Top 32 Doctor Strange Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Doctor Strange facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Doctor Strange film message.

At the start of Doctor Strange (2016), the Ancient One is wearing her hood while she bends matter freely to stop Kaecilius. This is to cover her forehead to hide the fact that she is channeling power from the Dark Dimension (which is revealed later), which is why Kaecilius calls her a hypocrite.
At the start of Doctor Strange (2016), the Ancient One is wearing her hood while she bends matter freely to stop Kaecilius. This is to cover her forehead to hide the fact that she is channeling power from the Dark Dimension (which is revealed later), which is why Kaecilius calls her a hypocrite.
The live/die/repeat finale is hinted at early in the film, just before Strange gets in the car accident. When he picks up his watch, the face reads February 2nd. Groundhog Day. Which also happens to be the name of a movie about a guy stuck in a timeloop.
The live/die/repeat finale is hinted at early in the film, just before Strange gets in the car accident. When he picks up his watch, the face reads February 2nd. Groundhog Day. Which also happens to be the name of a movie about a guy stuck in a timeloop.

Doctor Strange Trivia

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  1. (2016) Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Dormammu via motion capture and voice acting - this was done to reflect how Dormammu makes his appearance a mirror of Doctor Strange.

  2. The artifact Mordo possesses is the Staff of the Living Tribunal. Its name is a subtle reference to the Living Tribunal, a cosmic entity that oversees and maintains balance in the realities of the Marvel multiverse.

  3. Mordo shows off the Staff of the Living Tribunal. In the comics the Living Tribunal is the second most powerful character, only answering to the One-Above-All.

  4. Stephen Strange declines to operate on a patient who was injured in an Iron Man imitation attempt

Doctor Strange Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • This small portion of the "open your eyes" scene in Doctor Strange (2016) is a subtle visual reference to the 'warping' scene Contact (1997).

  • 1 - Lee can be seen reading "The Doors of Perception," giving a nod to the themes of the movie, while subsequently saying "This is hilarious," completely oblivious to the interdimensional battle taking place outside his bus window.
    Lee can be seen reading "The Doors of Perception," giving a nod to the themes of the movie, while subsequently saying "This is hilarious," completely oblivious to the interdimensional battle taking place outside his bus window.
  • 1 - When first speaking to the ancient one, Dr. Strange claims that what the ancient one speaks of is "Bleeding Edge medical Technology"(Where he could've said "Cutting edge"). This alludes to the Bleeding Edge armor used by Iron Man in the comics.
    When first speaking to the ancient one, Dr. Strange claims that what the ancient one speaks of is "Bleeding Edge medical Technology"(Where he could've said "Cutting edge"). This alludes to the Bleeding Edge armor used by Iron Man in the comics.
  • 1 - Before Steven Strange crashes his car Billy gives strange a option on operating on a air force colonel who has a crushed spine from testing a new experimental armor and in Iron Man (2010) a soldier tests a makeshift Iron man suit and breaks his spine
    Before Steven Strange crashes his car Billy gives strange a option on operating on a air force colonel who has a crushed spine from testing a new experimental armor and in Iron Man (2010) a soldier tests a makeshift Iron man suit and breaks his spine

Doctor Strange Hidden Details

Stan Lee is reading Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley, an essay on his experiences with taking mescaline

1 - When Strange practices with the forbidden time spell and the Book of Cagliostro, he targets an apple. Apples are symbolic of forbidden knowledge.
When Strange practices with the forbidden time spell and the Book of Cagliostro, he targets an apple. Apples are symbolic of forbidden knowledge.
1 - The Stark Tower is visible in a skyline shot between scenes
The Stark Tower is visible in a skyline shot between scenes
1 - The song playing when he's driving his car is 'Interstellar Overdrive'. It starts off with a powerful rhythm, then loses its structure, only to regain its main theme. This mirrors Strange's character arc (good life - loses everything - becomes more powerful than he was).
The song playing when he's driving his car is 'Interstellar Overdrive'. It starts off with a powerful rhythm, then loses its structure, only to regain its main theme. This mirrors Strange's character arc (good life - loses everything - becomes more powerful than he was).

In the opening fight between The Ancient One and Kaecilius, she puts them in the Mirror Dimension. Kaecilius then shouts "Hypocrite!" because he knows that she secretly uses the Dark Dimension just like him, making her more powerful in the MD

1 - Watches and time are reoccurring elements in Doctor Strange (2016). Strange wears watches during the beginning of the movie to follow time, but it breaks just before he is told to forget everything he knows. Later in the movie he controls time instead of following it with the Time Stone.
Watches and time are reoccurring elements in Doctor Strange (2016). Strange wears watches during the beginning of the movie to follow time, but it breaks just before he is told to forget everything he knows. Later in the movie he controls time instead of following it with the Time Stone.
1 - When Dormammu takes back Kaecilius and his followers to the Dark Dimension they turn into Mindless Ones.
When Dormammu takes back Kaecilius and his followers to the Dark Dimension they turn into Mindless Ones.
1 - : Baron Mordo doesn't have a cloak of levitation to slow his fall in the mirror dimension, and so uses the Vaulting Boots of Valtorr to slow him down. Briefly visible in 3 quick scenes and accompanied by an unmistakeable magic swoosh on each step.
: Baron Mordo doesn't have a cloak of levitation to slow his fall in the mirror dimension, and so uses the Vaulting Boots of Valtorr to slow him down. Briefly visible in 3 quick scenes and accompanied by an unmistakeable magic swoosh on each step.

Pink Floyd's Interstellar Overdrive is played during a scene, this is in homage due to Pink Floyd featuring a image of Doctor Strange on their album A Saucerful of Secrets's cover.

1 - Stephen sees a butterfly during his introduction to the mystic arts. In Avengers: Infinity War (2018), during his fight with Thanos, he disintegrates a black hole into a swarm of butterflies.
Stephen sees a butterfly during his introduction to the mystic arts. In Avengers: Infinity War (2018), during his fight with Thanos, he disintegrates a black hole into a swarm of butterflies.
1 - Stan lee is seen reading a book that describes a man taking phychedelic drugs, as New York is warped around
Stan lee is seen reading a book that describes a man taking phychedelic drugs, as New York is warped around

Strange's temples turn gray after the bargain with Dormammu

1 - Moments before being led to Karmar Taj, Steven is returned his broken watch symbolizing his inevitable departure from time as he once knew it.
Moments before being led to Karmar Taj, Steven is returned his broken watch symbolizing his inevitable departure from time as he once knew it.
1 - His assistant is telling him about possible people to do surgery on, he talks about Col. Rhodes, who broke his spine when Vision accidentally hit him in Civil War.
His assistant is telling him about possible people to do surgery on, he talks about Col. Rhodes, who broke his spine when Vision accidentally hit him in Civil War.
1 - Billy asks Strange to perform surgery on a patient that got his lower spine crushed in "some sort of experimental armor", as a reference to the pilot that got his back broken in Justin Hammer's attempt at an Iron Man suit in Iron Man 3 (2013).
Billy asks Strange to perform surgery on a patient that got his lower spine crushed in "some sort of experimental armor", as a reference to the pilot that got his back broken in Justin Hammer's attempt at an Iron Man suit in Iron Man 3 (2013).
1 - And I caught a crew member literally in plain sight
And I caught a crew member literally in plain sight

Strange mentions to Wong "People used to think that I was funny." and Wong responds "Did they work for you?" Later, after he bargains with Dormammu, Strange jokingly says "The warnings come after the spells." This causes Wong to laugh because at that point he works for Strange.

Strange rejects a client case for a "35 year-old Air Force colonel" who "crushed his lower spine in some kind of experimental armor". That was the pilot of Hammer's faulty Iron Man clone, seen when Tony hijacks the TVs during his Senate Hearings (Iron Man 2, 2010).

1 - He only shaves the parts of his face that actually form part of his beard
He only shaves the parts of his face that actually form part of his beard
1 - They have 3 sanctums located in London, Hong Kong and New York that protects the world . Later in Black Panther (2018) the spies in London, Hong Kong, and New York are on stand by to attack.
They have 3 sanctums located in London, Hong Kong and New York that protects the world . Later in Black Panther (2018) the spies in London, Hong Kong, and New York are on stand by to attack.

Strange calls Wong, Beyonce and when Wong doesn't react, Strange gets annoyed that Wong hasn't even heard of Beyonce. In the next scene, while Strange is stealing books, Wong is listening to Single Ladies of Beyonce.

Doctor Strange poster
Doctor Strange poster

Doctor Strange Plot

While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Doctor Strange. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Director Scott Derrickson
Production Walt Disney Pictures
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong
IMDB score 7.5