Since the mid-1980s, various incarnations of a Doctor Strange film have been in development with various noted directors such as Wes Craven, David S. Goyer and Guillermo del Toro were attached, until Paramount Pictures acquired the film rights in April 2005 on behalf of Marvel Studios. In June 2010, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer were brought on board to write a screenplay. In June 2014, Derrickson was hired to helm the project, with Cargill and Spaihts hired to re-write the film. In December 2014, Benedict Cumberbatch was cast in the title role, with Ejiofor, McAdams, Wong, Stuhlbarg, Bratt, Adkins, Mikkelsen and Swinton were all cast by late September 2015. Swinton's casting as The Ancient One was particularly controversial and drew accusations of whitewashing, as the character is portrayed as a Tibetan man in the source material. However, one proposed reason for the change is that a movie featuring a Tibetan character will not be acceptable in China, which has become a very important foreign market. So the deviation from the source material was probably to not hurt the movie's box office chances. Principal photography commenced in November 2015 and concluded in April 2016, locations included Nepal, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and New York.
The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton. The cast gave solid performances despite playing archetypes that are often derivative of other characters in superhero-origin movies. The casting both Ejiofor and Swinton were the two somewhat questionable castings in film, as their characters are Asian in the comics, yet they managed to do their best and make the characters their own.
Simon says Doctor Strange receives:
Also, see my review for Captain America: Civil War.