Marvel fans are excited to finally see images of the upcoming Dr. Strange movie. Benedict Cumberbatch is starring as the Sorcerer Supreme, and is featured in some on-set photos taken in New York City after the filming moved from London’s Pinewood Shepperton Studios in order to shoot some city-specific scenes.
Dr. Strange has already filmed all over the planet, according to a report from the Mary Sue. In order to bring the Marvel character and his story to life, scenes have been filmed in London, Nepal, and now New York City. The latter has produced several pictures, and even video, of the action in the streets of NYC, removing a layer of secrecy that has been cast over the new superhero film.
Benedict Cumberbatch Filming #DoctorStrange today and yesterday in NYC! pic.twitter.com/XqN1hKU2Rg
— Marvel News (@MarvelNewz) April 3, 2016
Chiwetel Ejiofor is playing Dr. Stephen Strange’s sidekick, Baron Mordo, and was also seen filming in New York City with Benedict Cumberbatch. The New York Daily News reported that Ejiofor and Cumberbatch were filming near the Flatiron Building in Manhattan on Saturday morning.
In addition to Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dr. Strange stars Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, as well as Benedict Wong as Dr. Strange’s servant, Wong. Also appearing in the new Marvel superhero movie are Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, and Scott Adkins.
Scott Derrickson directs the new Marvel superhero film, due in theaters on November 4, with a U.K. release scheduled for October 28. While most of the new Dr. Strange movie was filmed in Nepal and in the Shepperton Studios in London, not all of the New York City scenes were able to be filmed in the studio. Instead, the cast and crew headed to New York City to get shots of some of the action sequences from downtown Manhattan. Marvel fans are aware that Dr. Stephen Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, resides at the Sanctum Sanctorum in Greenwich Village in New York City.
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Cumberbatch has talked about taking on the role of Stephen Strange. He recently talked to Entertainment Weekly about the role. Cumberbatch talked about taking on the role of a sorcerer in training. “It was like, okay, I’ve got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically,” Cumberbatch said of the Marvel character. “I’m thinking, there’s going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there. And I’m still working on that. We haven’t played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious. But, then, by the end, it was great. It’s like anything, you just have to experiment.”
While pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange have been made public previously, there has been some secrecy surrounding the other characters, namely Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mondo. With the duo filming in public on Saturday, that secrecy has been busted and photos of both actors quickly began circulating the internet. There is even some film footage made available on Twitter by a lucky fan who happened to be in the area during filming. The New York City scene that was filmed on Saturday featured Dr. Strange and Baron Mondo trying to escape from the members of an evil cult.
When fans have only seen the outfit and they’re Already underestimating the Dr Strange movie… pic.twitter.com/LSTCe70ODe
— Ziggy (@mrjafri) April 3, 2016
Marvel has high hopes for Dr. Strange. The Sorcerer Supreme made his first movie debut in 2014’s Captain America: Winter Solider before earning a spinoff of his own. The release of Dr. Strange will be the third part of a Marvel movie release, with another Captain America installment coming out at the beginning of Summer.
Dr. Strange tells the story of Stephen Strange, an NYC resident, and neurosurgeon who learns of a hidden world of magic. A near-fatal accident opens up alternate dimensions for the new Marvel superhero, bringing a brand new story to Marvel fans, who have never been treated to a movie about this character before.
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