Traditionally, supernatural superheroes have rarely been successful in media. To clarify, these are comic book superheroes that are specifically based on some kind of magic, sorcery, or horror elements. I grew up wanting to like these more because I liked Horror films a lot. It has always seemed to me, they rarely get the massive success of other heroes. In fact, the few comics I read that belonged in this category (Swamp Thing, 90's Ghost Rider, Hellboy, Spawn) never really built up enough of a stellar audience, which I attribute to poor stories as well. Not that the stories are bad; these stories are just. . . different. I liked Dr. Strange and Dr. Doom going to get his Mom. I liked a lot of Hellboy, even met Mike Mignola and talked to him about horror fiction. I liked these stories, but didn't really love them as possible film characters. I bring this up for two reasons. 1. Dr. strange is obviously in a lived in universe, so that helps. Normally, I think it is kinda difficult for audiences to separate horror from adventure in their minds. Horror and comedy works like Peanut Butter and Jelly. Even some sci-fi can be mixed with horror if done correctly, like Harold Ramis and Dan Akyroyd's brilliant Ghost Busters. Rarely, have I seen films where the main protagonist is meant to be a superhero specifically against supernatural forces. Yes, television has been successful with X-Files, Buffy, and Supernatural, but not so much on film. I suspect because they television world has time to set the parameters of the universe lived in for the heroes. They give us week-after-week of levity with real-life issues of the characters to balance something that comes from the great beyond. In films, we have a limited time to get from point A to B, and the audience may or may not accept the heroism very quickly. 2. These films are kinda difficult to market. Does it go before an audience expecting blood and guts, only to not really deliver? Does it go for the niche comic fans, which will not be coming out in droves like say Spider-Man or Batman? However, Dr. Strange has a chance to change things by stepping into a lived-in universe. Where Marvel failed me with introducing us to The Mandarin, they can make up here. The films such as: Swamp Thing, Blade, Hellboy, Ghost Rider, and Blade have been marginally successful. Spawn (1997) Domestic: $54,870,175 62.5% + Foreign: $32,969,867 37.5% = Worldwide: $87,840,042 Blade Series (1998-2004) $204,847,943 Hellboy (2004) Domestic: $59,623,958 60.0% + Foreign: $39,695,029 40.0% = Worldwide: $99,318,987 Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008) Domestic: $75,986,503 47.4% + Foreign: $84,401,560 52.6% = Worldwide: $160,388,063 Constantine (2005) Domestic: $75,976,178 32.9% + Foreign: $154,908,550 67.1% = Worldwide: $230,884,728 Ghost Rider (2007) Domestic: $115,802,596 50.6% + Foreign: $112,935,797 49.4% = Worldwide: $228,738,393 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) Domestic: $51,774,002 39.1% + Foreign: $80,789,928 60.9% = Worldwide: $132,563,930 Can Dr. Strange even get close to half a billion?