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Over the course of Phase One and Phase Two, Marvel has told several origin stories. Back in August 2014, a rumor surfaced that one of Marvel's most highly-anticipated movies, Doctor Strange, was going to shake things up a bit, discarding the origin story from the comics and starting with Dr. Stephen Strange already established as a superhero. With production now set to begin in November, Kevin Feige debunked that previous report, revealing that they are sticking with the origin story from the Doctor Strange comics, while teasing that they may have a different way to tell it.
"For some reason people sometimes talked about how we're not doing an origin story, we're bored of origin stories. I think people are bored of origin stories they've seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar. Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, »
"I'm gonna go do Doctor Strange, a kind of a psychedelic Marvel comic," said Rachel McAdams when The Wrap asked about her next project at the Toronto International Film Festival. "So yeah, [it's] with Benedict Cumberbatch, so I'm really looking forward to that." However, when asked if she could reveal her role, which is speculated to be either Clea or Night Nurse, McAdams remained tight-lipped. "I don't know if I can," she replied, after pondering the possibility. Only time will tell. In the meantime, expect more Doctor Strange casting announcements as we get closer to the commencement of filming in London this November. Anyhow, the Marvel adaptation is directed by Scott Derrickson, and so far stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Stephen Strange), Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Mordo), Tilda Swinton (Ancient One), and potentially Mads Mikkelsen. And Doctor Strange is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 4, 2016. What do you »
Just one day after Marvel confirmed that Alfre Woodard has signed on to play Hell's Kitchen politician Mariah Dillard in the new Netflix series Marvel's Luke Cage, we have our first look at the actress on set, alongside co-star Mahershala Ali, who is playing Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes. Production has just gotten under way, and we don't have any context for the scene. But don't be surprised if this isn't the last time we see these two characters together.
It was originally reported that the actress will play a character named Minetta, but yesterday's announcement revealed Woodard will play Mariah Dillard, a local Harlem politician--and cousin to recently announced Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali)--who is looking to bring a new era of change to the streets she grew up on. Her personal life and professional career are thrown into turmoil by both Harlem's newest hero Luke Cage as well as her cousin Cottonmouth's nefarious acts. »
We've all heard plenty about Captain America: Civil War, which will kick off Phase Three, but what of the movie that will follow in its sizable footsteps?
Below, Digital Spy rounds up everything we know so far about Doctor Strange.
When's it out?
Doctor Strange is scheduled for release on October 28, 2016 in the UK, and a week later in the Us on November 4. Principal photography is due to start in November in London.
The release date has already been pushed back from the previously-announced July slot, presumably to accommodate the star's notoriously packed schedule.
What's it about?
After months of rumors and speculation, actress Rachel McAdams confirmed to The Wrap that she has signed on to star in Marvel's Doctor Strange. We reported back in July that the actress was offered the female lead in Doctor Strange, and while the actress has admitted that negotiations were taking place, this is the first we've heard that her deal has been finalized. It isn't known yet who she is playing, but there have already been rumors about her character.
A few weeks after the initial Rachel McAdams rumor surfaced, another report claimed that she might actually be playing the Night Nurse. Marvel's Daredevil showrunner revealed that they had originally cast Rosario Dawson as Linda Carter, a.k.a. Night Nurse, but they changed her character to Claire Temple, stating that the Marvel Cinematic Universe had "plans for her (Night Nurse) down the road." While Doctor Strange wasn't specifically revealed »
It was first reported back in July that Rachel McAdams was being eyed for the Doctor Strange female lead. And while the Canadian actress had confirmed weeks later that she was in "super-early" talks with Marvel Studios, it seems those "talks" have since become finalized negotiations. According to The Wrap, McAdams revealed during the Toronto International Film Festival that she'll indeed star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the Sorcerer Supreme's cinematic debut next year. There is still no word on which character Rachel McAdams will portray in Doctor Strange, but heavy speculation points to Clea, the sorceress & lover of Dr. Stephen Strange, or maybe Night Nurse. Nonetheless, she will make another exceptional addition to the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially considering she turned down the role of Virginia "Pepper" Potts in the studios' first outing, Iron Man. In addition to Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Stephen Strange), Rachel McAdams joins Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron »
With Marvel's Daredevil currently filming its second season, and Marvel's Jessica Jones already wrapped on its first season, the next Marvel Netflix series to move forward is Marvel's Luke Cage. Mike Colter has already signed on to play Luke Cage, with Alfre Woodard recently joining the cast as Minetta, described as a powerful woman with connections to Hell's Kitchen's political scene. Today, Deadline reports that Sons of Anarchy star Theo Rossi has joined the cast, with Marvel's Daredevil star Rosario Dawson also coming aboard to reprise her role as Claire Temple, a.k.a. Night Nurse.
This new report reveals that Theo Rossi is playing a character named "Sonny," who is described as relentless, menacing, smooth and manipulative. However, it is believed that the character name "Sonny' is fake, and the actor is actually playing Marvel Comics character Shades. In the comics, Shades, along with his partner Comanche, was locked »
Her character, Claire Temple, is the McU's version of Night Nurse (a superhero patcher-upper from the comics), so it makes sense that she would help out more than one crime-fighter using her medical abilities.
She played a significant role in Daredevil season 1, and has been confirmed for the second season of that one, too. It looks like Claire could become the connective tissue between Marvel's Netflix projects, then, which would be entirely welcome with fans, we'd say.
New "Daredevil," "Jessica," "Luke" Details More details about Marvel's various Netflix shows have come out in the days following the streaming service's Television Critics Association presentation earlier this week. Here's a breakdown:
First season show runner Steven De Knight says that despite the inclusion of The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) in the second season, don't expect it to ramp up the violence to be more akin to the last film about the character (2008's "Punisher: War Zone"). De Knight says:
"The first season of 'Daredevil' was violent, but I always say it was more implied. It wasn't nearly as violent as 'The Walking Dead,' a show that I love. On that, if somebody were to crush somebody's head in a car door, you would've seen the head crush on screen, but we didn't want to go quite that far. We wanted to keep it right around »
- Garth Franklin
At a swanky press event in America yesterday, Marvel let loose some secrets about their upcoming Netflix plans. We were at home eating biscuits at the time, but we’ve managed to find out what they said thanks to a detailed article by the fine folk at Collider.
Here’s a breakdown of what was said…
Marvel wants to debut a new show every six months, according to Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “And then, they will cross over and do a combined season [The Defenders] once we’ve launched the first season of each of the four characters. Some will selectively have multiple seasons, as they come out. The cadence of it, though, we believe, will probably be about two launches a year.”
And could The Punisher – set to appear »
Earlier this month, we reported that actress Rachel McAdams is being eyed for the female lead in Marvel's Doctor Strange. Naturally, there were no details given about what character she may be playing in that report, but some cryptic comments from earlier today could offer a hint at who she's playing: the Night Nurse. When asked if there have been any conflicts with the Marvel movie side, Marvel's Daredevil producer Steven S. DeKnight revealed that Rosario Dawson's character was changed from Linda Carter to Claire Temple, because the McU had "plans" for Carter.
"The feature side had plans for her down the road so that was the only time we ran into a conflict. So we just used another name."
This past weekend, Rachel McAdams confirmed that she has indeed had talks with Marvel Studios about a potential role in Scott Derrickson's upcoming Doctor Strange... but what has remained a mystery has been the exact part for which she has been rumored. One possibility that we threw out was Clea, the niece and close disciple of Dormammu and a romantic interest for Doctor Strange, but now there is some evidence that could suggest that she is instead playing Linda Carter - a character in Marvel Comics who also goes by the moniker Night Nurse. This theory has been spurred on by recent comments made by Daredevil Season 1 showrunner Stephen DeKnight. While on stage at a Television Critics Association presentation this afternoon, DeKnight was asked about why Rosario Dawson's character - who basically serves as Night Nurse on the Netflix series - is not named Linda Carter, but instead Claire Temple. »
When you cover superhero adaptations for a living, there will come a moment when you have to decide if you’re going to dive into weeds of obscure references, or just let go of a throwaway quote by a creator. Today, I choose the former. Put on your waders, we’re going in. During today’s TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour of upcoming Netflix shows, Steven S. DeKnight mentioned something about “Daredevil” in passing that Should have made everyone go “Wait, what?” When DeKnight was ramping up for the first season of the show, he received very little pushback from Marvel. Except on one front: Rosario Dawson’s character, Claire Temple. Originally DeKnight wanted Dawson to portray Linda Carter (no, not Wonder Woman) in the show. Carter is better known as the Night Nurse. Of course, “better known” is subjective as Carter is a pretty deep cut when it comes to superhero characters. »
- Donna Dickens
In the comic books, three women have gone by the Night Nurse moniker; Georgia Jenkins, Christine Palmer, and Linda Carter. Claire Temple meanwhile was a love interest for Luke Cage, but when Rosario Dawson was cast, it was widely reported that she would be Night Nurse. When Daredevil premiered, that obviously wasn't the case, and talking at the Television Critics Association press tour today, Steven DeKnight revealed why exactly that is. "The feature side had plans for her down the road so that was the only time we ran into a conflict," he said when asked if he and Marvel got into any disagreements about the characters who could be used. "So we just used another name." Common sense says that Night Nurse will show up in Doctor Strange as she played a major role in one of the few modern stories to feature the character; Brian K. Vaughn's critically »
New York photographer Shelly Kay has released the first set photos from Season 2 of Marvel's Daredevil, which just started production in New York City under the code name "Ringside." These photos offer our first look at Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock and Elden Henson as his law firm partner Foggy Nelson on the streets of Manhattan. Of course, we have no clue what exactly is happening in these scenes quite yet, but at least we know production is under way, with the second season set to premiere on Netflix sometime next year.
Rosario Dawson has been confirmed to return as Night Nurse in Daredevil Season 2, with Jon Bernthal signing on last month to play The Punisher. It isn't known if Season 1 stars such as Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Scott Glenn, Bob Gunton, Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Ayelet Zurer will be back for the second season or not. »
If you were wondering why the cast of Daredevil is skipping Comic-Con this year, it may have something to do with the fact that production has kicked off on the second season of the hit Netflix superhero show, with New York-based photographer Shelly Kay posting a selection of set photos on Twitter showing Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock) and Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson) shooting a scene in East Harlem. Check the images out here.
Season two of Daredevil is set to see the return of Rosario Dawson as Claire ‘Night Nurse’ Temple, while Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Fury) is also set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the role of Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher. As yet, there’s been no word on other returning cast members, although Deborah Ann Woll is expected to be back as Karen Page.
- Gary Collinson
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, The Punisher, Daredevil, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Spider-Man, Gambit, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Aquaman, Batman Beyond, The Flash, Arrow, Hit Girl, Kick-Ass 3, The Crow and more…
It’s been a pretty quiet week in the world of superherodom, although Marvel Studios has been quietly upping the promotional for Ant-Man ahead of its release next month, debuting a selection of new posters and TV spots [see here, here and here], along with a batch of images from the film featuring Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), T.I. (Dave), Michael Pena (Luis), David Dastmalchian (Kurt) and Bobby Cannavale (Paxton). Meanwhile, the Avengers themed posters featuring Iron Man, Thor and Captain America inspired a host of parodies centred on Black Widow, with the miniature superhero standing small on Natasha »
- Gary Collinson
It’s fair to say that Marvel’s Daredevil series on Netflix was full of top notch performances, from its hero to its villains, and the supporting cast, too. Rosario Dawson’s Claire (inspired partly by the Night Nurse character from the comics) was a particular highlight. She’ll be back for season 2, and has been discussing the show recently.
“I’m looking forward to seeing where [Claire] goes,” she said of her character, “because her eyes have been opened up to this other world — and she’s crossed the line. You know, this is someone who helps people, and she’s been violent now, but seeing the need for it.”
“I think there’s a lot that she’s having to grapple with, and I think that’s what’s exciting about using »
Last month it was announced that Rosario Dawson will be reprising the role of Claire Temple for the second season of Daredevil (as well as potentially featuring in any of Netflix’s other Marvel series) and now the actress has been speaking to MTV about what the future holds for her character.
“She’s funny, she’s wry, she’s strong — she’s built for that world, because she’s great under pressure. She’s someone — hero or not — you’d want to have in a dire situation… I really just liked her arc all the way through. I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes, because her eyes have been opened up to this other world — and she’s crossed the line. You know, this is someone who helps people, and she’s been violent now but seeing the need for it. I think there’s a lot »
- Gary Collinson
I've been late to board the Daredevil train, I'm just under halfway through at the moment, but one of the characters I've already grown quite attached to is Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple, aka Night Nurse. The actress was on hand at E3 this week due to her involvement in Call of Duty: Black Ops III where she spoke with MTV about the series and why she... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
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