplished as Swinton, others are upset that the original Tibetan version isn't being used, mostly because the MCU has yet to feature a heroic Asian person in the films.[[note]]The first Asian-descended performer to get BilledAboveTheTitle as an MCU protagonist, half-Filipino [[Wrestling/{{Batista}} Dave Bautista]], did so for playing an alien, ComicBook/DraxTheDestroyer, in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.[[/note]] It hurts that at the same time, the delay in a casting announcement for ''Series/{{Iron Fist|2017}}'' prompted a discussion of whether he should be Asian in contrast to the white comics character, accused by some to be a MightyWhitey (only getting worse when Finn Jones was confirmed to play the titular Iron Fist). Then the teaser came out and revealed Swinton was still dressed in a distinctly Asian style, prompting yet more questions of why they didn't just cast an Asian actor. Co-writer C. Robert Cargill's comments on it being done to prevent the movie from being BannedInChina due to a potential positive portrayal of a Tibetan character (which the studio itself later denied) added more controversy. He also didn't help things by accusing all the people upset over it of being "Social Justice Warriors", though he later backpedaled on it and said everyone absolutely has the right to have issues with it.

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** The casting of Creator/TildaSwinton as the Ancient One has been divisive since it was first announced. While many are glad to have a powerful character be portrayed by a female actor, especially one as accomplished as Swinton, others are upset that the original Tibetan version isn't being used, mostly because the MCU has yet to feature a heroic Asian person in the films.[[note]]The first Asian-descended performer to get BilledAboveTheTitle as an MCU protagonist, half-Filipino [[Wrestling/{{Batista}} Dave Bautista]], did so for playing an alien, ComicBook/DraxTheDestroyer, in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.[[/note]] It hurts that at the same time, the delay in a casting announcement for ''Series/{{Iron Fist|2017}}'' prompted a discussion of whether he should be Asian in contrast to the white comics character, accused by some to be a MightyWhitey (only getting worse when Finn Jones Creator/FinnJones was confirmed to play the titular Iron Fist). Then the teaser came out and revealed Swinton was still dressed in a distinctly Asian style, prompting yet more questions of why they didn't just cast an Asian actor. Co-writer C. Robert Cargill's comments on it being done to prevent the movie from being BannedInChina due to a potential positive portrayal of a Tibetan character (which the studio itself later denied) added more controversy. He also didn't help things by accusing all the people upset over it of being "Social Justice Warriors", though he later backpedaled on it and said everyone absolutely has the right to have issues with it.



** A common fan-theory is that the man with intense spinal damage that Strange was told about early in the film is the [[Film/IronMan2 very unlucky Hammer Industries pilot]] who had [[BodyHorror his spine twisted 180 degrees]] due to a malfunction while testing out [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct a knockoff of the Iron Man suit]]. Adding further credence to it is that the accident is explicitly mentioned to have been caused while testing a power suit, but its not entirely clear if it was that specific test or another similar case (multiple attempts have been made to rip off the Iron Man suit, after all). This fan theory was [[https://www.reddit.com/r/marvelstudios/comments/56w0q6/hey_everyone_reading_through_everything_will/d8mxv6y/ eventually shot down]] by Creator/ScottDerrickson. Other fanon assumed that it was referring to [[spoiler:Colonel Rhodes]] injury in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', but Creator/KevinFeige likewise jossed the latter theory, as the film is chronologically set before the events of ''Civil War''.

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** A common fan-theory is that the man with intense spinal damage that Strange was told about early in the film is the [[Film/IronMan2 very unlucky Hammer Industries pilot]] who had [[BodyHorror his spine twisted 180 degrees]] due to a malfunction while testing out [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct a knockoff of the Iron Man suit]]. Adding further credence to it is that the accident is explicitly mentioned to have been caused while testing a power suit, but its it's not entirely clear if it was that specific test or another similar case (multiple attempts have been made to rip off the Iron Man suit, after all). This fan theory was [[https://www.reddit.com/r/marvelstudios/comments/56w0q6/hey_everyone_reading_through_everything_will/d8mxv6y/ eventually shot down]] by Creator/ScottDerrickson. Other fanon assumed that it was referring to [[spoiler:Colonel Rhodes]] injury in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', but Creator/KevinFeige likewise jossed the latter theory, as the film is chronologically set before the events of ''Civil War''.



** Doctor Strange was first shouted out in [[Film/SpiderMan2 Spider-Man 2]] when Jameson and Hoffman were discussing what to call Doc Ock. On February 5, 2020, [[Creator/SamRaimi Sam Raimi]] [[https://variety.com/2020/film/news/doctor-strange-2-sam-raimi-1203475309/ entered talks with Marvel Studios to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.]]

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** Doctor Strange was first shouted out in [[Film/SpiderMan2 Spider-Man 2]] ''Film/SpiderMan2'' when Jameson and Hoffman were discussing what to call Doc Ock. On February 5, 2020, [[Creator/SamRaimi Sam Raimi]] Creator/SamRaimi [[https://variety.com/2020/film/news/doctor-strange-2-sam-raimi-1203475309/ entered talks with Marvel Studios to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.]]



** Pre-release (a case could be made for post-release as well) the people who wanted to watch the film only did so to see their favorite actor, be it Benedict Cumberbatch, Creator/TildaSwinton, Creator/ChiwetelEjiofor, or Creator/MadsMikkelsen.
** Early trailers also made it clear the movie held the promise of mind-blowing visual effects on the level of Film/{{Inception}}.

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** Pre-release (a case could be made for post-release as well) the people who wanted to watch the film only did so to see their favorite actor, be it Benedict Cumberbatch, Creator/BenedictCumberbatch, Creator/TildaSwinton, Creator/ChiwetelEjiofor, or Creator/MadsMikkelsen.
** Early trailers also made it clear the movie held the promise of mind-blowing visual effects on the level of Film/{{Inception}}.''Film/{{Inception}}''.



** Ever since Cumberbatch was cast, the joke that he and Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark should have a conversation that results in one saying "No shit, Sherlock." has become rather popular.

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** Ever since Cumberbatch was cast, the joke that he and Robert Downey Jr's Creator/RobertDowneyJr's Tony Stark should have a conversation that results in one saying "No shit, Sherlock." has become rather popular.



* SpiritualAdaptation: As pointed out [[https://youtu.be/y2AEXOlfYnM?t=5m35s here]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sMUVCVbU7s here]] by Creator/JeremyJahns and Couch Tomato respectively, this movie makes a better adaptation of ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' than [[Film/GreenLantern the 2011 movie]].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Michael Giacchino's main theme bears quite a similarity to his work on ''Film/StarTrek2009''.

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* SpiritualAdaptation: SpiritualAdaptation:
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As pointed out [[https://youtu.be/y2AEXOlfYnM?t=5m35s here]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sMUVCVbU7s here]] by Creator/JeremyJahns and Couch Tomato respectively, this movie makes a better adaptation of ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' than [[Film/GreenLantern the 2011 movie]].
** Creator/LewisLovhaug once described the film as "''Series/{{House}}'' if he were a superhero".
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Michael Giacchino's Music/MichaelGiacchino's main theme bears quite a similarity to his work on ''Film/StarTrek2009''.



* UnfortunateImplications: The dispute over Tilda Swinton's casting as the Ancient One drew a lot of [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-racial-erasure-essay-20160418-story.html criticism]] after the trailer showed that the character, originally thought to be {{Race Lift}}ed in order to remove the MagicalAsian traits, would still retain them, in effect being similar to {{Yellowface}}. It got to the point that co-writer C. Robert Cargill [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEpbUf8dGq0 weighed in]] on this with his personal opinion, saying the Ancient One's casting was "unwinnable" from the beginning, admitting that keeping him Tibetan was never an option since ongoing political conflict between Tibet and China could have seen the movie BannedInChina, and that casting an actor or actress from any other Asian ethnic group (specifically citing Creator/MichelleYeoh) opens up a whole other [[InterchangeableAsianCultures minefield]] of Unfortunate Implications. Unfortunately this just made things ''worse'' in the eyes of many fans including Creator/GeorgeTakei, who [[https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/03/george-takei-whitewashing-doctor-strange-marvel-superhero-movie now accuse Marvel of poorly deflecting the criticism]] rather than owning up and [[MoneyDearBoy sacrificing values for profits]] by bowing to such potential pressure from China. As an additional crinkle, the director [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/02/doctor-strange-director-owns-up-to-whitewashing-controversy.html considered a middle ground]] changing the character to an Asian woman, but was concerned that would play into another [[DragonLady unfortunate trope.]]

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* UnfortunateImplications: The dispute over Tilda Swinton's Creator/TildaSwinton's casting as the Ancient One drew a lot of [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-racial-erasure-essay-20160418-story.html criticism]] after the trailer showed that the character, originally thought to be {{Race Lift}}ed in order to remove the MagicalAsian traits, would still retain them, in effect being similar to {{Yellowface}}. It got to the point that co-writer C. Robert Cargill [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEpbUf8dGq0 weighed in]] on this with his personal opinion, saying the Ancient One's casting was "unwinnable" from the beginning, admitting that keeping him Tibetan was never an option since ongoing political conflict between Tibet and China could have seen the movie BannedInChina, and that casting an actor or actress from any other Asian ethnic group (specifically citing Creator/MichelleYeoh) opens up a whole other [[InterchangeableAsianCultures minefield]] of Unfortunate Implications. Unfortunately this just made things ''worse'' in the eyes of many fans including Creator/GeorgeTakei, who [[https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/03/george-takei-whitewashing-doctor-strange-marvel-superhero-movie now accuse Marvel of poorly deflecting the criticism]] rather than owning up and [[MoneyDearBoy sacrificing values for profits]] by bowing to such potential pressure from China. As an additional crinkle, the director [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/02/doctor-strange-director-owns-up-to-whitewashing-controversy.html considered a middle ground]] changing the character to an Asian woman, but was concerned that would play into another [[DragonLady unfortunate trope.]]


** A common fan-theory is that the man with intense spinal damage that Strange was told about early in the film is the [[Film/IronMan2 very unlucky Hammer Industries pilot]] who had [[BodyHorror his spine twisted 180 degrees]] due to a malfunction while testing out [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct a knockoff of the Iron Man suit]]. Adding further credence to it is that the accident is explicitly mentioned to have been caused while testing a power suit, but its not entirely clear if it was that specific test or another similar case (multiple attempts have been made to rip off the Iron Man suit, after all). Other fanon assumed that it was referring to [[spoiler:Colonel Rhodes]] injury in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', but Kevin Feige jossed the latter theory.

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** A common fan-theory is that the man with intense spinal damage that Strange was told about early in the film is the [[Film/IronMan2 very unlucky Hammer Industries pilot]] who had [[BodyHorror his spine twisted 180 degrees]] due to a malfunction while testing out [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct a knockoff of the Iron Man suit]]. Adding further credence to it is that the accident is explicitly mentioned to have been caused while testing a power suit, but its not entirely clear if it was that specific test or another similar case (multiple attempts have been made to rip off the Iron Man suit, after all). This fan theory was [[https://www.reddit.com/r/marvelstudios/comments/56w0q6/hey_everyone_reading_through_everything_will/d8mxv6y/ eventually shot down]] by Creator/ScottDerrickson. Other fanon assumed that it was referring to [[spoiler:Colonel Rhodes]] injury in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', but Kevin Feige Creator/KevinFeige likewise jossed the latter theory.theory, as the film is chronologically set before the events of ''Civil War''.


** A common fan-theory is that the paralyzed man who Strange was told about early in the film is the [[Film/IronMan2 very unlucky Hammer Industries pilot]] who had [[BodyHorror his spine twisted 180 degrees]] due to a malfunction while testing out [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct a knockoff of the Iron Man suit]].

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** A common fan-theory is that the paralyzed man who with intense spinal damage that Strange was told about early in the film is the [[Film/IronMan2 very unlucky Hammer Industries pilot]] who had [[BodyHorror his spine twisted 180 degrees]] due to a malfunction while testing out [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct a knockoff of the Iron Man suit]].suit]]. Adding further credence to it is that the accident is explicitly mentioned to have been caused while testing a power suit, but its not entirely clear if it was that specific test or another similar case (multiple attempts have been made to rip off the Iron Man suit, after all). Other fanon assumed that it was referring to [[spoiler:Colonel Rhodes]] injury in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', but Kevin Feige jossed the latter theory.


* {{Fanon}}: Thanks to [[https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2014-06/9/21/enhanced/webdr08/anigif_enhanced-buzz-22827-1402365307-4.gif this gif]] of Creator/ChiwetelEjiofor petting a [[EverythingsCuterWithKittens cat]], fandom (or at least the Strordo shippers) depicts Mordo as a KindHeartedCatLover with a fondness for rescuing street cats[[note]]Frequently accompanied by jokes that Stephen is Karl's latest stray he rescued from a back alley, complete with him asking Mom!TAO if he can keep him[[/note]].

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* {{Fanon}}: {{Fanon}}:
** A common fan-theory is that the paralyzed man who Strange was told about early in the film is the [[Film/IronMan2 very unlucky Hammer Industries pilot]] who had [[BodyHorror his spine twisted 180 degrees]] due to a malfunction while testing out [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct a knockoff of the Iron Man suit]].
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Thanks to [[https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2014-06/9/21/enhanced/webdr08/anigif_enhanced-buzz-22827-1402365307-4.gif this gif]] of Creator/ChiwetelEjiofor petting a [[EverythingsCuterWithKittens cat]], fandom (or at least the Strordo shippers) depicts Mordo as a KindHeartedCatLover with a fondness for rescuing street cats[[note]]Frequently accompanied by jokes that Stephen is Karl's latest stray he rescued from a back alley, complete with him asking Mom!TAO if he can keep him[[/note]].


* ToughActToFollow: As the second movie of Phase Three of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, ''Doctor Strange'' has to follow the critically-acclaimed ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. Consensus seems to indicate it's a great film, but not quite the best the MCU has to offer.

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** Always save before a boss fight. There's no shame in SaveScumming.


* {{Narm}}:
** Stephen's car accident starts off properly visceral and terrifying... But some moviegoers found that it went on for ''so long'' and that the car seems to fall from such an absurd height that it crossed over from [[NightmareFuel scary]] to unintentionally hilarious in a BlackComedy sort of way.
** The visuals during Strange's initial trip through the multiverse alternate between wondrous, horrifying... and resembling popular [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/droste-effect Internet]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR_8SDNQ0ks memes.]]

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* {{Narm}}:
** Stephen's car accident starts off properly visceral and terrifying... But some moviegoers found that it went on for ''so long'' and that the car seems to fall from such an absurd height that it crossed over from [[NightmareFuel scary]] to unintentionally hilarious in a BlackComedy sort of way.
** The visuals during Strange's initial trip through the multiverse alternate between wondrous, horrifying... and resembling popular [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/droste-effect Internet]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR_8SDNQ0ks memes.]]
{{Narm}}: See [[Narm/MarvelCinematicUniverse here]].


** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', [[spoiler:less than a year after Michelle Yeoh was widely held up as someone who could have played The Ancient One without whitewashing the role, she made her own entrance into the MCU.]]

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** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', [[spoiler:less than a year after Michelle Yeoh she was widely held up as someone who could have played The Ancient One without whitewashing the role, she Michelle Yeoh made her own entrance into the MCU.]]

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**Doctor Strange was first shouted out in [[Film/SpiderMan2 Spider-Man 2]] when Jameson and Hoffman were discussing what to call Doc Ock. On February 5, 2020, [[Creator/SamRaimi Sam Raimi]] [[https://variety.com/2020/film/news/doctor-strange-2-sam-raimi-1203475309/ entered talks with Marvel Studios to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.]]


** The casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange was itself met with some online backlash from many MCU fans, for two reasons. One is HypeBacklash over Benedict Cumberbatch as an actor (although Kevin Feige has said that they were eyeing him up for the role before he became popular), and the other is ironically the [[TypeCasting opposite]] of this trope: when nearly every previous MCU lead was a case of this trope (and received enormous critical acclaim in spite of it), Cumberbatch is viewed as an overly safe, boring choice who will do the role fine but offers nothing interesting to it. Fortunately, when the film was finally released, Cumberbatch's performance won strong praise from critics and audiences alike.

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