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Dr. Strange (TV Movie 1978) Poster

(1978 TV Movie)

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The star-burst on Dr. Strange's costume is not on his comic book outfit. While it is indeed similar to one that ordains the costume of another Marvel Comics hero; Captain Mar-Vell, this particular TV movie costume star-burst design is a tell-tale "signature" of this production's costume-design consultant (and former Dr. Strange comic book artist); Frank Brunner. Brunner uses that star-burst on many different design projects and incorporated it, as a more TV-friendly replacement to the "demon" symbol usually worn by the comic-book Dr. Strange. Although not named, the creature that Morgan serves is visually inspired by Dr. Strange's comic book arch-nemesis, Dormammu, while Morgan herself could be seen as being inspired by Dormammu's sister (and Strange's foe), Umar.
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In a 1985 interview, Stan Lee cited Doctor Strange as the Marvel TV project of the 70's that he wound up giving the most input, and noting he became very friendly with Phil Deguere. Lee added that next to the Incredible Hulk, this was the live action adaptation of a Marvel character he was most pleased with at the time. Lee was disappointed by the movie's low ratings, which he attributes to being aired against Roots.
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Morgan Le Fay appears as Doctor Strange's foe in this TV movie. Oddly enough, Morgan Le Fay was introduced to the modern era of MVL comics in Spider-Woman#2 (after an appearance in a dream in Son of Satan#8), just a few months before the air date of this TV movie, and did not encounter Doctor Strange until Avengers#240-241, published in 1984, six years after this TV movie came out.
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Thomas Lindmer is a replacement for Dr. Strange's comic book mentor, the Ancient One, a native Tibetan who was the former sorcerer supreme.
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Morgan Le Fay was the first Marvel foe to be adapted to live action. She was later joined by the Kingpin in _Trial of the Incredible Hulk, The (1989)_ and the Red Skull in Captain America (1990).
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