The director of Doctor Strange 2 has confessed that the first version of The Adventures of Stephen Strange was much longer than the one finally shown on the big screen.
With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Sam Raimi offers Marvel a successful foray into the horror genre. From the top of its 2h06, the film offered an excellent launch, to the point of ranking among the best cinema releases in the history of Disney. However, the version shown in the cinema is not quite the same as that initially imagined by the director.
Asked by Collider, the filmmaker explained that the first cut lasted nearly two hours and forty minutes: “It slowly came down as we did reshoots. And (…) we arrived smoothly at two hours and (six) minutes in total”. A decision that seems to have gone smoothly, reassures Sam Raimi. According to the director, it was above all a question of improving the coherence of the film, in particular in its sequence with the previous feature films. A bias that Disney and Marvel seemed to take just as much to heart as the director.
Where to see the cut scenes of Doctor Strange 2 ?
However, it is impossible for the moment to know what the cut scenes will contain. During the first test screenings last January, several changes were made to ensure that the film was well understood. Among the 30 minutes concerned, some sequences may however be viewed by the spectators who will buy the film on physical media. On this subject, Sam Raimi indicated that he would have no say in the choice of scenes that will enrich the DVD and Blu-Ray formats: “I’m trying to remember what Marvel is going to include in deleted scenes. It’s really their choice, but I know that there are at least two or three planned. However, I don’t know if there will be more”.
While waiting to discover the cut scenes of Doctor Strange 2, the film has been released in theaters since last Wednesday.