Why does David Goyer defend Superman killing General Zod in Man of Steel? Who are the best queer villains in comic book history? Does a new shirt offer a glimpse of the new Captain America suit in Civil War? Is there reason to believe Doctor Strange will be the best film in Marvel’s Phase Three? How does Sam Raimi feel about Spider-Man 3 eight years later? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »


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As Marvel’s Doctor Strange gears up for a fall shoot with Benedict CumberbatchTilda SwintonChiwetel Ejiofor, and director Scott Derrickson, some big questions remain. Such as: Who is female lead Rachel McAdams playing in the movie? Early speculation was that she had taken the role of Clea, a love interest of Strange’s in the comics, but now a new rumor claims she’s playing Night Nurse instead. Read about the Rachel McAdams Night Nurse rumor after the jump.  Read More »

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Last night I attended an event where Marvel head Kevin Feige and Avengers producer Jeremy Latchem were in attendance answering questions about Avengers: Age of Ultron and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  You can read everything they said about plotting the Infinity Stones in the first two and upcoming phase three of the MCU, and where they are headed in The Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2 in our other post. In this post you can find all the interesting answers that didn’t fit thematically in the other post:

  • How does it feel to be able to include Spider-Man in the MCU?
  • How was Spider-Man inserted into the plan they already had leading towards The Avengers: Infinity War?
  • Does Marvel have plans for Fantastic Four and X-Men in the chance they get the rights back?
  • Will The Marvel television characters or storylines ever appear in the Marvel movies? Would characters be recast?
  • Why didn’t Captain Marvel and other Marvel character have a cameo at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron?
  • When will Guardians of the Galaxy cross over with the earth bound Marvel heroes?
  • When will we get more casting announcements for Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2?
  • How does Howard The Duck make it back to Earth?
  • When will Marvel One Shots short films return?

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What has Mads Mikkelsen heard about Doctor Strange? Which Jessica Jones character has reported to the Luke Cage set? Want a first look at Lash from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Could Warner Bros. make more Batman games? Which superhero (besides Falcon) does Anthony Mackie want to play? Was Marvel ever considering another Daredevil movie? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Rachel McAdams in Doctor Strange

UPDATE 9/14/2015: TheWrap reports Rachel McAdams has confirmed she will indeed star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange. Original story from July 25, 2015 follows.

Earlier this month, a rumor surfaced that Rachel McAdams has been offered the female lead in Marvel Studios forthcoming Phase Three film Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. But as usual, Marvel didn’t confirm or deny these rumblings, so we were left in the dark as to the truth of the matter.

Now McAdams, who can currently be seen on HBO each Sunday in True Detective, as well as in theaters in Southpaw starting this weekend, has confirmed discussions about taking a role in the Marvel cinematic universe. Find out more about Rachel McAdams in Doctor Strange after the jump! Read More »

Joaquin Phoenix passed on Doctor Strange

Even though Marvel fans are mostly pleased with the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Sorcerer Supreme in the forthcoming Phase Three film Doctor Strange, there was almost another actor in the role who might have been a somewhat more interesting addition to the Marvel cinematic universe.

We know that Joaquin Phoenix was not just courted for the lead role in Doctor Strange, but he was even said to be in final talks for the Marvel Studios production. But sadly, he ended up falling away from the project. The question is why? We finally have an answer as to why Joaquin Phoenix passed on Doctor Strange, and it’s not entirely surprising. Read More »

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Hannibal may be ending, as the canceled NBC show failed to secure a new home for a fourth season, but the show’s star, Mads Mikkelsen, isn’t going to disappear. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Mikkelsen was recently announced as part of the Star Wars: Rogue One cast, and now he’s in talks to play one of the villains in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Wait, one of the villains? We know that Chiwetel Ejiofor is playing Baron Mordo, one of Strange’s classic villains, so what could the Mads Mikkelsen Doctor Strange role be? Read More »

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The big D23 Expo from Disney came and went over the weekend, leaving onlookers dizzy with details about more than a dozen upcoming projects from various outfits that are part of the Disney corporate structure. While D23 hosted thousands of visitors, most of our readers were unable to attend. But there’s good news: most of the big panels from D23 are online in video form.

As is the case with similar recordings of Comic Con panels, there is no film footage included here. But if you want to see highlights from the D23 Marvel panel, including talk about Doctor Strange and Captain America: Civil War, you can watch below. And while the Civil War film footage isn’t here, you can see (most of) Benedict Cumberbatch‘s video greeting and enjoy the on-stage charisma of Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie. Read More »

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Disney and Marvel kicked off day two of the D23 Expo 2015 with a presentation for Doctor Strange, complete with a video call-in from star Benedict Cumberbatch and a showcase of production art and animatics provided by director Scott Derrickson, who is in London prepping the movie . The film begins shooting in November, but there was enough weird stuff in the early art to wow the crowd, including mock-ups of Cumberbatch in comics-accurate costume.

And while we’ve heard that Doctor Strange could be Marvel’s Fantasia, there were also physics-defying images of cities and cars warped in a manner that immediately bring to mind Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Read More »