Movies can be very fluid works of art. Even massive-budgeted superhero pictures, which rely on huge set pieces, can change their shape from screenwriting to screening. It's common that whole sequences can be scrapped because they aren't fitting into the finished story as it continues to come together -- and in the MCU, we even have heard of certain scenes being used a post-credit sequences, or even prologues for pending sequels. This might have happened for Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange. During a recent visit to the movie's set, Marvel President Kevin Feige revealed that Derrickson's movie had a different opening, explaining:
I knew nothing about the CERN, but the official site confirms that the scientists studying at this European Organization for Nuclear Research are using complex scientific equipment to analyze how particles interact, thereby explaining the fundamental laws of nature. I can see how, in researching the dimensions that Doctor Strange wants to explore on screen, Marvel might have entertained the notion of opening this movie at CERN. Maybe some of the research being conducted here crossed paths with truths that have been unearthed by The Ancient One and her disciples?
Whatever the scene, it was generic enough that Marvel might save it for Doctor Strange 2, whenever that movies eventually comes out.
I do like how confident Marvel is about moving scenes around in its interlocking MCU like chess pieces on a big board. The CERN scene actually could have been a set up for Thor: Ragnarok, as the Asgardian sequel is expected to tear down the barrier between magic and reality even further than Doctor Strange does. Suffice it to say, 2017 is going to be a very surreal time for the MCU... and that's a good thing.
Doctor Strange opens in theaters on November 4. Are you excited?
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