In February 2016, I traveled to London to get a glimpse at another dimension and visit the set of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. While on set we got a chance to have a long chat with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who as always, provided us with a lot of hints at what to expect from the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Feige talks about Doctor Strange’s origin story, how the movie will be different from the comics, rooting crazy concepts in real science, does Steven Strange know about The Avengers, how the film is more respectful to other cultures than the original source material may have been, how this movie was inspired by The Oath, which characters might connect with the Runaways, Mads Mikkelsen‘s character Kaecilius, multiple dimensions, the trouble with writing magic action, how Mordo is different in the movie, Rachel McAdams‘ character Christine Palmer, is the eye of agamotto an infinity stone, the genre of the film, how this film will defy expectations, Steven Strange’s role in the larger MCU, will we see cameos from the other Marvel characters, and much more.
If you’re a Marvel fan and have ever read a Kevin Feige interview before then, you know this is well worth your time. Hit the jump to open the portal.
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Despite the fact that most of The Avengers went head-to-head in Captain America: Civil War, not one of them died. Sure, War Machine (aka James Rhodes) walked away with a bit of a physical impairment, but that’s about as bad as it got for our heroes. However, directors Anthony & Joe Russo confirm that they once talked about killing off various characters in the sequel, including Captain America himself.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Never one to pass up an opportunity for cross-promotion, Marvel Studios is using the home video release of Captain America: Civil War to plug some of its other upcoming titles. We already got to check in with the cast and crew of Thor: Ragnarok via a hilarious video revealing what the God of Thunder was up to during Steve and Tony’s falling out, and today Doctor Strange gets its turn in the spotlight.
A new Doctor Strange sneak peak has arrived as a bonus feature on the Civil War Blu-ray. The featurette offers new insight into two of the film’s key characters, the complicated Baron Mordo (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the mysterious Kaecilius (played by Mads Mikkelsen). And as if that weren’t intriguing enough, the video also includes some dazzling concept art. Read More »
If you thought the visual effects in that last Doctor Strange trailer were mindbending in 2D, wait until you experience them in 3D. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says that sequences of Doctor Strange require 3D to “tell the dimensional story.” So how will the story translate when downgraded to traditional 2D projection? Find out about the Doctor Strange 3D, after the jump.
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A couple weeks back, Marvel Comics revealed that a black teenager named Riri Williams would be replacing Tony Stark as Iron Man in the comic books. But could Marvel Studios replace Robert Downey Jr. with a young black actress in Disney’s Iron Man movies? I know what you’re probably thinking, this is only the comics — they kill off characters all the time and they often take on storylines that would probably never make it to the big screen. But could they? Will they?
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Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
Thor: Ragnarok is building up a cast to die for, with Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, and Cate Blanchett all on board. But one Marvel star who’ll be sitting out this trip is Natalie Portman. After playing Jane Foster in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, Portman will not reprise her role for Thor: Ragnarok, as confirmed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Find out why after the jump. Read More »
Ever since the first trailer for Doctor Strange debuted, controversy about whitewashing in Hollywood has been swirling online again. This came about because it was confirmed that actress Tilda Swinton was playing the role of The Ancient One, a character who was originally an Asian man in the comic books. Many Asian actors, actresses, filmmakers and fans have spoken out against this casting, saying that it plays into the tendency Hollywood has to have white actors and actresses in the roles of characters of different ethnic backgrounds. Tilda Swinton previously responded to the matter, and now Marvel Studios president CEO and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson have chimed in on the matter.
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Following the success of Deadpool at the box office earlier this year, some fans were hoping that this would convince studios to take more risks with R-rated comic book movies. More specifically, fans were hoping to see Marvel Studios go a little darker by making the first R-rated movie in the Marvel cinematic universe. However, Disney chairman Bob Iger said that fans shouldn’t get their hopes up, and now Marvel’s president echoes those sentiments.
While discussing Captain America: Civil War, Kevin Feige addressed the potential of an R-rated Marvel Studios movie coming together and confirmed there are no discussions to make that happen. Furthermore, he explained what he believes made Deadpool a success, and while the R-rating didn’t hurt, he understands that it wasn’t the sole determining factor in garnering acclaim and box office bucks. Read More »