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Like Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy before it, Doctor Strange was one of those movies that could revealed itself as the chink in the proverbial Marvel Studios armor. It was a property few mainstream audiences knew about, and it also threatened to tear down the very logic on which the Marvel Cinematic Universe was grounded in. Could they manage to incorporate magic and sorcery into this world with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor without breaking it completely? The answer was a resounding yes, and audiences and critics fell in love with the Sorcerer Supreme-to-be, and given the success of the film, it’s inevitable that Marvel Studios will eventually revisit the character in his own standalone film.
The question remains, however, is who could the studio hire to take on this task, if it were to happen? Would they hire a new director to helm the project, »
- Joseph Medina
Three years ago, Guardians of the Galaxy shouldered the burden of Marvel’s ‘big risk’, and after James Gunn’s spacefaring romp blew past all expectations, a similar pressure began looming over Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man solo movie the following year. Ditto for Doctor Strange, and it’s really a testimony to writer-director Scott Derrickson that the Sorcerer Supreme’s standalone flick was able to transition audiences to the more fantastical, mythical corners of the McU with relative ease.
A $673 million haul at the international box office was enough to warrant early chatter of a sequel, and though Derrickson himself has conceded that his busy schedule may force him to vacate the director’s chair – or, the very least, nudge Doctor Strange 2 onto the back-burner – Benedict Cumberbatch is adamant that Scott Derrickson is the only man for the job.
Chatting to Cinema Blend, the Sherlock actor highlighted Derrickson’s particular creative process, »
- Michael Briers
Back in October, Benedict Cumberbatch indicated that the fourth series “might be the end of an era”, only for Steven Moffat to downplay his comments and offer a glimmer of hope to fans that we may get further episodes at some point in the future. Well, now co-creator Mark Gatiss has weighed in with his own thoughts, and it doesn’t sound like he’s overly optimistic about a series five:
“I honestly don’t know if there will be any more,” Gatiss tells The Sun. “It’s incredibly difficult to get Benedict and Martin’s diaries to align. And obviously we left it in a very happy place…if that’s the end I »
- Gary Collinson
Illumination — the production company behind “Minions,” “Sing,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and the “Despicable Me” franchise — also announced Thursday that it’s appointed Scott Broock as exec VP of digital strategy and innovation, and Latifa Ouaou as executive producer.
Schube will work alongside Meledandri on business strategy and will oversee all core business operations, including finance, business development, and administrative functions. Schube was the president and chief operating officer at Henson before leaving last year.
Fischer helped devise the original business plan for 10-year-old Illumination with Meledandri and was its first COO. She’ll scale back her role at the company after its release of “Despicable Me 3” this summer, but will continue serving as a close strategic adviser to Meledandri and Illumination.
Broock was global virtual reality evangelist at YouTube, »
- Dave McNary
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Though far from a bad show, Sherlock isn’t quite the all-star that it used to be. That was particularly evident in its recently concluded fourth season, which debuted in January and was far from its strongest outing. Still, that hasn’t stopped fans from calling for more and while BBC hasn’t made any formal announcements yet in regards to what they plan to do with the series, it certainly isn’t sounding too promising.
A major issue in putting Sherlock together recently has been the increasingly busy schedules of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who are becoming pretty popular in Hollywood. Besides their Marvel Cinematic Universe commitments, both actors are quite in demand and as they continue to get bigger, it’s going to be more and more difficult to get them to »
- Josh Wilding
I just discovered a few interesting tweets on Taika Waititi's (director of upcoming Thor film) twitter (@TaikaWaititi), where some people are b**ching that, god forbid, Thor: Ragnarok may have some humor involved in it. One fan expressed as much Waititi himself.
@TaikaWaititi Taika, how do you feel knowing that there are angry people by Thor Ragnarok adapting a more comic tone?
— Alvaro S. (@alvarof616) February 21, 2017
Surprisingly enough, Waititi saw the tweet, and even went so far as to respond in a hilarious way:
Sounds like they need to laugh. https://t.co/fCB5AwQoDA
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) February 21, 2017
Pffffffrrrrrtttt (fart sound) »
- Drew Carlton
The third film in the series of "stand-alone" Thor movies will feature as much of an ensemble cast as most of the Marvel films that preceded it, including the likes of Chris Hemsworth as the titular character, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki an even Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange. In a recent interview with IGN, Hiddleston was kind enough to share what his relationship... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Doctor Strange has officially wrapped up its theatrical run and will be available next week on Blu-ray. The Marvel blockbuster was hugely successful at the box office, raking in over $200 million domestically and $645 million worldwide, and director Scott Derrickson has taken to Twitter to thank fans for the achievement.
A week before the Blu-ray release, Doctor Strange has finished its theatrical run. My heartfelt thanks to all who helped mAke it a success. pic.twitter.com/PQYrCO4IzX
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) February 21, 2017
See Also: Watch: Doctor Strange VFX videos explore the time-reversal scene and Mirror Dimension
A sequel to Doctor Strange is all but assured, although Derrickson has revealed that Marvel is too busy with its Phase Three plans to press ahead with Doctor Strange 2 at the moment. However, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme will return this year in Thor: Ragnarok, as well as next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. »
- Robert Kojder
Just a week before the Blu-ray release, Doctor Strange has finally wrapped up its theatrical run. The movie came out in November and was kind of a risk for Marvel Studios considering that very few people were familiar with the character just a few months ago. Now that this Phase 3 adventure has finished its time at the box office, it is safe to say the risk paid off and that Doctor Strange is definitely a success.
All told, Doctor Strange made $675 million at the worldwide box office, which definitely surpassed expectations. It really speaks to the brand that Marvel Studios has managed to build, further displaying how much trust fans have in their movies. People also really seemed to respond to Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange. Director Scott Derrickson took to Twitter in order to thank the many Marvel fans who helped make the movie a success, along with a »
Neca is working their magic and conjuring up a new action figure based on the Sorcerer Supreme's appearance in the 2016 film Doctor Strange.
You can get a look at Neca's Doctor Strange figure in the photos below, and be sure to check here for more of our Toy Fair coverage.
From Neca: "This addition to Neca’s line of incredibly detailed quarter scale action figures comes from Marvel’s 2016 Doctor Strange movie!
Based on his on-screen appearance, the former surgeon turned student of the mystic arts stands 18” tall and features the likeness of Benedict Cumberbatch. The figure is supremely poseable, with over 25 points of articulation, and wears a detailed fabric Cloak of Levitation with inner wire armature, so that it can be posed like the sentient relic it is.
Includes Eye of Agamotto, Sling Ring and a pair of alternate hands.
Release Date: July"
Images not final, via Neca:
- Derek Anderson
Tom Hiddleston recently spoke to IGN as part of the Kong: Skull Island promotional campaign, but naturally he was fielded questions regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Specifically, Hiddleston was asked how Loki would react to Doctor Strange and Hela, to which Hiddleston replied:
“I think he probably dismisses Strange. Yes, his sorcery is very impressive, but Loki’s been doing that for centuries so who cares. Hela is a different beast and full of surprises and actually might have been someone with whom at one time he could’ve gotten along, but the circumstances have changed.”
- Robert Kojder
Say what you will about Marvel’s longstanding villain problem – something studio head Kevin Feige has often acknowledged when reflecting on the grand McU – but if there’s one antagonist that stands head and shoulders above the rest, luscious black locks and all, it’s Loki.
Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief is arguably one of the highlights of the Thor standalone movies, and his central role in Joss Whedon’s Avengers back in 2012 (“mewling quim!”) was enough to cement his status as a bona fide fan-favorite. Now, Hiddleston is prepped and ready to reprise as Loki for November’s Thor: Ragnarok, and it seems Asgard’s prodigal son isn’t all that impressed by the advent of one Doctor Strange. Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme has secured his place in Taika Waititi’s galactic threequel, and early reports suggest that he’ll enjoy a fairly significant chunk of screentime. »
- Michael Briers
The visuals of Doctor Strange were something to behold; the movie received many nominations for its visual effects, from the Oscars to BAFTA, and it has already won the Annie Award. Between the rumble within the Mirror Dimension and bargaining with Dormammu, the Hong Kong showdown between Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) is the best case study of the movie's effects. A new VFX reel from Industrial Light & Magic has now illustrated how the sequence was brought to the big screen. You can check out how the spectacular fight between Strange, Mordo and Kaecilius and the rest of his Zealots was made below. Updated with a second reel! Marvel’s 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 »
Sherlock could be no more.
Mark Gatiss, who co-created the hit BBC series with Stephen Moffat, has dropped the strongest hint yet that the increasingly hectic schedules of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman — a growing thorn in the side of the detective show — could see Sherlock laid to rest.
"I honestly don’t know if there will be any more," he said at the WhatsOnStage awards Sunday, according to The Sun. "It’s incredibly difficult to get Benedict and Martin’s diaries to align."
Cumberbatch has growing commitments within the Marvel universe as Doctor Strange, alongside work with his <a »
- Alex Ritman
Marvel fans are excited for this November's Thor: Ragnarok, not just because Thor will fight the Hulk in one badass-lookin' gladiatorial battle, but also because the film marks the return of Tom Hiddleston's Loki, who we haven't seen in action since 2013's Thor: The Dark World. So what kind of Loki will see see in the third Thor outing, which also features Cate Blanchett as the villainous Hela and a little more Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange? Well, for one, it's going to be the funniest version we've seen of Thor yet, so says Hiddleston. While doing press for Kong: Skull Island (in theaters March 10), Fandango spoke to Hiddleston about the humor in Thor: Ragnarok, its director Taika Waititi, and where exactly we pick up with Loki this...
- Erik Davis
VFX supervisor Mark Bakowski recently sat down with BBC Click to promote the Blu-ray release of Doctor Strange and spill some tantalizing details regarding the creation of some of the film’s trippy special-effects, specifically the time reversal scene. Check out the video here…
See Also: Thor meets the Sorcerer Supreme in Marvel’s Doctor Strange Blu-ray featurette
Marvel’s 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.
- Robert Kojder
BBC America announced “Blue Planet II,” a new installment of the nature documentary series, on Sunday. The seven-episode series that will explore the world’s oceans will be presented by world-renowned broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough. “I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known,” Attenborough said. The announcement comes just a week after Bbca premiered “Planet Earth II” in the United States. Also Read: Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in BBC Adaptation of 'The Child in Time' “Blue Planet II” explores the latest frontiers of scientific discovery, »
- Joe Otterson
Marvel fans are excited for this November's Thor: Ragnarok, not just because Thor will fight the Hulk in one badass-lookin' gladiatorial battle, but also because the film marks the return of Tom Hiddleston's Loki, whom we haven't seen in action since 2013's Thor: The Dark World. So what kind of Loki will see see in the third Thor outing, which also features Cate Blanchett as the villainous Hela and a little more Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange? Well, for one,...
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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Logan, X-Men: Supernova, X-Men: The New Mutants, Deadpool 2, Legion, Avengers: Infinity War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Cloak & Dagger, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Defenders, The Batman, Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad 2, Shazam, Aquaman, Batman Begins, Green Lantern Corps, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Black Lightning, Powerless, The Lego Batman Movie, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and more…
There’s less than two weeks to go until Hugh Jackman makes his final appearance as Wolverine, and the embargo for Logan lifted yesterday, with Flickering Myth’s Rob Kojder posting an overwhelmingly positive review, stating that: “It isn’t just a good superhero film or a fantastic blockbuster, it’s an exceptional movie period. »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel has a big year planned for 2017, both behind the scenes and in theaters. Right now, Avengers: Infinity War is shooting in Atlanta back-to-back with Black Panther. And they have Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok coming to a multiplex near you in the months ahead. So we're going to be bombarded with various items from all five movies in what is being called a superhero tsunami. Today, we get a new logo for Infinity War.
This logo was spotted on the back of a crew chair on set in Atalanta as shooting continues, and shared on Reddit. The cast for the movie is quite epic and features McU stars such as Josh Brolin (Thanos), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Sebastian Stan (Bucky/Winter Soldier), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Chris Evans (Captain America/Steve Rogers), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet »
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