More strangeness is afoot in the latest “Doctor Strange” television spot, much of it arising from the soon-to-be Sorcerer Supreme’s Cloak of Levitation.
It appears as if the good doctor’s signature cape has a mind of its own and, like so many of us, is rather fond of star Benedict Cumberbatch. “It likes you,” says Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mordo.
The 15-second promo plays up the film’s comedic elements, and depicts Strange with a less-than-total command of his own cloak’s collar, let alone the mystical powers he’ll surely wield to great effect by the story’s conclusion.
The Cloak of Levitation, which grants its wearer the ability to levitate and fly, in the comics was bequeathed to Doctor Strange by his mentor the Ancient One. The mystical item debuted in 1963’s “Strange Tales” #114, where it was blue. The second, red cloak first appeared a year later, in “Strange Tales” #127.
Directed by Scott Derrickson from a script he co-wrote with C. Robert Cargill, “Doctor Strange” follows top neurosurgeon Stephen Strange, who, following a career-ending car accident, sets off a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One, who becomes his mentor in the mystic arts.
Arriving in theaters Nov. 4, “Doctor Strange” also stars Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.
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