With Captain America: Civil War opening the door to Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, audiences can expect to see exciting new adventures from new and old superheroes in the coming years. Some heroes we have already seen like Black Panther, will be getting their own solo outings, while others will be continuing their heroic deeds. And now we have a better idea of what will be happening in Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as Marvel Studios has just released the first synopses for the respective films.
Hit the jump to check them out.
Now these are as traditional film synopses as you will get. They give away just enough details to tease you but not enough so that it enters spoiler territory. We’ll start with Doctor Strange.
Even though the Sorcerer Supreme got a name drop in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Doctor Strange will be an origins story, as we should have expected from the teaser trailer that dropped a few weeks ago. And here it is:
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.
So there isn’t exactly a mention of a villain or what kind of mystic power threatening the Earth that would require someone who isn’t an Avenger to save it. Marvel continues to practice hiding their plot in a veil of secrecy, by releasing the most basic of all plot synopsis. But the one word that seems to stick out is “artifacts.” Could one of these artifacts be referring to one of Doctor Strange’s signature mystic items, The Eye of Agamotto, or even an Infinity Stone? It should be interesting to see how this ends up playing out.
Moving onto Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. We’ve seen a subtle hint that Peter Quill’s father would play a role in the sequel, although we don’t know to what extent. Considering how he was described by Peter’s mother, he seems to be a pretty big deal. Director James Gunn has mentioned that family would be a big theme in the sequel, and you can clearly see that in the synopsis:
Set to the backdrop of “˜Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Old foes, huh? So Yondu (Michael Rooker) wasn’t exactly a villain, and neither was the Collector (Benicio Del Toro), each of them wanting something for themselves and wasn’t motivated to destroy a civilization. Nebula (Karen Gillan), however, might be a different story, as she has had it out for her adoptive sister, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) since the very beginning. So we won’t say that Nebula joins the crew of the galactic misfits, but we can speculate that she does. As to who these fan-favorite characters from the classic comics that will aid our heroes, your guess is as good as ours.
Doctor Strange is set to open in theaters on November 4th, 2016. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5th, 2017.