Friday, 7 October 2016

Doctor Strange UK release date moves forward

For their next trick, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding into the Quantum Realm with Doctor Strange. Now word comes that Marvel Studios have conjured up a slightly earlier release date for UK audiences.

The fourteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will now be released in the UK on Tuesday 25 October, a full three days earlier than the original 28 October date. This means the film will arrive over a week before American audiences, who will not get their first look at Stephen Strange until 4 November.

This is fairly standard practise for Marvel, who tend to stagger release dates internationally, generally favouring the UK and other European territories over the US on who gets the first look – a habit that started with Iron Man 2 (2010).

Directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister), Doctor Strange finds Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) as the Sorcerer Supreme, also known as Stephen Strange, a selfish New York surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he ends up in the care of a mystical healer known as the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and learns to tap into psychic and magical powers. In recognition of his selfless efforts to thwart evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), he is taught the mystical arts and sets out to defeat other shady sorcerers and various villains.

With Rachel McAdams (About Time), Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt), Benedict Wong (The Martian), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) and Amy Landecker (A Serious Man) also in the cast, Doctor Strange will now arrive here in the UK on 25 October before heading to the US 4 November.

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