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The first reviews are out for Marvel’s latest entry in their Cinematic Universe: Scott Derrickson’s “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch at the neurosurgeon-turned-mystical-hero and Tilda Swinton as his mentor The Ancient One. IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich says that it’s Marvel’s “most exciting addition to their ever-expanding universe since ‘The Avengers'” and that “it often feels as though it’s been shot through a kaleidoscope — it’s hollow, hypnotic, and every twist of the tube reflects a beautiful new dimension of infinite possibilities.” Other critics praise the film’s psychedelic imagery but are less enamored with its familiar origin story narrative.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy calls it “an engaging, smartly cast and sporadically eye-popping addition to the studio’s bulging portfolio” and especially praises the film’s performances. »
- Vikram Murthi
Giving a whole new meaning to the idea of Doctors Without Borders, “Doctor Strange” is a superhero movie that often feels as though it’s been shot through a kaleidoscope — it’s hollow, hypnotic, and every twist of the tube reflects a beautiful new dimension of infinite possibilities. Unapologetically folding the likes of “The Matrix” and “Inception” into the fabric of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Sinister” director Scott Derrickson reaches into the mirror dimension (whatever the hell that is) and retrieves the year’s most (only?) visually dazzling blockbuster.
That spectacle comes at a cost. As with all of the best installments of the McU, the film’s unique strengths have a perverse way of highlighting the franchise’s shared weaknesses. But “Doctor Strange” deserves credit for treating several of the ailments that have been infecting the series, and for diagnosing several more. A movie about a forward-thinking man who is deeply afraid of failure, »
- David Ehrlich
Gad, who is coming off a string of light-hearted comedies thanks to Pixels and The Angry Birds Movie, has agreed to terms to play Hector MacQueen in Fox’s pulse-pounding thriller, a “nervous, skittish man who drinks too much.” He’s said to have a flair for languages, and works under Johnny Depp’s American businessman and tycoon Mr. Ratchett as an assistant/translator.
Kenneth Branagh, who will also head up the investigation as detective Hercule Poirot, has been attached to this new take on Agatha Christie’s classic for some time, and though things looked to have taken a turn for the worse after Angelina Jolie disembarked, the remake has bounced back remarkably well.
- Michael Briers
As Joss Whedon continues to work on his script for his first post-Marvel project, the filmmaker has been chatting to Complex about the comic book movie genre, weighing in with his thoughts on Marvel and DC, as well as the upcoming Wonder Woman movie – a project he spent several years attached to back in the mid 2000s.
“I did not see Suicide Squad,” said Whedon. “I saw Batman v Superman. Everybody’s got their own method. I think Marvel has been more successful systematically. DC has been more cinematic—their stuff looks amazing—but I feel like Kevin Feige [President of Marvel Studios] is a really good storyteller. He really cares about coherence, and I feel like style never defeats substance at Marvel, but a little style creeps in. Ant-Man had some, Doctor Strange might be funky, and they are doing very fun things on TV. The Marvel-Netflix thing is working really well. DC »
- Gary Collinson
On Wednesday, director James Gunn debuted the first poster from the new adventure on his Facebook page.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Slither”). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (“Spectre,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax; Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jumper”) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff »
- Michelle McCue
Bronies rejoice! Hasbro has announced today that the award-winning My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and the spinoff series My Little Pony: Equestria Girls have both been renewed for 2017. Season seven of Friendship is Magic will get underway in Spring 2017 as the ‘Mane 6’ experience their most exciting adventures yet, while Equestria Girls will return for three 22-minute specials.
My Little Pony fans also have My Little Pony: The Movie to look forward to next year, with the film set to hit on October 6th, with a voice cast that includes Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, Gnomeo & Juliet), Kristen Chenoweth (Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie), Taye Diggs (Murder in the First, Best Man Holiday), Michael Pena (Ant-Man, The Martian), Liev Schrieber (Ray Donovan, Spotlight) and pop super star Sia.
“2017 will be the biggest year in the history of the My Little Pony franchise, including new and exciting stories that will air across television, »
- Gary Collinson
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Blade, Iron Fist, The Punisher, The Defenders, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ghost Rider, Avengers: Secret Wars, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell, Logan, X-Men: Apocalypse, Legion, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Krypton, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, Incognito and more….
With a little over a week to go until the UK release of Doctor Strange, Marvel has been releasing more promotional material for the Phase Three origin story, including a new promotional image of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme [see here], a pair of backlight posters and a rather psychedelic still [see here], and a new TV spot and featurette entitled ‘Universes Within’ [watch them here]. Flickering Myth’s Emma »
- Gary Collinson
If you’ve seen Captain America: Civil War, then you’ll know that Marvel presented a very different take on Baron Zemo with Daniel Bruhl’s villain, but some unused concept art has arrived online by way of Marvel Cinematic Universe on Facebook which shows a more traditional look for the character, complete with his purple mask.
Now updated with a hi-res look at the concept art courtesy of Andy Park…
What do you make of the concept art. Should Helmut Zemo have been shown in his mask, or was it unnecessary? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
See Also: Captain America: Civil War screenwriters explain why Thanos was absent
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts »
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood is full of adorable famous families, but Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas's picture-perfect brood is giving all of them a run for their money. The longtime couple has kept their two children, 13-year-old Carys and 16-year-old Dylan, out of the spotlight for the most part, but over the last few years, we've gotten more and more glimpses of them as they grow up. Catherine and the kids walked the red carpet with Michael at the Ant-Man premiere in July 2015, where it seemed like Carys and Dylan had practically grown up overnight. Luckily the actress has started documenting all of their adventures on Instagram, including their trip to see Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones perform in Indio, CA, just this week, so hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more of the family soon. Related:Relive Nearly 20 Years of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas's Love in the SpotlightMichael Douglas »
- Quinn Keaney
Duncan Jones seems to have a mystique about him, doesn't he? It might be because his father was one of the most enigmatic, revered, unpredictable artists ever, David Bowie. Or because his career began with a bang, with critically-acclaimed films like Moon and Source Code, which showed that he was no mere rookie director; They demonstrated that he had serious chops, and was a filmmaker to look out for. Right out of the gate, he was able to get stars like Sam Rockwell and Jake Gyllenhaal to sign on and buy into his vision for those early films.
Then Warcraft came out, and- despite the fact that it was a high-profile bomb at the domestic box office that received bad reviews- the young director managed to walk away virtually unscathed. In fact, his next project, Mute, is already gaining plenty of buzz. Netflix recently picked it up, and it's a »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Production continues apace on the Berlin set of Mute, but it appears Duncan Jones’ long-anticipated movie has made room in its cast for one more last-minute addition. Variety reports that Justin Theroux, star of The Girl on the Train and The Leftovers on HBO, has joined the Blade Runner-esque sci-fi pic in an undisclosed role. He’ll round out an ensemble that already boasts Alexander Skarsgård and Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd.
Rooted in the same fictional universe as Moon, Jones has teased that Mute takes place in the year 2056 and will orbit around Leo Beiler (Skarsgård), a mute bartender making ends meet in a far-future Berlin. A missing girlfriend sends Beiler onto the busting streets of the German capital, where he comes into contact with Paul Rudd’s American surgeon. “It’s about a guy who was in an accident as a kid,” Skarsgård revealed previously. “He’s ex-Amish, »
- Michael Briers
Evangeline Lilly recently confirmed that we won't see The Wasp (and presumably Ant-Man) in Avengers: Infinity War because Marvel wants her origin story to play out in Ant-Man and The Wasp, and based on new comments from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, it sounds like that could be the case for Captain Marvel too. While he doesn't outright state that she won't show up in that movie, his remarks below make it sound very unlikely we'll see the character before her solo outing. "Benedict is an amazing actor and totally different than Hemsworth and totally different from Downey. And, we want to stay true to who he was in the books. The metamorphosis of what he goes through is more drastic than Tony [Stark] and that was fun to chart. I guess ‘Panther’ isn’t really an origin story since we saw him already in ‘Civil War,’ but his stand alone »
From Iron Man to Ant-Man, it’s become quite clear over the years that the Marvel Cinematic Universe favors introducing audiences to new superheroes through origin stories. Aside from a few exceptions here and there, nearly every introductory film in the Marvel Studios catalog has shown how the titular hero or heroes came to be exactly that, which, considering the studio’s success, has proven to be a very reliable format.
Cinema Blend recently got a chance to talk to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige at a 15-minute IMAX preview screening of Doctor Strange and asked him how much/if Phase Three of the McU will be focused on telling more origin stories as a way of meeting new characters. He answered, “[Black] Panther is not really an origin story, since we saw him already in Civil War. But his standalone certainly introduces you to 99% of his world that you never saw. »
- Justin Cook
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas took their two kids, 13-year-old Carys and 16-year-old Dylan, to watch Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones perform at the Desert Trip music festival in Indio, CA, over the weekend. Luckily for us, Catherine documented their entire family trip on Instagram, and we couldn't help but notice just how much Carys and Dylan have grown. Within the new set of photos, the actress included a snap of the famous brood holding up their concert passes, writing, "So excited. Tickets ready. A Friday night with Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones!!! Can't breathe with excitement!!! A #DesertTrip of a lifetime!" In another, Catherine shows off her son's stylish Rolling Stones jacket, captioning it, "This says it all. Watching my son see his idols for the first time. Made this night for me. #TheRollingStones #DesertTrip." The last time the family hit a red carpet together was at »
- Monica Sisavat
AnimationFix: Your regular round-up of the latest animation news, from HitFix reporter Emily Rome Fan-favorite badass Peggy Carter was denied a third season of her show on ABC, but Hayley Atwell is getting another chance to reprise the role. She’s voicing the S.H.I.E.L.D. founder in an upcoming episode of Disney Xd’s Avengers TV show, announced on the Marvel Animation panel at New York Comic Con this weekend. Agent Carter will show up in a season 4 episode of the series, which launched with the name Avengers Assemble, and will air as Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars for the fourth season, which has yet to get a premiere date. The series is currently in its third season. Marvel Animation’s Cort Lane and Stephen Wacker told the fans at Nycc that both Peggy and Howard Stark will make appearances in the episode (though only Atwell, »
- Emily Rome
Marvel Animation announced today at New York Comic Con, an all-new animated series called Marvel’s Spider-Man will be premiering on Disney Xd in 2017. Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man will culminate in January 2017 with an exciting two-part finale arc “Graduation Day” that will see Spider-Man stop Doctor Octopus and the Superior Sinister Six from destroying all of the heroes in New York City.
The new series, Marvel's Spider-Man, tells the story of an unsure (but courageous) teen who has to figure out how to be a Super Hero from the very beginning. Produced by Marvel Animation, the series' award-winning creative team includes executive producers Alan Fine ("Marvel's The Avengers," "Iron Man," "Thor"), Dan Buckley ("Marvel's Avengers Assemble," "Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H."), Joe Quesada ("Marvel's Avengers Assemble") and Jeph Loeb ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."); co-executive producers Stan Lee ("Spider-Man"), Eric Radomski ("Spawn," "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"), Cort Lane ("Marvel »
- Jeremy Scully
As foretold by the fact that her character’s name is in the title of an upcoming movie, Evangeline Lilly is going to have a greater role in the Marvel universe. Lilly explained in an interview with Blastr at New York Comic Con that after Ant-Man sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp, she’ll show up in one of those upcoming Avengers movies. “There’s an Avengers series coming out and it’s a two-parter,” she said. “The Wasp won’t be in the first part; she’ll be in the second part, because they really want to preserve that reveal for Ant-Man And The Wasp so they can give it its due time.”
This is good news for the gender balance of the superhero squad, but somewhat complicates the mystery of what’s actually happening with the future Avengers flicks. Back in July it appeared that Marvel was scrapping the »
- Esther Zuckerman
One of the things people have been quietly excited about, which is occurring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the arrival of The Wasp. Evangeline Lilly played Hope Pym in Marvel's Ant-Man, and we were treated to a big tease of things to come when they revealed the Wasp costume that'll be putting on one day. Then it was later revealed that the sequel would be called Ant-Man and The Wasp, which instantly bumped up her profile within the McU because it meant she'd be one of the central selling points of the film and not just Scott Lang's (Paul Rudd) sidekick.
Outside of that, though, and rumors that Sharon Stone might be playing the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, there hasn't been much to say about the project. All of the focus lately has been on Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the two Avengers flicks that are coming in 2018 and 2019.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
We know a whole lot of familiar faces will be returning for 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, and the list just keeps growing as more and more actors confirm their involvement. But one you can count out is Hope van Dyne, first introduced in Ant-Man. In an interview, Evangeline Lilly stated that the Wasp will not appear in Avengers: […]
The post ‘Avengers 4’ Will Feature The Wasp, Confirms Evangeline Lilly appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
With Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe culminating with Avengers: Infinity War and the yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4, it has been expected that many of the new McU faces will join Earth’s Mightiest Heroes including Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel. A movie that is being released in between the two however is Ant-Man and The Wasp starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, and the latter of the pair confirmed an appearance of Hope Van Dyne in Avengers 4.
“There’s an Avengers series coming out, its a two-parter,” she told Blastr about the future of the character. “The Wasp won’t be in the first part, she’ll be in the second part, because they really want to preserve that reveal for Ant-Man And The Wasp.”
- Luke Owen
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