Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may be the next Marvel Studios movie on fan’s minds, but their most recent release, Doctor Strange still has one last important debut ahead of it – home video. Later this month, the Master of Mysticism will be available in the standard digital, DVD, and Blu-Ray formats, and fortunately for fans, this means the studio has to find all new and fun ways to sell the film to us a second time around.
Even for the increasingly oddball Marvel films, Doctor Strange stands out as a particularly unique piece of cinema. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) as the titular Sorcerer Supreme, Tilda Swinton (Hail, Caesar!), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), and Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), the film features an interdimensional threat, which the heroes can only battle by magically bending the rules of time and space. Partially due to positive word-of-mouth, and partially due to Marvel’s incredible momentum, Doctor Strange become the best-selling premiere for a solo hero from Marvel Studios yet.
Courtesy of Marvel Studios comes a new promo for Doctor Strange’s home video release (see above), which introduces the heroes of the MCU pantheon – in dog form. After building up with canine versions Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America, Cumberbatch dramatically introduces a pug dressed as Doctor Strange. Cumberbatch quietly chastises the seemingly bored creature: “I know it’s a tough gig. I’m a classically trained actor, but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.”
It’s not the announcement of Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers that we’ve all been waiting for, and may not be quite so surreally brilliant as Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas’ Ant-Man promo, but it’s hard to argue the appeal of dogs wearing superhero costumes. Whether or not this video sells any extra copies of Doctor Strange, it certainly reinforces Marvel’s reputation as the studio that’s not afraid to be lighthearted at the expense of their own ego.
Are you picking up Doctor Strange on home video, or do you plan to wait for the inevitable dog remake? Let us know in the comments section, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the MCU as they hit.
Doctor Strange will be released for digital download this February 14th and DVD and Blu-Ray this February 28th.
Source: Marvel Studios (via Comic Book)