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While promoting Guardians of the Galaxy earlier this month, I had the chance to with Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige about this cosmic space adventure, which hits theaters August 1. Naturally, due to the immense nature of the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, the talk shifted to future projects such as Doctor Strange, whether or not each Phase will end with an Avengers sequel, and the studio's approach to secrecy.
Take a look at what the producer and the brains behind Marvel's Cinematic Universe had to say in our interview below, and you can clickHere to check out what he had to say about Guardians of the Galaxy.
I want to start by talking about your approach to secrecy, or, perhaps, lack thereof. There have been a lot of filmmakers who have been criticized over the last couple of years, for essentially lying to fans about certain secrets. For instance, »
Universal Pictures is looking at a pretty profitable year in 2016. In addition to Ride Along 2, Warcraft, The Best Man Wedding, Bourne 5 and Skull Island, the studio has just added a high-profile prequel to its lineup, simultaneously bumping another big-budget reboot back two months. Let’s take the prequel first, then the reboot.
Tody, the studio unveiled Snow White and the Huntsman follow-up The Huntsman, which will count out Kristen Stewart to instead tell the story of how the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) first encountered villainous Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron). Frank Darabont is set to direct the prequel, which was formerly known as Snow White and the Huntsman 2. It has been dated for April 22nd, 2016.
The film previously slotted for that date, Alex Kurtzman’s remake of The Mummy, has been shifted by two months to June 24th, 2016. Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) will be penning the script, about which details are currently scarce. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Marvel Studios has expressed an interest in developing a movie with a female lead, which has led many to assume that the character of Black Widow will eventually get her own movie. Kevin Feige has even said that a Black Widow movie with Scarlett Johansson is something that they might want to do in the near future. However, despite Johansson’s star power, it’s difficult to see Marvel going down this path. Black Widow is currently the only female Avenger, although that will change when the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is introduced in Avengers Age Of Ultron, but the fact is that the character is nothing more than a supporting player and a lower-tier Avenger, and a film featuring her as the lead would not work out as well as many would hope.
- Thomas Roach
When you’re Kevin Feige, it doesn’t do to just be focused on the task at hand. Though the Marvel head honcho is currently handling this week’s Guardians of the Galaxy, he is also responsible for keeping over ten other upcoming superhero tentpoles from the studio on track. Next up after Guardians will be Avengers: Age of Ultron, the climactic chapter of Marvel’s Phase Two.
Following that blockbuster, Feige will be launching Phase Three with Ant-Man, but curious Marvel acolytes are already thinking further ahead, to what the rest of the phase will look like (including Avengers 3). When recently asked about a slate of release dates secured by Marvel, including the second 2018 one snagged after The Amazing Spider-Man 3 vacated its spot, Feige shed some light on when fans can expect to see Phase Three come to an end:
“The last one was just a scheduling thing, there »
- Isaac Feldberg
Shortly after the Avengers: Age of Ultron panel in Hall H at Comic-Con Saturday night, I got to conduct video interviews with most of the cast in the press room. While the interviews had to be conducted in groups due to how many reporters were in attendance, we still managed to get a lot of great information from the cast. You can watch my Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans interviews by clicking the links. In addition to the cast of Avengers, I also got a few minutes with Marvel's Kevin Fiege. He talked about the great Joss Whedon dialogue in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the possibility of Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, how much Josh Brolin wearing the Infinity Gauntlet on stage indicates where things are going in the Marvel universe, the likelihood of making Thor a female down the road, the rumors that Joaquin Phoenix might play Doctor Strange, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
It was a borderline tragedy to Marvel fans this weekend, as the company only announced one film on their upcoming film slate (Guardians Of The Galaxy 2) despite eight release dates hovering on the horizon. Fans know to expect Doctor Strange given the recent hiring of director Scott Derrickson, and there's certainly room for a third Avengers, with writers hired for Thor 3. That leaves four release dates without titles. Why weren't they confirmed? The issue is a simple one: Marvel doesn't know what these movies are either. In some ways, Marvel has revolutionized blockbuster filmmaking. All it takes is a small last-minute addition to a movie and suddenly the Marvel world spiderwebs even further. Samuel L. Jackson's end-of-credits cameo as Nick Fury in Iron Man was an afterthought. By 2011, the Red Skull would control the Tesseract, just the first in a series of magical MacGuffins teasing the arrival of Thanos, »
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Another Marvel panel at Comic-Con has come and gone, and there was no mention of Doctor Strange. I was hoping that there would be a casting announcement, but it didn't happen. As of right now the list of potential actors who could join the film include Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, and most recently, Joaquin Pheonix.
"Doctor Strange is a classic Marvel origin story, because he’s got one of the best origins ever. And it is our opportunity to take a left turn into the supernatural.
"Now, what is the definition of “supernatural”? It varies. We like the idea of playing with alternate dimensions. [Doctor] Strange, in a very [Steve] Ditko, crazy astro-trip way, traveling through »
- Joey Paur
A special edition of The Week in Spandex rounding up the superhero news and talking points from Comic-Con, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Doctor Strange, Thunderbolts, Captain America 3, Blade, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Shazam, Justice League, Justice League Dark, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Gotham, Batman Versus Robin, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Superman Lives, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Deadpool and more…
Well, the geek mecca that is the San Diego Comic-Con International has drawn to a close for another year, and naturally we’ve been inundated with superhero news over the past few days. We’ve been covering Comic-Con in depth here at Flickering Myth [check out our archive here], and now here’s a run down of all the big talking points from »
- Gary Collinson
Both "Thor" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" have been responsible for introducing the cosmic elements of Marvel Comics into their cinematic universe, selling us on alien civilisations and ancient god-like beings - and selling it all with a healthy dose of science fiction.
The upcoming "Doctor Strange" bears the burden of selling the other side of the coin - the supernatural. Mysticism is, in many ways, a tougher prospect to sell audiences on as being part of the same universe that gave us the likes of "Iron Man" and "Captain America". Much like with "Thor" though, Marvel's Kevin Feige plans to use notions of real science to explain the character's magical abilities. He tells Collider:
With Doctor Strange it is a classic Marvel origin story, because he's got one of the best origins ever and it's our opportunity to take that left turn into the supernatural.
Now what is the definition of supernatural? »
- Garth Franklin
The Marvel panel was the most anticipated panel of Comic-Con, and I realize now I was setting myself up for disappointment. They have been in the news so much the last two weeks, I was expecting to learn more about the five upcoming mystery films, or at the very least who would play Doctor Strange. No such luck. The first thing Kevin Feige said when he took the stage was that the panel would focus on 2015. I had to remind myself of that at the close of the panel as I stood confused thinking, that’s it?
That being said, there was still a lot excitement. For Ant-Man, they made no mention of the troubled production and revealed Evangeline Lilly is confirmed to play Hope Pym and Corey Stoll will play Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket. Lilly and Stoll joined director Peyton Reed, Paul Rudd, and »
- Michelle Nelson
Marvel Studios have constantly raised the bar each and every year at San Diego Comic-Con, so it had a lot of high expectations to live up to in Hall H on Saturday night. Judging by reactions from fans and the amount of content the studio presented, they unfortunately didn’t quite reach the heights that attendees were hoping for.
The studio is known for announcing handfuls of films in advance, showing off footage, and bringing the majority of its casts on stage, but this year they didn’t quite do as much as early buzz and wishful thinking anticipated. There was a very quick panel about Ant-Man, a huge chunk of time devoted to Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the announcement of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Other than that, there was no mention of upcoming projects like Doctor Strange or an announcement about what films the majority of their newly »
- James Garcia
While some fans have been excited about the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 news coming from Comic-Con, I’ve been just staring at my computer with bated breath, waiting for some speck of news about a Doctor Strange movie. While we don’t have any solid casting news yet, we do have Kevin Feige dishing on the tone of the film, and it sounds just about perfect.
Doctor Strange is a classic Marvel origin story, because he’s got one of the best origins ever. And it is our opportunity to take a left turn into the supernatural.
Now, what is the definition of “supernatural”? It varies. We like the idea of playing with alternate dimensions. »
- Alexander Lowe
San Diego — Rumor had it that during their highly anticipated Comic-Con panel Marvel Studios would announce which actor is playing the new Doctor Strange in Scott Derrickson's upcoming big screen adaptation. Rumor also had it that Marvel would reveal who is playing Captain Marvel, a much-needed super-powered female Avenger that is expected to cameo in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Neither event happened. Instead, the studio announced that a sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" has already been greenlit and it already has a release date of July 28, 2017. Oh yeah, and they showed a massive amount of footage from Joss Whedon's "Avengers" sequel with almost the entire cast on hand. A who's who of Hollywood stars including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elisabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Paul Bettany »
- Gregory Ellwood
Under Kevin Feige's guidance the Marvel Cinematic Universe has blossomed into the one of the most popular, well-loved, and financially successful set of films ever produced. He's an undeniable force in the industry who clearly understands what fans want to see. Earlier today, before hitting the stage for Marvel's Hall H panel, I had the opportunity to sit down for a group interview with Feige. He talked about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, the possibility of Netflix/McU crossover, plans for Thanos, actor contracts, releasing more movies per year, and a lot more. Check out what he had to say after the jump. Question: My understanding is that when Joss pitched for Avengers that he kind of pitched this film to you. He wanted to get to Ultron. Is that accurate? Kevin Feige: No that wasn't in »
- Haleigh Foutch
Doctor Strange is one of the next big movies on Marvel’s slate, and we’re starting to get a good picture of what the film will offer. Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil) is directing and Jon Spaihts is writing the latest script draft. While Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly been in talks for the lead […]
The post ‘Doctor Strange’s Supernatural Journeys May Look Like ‘Cosmos’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
The reveal was done by director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt who shot a pre-recorded message for Marvel's Comic Con panel. No further mention was made of "Doctor Strange" or what the studio has planned for all those release dates they've secured in recent weeks.
Earlier during Con, Gunn revealed to Film Divider that he already has several ideas in place for the sequel:
"I know a lot of where I want to go. I have a lot of ideas for stories and characters that are going to appear, and there are documents written up, that some people have, about Peter Quill’s father and his relationship, a lot of stuff about Yondu and a lot of stuff about Drax that nobody knows.
There are a »
- Garth Franklin
Ten minutes after the grand finale of Comic-Con is supposed to start in the 6,100-seat Hall H, a chant begins: “We want Marvel! We want Marvel! We want Marvel!”
They got what was coming to them.
The lights went down soon after, and the panel began with a reel of highlights from all the past Marvel movies, leading into a new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy (which comes out next Friday.) It ends with a long look at Josh Brolin as the cosmic villain Thanos in a throne that is free-floating in space.
“It always starts with you guys in this room, »
- Anthony Breznican
It's time for Marvel to show the rest of the world how to bring down the house, once again, at Comic-Con 2014. Wrapping up three days of movie presentations in Hall H, Marvel Studios is ready to continue the McU and take us into the next phase with James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Scott Derrickson's Dr. Strange. Four years ago they brought the entire cast of The Avengers on stage, will they do that again? We're about to find out what big surprises and announcements they have in store in 2014, and I'm very excited to see how Marvel is going to make everyone go wild again this time. Updates Live directly from Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel on Saturday, from 5:30Pm - 6:30Pm Pdt: 6:44Pm - We're wrapped up and that's it - nothing announced or mentioned related to Doctor Strange »
- Alex Billington
Doctor Strange, based on the popular Marvel Comics character, will be included in the Marvel Studios 'Phase Three' production slate along with Ant-man and the third Avengers installment. Recently, Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil) signed on to direct the film and now news has emerged that Marvel may have found its lead. The Wrap reports that Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master) is in early negotiations to join the film:"While insiders caution there is no deal in place yet, multiple sources say Phoenix is in consideration and has had discussions about the movie." Phoenix can next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice opening in theaters later this year. According to Marvel Comics mythology, former neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange is one of »
- Pietro Filipponi
Washington, July 26: Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in the upcoming Marvel project 'Doctor Strange.'
Though it is not confirmed if the 39-year-old actor would accept the role, a source claimed to the Hollywood Reporter, that the deal for the Scott Derrickson directed project was already ahead of the offer stage.
The film, which is being scripted by Jon Spaihts, centers on the former neurosurgeon who serves as the chief protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats, Sorcerer Supreme.
- Diksha Singh
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