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11 Is A Palindromic Number, and,
A Recusal

Please celebrate with Neilalien his 11th Blogiversary! Exclesior!

That's 1,111 in internet/weblog/dog years. You won't find a better combination of starting earlier and blogging longer in comics-blogging.

But alas, as of today, Neilalien is officially recusing himself from the news, entertainments, and expectations of the near-daily visitor to his website.

Now is a good time- 11 is a palindromic number, of course...

[25 Feb 02011: More...]

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"We have a new character... named Dr. Strange... Twas Steve's idea."
- Stan Lee, letter to Comic Reader #16, 23 February 01963, as quoted in Steve Ditko's 32-Page Package v.5 Tsk! Tsk!

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PURPLE GEMS

Strange #8 out today!

Preview at Comics Continuum

Comic Book Round Up collected reviews

Liking the Greg Land variant cover

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Tradd Moore's Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise #1 out last week 23 Nov!

Preview at Comics Continuum

Comic Book Round Up collected reviews

Large variant cover regime, more grotesque than usual, and definitely not even needed in this case- we want Tradd Moore covers

The art might be a bit too "Beatles/Yellow Submarine" for Neilalien's tastes, but definitely appreciating the creativity, and sticking around to see where it leads...

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Also out recently:

Defenders: Beyond #5 finale
Strange Academy: Finals #2
Midnight Suns #3

[30 November 02022]

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You Aren't Ready For How Good Marvel's New Doctor Strange Comic Looks [preview and lovenote re: Tradd Moore's Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise #1, out 23 Nov]

[19 November 02022]

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Kevin Conroy, The Voice Of Batman, Dies At 66 [CBR obit]

Kevin Conroy, Who Gave Batman A Definitive Voice In Animated Projects, Dead At 66 [Rolling Stone obit]

Batman: The Animated Series' Kevin Conroy Remains The Definitive Batman

Wikipedia: [Kevin Conroy] [Batman: The Animated Series]

[11 November 02022]

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How The Writers Of Dr. Strange And Dracula Agreed To Kill Off Each Other's Characters [Comic Book Legends Revealed]

[10 November 02022]

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Steve Ditko would have had his 95th birthday today! [Wikipedia]

[2 November 02022]

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Strange #7 was out 26 October!

Comic Book Round Up collected reviews

Variant cover regime; liking the Luciano Vecchio

A lovenote to the love of Stephen and Clea. But they can't touch [insert eyes welling up emoji here]!... They battle a revenant Goliath. More info is revealed about the Blasphemy Cartel- and how Clea is a wild card for them, while their files on Doc are measured in tons. The path back to the living for Doc is elucidated- if he ends the revenant disrespect for Death.

Also out: Midnight Suns #1-2

(Didn't it used to be "Sons"?)

Magik is on the team, along with Blade, Wolverine, Spirit Rider (a time-tossed Ghost Rider and previous Sorcerer Supreme), Runaway Nico Minoru/Sister Grimm (but without her Staff), Zoe Laveau (undead Strange Academy student and a descendant of Doc foe Marie), and Agatha Harkness (the elderly comics one; not the MCU one; although we do see a younger version in a flashback to 1428). A world-wide mystical vision shows Zombie Zoe bringing on the apocalypse- which brings them together- along with a Dr. Doom attack to deal with the girl his own way. More bad-ass Clea appears- and deals with the girl her own way- banishing the Suns to the Dark Dimension.

Doctor Strange's Successor Proves She's Basically Already A Supervillain

Warrior-mage Sorcerer Supreme Clea has been a bad-ass, has alienated the X-Men, banished the Midnight Suns, even Death can't tell her what to do, etc. How will it resolve? Our culture's track record of writing strong women characters without the heel turn, without them "going insane" can be spotty (thinking of Dany in Game of Thrones, Scarlet Witch in the MCU, etc.)? We shall see...

[30 October 02022]

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Marvel Comics December 02022 solicits include:

STRANGE #9
JED MACKAY (W)
MARCELO FERREIRA (A)
Cover by Lee Garbett
Variant Cover by MARK CHIARELLO
STEPHEN STRANGE IS ALIVE!
Clea is finally reunited with her husband, Stephen. But it's a bittersweet reunion, as the Blasphemy Cartel unleash their deadliest weapon yet... What is it? More like WHO is it?!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

DOCTOR STRANGE: FALL SUNRISE #2 (OF 4)
TRADD MOORE (W)
TRADD MOORE (A/C)
Variant Cover by IAN BERTRAM
Variant Cover by JAMES HARREN
Doctor Strange joins forces with an all-new set of mystical heroes! But the treacherous Knights of the Body mean to make corpses of them all! BEWARE! What fresh terror awaits our heroes in the masked city of Sanc Nistos? A red river runs through the barbed bowels of the Body Machine, and all we have to hold onto are fragments and fearful chances!
40 PGS./Rated T+ $4.99

STRANGE ACADEMY: FINALS #3
DOCTOR STRANGE EPIC COLLECTION: NIGHTMARE ON BLEECKER STREET TPB
Collecting DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME #48-61 and ANNUAL #3; MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE (1992) #9; and material from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #146 and MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (1990) #12, and #14.

[10 October 02022]

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Strange #6 was out 21 September!

Comic Book Round Up collected reviews

A good month for Wong. He's getting "Everybody loves Wong!" props in the She-Hulk TV series this month (and possibly getting laid), and now this love-note solo story in Strange #6 where he gets help from Bats, Black Widow, Jean Grey, the Bar With No Doors, etc.

Wong's memory page includes:

  • The brain tumor pills from The Oath #1
  • "Kiss Me" Xaos/Imei from Sorcerer Supreme #88
  • Urthona's face ripper from Doctor Strange #81 [thanks Ryszard!]
  • Update: A retconned first meeting with Doc in early blue cloak and first Eye in which Doc tells Wong not to call him "Master"? Wong called Doc "Master" for decades. Also, the blue cloak's cowl did not have points like the Cloak of Levitation (hat cowl tip Sanctum).

It is revealed that the Blasphemy Cartel is a remnant of W.A.N.D. after S.H.I.E.L.D. fell. Who the fuck, right? You'll need to go deep into your Doctor Strange long boxes for this one: a Thunderbolts Annual with a Doc cover/appearance that wasn't even really Doc. The Fandom Wiki is a comicblogger's best friend, for both info discovery and not needing to write everything ourselves:

Jed MacKay is bringing it with both creative new ideas, and easter eggs for the long-time fans. Great stuff. But for Neilalien, there is still some meta-bummitude that this good stuff is being used in service of the 'Doc is dead' trope. The toys are being used without Doc present. When do we simply get a run of great Doc stories again, like Roger Stern's run, without Doc absent, dying, getting depowered, getting deconstructed, getting blasted into space, etc.?

[25 September 02022]

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New York Comic-Con is 6-9 October 02022!

[Panels] [Exhibitors] [Artist Alley]

[Health & Safety: face coverings indoors required; vaccination/negative test proof not required]

[Reddit: NYCC]

[Reddit NYCC Party Thread] [Some NYCC parties via who is using Eventbrite for their tickets]

Update: Artist Alley Etiquette: "As long as you are not the guy with the rolling luggage case filled with comics to sign, you should be good."

[24 September 02022]

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Iconic Avengers, X-Men Artist Tom Palmer Dies At 80

Tom Palmer [Wikipedia]

Marvel Wiki: [Tom Palmer] [791 comics inked by Tom Palmer]

I walk in the door and pencil [an] issue of Doctor Strange - first job I ever penciled. At the time, I thought I did a good job, but really it was a stinker. It wasn't up to par. I went back two weeks later to get the next issue, and they said, "No, we're getting someone else to pencil it; would you like to ink it?"

Doctor Strange #171 was the issue he drew. A bit stiff, but doesn't seem like a total stinker.

"Palmer is widely considered the definitive inker for Gene Colan, whose use of grey textures made his pencils notoriously difficult to ink in a way that did them justice." Palmer inked many Colan issues of Doctor Strange.

[28 August 02022]

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Marvel Comics November 02022 solicits include Tradd Moore's Fall Sunrise

DOCTOR STRANGE: FALL SUNRISE #1 (OF 4)
TRADD MOORE (W/A)
Wraparound Cover by TRADD MOORE
VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
Variant cover by Daniel Warren Johnson
Variant cover by David Mack
FROM THE MIND OF TRADD MOORE!
Doctor Strange awakens alone in a distant world not his own. Lost of purpose and surrounded by danger, the wandering sorcerer must explore this land of blades and mystery to unravel arcane secrets and escape the deadly horrors that lie in wait! From the fantastical mind of creator Tradd Moore (SILVER SURFER: BLACK) comes a Strange story like you've never seen!
40 PGS./Rated T+ $4.99

STRANGE #8
JED MACKAY (W)
MARCELO FERREIRA (A)
Cover by Lee Garbett
VARIANT COVER BY GREG LAND
WHO ARE THE BLASPHEMY CARTEL?
The secrets of the Cartel are revealed, and it comes from the unlikeliest of sources! Will this be the help Clea needs to bring peace to her adopted realm? Or will this be too much for the Sorcerer Supreme to handle?
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

STRANGE ACADEMY: FINALS #2
SKOTTIE YOUNG (W)
HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
Trading Card Variant Cover by Dustin Weaver
X-TREME MARVEL VARIANT COVER BY DAVID BALDEON
The students still in Strange Academy have their biggest challenge yet!
Plus, our heroes finally get a lead on Gaslamp and their missing friend.
But now they have to face the most terrifying villain STRANGE ACADEMY has introduced!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

MARVEL STUDIOS' DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS: THE ART OF THE MOVIE HC
Written by JESS HARROLD
Doctor Strange, with the help of allies both old and new, must traverse the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to protect a powerful young girl from a deadly, determined and deranged adversary! Continuing their popular ART OF series of movie tie-in books, Marvel Studios presents another blockbuster achievement! Featuring exclusive concept artwork and in-depth interviews with the creative team, this deluxe volume provides insider details about the making of the highly anticipated film! 224 PGS./All Ages $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-94587-9
Trim size: 11-5/16 x 9-3/8

Also: SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME: THE ART OF THE MOVIE HC
DEFENDERS EPIC COLLECTION: THE DAY OF THE DEFENDERS TPB

[27 August 02022]

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Strange #5 out 17 Aug

Comic Book Round Up collected reviews

Spoiler time is up: Harvestman is wonderfully big-revealed to be our favorite ne'er-do-well Stephen Strange! As predicted by some all along: in issue #1 page 1 Harvestman is shown with blue eyes; he "doth protests too much" to Clea not to resurrect Doc. It's a relief to see Doc "active"- in Death's "employ" as her Sorcerer Supreme and charged with ending the revenant threat- but the toys are not yet back in the status-quo box of Doc back among the living and free. We shall see.

'Strange' Writer Jed MacKay Breaks Down Doctor Strange's Return

[26 August 02022]

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Clea crashes the Hellfire Gala [X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1; out 13 Jul] to get Stephen resurrected, but Emma Frost informs her Krakoan resurrection only works for mutants and blows her off.

The X-Cellent [#3; out 18 May; Doc on cover] break into the Sanctum Sanctorum and take a photo of a spell from the Book of Vishanti with their cellphone, while Dr. Strange is off for one panel "trying to contain the Nameless One's servant, Morgan Le Fey."

The Strange Academy series ends with #18 [out 6 Jul] with most of the students rebelling and hiding out in the Sanctum Sanctorum (that place needs a serious security upgrade!) until things get... Dark... "Finals" series coming next.

Other recent appearances updating here...

[31 July 02022]

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Marvel Phase 5: Every Movie And TV Series Explained

Every MCU Movie And Series Confirmed For Phase 5 And 6

Wikipedia: [Phase 5] [Phase 6]

Phase 6: Multiverse Saga continues, Fantastic Four, Avengers movies, Secret Wars. Kang is the main villain (no Doctor Doom yet?). An open slot for a Doctor Strange 3?

[30 July 02022]

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San Diego Comic-Con 02022: Marvel Announces 'Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise' Four-Issue Limited Series Starting In November Written And Drawn By Tradd Moore

[AIPT] [Marvel.com] [Bleeding Cool] [Popverse]

Tradd Moore [Wikipedia] [Tumblr]

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San Diego Comic-Con 02022: Strange Academy: Finals

"Earlier this month, Strange Academy #18 ended the series' first era with a student rebellion, a daring journey to the Dark Dimension, and the realization that some of the school's brightest stars have dark futures..."

[29 July 02022]

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Catching up with Doctor-Strange-related solicits, which seem a bit messed up; books delayed?

Marvel's July 02022 solicits had Strange #5 coming out yesterday, but it was #4 that finally came out

Marvel.com has #5 coming out 17 August

STRANGE #5
JED MACKAY (W)
MARCELO FERREIRA (A)
Cover by Lee Garbett
BACK FROM THE DEAD!
Dead heroes and villains alike have been reanimated as ghoulish versions of their past selves.
Now it's up to Strange and the Harvestman to make sure these dead supers stay dead!
But what happens when the next reanimated hero is Clea's dead husband: Stephen Strange?!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

NEW FANTASTIC FOUR #3 (OF 5)
Chaos erupts in Sin City as Asmodeus' demonic influence spreads... and the New Fantastic Four are caught in the thick of it! With Ghost Rider M.I.A., it's up to Wolverine, Hulk and Spider-Man to face off against a demonically possessed Human Torch. But can they defeat him without killing him? Plus: A house call from Dr. Strange!

DEFENDERS: BEYOND #2 (OF 5)

Marvel's September 02022 solicits has many repeats from August

Marvel.com has #6 coming out 21 September

STRANGE #6
JED MACKAY (W)
Lee Garbett (A/C)
BEYOND AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VARIANT COVER BY JORGE FORNES
MARVEL'S VOICES COMMUNITY VARIANT COVER BY LEONARDO ROMERO
WONG TAKES CENTER STAGE!
Someone has stolen pieces of Wong's memory!
But he's going to need them back to stop the Blasphemy Cartel!
It's up to Wong and Bats to retrace their steps to find the truth!
But could this memory be better off forgotten?
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

MIDNIGHT SUNS #1 (OF 5)
A dark prophesy and apocalyptic new villains with horrifying powers the likes of which Earth has never faced before ordains a team of MIDNIGHT SUNS to rise and tear @#$% up: MAGIK, WOLVERINE, BLADE, SPIRIT RIDER & NICO MINORU. But what does this new threat have to do with the Sorcerer Supreme's past? And why is STRANGE ACADEMY student ZOE LAVEAU number one on the Suns' list?

DEFENDERS: BEYOND #3 (OF 5)

FANTASTIC FOUR #47's cover has Mindless Ones

Marvel's October 02022 solicits

STRANGE #7
JED MACKAY (W)
MARCELO FERREIRA (A)
Cover by Lee Garbett
Miracleman Variant Cover by ALAN DAVIS
VARIANT COVER BY LUCIANO VECCHIO
THE SORCERER SUPREME OF DEATH!
Clea and Wong have uncovered who is behind the zombie resurrections of the deceased heroes and villains. But they're going to need all the help they can get, including from the Sorcerer Supreme of Death... the Harvestman!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

MIDNIGHT SUNS #2 (OF 5)
The new team of MIDNIGHT SUNS- MAGIK, WOLVERINE, BLADE, SPIRIT RIDER, AND NICO MINORU- face their first brutal test when DOCTOR DOOM lays siege to STRANGE ACADEMY! What is Doom after?! And an even bigger threat awaits IF they survive- a threat tied to the Sorcerer Supreme and one only the Midnight Suns have the power to overcome.

DEFENDERS: BEYOND #4 (OF 5)

[28 July 02022]

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Strange #4 is out today

Preview at Bleeding Cool

Comic Book Round Up collected reviews

Lovely Umar variant cover by Logan Lubera

"[A]n interesting series, but sadly one with a ticking clock on how long it can continue."

Harrumph: Surgeon Supreme #6 was Legacy #416. Strange #1 was Legacy #417. While past miniseries like Flight Of Bones haven't been included in the Dr. Strange legacy issue numbering, Neilalien is perturbed that huge Doc event The Death Of Doctor Strange miniseries was not part of the legacy numbering, but this Strange series is, that Doc isn't even in (so far). Also: Neilalien was having a small internal debate about if/how to include Strange in The Doctor Strange Story List if they are Clea stories without Doc. But if Strange is part of the Doc legacy numbering, then that debate ends: he must include this entire Clea series.

[27 July 02022]

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Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness on DVD/Blu-Ray/4K Ultra HD out today

With an hour of bonus footage: featurettes, bloopers, deleted scenes, audio commentary with Sam Raimi

Walmart (pin), Target (art/prints), and Best Buy (steelbook) each have exclusive forms

Collider press w/Target art

CBR press w/Walmart pin

ScreenRant press w/Best Buy steelbook

Digital platform release (Amazon Video, iTunes, Disney+) was 22 June

[26 July 02022]

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Why Comic Books Became A More Of A Writer's And Less Of An Artist's Medium

Howard Chaykin: "[S]ince comics have evolved more into an ancillary product of IP, the powers that be- the management class, the movie-and-TV people- cannot identify what writing is in comics. They perceive the writer's job as writing, and the artist's job as illustrators. But comic book artists are- or at least should be- graphic designers in the service of narrative, pictures of narrative value, which means 'story value.' The way an artist sets up a picture is the writing of the book. The writer provides a template. And certainly in this delusional Marvel-style thing where a writer says, 'Give me a fight for five pages,' who's the writer on that? And since comic book fight scenes are external reflections of inner trauma, they are the equivalent of dance numbers or aria in ballet, opera, and musical theater, and choreography is storytelling."

[3 June 02022]

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Stan Lee Returns To Marvel Studios With Genius Brands, POW! Entertainment Licensing Deal

"Marvel has signed a 20-year deal with Stan Lee Universe, a venture between Genius Brands International and POW! Entertainment, to license the name and likeness of Lee for use in future feature films and television productions, as well as Disney theme parks, various 'experiences' and merchandising."

Prepare to be haunted by Animatronic Stan Lees, and Stan Lee Holograms!

[2 June 02022]

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Strange #3 is out today

Previews: [Comics Continuum] [Graphic Policy]

Comic Book Round Up collected reviews

[1 June 02022]

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[Placeholder for Neilalien's eventual review of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, once the DVD is bought and analyzed frame by frame]

[31 May 02022]

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Box Office Milestone: 'Doctor Strange 2' Soars Past $800M Globally

'Doctor Strange 2' VFX Artists On Creating 20 Multiverses In 40 Seconds

[29 May 02022]

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After two weekends, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness global haul stands at $688 million

"The original 'Doctor Strange' ended its theatrical run in [0]2016 with $232 million domestically and $677 million globally."

Drop after first week as usual/expected, a bit steep, but: "its sizable decline is not surprising since 'Doctor Strange 2' is coming off the 11th biggest opening weekend in history"

[16 May 02022]

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'Doctor Strange 2' Screenwriter Michael Waldron Shares Some Insight Into Film's Most Unbelievable Moments

[14 May 02022]

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'Doctor Strange 2' Opens To $265 Million At International Box Office, Flies Past $450 Million Globally

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When Neilalien started blogging, Marvel was near bankruptcy, and there was no Doctor Strange ongoing comic.

What a thrill now for a Doc fan to see a Doctor Strange film as one of the top-ten global movie weekends in history.

Still a thrill- even if "$450 million global movie weekend" necessitates so much big evil corporate-conglomerate process in our modern world to happen--

Thanks and kudos to all cast and crew who worked hard and creatively on the film.

[9 May 02022]

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Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is out!!!

Review aggregators: [Rotten Tomatoes] [Metacritic]

News tags: [Hollywood Reporter] [Variety]

Update: Box Office: 'Doctor Strange 2' Flies To Sensational $90M Friday [Friday's haul- including $36 million in Thursday previews- is the seventh biggest opening day of all time domestically; playing in 4,545 theaters, the widest location count of the pandemic and the fifth-biggest of all time]

Update: How 'Doctor Strange 2' Intriguingly Moves MCU Multiverse Narrative Forward And Why That's Important

[6 May 02022]

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China Officially Bans Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness

Doctor Strange 2 Banned In Egypt And Kuwait Over LGBTQ+ Content

Saudi Arabia's Doctor Strange 2 Ban Stems From Disney Refusing To Cut A 12-Second Scene [in which lesbian character America Chavez mentions she has 'two moms']

[3 May 02022]

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Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness will be out this weekend!!!

'Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness' Presales Outpacing 'Captain Marvel', 'GOTG Vol. 2' & 'Thor: Ragnarok', Heading Toward $150M+ U.S. Opening
["After reporting previously that presales were the best of [0]2022 to date, outstripping The Batman, Fandango said this morning that the Sam Raimi-directed movie is selling five times as many tickets as [0]2016's original Doctor Strange ($85M domestic opening)..."]

IMDb DSitMOM News Page

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Official Trailer [YouTube] [almost 50 million views]

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[2 May 02022]

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Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday 7 May

[1 May 02022]

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