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I have my own opinions about the movie, none as articulate as this (mainly related to the movie's comics pedigree), but that's neither here nor there. I do have one incredibly inside-baseball question that I wonder about sometimes, though, and it's this:

In "The Winter Soldier," Agent Sitwell (the Hydra double agent) spouts off six names, six people Hydra thinks are incredibly dangerous. These people need constant watching and are incredibly dangerous, Sitwell says -- indeed, Steve Rogers, the man currently scaring the living crap out of him, is first on the list.

Stephen Strange is sixth on that list, which also, if you're curious, includes a TV anchor in Cairo, "the other" Secretary of Defense,a high school valedictorian in Iowa City, and Bruce Banner. But what's been bugging me since I saw Doctor Strange is this: why in the world is Hydra scared of an incredibly talented, incredibly arrogant surgeon who, at that point, seems to have cared about nothing but his work, his watch collection, and possibly Christine Palmer?

(Who, incidentally, is named after Marvel's long-running non-superhero soap opera comic, the heroine of Night Nurse. She's a minor player in the superhero comics now, and she *is* Doctor Strange's love interest now. I find his old love interest, Dormammu's niece Clea, far more interesting as a character -- but hey, you can't have everything.)


Good review, but two quibbles:

1) Thor was very much about Thor's personal development, and actually followed a somewhat similar trajectory to this one. Thor is an immature, full of himself asshole at the beginning of the movie, and has to be humbled by exile on Earth before he can truly become a hero. It doesn't dwell on it quite as much as Doctor Strange

2) Surely growing Doctor Strange's trademark goatee is part of the physical transformation?

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