Doctor Strange took its titular character - as well as the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe - in a new, mystic direction when it premiered late last year.
Nevertheless, some moments did not make their way into the film itself, including a scene where the titular hero (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) tended to an injured dog on the streets of Katmandu. The deleted scene was praised by many when it was first unveiled in February.
But according to the film's director, Scott Derrickson, there was a very good reason for the scene to have been left on the cutting room floor. Let's take a dive into what Derrickson said...
Derrickson took to Twitter earlier today to address the Doctor Strange deleted scene, and justify why it didn't make it into the final film. You can check out the tweet below.
With Stephen Strange beginning Doctor Strange as, frankly, a rather unlikeable character, Derrickson's justification does make quite a bit of sense. While the sorcerer eventually was willing to save people - and not just for the sake of his own gain - it took the various trials and tribulations of the film for him to shake his selfish nature and get to that point.
Derrickson echoed this in subsequent tweets, which you can check out on the next slide.
In the replies of Derrickson's original tweet, many went on to praise the deleted scene, as well as the director's justification for cutting it. As the director explained, the heartwarming moment counteracted Strange's emotional journey throughout the larger film.
I love it too but it was working against the character journey so I cut it. Too much change too early. Gotta sometimes murder your darlings.— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) July 29, 2017
But as Derrickson revealed, the scene was initially included as a sort of fail-safe, in the event that audiences would not sympathize with Strange as a character.
It was a kind of security scene too - in case Strange was just TOO unlikeable. But it became clear to me in early cuts that wasn't the case.— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) July 29, 2017
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In Doctor Strange, Dr. Stephen Strange's (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident
Doctor Strange was directed by Scott Derrickson, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill. Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, along with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.
Benedict Cumberbatch is next slated to appear as Doctor Strange in Thor: Ragnarok, which was teased by the post-credits scene to Doctor Strange. Thor Ragnarok opens in November 2017.
Doctor Strange will then fight alongside the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes in the battle against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, opening in May 2018. His role in the sequel, which will open in May 2019, is unknown.
Marvel Studios has not yet announced plans for a sequel to Doctor Strange. Most expect that a sequel will be announced whenever Marvel Studios officially announces its plans for the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that Doctor Strange will have a major role to place in the shared universe's future.
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