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Welcome To Issue 72!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation. Dr. Strange director Scott Derrickson thinks I'm a F*cktard. Sony claims things I say have “no validity whatsoever.”
This Week: Marvel casting abound! But what does it mean? That plus a probably not true breakdown of the whole plot of the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.
With the announcement that Daniel Bruhl was joining Captain America: Civil War as a villain, the internet was sent into detective-mode (not by Serial) to try and discover who this new villain is and why Variety claimed Bruhl’s character would be back as the antagonist in Doctor Strange.
That made no sense, as there’s not a Mystical Marvel character that would naturally fit into what we understand will be a Tony Stark Vs. Stever Rogers whilst pining for Bucky movie. »
Daniel Bruhl signed up for Captain America: Civil War last week. But he won't be the film's main villain, it seems...
At the end of last week, Marvel confirmed that Daniel Bruhl was being added to the cast of Captain America: Civil War in an undisclosed role. The rumour mill picked things up from there though, suggesting that Bruhl was set to play a villain in the film, and that he'd also be appearing in Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange movie. Both films are being released in 2016.
Now a bit more information has appeared. Variety's Justin Kroll has noted that whilst Daniel Bruhl will indeed be playing a villain in Captain Amerca: Civil War, he indeed won't be playing the main one. The »
Just a few weeks after Marvel unveiled its entire Phase Three schedule at a special press event in Hollywood, the studio has released the official Phase Three timeline poster that showcases the entire nine-movie slate and confirms that Ant-Man is now officially a part of Phase Two. Take a look at our breakdown of the nine movies below.
Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016
Phase Three kicks off with Captain America: Civil War, which will surely alter the Marvel Cinematic Universe landscape in several ways, starring Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and new addition Chadwick Boseman as new addition Black Panther. Daniel Brühl has also joined the cast last week, reportedly playing one of the villains.
Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016
Despite reportedly being the frontrunner to star in Marvel's Doctor Strange for the past three weeks, Benedict Cumberbatch would not acknowledge the casting while attending the Hollywood Film Awards last night. In an effort to finally get confirmation, a CBS reporter had slyly congratulated the English actor on landing the Sorcerer Supreme role, to which Cumberbatch quickly replied, "I don't know about that; do you know about that?" Even after the reporter insisted knowing that the Star Trek Into Darkness star will be Doctor Strange, Benedict diverted: "No, no, check your notes." Well played Mr. Cumberbatch, well played. Anyhow, watch the interview at the 1:00 mark below, and expect Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson, to be released on November 6, 2016. »
Just moments ago, Marvel announced that Daniel Brühl has joined the cast of Captain America: Civil War in a mystery role. Shortly there after, Deadline claimed the actor is set to play the villain. Now, a third report has come in, and while no character is named, Variety notes that the villain will actually be the main nemesis seen in Doctor Strange.
Captain America: Civil War, which hits theaters May 16, 2016, will actually set up Doctor Strange's main villain, which hits theaters later that same year in November. This is all speculation, of course, until Disney and Marvel confirm or deny it. But sources close to the studio claim that this is how the story is set to play out.
This fits in with comments made earlier in the year by producer and studio figurehead Kevin Feige:
"It's a big storyline. This is the Civil War of the cinematic universe, »
Production starts early next year on Captain America: Civil War, the film that's expected to kickstart some major changes in the Marvel cinematic universe. There are links at the bottom if you want more spoilery stuff about it, but we'll keep this story spoiler-free.
Anyway, we know that Chris Evans will be reprising the role of Steve Rogers/Captain America, and we also know that Joe and Anthony Russo are returning to direct, having scored a sizeable critical and commercial hit with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Now though, Marvel has directly confirmed that Daniel Bruhl has joined the cast of Captain America: Civil War. Bruhl's performance in Rush is probably our favourite of his to date, although do track down the German comedy Good Bye Lenin! if you get a chance. »
Fan Art by AndrewSS
Benedict Cumberbatch is currently the actor in negotiations for Marvel's Doctor Strange, and, as of right now, we are just waiting for the confirmation. Before he entered discussions though, Joaquin Phoenix was the man they were looking to cast in the role.
During an interview with Playboy magazine, the three-time Oscar-nominated actor kind of addressed the discussions he was having with Marvel about the role.
"I can't talk about it. I’ve met on all sorts of movies throughout the years. What seems appealing about some of them is the idea of pushing myself in a way that’s out of my comfort zone. But really, it’s what I’m always looking for—good characters, big ideas and a passionate filmmaker. If those things line up with any kind of movie, I have interest in it."
Obviously those things didn't line up for him for Doctor Strange, »
- Joey Paur
You don't need us to tell you that for many months, Joaquin Phoenix was the apparent frontrunner for the role of Doctor Strange, in Marvel and Scott Derrickson's movie of the same name. At one stage, there were rumours that Phoenix was set to be unveiled in the role at San Diego Comic-Con. More recently though, he passed on Doctor Strange, with Benedict Cumberbatch the current frontrunner.
In a new interview with, cough, Playboy, Phoenix was asked about the film and about negotiations on the project stalling. "I can’t talk about it", Phoenix said. "I’ve met on all sorts of movies throughout the years. What seems appealing about some of them is the idea of pushing myself in a way that’s out of my comfort zone. But really, »
Welcome To Issue 71!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation. Dr. Strange director Scott Derrickson thinks I'm a F*cktard. Sony probably isn't too psyched with me either right now.
This Week: Let's elaborate more on that Aunt May thing. Then, Did You See Attilan On TV Last Night?!?!?!
I guess the best place to start would be with this week’s Aunt May story, namely that Sony is developing an Aunt May solo movie, or that’s what I said. Because Comic Book Resources reached out to their source and got a denial:
When reached by Cbr News, a source within Sony stated that the report of a Spider-Man spinoff starring a young Aunt May is a “silly rumor” with “no validity whatsoever.”
Now, it’s a battle of the unnamed sources, although »
Just before the San Diego Comic-Con, several sites reported that Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Her) was all but signed on to portray the role of Dr. Stephen Strange in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, with the deal seemingly falling through at the last minute. So, as Marvel continues it search for the Sorcerer Supreme – with Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) now reportedly the studio’s choice for the role – Phoenix has now briefly addressed the rumour during a chat with Playboy.
“I can’t talk about it. I’ve met on all sorts of movies throughout the years. What seems appealing about some of them is the idea of pushing myself in a way that’s out of my comfort zone. But really, it’s what I’m always looking for—good characters, big ideas and a passionate filmmaker. If those things line up with any kind of movie, I have interest in it… »
- Gary Collinson
While Benedict Cumberbatch still hasn't been officially confirmed to play Marvel's Doctor Strange, the actor entered final negotiations for the role last month. Before those negotiations took place, the studio was in talks with Joaquin Phoenix for quite some time. Phoenix officially passed on playing the Sorcerer Supreme in October. During a wide-ranging interview with Playboy, the actor briefly touched upon being in contention for this coveted Marvel role..
"I can't talk about it. I've met on all sorts of movies throughout the years. What seems appealing about some of them is the idea of pushing myself in a way that's out of my comfort zone. But really, it's what I'm always looking for-good characters, big ideas and a passionate filmmaker. If those things line up with any kind of movie, I have interest in it."
When asked if he ever regretted turning down a big role, perhaps in a Marvel movie, »
As you know, Benedict Cumberbatch is on the verge of being cast as Doctor Strange in director Scott Derrickson's upcoming Marvel film. The last we heard the actor was was in negotiations, and I hope that everything pans out. I would love to see Cumberbatch in the role of Stephen Strange. While we wait for an official announcement, here is a collection of fan art that features the actor as Doctor Strange. The movie is set to be released on November 6th, 2016.
Via: Cbm »
- Joey Paur
Welcome To Issue 70!
This Week: We got a look at Agent Carter and Jessica Chastain enters the Marvel rumor mill.
Happy post-election day, which is also New Comic Book Day and - for yours truly - another day in the Spider-Verse for Marvel Comics. I’m doing well all things considered, even as election fever gripped television last night, pushing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and other TV I wanted to watch off the week so we could get returns.
Instead, on ABC, we were treated to an hour-long special about Marvel Comics narrated by Agent 13, Emily Van camp, who I had almost forgot about even though she’s the next in line for a Cap love interest »
While we wait for Marvel Studios to officially announce that Benedict Cumberbatch will leading its much-anticipated Doctor Strange adaptation, some fan artists of the inevitable casting have taken to DeviantArt to showcase, in many ways, how the English actor may look as the Sorcerer Supreme. Directed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange is set for release on November 6, 2016. Check it out! The Sorcerer Supreme by XteveAbanto Doctor Strange by JustaBlink Dr. Strange by YlianaKapella-Neidon Strange by Rahzzah Doctor Strange by Superupaman Doctor Strange by XteveAbanto »
Now that we know Doctor Strange will be released November 2016, fans are chomping at the bit for any plot details they can find. We reported in August that, unlike most new Marvel adventures, Doctor Strange will not be an origin story, showing fans a Dr. Stephen Strange that is already established as a superhero. Earlier this week, director Scott Derrickson posted a unique piece of comic book art on his Twitter page, which hints at where the story is heading.
The image in question comes from the graphic novel Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa by J.M. DeMatteis and Dan Green, which was first published in 1986. If this is the material from which Scott Derrickson and writer Jon Spaihts are adapting the movie from, it would essentially confirm the August report, since this story takes place 21 years after Dr. Stephen Strange was taught the magical arts. The plot centers on a »
When’s that comic book movie coming out, with the ant-sized man? This and all similar questions answered in our comic book movie calendar.
Comic book fans of the world - were you planning on spending your spare cash on anything other than cinema visits and DVD box-sets for the next six years? Well tough, because Hollywood has other ideas.
Ever since Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie jump-started the comic book movie trend in 2000 (building on the stellar work of Richard Donner and Tim Burton in the decades prior), Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Marvel Studios have all been repeatedly cashing-in on the resurgent popularity of capes, cowls and anything ending in ‘Man’.
Now, the sheer size of the comic book movie-making world has reached a critical mass. There are now seven such films (at least) slated for every year between 2016 and 2019. There’s also a few confirmed for 2020 already, »
While he doesn't reveal whether or not he is indeed going to play Doctor Strange for Marvel, Benedict Cumberbatch's reaction to being asked about the character in the video above may tell us all we really need to know! At the time this interview took place (for The Imitation Game), the actor was likely just entering or already in talks for the role, and looking at his body language and facial expressions...well, this is Paul Rudd and Ant-Man all over again, isn't it? What do you think? pic.twitter.com/hRRVK0iEZl— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) November 3, 2014 »
Although it's looking like Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Doctor Strange in the upcoming Scott Derrickson film, at one point Matthew McConaughey was rumored to be up for the role. But is the actor even interested in starring in a comic book movie? IGN recently asked McConaughey that question, and he says he would do one, but only if it had the right script and character. It's not an area that I'm saying I wouldn't like to go. I »
- Jesse Giroux
Even though Marvel has officially locked down Doctor Strange for a 2016 release, they still have yet to make an official casting announcement. At this point, we are waiting to hear that Benedict Cumberbatch will play the Sorcerer Supreme. There's not much known about the story, just a few bits and pieces that we've learned through internet rumors. One of the bigger things that has been reported is that the movie might not tell an origin story for the character. It was already revealed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that Stephen Strange is already established as a person of interest and great power within the larger Marvel cinematic universe.
The film is sure to at least tell us some information on how the superhero character came to exist. Director Scott Derrickson recently posted the Doctor Strange image you see above on Twitter, which might give us a hint of where »
- Joey Paur
Now that Marvel Studios has officially locked Doctor Strange in for a release date in 2016, with director Scott Derrickson at the helm, we can start turning our attention more towards speculating about its plot. Previous reports have suggested that the movie won't be an origin story, but the film will still likely try and find a way to tell us the whys and hows of the lead character. If new hints from the director are any indication, it's possible that the movie may have found an interesting middle ground to work with. Derrickson is a very active Twitter user, and earlier today he posted a caption-less image from a particular Doctor Strange comic that could be an interesting hint about what we can expect from the film's plot: pic.twitter.com/hRRVK0iEZl. Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) November 3, 2014 In addition to being a beautiful piece of Doctor Strange art that could »
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