Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ rating and running time revealed

Benedict Cumberbatch-led superhero movie opens in UK cinemas on October 25

Marvel’s Doctor Strange has been given a 12A rating in the UK.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) awarded the certificate for “moderate fantasy violence” and “injury detail”.

The BBFC’s rating also reveals that the film has an approved running time of 114m 49s and offers a brief plot teaser: “Doctor Strange is a superhero fantasy action film about a surgeon who turns to mystical forces after losing the use of his hands in an accident.”

The sub-two hour running time makes Doctor Strange Marvel’s second shortest movie ever, with only Thor: The Dark World telling a more concise story.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Strange, joined by Tilda Swinton as the “Ancient One”, a mystical character who serves as his mentor, and a strong supporting cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. In the Doctor Strange comic books, the Ancient One has always been Tibetan, which has led to accusations of “whitewashing” since it was announced last year that the white actress had been cast in the role.

Swinton responded to the controversy by saying in April: “Well, it’s not actually an Asian character – that’s what I need to tell you about it. I wasn’t asked to play an Asian character, you can be very well assured of that.”

Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) directs from a script by John Spaihts (Prometheus). Doctor Strange opens in UK cinemas on October 25 before getting a US release on November 4.