The following contains spoilers for Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
Doctor Strange is the latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has been transcending audiences to the multiverse. The visual effects pushed the limits of cinema and translated to cinemas across the world. One of the most effect-heavy scenes was when The Ancient One pushes Stephen Strange through the multiverse. The result is a colorful, magical and mystical visual world that has never been seen before. Originally, that scene was supposed to be extended.
Visual Effects Supervisor Stef Ceretti explained that the “Magical Mystery Tour” was supposed to be seven minutes long.
“The Magical Mystery Tour was a bunch of lines of The Ancient One telling Strange that the world that he knows is just a little piece of the world that really exists. So we tried to tie visuals to all these beats… there were tons of other things that didn’t make it in the script, with relationships with his past. The Magical Mystery Tour was seven minutes long!”
According to Ceretti, the scene was so complex, it was very hard to describe it within the script.
“You can’t describe it with words. And that’s been the problem all along — there was no way to write it in the script. It was a visual script that we did. I put together a reel, and then we put it together with concept art, the pre-vis guys put it together with concepts I’d taken, and made a story out of it. The editor came into the process early — before we started to shoot. That doesn’t happen so much. We started to edit the Magical Mystery Tour before the other sequences of the film. So we had the editor editing the film before we shot it!”
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong, Amy Landecker, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins, Doctor Strange is in theaters now.
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