‘Doctor Strange’ Early Reviews Are In: ‘Stunning,’ ‘Unique,’ ‘Unlike Anything Marvel’s Done’

Superhero flick starring Benedict Cumberbatch hits theaters on Nov. 4

Early reviews for Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” are in, and people who got to see the film on Wednesday praised the film for its performances and visual aesthetic.

Collider’s Steven Weintraub described the film as “unlike any previous Marvel movie,” while TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzales called it “spellbinding.”

In general, early reviews seem to be praising the performances of Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, and Mads Mikkelsen as the villain, as well as the visual effects. However, critics are pointing out a weaker script and the fact that it is a bit “formulaic.”

The film had previously been criticized for “whitewashing” — when the film’s trailer first hit the web, fans said casting Swinton was racist because the character was depicted in the comics as being Tibetan — and Swinton is a white British woman.

“Doctor Strange” follows the story of talented neurosurgeon Dr. 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.

The film also stars Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Scott Derrickson directed.

It opens in theaters on Nov. 4, and is looking to open somewhere between $60 million and $75 million.

See the first reactions to “Doctor Strange” below.