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Remember to Forget - When Doctor Strange Adopted the Origin of Neo from the Matrix

In this series we spotlight comic book stories that are likely best left forgotten. Here is an archive of past installments.

Today we take a look at how Doctor Strange temporarily got a new origin that was seemingly "inspired" by Neo's origin from the Matrix.

As I've detailed in the past, I think Doctor Strange has one of the greatest origins of all-time.

Here is what Steve Ditko and Stan Lee came up with for Strange...

First, you very quickly establish a damaged guy and slowly give him both a quest and a chance at redemption...

And then you have Mordo use magic to keep Strange from warning the Ancient One, forcing Strange to make a heroic choice...

Amazing work.

So when J. Michael Straczynski announced plans to do a new origin for Strange, I was skeptical, but I figured, eh, who knows, maybe it'll be good. It was not.

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