Kevin Feige made it clear throughout the years that Doctor Strange was a key element to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even comparing his importance at times to that of Iron Man‘s in kickstarting the universe. Well, as it turns out, Marvel’s plan has been successful as the new movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Stephen Strange, has passed Robert Downy Jr’s infamous Tony Stark as the highest-grossing single character debut to date.
In its first month, Doctor Strange has surpassed $616 million worldwide in ticket sales, which has already beaten Iron Man by $31 million. Iron Man‘s entire run brought in $585 million.
Iron Man has knocked out Ant-Man, the previous second place holder, which brought in $518 million. Although Doctor Strange now holds the record within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, way back in 2002 Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man (produced by Sony) set the still unbroken record for a Marvel inspired single character debut at $822 million. If Doctor Strange keeps up in the direction it’s been going, we will most likely see it pass even Spider-Man.
Although Iron Man has been bested, its sequels Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 brought in $624 million and an insane $1.2 billion respectively. If this trend continues, Doctor Strange sequels are bound to make a fortune.
Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
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Doctor Strange is currently playing in theaters world wide.