One of the first standout moments of the new MCU film Doctor Strange has been nicknamed the Magical Mystery Tour by film director Scott Derrickson. In it, the Ancient One sends the good doctor on what must have seemed like an endless trip through the multiverse in an effort to show him that reality is a lot more than he thinks it is.
While it may have seemed like a long, strange trip (and trip!) to Strange, in the film it’s only a couple minutes long. It’s an impactful couple minutes, however, in that it introduces the audience to not only the multiverse, but the visual feel of the film and the world the MCU is now stepping into. It’s a mesmerizing sequence and, to longtime readers of Doctor Strange, startlingly accurate.
Cinema Blend has revealed through an interview with the film’s Visual Effects Supervisor Stef Ceretti that the scene in question was originally supposed to be seven minutes long! Three times what the theatrical version clocked in at. Ceretti went into some detail on how the scene was constructed:
The Magical Mystery Tour was a bunch of lines of The Ancient One telling Strange that the world that he knows is just a little piece of the world that really exists. So we tried to tie visuals to all these beats… there were tons of other things that didn’t make it in the script, with relationships with his past. The Magical Mystery Tour was seven minutes long!
Ceretti then confirmed to Cinema Blend that the entire seven minutes of the original scene was filmed so fans will certainly get to see it at some point. But they didn’t see it in the theaters because it was simply too much and would have potentially taken away from the impact of the final confrontation with Dormammu which was set in similar surroundings. When asked, Ceretti described, as best he could, sort of what was in the extra four and a half minutes of footage.
You can’t describe it with words. And that’s been the problem all along — there was no way to write it in the script. It was a visual script that we did. I put together a reel, and then we put it together with concept art, the pre-vis guys put it together with concepts I’d taken, and made a story out of it. The editor came into the process early — before we started to shoot. That doesn’t happen so much. We started to edit the Magical Mystery Tour before the other sequences of the film. So we had the editor editing the film before we shot it!
Ceretti admits that even though he’s been a part of the team that has brought the MCU films to the screen for years now (his handiwork can be seen in Winter Soldier, The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy) he admits that Doctor Strange was a challenge unlike any other (more detail can be read about in this MCU Exchange article) but the results were no doubt worth the labors.
What do you think about that scene in the film? Anxious to see more of it? Do you think cutting it down by so much was a good idea? Sound off below about what you think.
Source: Cinema Blend