The year is 1978. A young Roman Polanski decides that molesting young girls and fleeing the country is better than molesting young girls and going to prison. Ted Bundy is arrested in Florida. Someone steals the remains of Charlie Chaplin from a Swiss cemetery. It's a pretty decent year for awful shit.
Somewhere north of Hollywood, maybe in a shack, maybe an opium den, someone hatches the idea to develop a Dr. Strange film based on the Marvel comic book about a sorcerer who looks like an over-the-hill European gigolo who's endured a lifelong struggle with denying his own sexuality.
The plot of Dr. Strange involves an evil sorceress, and Dr. Strange becomes the new sorcerer supreme to defend against her and other evil-type people. Jessica Walter, whom you may know as Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development, plays Morgan LeFay, so we can pretend, in retrospect, that if the TV show had been picked up, it would have featured the evil of Pop-Pop and Uncle Father Oscar.
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Pictured: Dr. Strange's mentor, Professor Ass Tapper.
As a Marvel movie of the '70s, this had no choice but to be terrible, but it's worth noting that when Strange is introduced about eight minutes into the movie as a mild-mannered psychiatrist with no knowledge of what's to come, he's also introduced as a doctor who routinely shows up late for work and bangs the nurses from the hospital while cracking jokes about buying them shitty perfume. Was Dr. Strange the origin of the term "some strange" in reference to obtaining illicit sex from someone whose name you couldn't care less about? I like to think so, and I like to think that this movie specifically is what brought it out.
Strange has to accept his fate and fight against not just Lucille Bluth but her twitching red/orange dildo of a boss, whose name may never actually be established, but which we can assume is Dildwar the Horrendous. Will Strange be up to the challenge? Will he continue to drink malt liquor and offer rides on his stellar, Magnum-level mustache? We'll never know, because the movie was broadcast opposite Roots, no one watched it, and it never became a TV show.