Though reviews for “Doctor Strange” have included various caveats, one thing that has been scoring unanimous praise has been the stunning and trippy visuals of the Marvel Studios film.
No more is this on display than what’s dubbed the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ sequence early in the film in which Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) gets a trip through the multiverse courtesy of The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton).
VFX Supervisor Stef Ceretti spoke with Cinema Blend recently and revealed the sequence was originally supposed to be a much longer scene – around seven minutes in total as opposed to the final cut which is about half that:
“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!
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 confirms that all the material for the seven-minute sequence was filmed which suggests we might get the extended version on the home video release. “Doctor Strange” is now in cinemas.