Every week, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) hands out new ratings for their upcoming movies. While most of the time, MPAA ratings aren't necessarily big news, they can be when it comes to superhero movies like Doctor Strange. Over the weekend, director Scott Derrickson unveiled the movie's rating, supposedly before the MPAA made it official.
On Friday night, director Scott Derrickson posted an unusual message on Twitter, revealing that Doctor Strange was rated PG-13 for "kaleidoscopic galactic intensity and other dimensional psychotropic violence." The MPAA normally includes a brief explanation for each rating, but it doesn't seem likely that this would represent their stance on the movie, especially since they haven't confirmed the rating yet. Still, the news that this MCU movie is PG-13 shouldn't be too surprising, especially since every MCU movie has been PG-13.
The director's tweet was also posted in quite the unusual manner, entirely upside down, adding to the "psychotropic" nature of this movie. Marvel's Phase Three adventure Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Doctor Strange cast also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Rachel McAdams, who is reportedly playing the Night Nurse, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amy Landecker and Scott Adkins. Scott Derrickson directs from a script he co-wrote with C. Robert Cargill, based on the Marvel Comics. Take a look at Scott Derrickson's tweet revealing the Doctor Strange rating, and stay tuned for more on this highly-anticipated movie as we get closer its November 4 release date.