This roundup of Doctor Strange trivia will have you shouting "By the ruby rings of Raggador!" Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme is familiar to comic book fans, but he's not so well known to mainstream audiences. If you're only familiar with high tech or radioactive comic book heroes, you'll learn the basics of Dr. Strange right here. You'll be an expert in the mystic arts in no time at all.
Strange, who has been casting spells in the pages of Marvel Comics for more than 50 years, and while he's never necessarily achieved the popularity of characters like Spider-Man or Hulk, he's one of the most powerful, vital, and fascinating characters in the sprawling Marvel Universe.
Just who is Stephen Strange? What is a Sorcerer Supreme? How does he interact with and impact the Marvel Universe as we know it? Through these Doctor Strange trivia facts, all of this and more will be explained. This is your crash course on everything about the most fantastical and phantasmagoric superhero around, Doctor Strange!
He Is the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe
Since the death of his mentor the Ancient One back in 1973, Dr. Strange has held the title of Sorcerer Supreme. He's held this title of power and pride on and off, but definitely more on than off.
Just what it means to be the Sorcerer Supreme is sort of fluid, but according to the official definition, this magical being is "a practitioner of the mystic or magic arts who has greater skills than all others or commands a greater portion of the ambient magical energies than any other organism on a given world or dimension."
He relinquished the title from 1992-1995 then again in 2009, when Brother Voodoo picked up the mantle. Strange has since reclaimed the title for himself.
He Co-Founded the Defenders
The Defenders are a group of 'outsiders' and were effectively Marvel's first 'Non-Team' of heroes who only assemble as needed.
They were the original team to handle mystic and supernatural threats before those became a mainstay for the Avengers to handle as well. The founding team (which would go on to rotate extensively) consisted of Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer, Hulk, and Namor.
He Wields the Eye of Agamotto and Many Other Mystical Artifacts
Many of the Sorcerer Supreme's powers come from the mystical objects he's collected. Strange wields many powerful artifacts including the Cloak of Levitation (which allows him to fly), the Eye of Agamotto (the light of which can negate evil magic), the Book of Vishinti (which possesses the knowledge of all white magic), and the Orb of Agamotto (effectively a crystal ball).
He Lives in the Sanctum Sanctorum
Strange's base and home is the Sanctum Sanctorum located at 177A Bleeker Street in Manhattan. You could go there right now, but the real spot in Greenwich Village is probably a whole lot less magical than it's comic counterpart. The Sanctum is itself a magical artifact. It can alter its appearance as needed and houses Stephen's vast library of other mystic artifacts and knowledge. It was also the temporary base for the New Avengers.