It's been confirmed by director Scott Derrickson
Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson has confirmed the movie contained an Easter egg that was overlooked – until now.
The 2016 Marvel film starred Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role of Dr. Stephen Strange, alongside the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.
A fan tweeted last week (February 2) an image of a watch from the film, writing alongside it: “Fun fact: the car crash in Doctor Strange is actually set on Groundhog Day.”
Derrickson responded to the tweet shortly afterwards, saying: “I’ve waited two years for somebody to notice this.”
As Digital Spy points out, this timing isn’t unrelated to the rest of the film’s plot. Dr. Strange goes on to become the guardian of the Eye of Agamotto, and the end of the movie revolves around a time loop, similar to the concept in Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day.
Meanwhile, Cumberbatch made an appearance as Strange in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. He has also been confirmed to line up alongside the likes of Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), and more in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
The latest instalment in the Avengers series, which is directed by the Russo Brothers, will be released in the UK on April 27, 2018.