Or instead of doing 7 hours of cardio per week, you can change your lifestyle so that you don't need to do all that cardio. I don't have much sympathy because that's the route I took.
I got a standing desk at work. If you look at a calorie chart, standing burns about 50 more calories per hour than sitting.
My commute changed from 45 minutes one way to 20 minutes, so I spend 50 minutes less per day sitting in a car. Assuming I'm not a lazy couch potato at home, that means I burn 40 more calories a day due to the shorter commute.
My commute changed by moving from the suburbs into the city. I estimate that I spend 20 minutes less a day in the car doing errands, due to closer stores, some within walking distance. That's probably a 50 calorie swing.
All told that's about 500 more calories a day that I'm burning, or about the same as an hour of cardio.
GotG got a pass for being in deep space where the rules only kind of apply. They added a bridge between Earth and crazy aliens, but it was still firmly crazy alien territory. It was an additional baby-step towards a universe where the climax of the Infinity Gauntlet shit makes sense.
Marvel has demonstrated an incredible ability to organically introduce us to increasingly weirder stuff, but it needs to remain organic. I think a scene like that depicted in the comic up there could work as a climax to the Strange film, after the viewer has been eased into the world a bit, but the day Marvel decides "THERE ARE NO RULES! ANYTHING GOES!" is the day they stumble.
Alternately, they could pull a GotG in the sense that they make the movie almost completely removed from anything happening in the larger MCU, with a few nods towards it. Make it seem like Dr. Strange's world first and foremost and oh yeah I guess Iron Man was over here doing stuff you know whatevs, and the audience will probably accept it as connected without even realizing it. It'll allow them to get a little crazier because the audience won't be trying to figure out how cosmic magic fits in with robots and super-soldiers.
What made GOTG able to do that was an audience surrogate lead, Quill, and it was the origin for the team. They didn't throw the audience into the deep end with the Guardians already established. They did this with Avengers, too, minus the audience surrogate lead - that was the "prequels" setting up the main characters and world building.
Well, that pertains to how they introduced the characters. But the world had no real lead-in. We get ten minutes of OMGSAD on Earth, then Quill is stomping around to 70s rock while singing into an alien rodent and playing with sci-fi tech and then weird aliens accost him and then oh hey a raccoon is yelling at his pet tree and I don't even. All of which they could do because this was in some weird part of the galaxy that had dick to do with Earth, so anything goes.
I disagree. If you think about it, they did a marvelous (lol) job of bridging from Earth to GotG Space. I'll throw some details in a spoiler:Spoiler:It opens with Kid Quill on Earth, dealing with very real and human things. Ok, so it's in the same physical reality as Earth, basic rules about physics and stuff probably apply.
Then he's abducted. Ok, Science-fiction rules.
Then we get the scene with him all grown up searching for the orb. It's an alien world, but it's not super-strange. It has ruins, it has geysers, things that are believable on Earth. And little rodent creatures, that while imaginative, aren't that dissimilar to Earth animals, and through it all you have Peter singing and dancing, an incredibly human thing to do. The first aliens they show are humanoid, with human-like behaviors and motivations.
Later, after he escapes on the ship, you get introduced to the red chick; still "human", but we're pushing a bit farther out in that Star Trek TOS kind of way. Also, he totally slept with her, so the audience knows, hey, it's just a red chick. Then you get the call from Yondu, a blue alien with the metal mohawk; visually stepping out a bit further, but his speech sounds like he's from Rural America, and he's mad he got double-crossed; he's an alien, but he's behaving like a Human.
Later still, you get Xandar, in an alien city that looks more advanced than Earth, but it's still a city, full of people, even though more of them looking more alien, and you get Rocket and Groot.
The point is, if you really look at the structure, the movie very deliberately keeps all these alien things and settings grounded in Earth-like expectations and pushes things farther and farther out in small steps, until you're flying into the disembodied head of an ancient celestial giant and no one in the audience is blinking an eye.