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  • Actor-Inspired Element: The scene where the Cloak of Levitation wipes away Strange's tears wasn't in the original script. On the day they were filming the scene, Cumberbatch suggested the idea to the producer, who burst out laughing and liked it so much he directed the special effects crew to make it happen.
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Benedict Cumberbatch spent his gap year teaching English at a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India, which he has acknowledged is similar to Strange's Himalayan origin story.
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    • Just like Mads Mikkelsen, Kaecilius is Danish (according to All There in the Manual).
  • All-Star Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, and Rachel McAdams have all been nominated for Oscars, while Mads Mikkelsen is very well-respected in the film industry.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Mads Mikkelsen and director Scott Derrickson went on record that one of the reasons that the former signed up for the film was that "he got to do kung fu".
  • California Doubling: Averted for the the segments taking place on Nepal, which are really shot there, but played straight for some of the scenes in New York City, which were shot in London, England. Naturally averted with the brief moment taking place in London.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Mexican Spanish dub, Doctor Strange is voiced by famous singer and actor Beto Castillo.
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  • The Danza: Coincidentally. The character was named Wong long before Benedict Wong was cast.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • Scenes containing Donna, Stephen Strange's sister, were deleted.
    • Stephen Strange heals a dog's broken leg in Kathmandu.
    • During the first ritual to draw power from the Dark Dimension, one of the Zealots fails, proving his faith not to be as strong as the others', and Kaecilius executes him.
    • In the church the Zealots will use as their headquarters, Kaecilius confronts the priest: after questioning the meaning of an "afterlife", he offers evidence that such a thing doesn't exist, and kills the priest.
    • Suddenly finding himself in the New York Sanctum, Doctor Strange briefly confronts Master Daniel Drumm before he goes to face the Zealots.
  • Dueling Movies: Released the exact same day as another film with a lead character who is unwilling to kill people and is put in a situation that confronts that directly, Hacksaw Ridge from Mel Gibson (who was just starting to recover from his decade-long Persona Non Grata stance in main Hollywood). That movie has three names who were once attached to Marvel and Disney (Andrew Garfield, who played the second cinematic Spider-Man, Hugo Weaving, who played Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger, and Bill Mechanic, who was the boss of Walt Disney Home Video from 1984 to 1993/1994. Gibson also voiced John Smith in Pocahontas). Strange wins, but Hacksaw Ridge also had to deal with Mechanic's former supervisor Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, who released Trolls alongside the dueling movies (it's one of the last DWA films to involve Katzenberg after he sold the studio).
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  • Dyeing for Your Art: Benedict Cumberbatch hit the gym and went on a strict diet to suitably bulk up for the role.
  • Executive Meddling: Zigzagged. In one interview, Writer C. Robert Cargill confirmed that the decision to change Strange's origin story from taking place in Tibet to Nepal and the Race Lift of the Ancient One was done to avoid the film being Banned in China, since Chinese censors are notoriously touchy about Tibet and because China is very key part of the overseas market for Hollywood films. However, he later tweeted that there being political pressure from China was speculation on his part, followed by Kevin Feige responding too that the Ancient One's casting was not affected by political reasons. Cargill defended the decision, noting that there was no "good" option regarding the casting of the Ancient One, claiming that if they had gone with an Asian actor or actress, then the character would have been seen as a racist stereotype.
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  • Fake Nationality: Master Hamir is presumably Chinese, just like in the comics. His actor is Indonesian.
  • I Knew It!: A lot of folk had already deduced that the Eye of Agamotto is an Infinity Stone, and more specifically the Time stone, since the first good look at it, based on such things as its color, comments by Feige on its abilities, and the fact that with the Infinity War film fast approaching, the then-unknown stones would need to be introduced somewhere.
  • Jossed: In the film, it's mentioned that Strange turned down the opportunity to fix someone's spine after they'd been badly hurt inside of a mech suit. It later clarified that this was not intended to be a reference to the poor Hammer Industries test pilot in Iron Man 2 who gets fit with a faulty set of armor, nor a reference to Captain America: Civil War with Rhodey (as most had speculated).
    • Fans had fun guessing the other "secret identities" of the Infinity Gems, since prior to this film the Stones of the MCU seem to be slowly building a Fun with Acronyms with Thanos' name (Tesseract, Aether, Orb, Scepter). The revelation that the Eye of Agamotto is the fifth Stone quite obviously nixed that idea unless you count it as Necklace.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Underplayed, as several scenes were changed between the trailer and the film:
    • In the trailer, Strange walks backwards into the Mirror Dimension; in the film, he follows the Ancient One inside the proper way.
    • The line "how did you become a doctor" is changed to "How did you get to reattach severed nerves and put a human spine together bone by bone".
    • Kaecilius' line "I am death and pain" is absent from the movie altogether, as is Ancient One's "I've spent years peering through time, looking for you."
    • Wong's "Be careful which path you travel down, Strange. Stronger men than you have lost their way" line from the 2nd trailer is not in the film.
  • Playing with Character Type: Tilda Swinton often plays eerie androgynous characters who are usually evil, or turn out to be. The Ancient One appears benevolent but soon the question is raised as to whether or not she can be trusted. It turns out she can and she's only Good Is Not Nice at worst.
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  • Real-Life Relative: Tilda Swinton's two children worked on the film while she was filming. Her son worked in the art department and her daughter worked in the costume department.
  • Saved from Development Hell: A Doctor Strange film has been considered for three decades, with big names like Wes Craven, Neil Gaiman and Guillermo del Toro attached. But as soon as the MCU started up properly, production steamed through from 2010.
  • Schedule Slip: The film was going to be part of Phase 2, but when Benedict Cumberbatch's schedule wouldn't allow for it, the crew wanted him for the role so much that they delayed production until he could do it.
  • Short Run in Peru: The movie was released in many countries a week before its US release.
  • Talking to Himself: Benedict Cumberbatch supplies his voice and the motion capture for Dormammu, whose only physical appearance is while Strange is confronting him, although a different actor's voice was blended in to Cumberbatch's to make it harder to tell it was him.
  • Those Two Actors:
    • Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor had previously worked alongside each other in 12 Years a Slave.
    • The year before this, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong appeared together in The Martian.
    • Amy Landecker was cast to play a very small part in one of the opening scenes opposite Michael Stuhlbarg because director Scott Derrickson was a fan of them together in A Serious Man.
  • Throw It In!: Rachel McAdams's startled reaction in the broom closet was genuine, since the mop handle fell completely by accident, and scared McAdams almost out of her skin. Scott Derrickson decided to keep the reaction in the film, since she never broke character.
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Assorted Trivia

  • As this film starting shooting at roughly the same time that the MCU was restructured (the script had also been long finished), this is the last film in the franchise to be produced under the old structure of Marvel Studios being a division of Marvel itself. Every movie since has been developed as a separate division of Disney proper’s live action umbrella with no input from the executives at Marvel. note 

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