Doctor, your adorable patient will see you now.
Marvel is giving fans one magical Valentine’s gift next week with the release of “Doctor Strange” on Blu-ray and DVD. Fans already know of several features that will be on the DVD/Blu-ray — including an eagerly-anticipated sequel to “Team Thor” — but now, USA Today has posted a deleted scene from the Benedict Cumberbatch-led film to tide fans over until the home video release.
The scene takes place after Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange arrives in Kathmandu to seek some strange healing (sorry). He walks past a sweet CGI dog with an injured leg, and despite his perpetually-jerky nature, creates a makeshift splint for it. Chiwetel Ejifor’s Mordo appears, lurking in the corner and observing the event.
“I’ve got a friend who goes for your type,” Strange jokes as he helps the pup, probably referring to Rachel McAdams’ Christine Palmer. The dog responds to Strange’s sarcasm by heartwarmingly extending his paw to him. “Oh, yeah, shaking my hand now. Wait till you get the bill. How’s your insurance?”
The undeniably cute scene allows Mordo, as well as the audience, to learn that Strange isn’t all bad — which is partly why director Scott Derrickson decided to cut it. “The scene was working against the character arc of Strange being egotistical and self-absorbed,” the director said.
One could make an argument that the scene could have helped Strange’s arc by showing earlier on he wasn’t without redemptive qualities. Regardless, we got to see his precious exchange with his digitally-enhanced patient eventually.
“Doctor Strange” arrives Feb. 14 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and Feb. 28 on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand.
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