The Marvel Cinematic Universe will become one superhero larger this November with the arrival of Dr. Strange, Marvel Comics’ black magic-conjuring sorcerer who uses his mystical skills to protect the planet. With Jimmy Kimmel Live celebrating Marvel Week, the late-night show offered up the first teaser trailer for the upcoming blockbuster that stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role of Stephen Strange, an earthly doctor turned Sorcerer Supreme following a near-death experience.
“You’re a man looking at life through a keyhole,” Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One, the Doctor’s mentor in the magic, tells Strange in voiceover. “You’ve spent your life trying to widen it. Your work saved the lives of thousands. What if I told you that reality was one of many.”
In its two minutes, the trailer for the Scott Derrickson-directed film sets up the origin story that will find Strange transforming from neurosurgeon to sorcerer while also providing glimpses at the film’s supporting players – Rachel McAdams as a fellow surgeon, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mondo and Mads Mikkelsen’s reality-bending villain – as well as some of the mind-altering visuals, like a city skyline folding onto itself. The teaser’s closing moments finally hint at Dr. Strange in costume in silhouette.
Dr. Strange arrives November 4th.