A very perceptive fan has spotted a Groundhog Day Easter egg in Benedict Cumberbatch’s first cinematic solo outing as Doctor Strange, foreshadowing its ending.
Doctor Strange ended on quite the unique note. In its third act, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange appeared before the film’s primary antagonist Dormammu and demanded a bargain. He was then killed quite quickly and horribly. Then, Doctor Strange turned back time and the action happened over and over again, with Benedict Cumberbatch’s titular hero revealing that they were both now stuck in a time loop. Eventually, Dormammu agreed to leave Earth alone in exchange for Doctor Strange to break the time loop. And apparently, this was something that was foreshadowed earlier in the film.
In an early scene, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange can be seen looking at a watch. A closer examination of the watch reveals that the date on it is February 2, 2016. February 2nd happens to be Groundhog Day and this was clearly a reference to the classic film starring Bill Murray.
In Doctor Strange, the live/die/repeat finale is hinted at early in the film, just before Strange gets in the car accident. When he picks up his watch, the face reads February 2nd. Groundhog Day. Which also happens to be the name of a movie about a guy stuck in a timeloop. pic.twitter.com/HUPj4HghD6
— Movie Details (@moviedetail) August 8, 2019
Groundhog Day is the name of a 1993 fantasy movie directed by Harold Ramis. In the film, Bill Murray plays a bitter weatherman who, for reasons that are never explained, keeps reliving Groundhog Day over and over again. It seems that the people behind Doctor Strange were fans of Groundhog Day!
What did you all think of this Groundhog Day Easter egg? Had you already spotted it? What were your thoughts on Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange? Sound-off your thoughts in the comments section!
Benedict Cumberbatch is set to return as Doctor Strange in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Few details on the project are available but it will apparently be the first horror-themed film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will be joined by Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to be released on May 7, 2021.
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".
Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.
Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.