Quote:However, the increased use of such things gave me the distinct impression they were trying to make him younger than he had bee. That is more than a pet peeve with me.
You're right with that observation, but then just about all Marvel and Dc frontline characters have been slightly deaged over the last 15 years, Tony Stark and Peter Parker are noticably more youthful looking than in decades past for example, but this is the nature of the medium and the way entertainment in general has moved. Whether Doctor Strange should be deaged a few years like they have been is not all that important I feel, but the gray temples do form an important part of his visual appearance and serve to make him distinctive.
Being somewhat flexible where costume is concerned I can accept a different dress code for the Doctor, I am a fan of Mark Buckinghams work on the series in the mid 90s, but what balances out such a change is that it is still clearly Stephen Strange in this new costume - and that is why the gray temples are important - Identification and a distinctive look.
I'm not a big fan o de-aging in general. Since Peter was young in the first place I tend to be a little more lenient, until they start really pushing the youth button. It is especially frustrating since most of the new characters are younger, so why even do it.
Dematteis once said when asked a about a similar topic that diversity means diversity in age too. I started reading Doctor Strange as a teenager, and part of what I liked is that he wasn't bogged down by those typical problems in my life or in the mot too distant future. I have never and assume never will have any problems with older characters. I actually find when characters are allowed to at least act older than that 15-25o or 30 year sweet spot they are much richer and more intriguing.
when it comes to the costume and the scarf... I don't really hate it, but I do need to get used to it. The lack of grey temples though bugs mee a lot since, as you say they are iconic.