Much to the annoyance of our American friends, us Brits get to watch Marvel movies at least a week before they arrive in North America. The trend first started all the way back in 2010 with Iron Man 2 and has proven to be a winning formula to generate extra buzz surrounding their releases.
The trend will continue with the arrival of Doctor Strange which has just been moved up a full three days from its original October 28 launch. Benedict Cumberbatch's Sorcerer Supreme will now materialise in UK cinemas on Tuesday, October 25 so you'd better start working on your excuse to call in sick from work.
Directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister), Marvel's first foray into the mystical centres on renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange who embarks on a quest to heal himself following a traumatic car accident. The good doctor's journey leads him to encounter The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who trains him in the mystical arts.
Last month news emerged that Doctor Strange underwent a brief stint of additional filming with new scenes written by Community's Dan Harmon. There's nothing unusual about a big studio project setting aside some time for pick-ups as it's their last chance to fine-tune the narrative. That said, there has been a healthy amount of chatter that a cameo from an Avenger might have been part of the additional filming block. It remains unclear is Harmon will be credited for his work, he's no stranger to uncredited touch-ups (Kung Fu Panda), but it would be something special to see his name in a Marvel movie.
Also starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Benjamin Bratt, and a gold star cameo from Stan Lee, Doctor Strange is released in the UK on October 25.