Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson has confirmed that his film contains a reference to Groundhog Day that's seemingly gone unnoticed since the movie premiered in 2016.
A close-up of Stephen Strange's watch, which you can see below, reveals that the timepiece was set to Tuesday, February 2, at just a little over quarter past five. This seems to indicate that his car crash, which would have likely stopped the watch, took place on Groundhog Day.
"I've waited two years for somebody to notice this," Derrickson wrote on Twitter, confirming the easter egg tweeted to him by @TimDLydon.
I’ve waited two years for somebody to notice this. https://t.co/IeWEgTAjoa— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) February 2, 2018
The easter egg is also likely a nod at Bill Murray's 1993 film Groundhog Day, which features a time loop similar to the one that Doctor Strange employs in his battle against Dormammu at the end of the film.
Taking place every February 2nd, Groundhog Day is a superstitious event said to predict the coming of Spring. On that day, Punxsutawney Phil -- a groundhog -- emerges from his burrow. If he sees his shadow and goes back inside, Winter will continue for six more weeks. However, if he does not, an early Spring is coming.
Doctor Strange was a commercial and critical success, earning $677.7 million worldwide and a certified fresh rating with 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Benedict Cumberbatch will next appear as Doctor Stephen Strange in Avengers: Infinity War. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the movie stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as the Falcon, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, among others. The film opens May 4.
via Screen Rant