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Doc­tor Strange is get­ting a new comic se­ries ahead of next year’s big- screen bow

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Like the Guardians of the Gal­axy be­fore their cin­e­matic suc­cess, Doc­tor Strange has never been one of Marvel’s front­line char­ac­ters. But with Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch set to play the Sorcerer Supreme on the big screen next year, Marvel is hop­ing that the new Doc­tor Strange monthly by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo will el­e­vate the Master of Mystic Arts to top drawer sta­tus.

“It’s been quite a few years since Doc­tor Strange has had his own on­go­ing se­ries, so this feels like a fresh start,” says Aaron. “That said, we’re not try­ing to rein­vent the wheel. The el­e­ments of Doc­tor Strange sto­ries that long- time fans love will still be there. I want this to still be a book that feels unique within the land­scape of the Marvel Uni­verse. You can do sto­ries in Doc­tor Strange that you can’t do in any other se­ries. If any­thing, we’re just try­ing to go even weirder and wilder than ever be­fore.”

Promis­ing that trustee side­kick Wong shows up in is­sue two “as we get our first tour of the Sanc­tum Sanc­to­rum, aka the weird­est res­i­dence in the en­tire Marvel Uni­verse,” Aaron will in­tro­duce some new sup­port­ing char­ac­ters and a big new vil­lain. “They will shake up Doc­tor Strange’s world in a pro­found way.”

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously col­lab­o­rated on Wolver­ine And The X- Men, Aaron re­veals that Bachalo was the only artist con­sid­ered. “He’s said that this feels like a cross be­tween what we did and what he did for Ver­tigo on Shade The Chang­ing Man, which sounds like a pretty cool mix to me,” he says. “Doc­tor Strange is one of those char­ac­ters that has to have strik­ing art to make it work, and Chris is lay­ing down some of his wildest, most imag­i­na­tive and emo­tional pages to date! I just try to stay out of the dude’s way.”

Doc­tor Strange # 1 is out now.

It’s the teddy bears that have got us in­trigued.

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