The new, hotly-anticipated Marvel film, Dr Strange, will now be released in the UK three days earlier than planned, and a full ten days earlier than in the US, to coincide with the UK’s October half term holidays.
The film, which will see Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock fame taking the titular role, is all about “mind-bending and boggling space and time travel”, and was initially due for release on October 28th.
However, in a bid to get more ticket sales, the date has been moved forward to Tuesday the 25th October, meaning that the film will be in cinemas for the majority of the week-long half term school holidays.
The trailer for the new superhero story shows us the terrible car accident, which ended Dr Stephen Strange’s dazzling career as a surgeon, then takes us to a temple where the Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton, looks into his future.
The Ancient One, in the comics at least, teaches Strange to use his new magical powers, which include astral projection and levitating, among other traditional sorcerer fare.
The character of Strange is a snarky and sarcastic one, and the film is set to bring a slightly different tone to Marvel’s previous offerings. So far in the Cinematic Universe he has been name-dropped once, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, showing that he is already on HYDRA/SHIELD’s radar, and recent behind the scenes footage from Australia has shown that he will be cameoing in Thor: Ragnarok, which is out next year.
There have also been rumours that the legendary character Brother Voodoo will make a brief cameo in the film, and that it will feature the villain Dormammu as well as primary villain Kaecilius.