Every time directors like Martin “it’s not cinema” Scorsese, Ridley “I prefer to make smart movies” Scott o David “they lack sex” Cronenberg deny the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we wonder what they will think of the previous era. What will they think of when superhero adaptations were a lawless genre, a live life. There was creative freedom, true, but at what price? To show the tape that we bring you today, “Doctor Strange”, a telefilm from 1978 that, you have been warned, you can never forget. And this is not a compliment.
The 70’s Avengers
Although it lasts 93 minutes and is sold as a film (in fact have reissued their Bu-ray to take advantage of the pull of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), the truth is that the tape was conceived as pilot of a series for CBS. And the project was not going to revolve only around Doctor Strange, but it was intended to bring him together with other unforgettable creatures of the seventies such as The incredible Hulk by Lou Ferrigno and the amazing Spider-Man de Nicholas Hammond. A kind of lycra avengers thrift stores that, luckily, CBS wasn’t interested in.
Nothing neurosurgeon, psychiatrist
This 1978 version of Doctor Strange stars Peter Hooten, who casts aside Cumberbatch’s and comics’ thin, sleek mustache to show off his own porn movie mustache. In his universe, Hooten’s character is not a neurosurgeon, nor does he have a dramatic personal story behind him. He is just a psychiatrist who inherits the power ring from his father and with whom evil Morgan LeFay tries to flirt. Something similar happens with Wong, who has become little more than a short, stocky servant dressed in a suit. An Sancho Panza arranged and of oriental origin.
Su 3.7 and FilmAffinity leaves little else to the imagination. The few criticisms of brave people that the web collects assure that “UCM fans won’t get past minute 3” (is that a challenge?) and promise that it “exceeds all expectations, in a bad way”. Undoubtedly Doctor Strange is coffee for very coffee lovers, a test for any pro marvelita and a strange blunder by Stan Lee, who was convinced to act as an adviser, nobody knows how. It was normal for the poor guy to get scalded, he would leave what was then known as Marvel Productions and not look back. One piece of advice: do the same.