For all its merits, one of the most impressive things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe's newest release, #DoctorStrange, is the beauty of its visuals — both in terms of special effects and filming locations.
Of all the #Marvel movies, Doctor Strange has one of the most impressive array of filming locations (and was thankfully free of those #CaptainAmericaCivilWar style title cards). Whether you've seen the movie yet or not, read out to discover the incredible real-life locations Doctor Strange took us to — no Dark Dimension here though.
Principal photography on Doctor Strange kicked off in South Asia in Nepal back in November 2015, centering around the capital municipality of Kathmandu. The city of Kathmandu itself sits in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley, surrounded by the four hills of Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri.
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Filming locations included the beautiful Pashupatinath Temple, a famous Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva — also called Pashupati. The Pashupatinath Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it dates back to the 5th century and is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. Traditionally non-Hindu visitors aren't allowed to enter the temple, so being allowed to film there is a pretty big honor.
They also filmed at the Swayambhunath Temple, one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal and one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites, which sits above a hill in the Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is nicknamed the Monkey Temple, due to the fact that holy monkeys live in certain parts of the temple.
Another famous location in Nepal used in Doctor Strange was the Patan Durbar Square, located at the centre of the city of Lalitpur in Nepal. It's also a World Heritage Site, and is famous for its red-brick Newa architecture.
Hong Kong, China
As the location of one of the Three Sanctums, Hong Kong features heavily in the climactic battle of Doctor Strange. Hong Kong is one of the biggest financial centers of industry in the world, a major centre of tourism and has the world's longest life expectancy (though we imagine that changes if you're living in the Marvel universe).
The scene in question (which we won't spoil for you if you haven't seen it yet) utilized the vibrant Hong Kong market nightlife of crowded market stalls and neon sign displays to paint a psychedelic universe that #SteveDitko would've been proud of.
Exeter College, Oxford, UK
Some of the early filming took place at Exeter College, Oxford, part of the world-famous University of Oxford in England. The fourth oldest college of the University, Exeter College dates back to 1314 and boasts an impressive building which inspired the fictional Jordan College in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.
The gorgeous Exeter College chapel was used to film the scene near the beginning of the movie, where Mads Mikkelsen's villain #Kaecilius and his followers read from the Book of Cagliostro and get their facial reconstruction courtesy of Dormammu.
New York, USA
Production for Doctor Strange also took place in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of the iconic New York City — though sadly we didn't run into any of the Netflix Defenders — as well as the famous Flatiron District. There was a nod to other parts of the MCU here too, as we saw #Avengers Tower standing tall amongst the New York City skyline.
There was a lot of Strange, Mordo and Kaecilius running around New York in the movie, some of which was filmed in New York, and some of which was filmed in London.
Some of the earliest set pictures we saw were taken on the streets of England's capital, London. The scenes in question were set in New York, but the streets of London were used for the filming itself.
This filming saw Cumberbatch returning to the city where he first became famous on stage and screen in order to shoot the chase sequence between Doctor Strange, #BaronMordo and the Zealots, which cumulates in a deadly battle in the mirror dimension. The streets of London were taken over with yellow taxi cabs for the filming, and it certainly caused a buzz amongst the population.
Which filming location was your favorite? Sound off in the comments, and check out the trailer for the original 1970s Doctor Strange movie below!