First of all, the mind bending effects are great. They get the weirdness of Strange’s “world” first captured by Jack Kirby (who is one of *the* creative names in comic book history), which has a very 1960 sensibilities….
…without stepping *that* far outside the norm that the non-comic book reading audience will lose the suspension of disbelief. (And yes, that one shot of the multiple NYCs is very reminiscent of Inception, but after the previous effects shots of reality parting I’ll forgive it.)
Again, Cumberbatch is a perfect choice for Stephen Strange. Strange’s story is that of a man falling from human hubris into wisdom and mystical power. Yes, it’s a comic book movie, but the main character’s emotional arc is a very dramatic one. It’s a part any actor would eat up a ladle, and Cumberbatch I think will be able to pull it off very well.
Interesting choice of Tilda Swinton for The Ancient One. It’s an intriguing take on a character that is a martial arts/mystic stereotype of the old Asian man. (Mess not with the old Asian man carrying a flute, he will beat the crap out of you with it.) And she does that detached androgyny, as if she is a being has passed beyond human concepts, very well. I approve. I’m sure some Marvel/Strange fans are going ape-shit, but I think it’s a very cool choice.
The final shot in the trailer is a direct nod to the fans. It’s the famous window of Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum (which is located, in this plane of existence, in Greenwich Village, NY).