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Next month, Marvel Studios will start production on Avengers: Infinity War, which is expected to bring the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe together. While no cast list has been released yet, it wouldn't be surprising if every established character in the McU will come together to defeat Thanos. Over the weekend, two McU stars, Michael Douglas and Jeremy Renner, hit the links together for a charity golf tournament, where they spoke about the possibility of meeting on the big screen.
Jeremy Renner was first introduced in a cameo appearance in Thor, before starring in The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and this year's Captain America: Civil War. Micahel Douglas is a relative newcomer to the McU, having only starred in last year's Ant-Man, but he told The Content Factory on the World Celebrity Pro-Am on the Chinese island of Hainan that he would love to team up with Jeremy Renner's »
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
Simon Brew Oct 24, 2016
We’re two and a half years away from Captain Marvel arriving on cinema screens, but slowly, the project continues to edge forward at Marvel. And on the promotional trail for the incoming Doctor Strange, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has been chatting about the movie.
See related Doctor Strange review How Hannibal silenced its critics
We already know that Brie Larson has been cast in the title role, but thus far there’s been no word of a director. The obvious reason for why one hasn’t been announced is that Marvel hasn’t made its choice yet, but there is a little more to it than that. This'd be one of those rubbish clickbait stories otherwise. And nobody wants that.
Chatting to Vulture, Feige said that “with Captain Marvel, »
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
“Doctor Strange’s” whitewashing controversy continues to be a main point of discussion. Diversity and the casting of the Ancient One were once again the hot topics at Thursday night’s world premiere held at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
The film’s director, Scott Derrickson, told Variety that he thinks “diversity is the responsibility of the directors and producers” and once again explained why Tilda Swinton’s was the perfect Ancient One.
“In this case, the stereotype of [the Ancient One] had to be undone. I wanted it to be a woman, a middle-aged woman. Every iteration of that script played by an Asian woman felt like a ‘Dragon Lady,” he said. “I’m very sensitive to the history of ‘Dragon Lady’ representation and Anna May Wong films. I moved away from that. Who’s the magical, mystical, woman with secrets that could work in this role? I thought Tilda Swinton. »
- Liz Calvario
Late last year, actor Mark Ruffalo shed some new light on the mysterious absence of a new Hulk film at Marvel Studios by saying that the rights to the character were somehow complicated by the relationship between Marvel and Universal Pictures, which may or may not be the case. Regardless, it gave an entirely new perspective on the big-screen issues surrounding Marvel's iconic green behemoth, especially considering that the character was almost universally lauded as a standout element of the 2012 mega-hit The Avengers, where Ruffalo made his debut as Bruce Banner. While this is certainly unfortunate news to anyone who counts themselves as a standalone fan of the Avengers' chartreuse powerhouse, it also brings up another issue entirely: even if they...
- Chris Clow
Joseph Baxter Simon Brew Oct 24, 2016
Marvel is in an unrivalled place with its screen ventures right now. Its TV shows are amongst the most watched on Netflix, and its 13 movies to date - with Doctor Strange, its 14th, landing this week - have grossed over $10bn at the global box office. That's some Christmas party.
Yet the question remains as to why Marvel hasn't yet looked at crossing over its big and small screen universes.
In an interview with Collider, the studio’s head honcho Kevin Feige has addressed this. After all, crossover is something regularly utilised on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, while Netflix shows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, including the upcoming Iron Fist, The Punisher and team-up The Defenders – dubbed by insiders as the 'street level' of the McU – are »
It won't happen in Infinity War, but will we eventually see Marvel's Netflix characters join The Avengers up on the big screen? Considering it's all supposed to be set in the same universe you would think it's a no-brainer, but Marvel Studios representatives have always seemed reluctant to offer anything in the way of confirmation that plans are in place. During a press junket for Doctor Strange, Collider asked Kevin Feige if he thought the likes of Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones would ever make the transition to the McU, and Marvel's head honcho explained that it'll only happen when the time is right. "I think it’s extremely impressive what Netflix has done and it will be the same answer I always give, which is, “It all depends on timing.” It all depends on how to do it because I don’t think what anybody wants to do »
There are lots of Star Wars fans who’d love to see Joss Whedon take a crack at the franchise, and now you can count Joss Whedon among them. The Avengers director admitted he wants to make a Star Wars movie — but not just any Star Wars movie. He would like to direct one of the Star Wars Story spinoffs, like Rogue […]
- Angie Han
In 2008, Marvel Studios took an unprecedented step in kicking off a shared universe. Back then, this was considered an ambitious and risky move from the studio. Sequels are hard enough for studios to garner profit from, so what hope did a studio have in creating a whole shared universe with characters hopping around from one film to another? Would an audience even be able to understand that all these characters existed in the same world? This big experiment came to a head in 2012 with the release of 2012’s The Avengers. what could have been a colossal failure in filmmaking and screenwriting actually turned out to be one of the best blockbuster experiences ever created.
Needless to say, other studios took notice. DC set to work at creating their own DC Extended Universe, Universal is currently in the infant stages of creating a Monsters Universe, and Legendary and Warner Bros. have »
- Joseph Medina
Next fall, Mark Ruffalo's beloved Hulk character will finally return in Thor: Ragnarok, after skipping this summer's Captain America: Civil War. The actor made his Marvel debut as Hulk in 2012's The Avengers, but nearly 20 years prior, the actor almost portrayed another iconic Marvel character, long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even formed. A new documentary reveals that the Oscar-nominated actor almost played the nefarious Doctor Doom, although not in the movie you may think.
Yahoo! Movies reports that in the new documentary Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four, Mark Ruffalo auditioned for the Doctor Doom role, which he ultimately lost to Joseph Culp. The documentary also reveals that other well-known actors who were turned down for the movie includes Xena's Rene O'Connor Lost star Titus Welliver and Seinfeld's Patrick Warburton. It probably worked out better for those who didn't land roles in this movie, »
Joss Whedon helmed two billion dollar hits with The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and while he's since turned his attentions to lower budget projects, you have to believe that the filmmaker will return to the blockbuster realm at some point down the line. Seeing him back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be nice, but it turns out that he's particularly keen on a Star Wars Anthology movie. "I mean, it’s a fun thing to do, to put yourself in the service of something if you think you can add an interpretation. It’s no different than any other storytelling. There are some times when you get micro-managed to death but with Marvel, they let me make two movies that were very much mine. So do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah. Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? »
While writer/director Joss Whedon has been delighting genre audiences for decades with such TV shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Dollhouse, it was in his 2012 film The Avengers that put him in the eye of the mainstream public. For a few years, Joss Whedon became one of the main architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but after the disappointing release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon went back into his creative lair. He by no means disappeared, but for the past years and a half, he’s definitely been off the radar more than usual.
The reason for that? The man’s working his creative juices on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a brand new project, as revealed in a Complex interview:
“I’m in the middle of a screenplay that I am extremely passionate about, and I am going to be extremely passionate about it again »
- Joseph Medina
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
Marvel's Phase 3 recently got going with Captain America: Civil War and will be making a big leap forward with Doctor Strange very soon, but the Russo Brothers are already hard at work on Avengers: Infinity War. Official details on the massive McU event have been scarce, but Cobie Smulders was kind enough to spill the beans (literally) on at least one thing. A very big poster. In the process, the actress has seemingly confirmed that her character Maria Hill will be returning for Avengers 3.
Cobie Smulders made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in order to promote her latest movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. During the show, Jimmy Kimmel asked her to literally spill a can of beans on a poster for Avengers: Infinity War, joking that headlines will read "Cobie Smulders Spills the Beans on Avengers: Infinity War and it was Everything!" In the process, though she didn't really reveal anything, »
I've got to admit it:
I'm more interested in Thor: Ragnarok than I am about any of Marvel's three 2017 releases- which include Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: HomecomingI'm more interested in Thor: Ragnarok than I've been about any of the previous movies about the God of Thunder
Thor: Ragnarok has shaped up in such a way that it's looking to be a big surprise. Let's face it, up to this point, the Thor films have been the runt of the litter when you look at Marvel's main franchises. The two that have come out so far have grossed on the lower end of Marvel's box office hauls, and the reviews have only been so-so (on Rotten Tomatoes, Thor received a 77% and The Dark World received a 66%).
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Simon Brew Oct 17, 2016
When they were announced, the third and fourth The Avengers movies were going by the titles of Avengers: Infinity War: Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War: Part 2. That changed a couple of months back, though. Film three is now called Avengers: Infinity War, and film four is untitled. And Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has been explaining the change in decision.
Chatting to IGN, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed that “there’s a reason we have publicly called the first one Infinity War and the second one 'untitled', because the movies we were developing were not – certainly there’s a connection, there are with all our movies – but it’s not a first part and a second part. It’s a whole movie and a whole story, »
In the next few years, the two most anticipated comic book movies on the docket seem to be The Avengers: Infinity War and The Avengers 4. Certainly Justice League is near the top of the list as well, but there has been so much of a bigger lead-up to these sequels in the Marvel cinematic […]
The post Is Kevin Feige Hinting At The Defenders Appearing In The Next Avengers Sequels? appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
In the eight-plus years Marvel Studios has been churning out movies, they’ve managed to delight audiences worldwide almost without fail. In addition to their reputation for strong storytelling, they’ve all but monopolized on the idea of post-credits scenes. By now, hardcore fans know that when the credits start rolling at the end of each flick, the movie ain’t over yet. We’re treated to either a mid-credits scene (which air after the first set of credits), a post-credits scene, or both. Doctor Strange will be no exception to this rule.
It’s always fun to speculate what these scenes could be, but thanks to a new report from Screen Crush, we don’t have to!
If you don’t wish to be spoiled, don’t read ahead:
According to the outlet, Doctor Strange will have both a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene.
The mid-credits »
- Joseph Medina
As is usually the case, details on the after credits scenes for Marvel's next movie have made their way online. Screencrush have outlined the mid and post credits stingers for Doctor Strange, and both sound very interesting indeed - but, if you'd rather be surprised, best stop reading now as huge Spoilers follow. First up, the mid credits scene features one of The Avengers, and that is - yes, you guessed it - The Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth). It seems The Sorcerer Supreme plans to rid the earth of all mystical threats by the end of the film, and he deems that to include Thor and his nefarious brother, Loki. Strange invites Thor to his Sanctum Santorum and agrees to help him locate Odin on one condition: both he and Loki leave earth and return to Asgard... for good. Then, after the credits have rolled we see Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor »
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