By now, most of you would have probably watched Benedict Cumberbatch’s cinematic debut as the newest hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Doctor Strange”.
During a recent interview with Collider, director Scott Derrickson teased a major deleted scene concerning a young Stephen Strange that had to be left on the cutting room floor because it didn’t fit the overall tone of the film.
Many comic book fans may remember that Stephen Strange had a younger sister named Donna, who he was very protective of. Unfortunately, Donna suffered a cramp and tragically drown when the sibling duo went swimming one day. This prompted 19-year-old to excel as a medical student to become a fully qualified doctor faster than anyone in his field.
Here’s the moment that would’ve gone deeper into Strange’s backstory. “We shot a scene… you know, in the comics, if you know the comics well, Strange has a backstory where his sister died when he was young, and that she drowned. That had a real significant effect, and was probably instrumental in him becoming a doctor. And we shot that scene, and I loved that scene. It was a really great scene. It just didn’t fit in the movie. It felt like… it just didn’t work. But the self-contained scene by itself, I thought it was great. And Lulu [Wilson], who was the little girl in ‘Ouija’ and was in ‘Deliver Us From Evil’, played the girl. So I hope that scene’s on the DVD,” explained the director.
Although this is a fairly vital part in the The Sorcerer Supreme’s origins and it shapes the type of man Strange becomes, Derrickson was right in justifying that this scene wouldn’t fit anywhere in the movie.