After Doctor Strange earned heaps of critical accolades and a stellar opening weekend gross, it seems odd in hindsight that many pundits and fans considered the film a dicey proposition for Marvel Studios. Marvel had gambled on obscure comic book characters before with Guardians of the Galaxy and had that absolutely pay off, so it wasn't like there wasn't precedent.
But then, Strange was something different altogether.
The Sorcerer Supreme was set to take Marvel fans out of the typical comic book movie world of science fiction and into the realm of fantasy. Some people wondered if audiences would be willing to take that ride with Stephen Strange or revolt against Marvel's change in direction.
Those fears have been put to bed. Strange is yet another triumph for Marvel and the film's importance goes beyond being a mere financial success for the studio. Doctor Strange is Marvel's most subversive, revolutionary film to date and may have a lasting effect on the superhero blockbuster genre.
It's time to examine what makes Strange so unique and exciting and take a look at the ramifications it will have on the future of blockbuster cinema. The genre comic fans know and love may never be the same again and that's cause for fans to celebrate.