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The next big movie in the MCU is Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch, due to hit theaters this November. So far the only indication we’ve had of its storyline are a few sneak peeks and the trailer, but all that’s set to change with the release of a prelude comic on Wednesday (July 6).

Marvel’s Doctor Strange Prelude #1 is the first of two comics that will outline the backstory leading up to the movie’s opening scenes, and Comicosity has managed to get hold of four pages. They show how the whole thing starts at the British Museum in London, not a million miles from a certain Baker Street:

(Image: Marvel)
(Image: Marvel)

The hooded woman in the first few frames has led some fans to speculate if she is Umar, a sorceress who becomes one of Doctor Strange’s greatest foes (not to mention a mother-in-law from hell, given she’s his wife Clea’s mom).

The comic goes on to show how a “powerful, ancient relic” has been stolen:

(Image: Marvel)
(Image: Marvel)

…which prompts a team of masters of the mystic arts go on a mission to find it before whoever stole it can do too much harm:

(Image: Marvel)
(Image: Marvel)

One of them is Wong, Strange’s sidekick and a descendent of Chinese monks from the mystic city of Kamar-Taj who will be played in the movie by The Martian and Marco Polo‘s Benedict Wong.

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(Image: Marvel)

We’re yet to find out if any of the other characters in the movie make an appearance, such as the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton), Baron Mordor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), or sorcerer Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen).

Or if indeed Steven Strange himself plays a part—meaning we might get to see Benedict Cumberbatch in cartoon form.

You can pre-order the comic series from Marvel.

What do you think of this prelude?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.