Image of the Day: Benedict Cumberbatch visits comic book shop -- as Doctor Strange!

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Apr 5, 2016, 11:07 AM EDT

Benedict Cumberbatch celebrated the end of shooting on Doctor Strange by taking it back to where it all began.

Director Scott Derrickson and Marvel Studios finished principal photography on Doctor Strange in New York City last week, with a mountain of pictures emerging from the location shoot in midtown Manhattan. But to make the whole thing even cooler (as if a freakin' feature film about the Sorcerer Supreme isn't cool enough), star Benedict Cumberbatch stopped by a local comic-book store -- in full Stephen Strange costume:


That's Cumberbatch with Rene Rosa, manager of JHU Comic Books, who posted the pics on the shop's Facebook page. Cumberbatch even posed with a Doctor Strange book:



We can only imagine what it must be like to be working in a comic-book store and see something that you sell practically come to life on the street outside your business. The JHU blog has the whole story, including a nice bit about how members of the crew kept coming in and buying things because they felt bad about closing down the street while filming and hurting business.

And then in walked the Sorcerer Supreme:

Everyone there was excited, laughing and couldn't believe it. Benedict Cumberbatch was incredibly nice, gracious and he and I went back and forth with some banter for a little bit before he had to go right back out and shoot more scenes. He didn't have time to do much more than shake hands, talk and take a few pictures, but we totally understood that and were lucky just to have him in...I was able to get my picture with him and then he had to go. The whole thing lasted no more than a few minutes, but luckily we were able to get some pictures of it and the very few of us that were there have some unforgettable memories.

What a great way to say thank you to the shop and its staff, while also paying homage to where all this stuff began -- in the pages of the funnybooks.

Here's Scott Derrickson officially calling a wrap on filming:



Now, the movie goes into post-production as the countdown begins to Nov. 4, 2016. 

(via Slashfilm)