How do you feel about cultural appropriation?
It must be said: Casting Tilda Swinton as the immortal, Celtic leader of a Nepal-based sanctuary is odd. Naming the only Asian-American actor in the film "Wong" (played by Benedict Wong) is odd. Styling the lavish costumes, magical artifacts, and tai chi-conjured spells to echo Eastern iconography, while hustling to remove the mystic beliefs from reality, is... odd. Swinton's bravado, Wong's bookish diligence, and the spectacle do impress, but Doctor Strange can't escape the comic's stereotypical origins. It's a delicate topic, one that everyone involved hoped to avert, but certain sets of eyes may not take kindly to this interpretation.
Are you invested in the ongoing exploits of The Avengers?
"Doctor Strange will return" reads the movie's final title card. A pair of post-credit stingers tease just how he'll do it, tying the sorcerer directly to characters we know. If you want to keep up with the upcoming Marvel slate -- that's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), and an untitled fourth Avengers sequel in 2019 -- then you don't have much of a choice: You're seeing this damn movie. Cumberbatch is the reason you don't have to feel too bad about it.