Ahead of Doctor Strange’s release on home video in a few short weeks, Marvel has debuted (via Entertainment Weekly) the first deleted scene from director Scott Derrickson's tale of the Sorcerer Supreme.
Marvel's latest cinematic offering will boast loads of cool bonus material, including an audio commentary (I can't wait for that!), video featurettes, a gag reel, five deleted scenes and Part 2 of Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi's hilarious Marvel mockumentary, Team Thor. And speaking of deleted scenes, we have one right here!
The scene below features Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and his Zealots summoning Dormammu, though they have a Doubting Thomas amongst them (nobody likes a Doubting Thomas) whose faith in the malevolent ruler of the Dark Dimension is not up to par. Let's just say things don't go well for him.
"I really liked those scenes and I think everyone did a good job on them,” said director Scott Derrickson about the deleted scenes. "[But] they weren't hard to cut. We tested the movie with and without them. It wasn't just about the audience's reaction, it was really how the movie felt. Pauline Kael used to always talk about the director needing to know where the audience wants to be, and at that point of the movie, the audience didn't want to be jumping around, they wanted to stay with Strange, who's on this very interesting, very personal and very dramatic journey. The intrusion of those scenes was breaking up the soul of the movie in a way that just wasn't necessary. We didn't need it. When we removed them, we found that we lost very little, and we gained more power in the major arc of the character. So, it was a pretty easy choice in the end."
UPDATE: Yahoo! Movies has released another deleted scene In Which Kaecilius Does Another Very Bad Thing.
Doctor Strange will arrive on Digital HD (and 3D) and Disney Movies on Feb. 14 and on Blu-ray (including 3D), Digital SD, DVD and VOD on Feb. 28. Will you be picking this one up?