Marvel Studios is getting ready for their next big release of the year: Doctor Strange. After the highly successful Captain America: Civil War, which featured the ultimate superhero battle with Team Iron Man going against Team Captain America, Doctor Strange will introduce a new character to the already established Marvel Cinematic Universe, who will bring magic and other mystical elements into the mix.
The marketing campaign began months ago, and the studio has been releasing TV spots, sneak peeks, posters, and images of Benedict Cumberbatch in full Doctor Strange costume. This is Strange’s first standalone movie, and it will explore his journey through the mystic arts and how he overcame his own demons in order to become the Sorcerer Supreme, so we can’t help but wonder how long will the movie be, as there is a lot to cover in Strange’s origin story.
According to Australian theater chain Event Cinemas, the runtime for Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange is 130 minutes, which is pretty standard for a Marvel movie. As ComicBook points point, other standalone Marvel movies had a similar running time: Iron Man ran 126 minutes, Thor was 115 minutes long, and Captain America: The First Avenger was 124 minutes.
In a previous interview with Collider during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, director Scott Derrickson shared the first cut of the movie was “a little over two hours” and at the time it was a “little under two hours”. However, pick-up shots were still going at the time of that interview, so these re-shoots could have added to make the total of 130 minutes Event Cinemas is reporting.
In addition to the running time, it was also revealed that – in Marvel’s fashion of releasing their movies first in the UK – Doctor Strange will open in the United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 25, while the American audience will have to wait until November 4.
Doctor Strange will follow renowned neurosurgeon Stephen Strange who, after a horrific accident which shatters his hands and leaves him unable to keep performing surgery, sets out on a journey to find the Ancient One – a powerful Sorcerer who can help him heal in levels that go beyond what Strange or anyone else could ever imagine.
A bit over two hours seems suitable for a standalone Marvel movie – more so an origin story that contains many different elements and various details that should be explored in order to better understand what Strange’s journey and backstory is all about. Doctor Strange will take the audience to dimensions that haven’t been fully explored in the MCU before; hopefully, it will help set up other Marvel movies such as Avengers: Infinity War Part 1.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.