doctor strange villain

Like every significant Marvel superhero, Dr. Stephen Strange has a rogue’s gallery of regular opponents, villains he has been facing off against for decades. And while the Doctor Strange film has its fair share of bad guys (including a few who were hiding in plain sight), it turns out that they weren’t the original choice for the film.

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Captain Marvel Easter Egg in Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange hit theaters this past weekend, and as is the case with any Marvel Studios movie, there were plenty of Easter eggs and references to the rest of the franchises and the comic books that inspired them. But there was one particular Easter egg that you definitely heard, but which may not have actually registered as an Easter egg, and it has to do with Captain Marvel.

In order to discuss this Easter egg, we have to talk about a scene that might be considered a minor spoiler by some, so we’re going to dive into the details about this Captain Marvel Easter egg in Doctor Strange after the jump. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch gives a very charismatic performance in Scott Derrickson‘s Doctor Strange. Based on the response to the film and its opening weekend at the box-office, which exceeded projections, it’s fair to say audiences have taken quite a liking to Cumberbatch’s performance as surgeon-turned-sorcerer Stephen Strange. The titular character, however, isn’t the only role he plays in Marvel’s latest.

Below, learn more about the other Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange role. (Warning: SPOILERS for Doctor Strange ahead.)

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Doctor Strange - Benedict Cumberbatch

Marvel’s Doctor Strange is now in theaters, marking the 14th film in the Marvel cinematic universe, and the first in a hopeful new franchise for the comic book movie studio. With the title character, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, already confirmed to make a return in The Avengers: Infinity War, it’s safe to assume that we’re going see more of the superhero. But will fans want that?

Doctor Strange is on par to make at least $75 million this weekend, maybe as much as $85 million, but does Marvel’s new franchise deliver the goods? The answer is yes, but it still has some shortcomings that keep it from being truly great. The good news is that it lays the groundwork for a promising new character in the Marvel cinematic universe, accompanied by some mesmerizing visuals and action.

After the jump, read our thoughts on Doctor Strange and sound off in the comments with your own, but beware of MAJOR SPOILERS from here on out. You’ve been warned! Read More »

Jon Spaihts interview

2016 is a good year for screenwriter Jon Spaihts. After years of development, Spaihts’ first hot spec script, Passengers, finally got made and is coming to theaters before the year ends. On top of that, he co-wrote Marvel’s latest, Doctor Strange, with director Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.

The origin story shows Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) transformation from an arrogant, selfish surgeon to a powerful, compassionate sorcerer. Spaihts worked on the Doctor Strange script before Derrickson and Cargill conducted rewrites, but he was the first writer to board the project to help Derrickson and MarvelKevin Feige figure out how to best tell Stephen Strange’s trippy tale.

We recently spoke with Spaihts to discuss the challenges of writing an origin story, comic book conventions, his writing process, and more. Below, read our Jon Spaihts interview.

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Doctor Strange Chase Clip - Benedict Cumberbatch

We’re just two days out from Doctor Strange hitting theaters all over the United States (with some screenings arriving tomorrow evening). The film has already been pulling in some decent cash overseas after hitting plenty of international territories last weekend, and it’s bound to have a good weekend at the domestic box office as well.

However, it seems like Marvel maybe needs to make a little more of a marketing push than they usually do, if only because Doctor Strange isn’t quite as well known of a character as their other franchise starters. Their latest effort is a Doctor Strange clip that finds our villain Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and his minions chasing after Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Making this chase all the more interesting is the manipulation of the city around them so that its basically a pursuit through a metropolis designed by M.C. Escher.

Watch the Doctor Strange chase clip after the jump. Read More »

Doctor Strange IMAX Featurette - Benedict Cumberbatch

We’re just a few days out from seeing what Marvel Studios has to offer with their latest entry in the Marvel cinematic universe, Doctor Strange. So far the early buzz has been mostly positive with plenty of praise surrounding the visuals and action of the movie, despite the fact that the movie does hit some of the tired tropes of the origin story and introduces a character not wholly dissimilar from Robert Downey Jr.’s take on Tony Stark.

At the very least, we’re getting the beginning of a new Marvel franchise that brings us into a completely different realm of the Marvel cinematic universe. Helping with that is the IMAX 3D format that allows trippy, mystical visuals to come to life in a big way. Check out a new Doctor Strange IMAX featurette after the jump to see what we’re talking about.  Read More »

Doctor Strange sequel

The other day, director Scott Derrickson said if he’s lucky enough to direct a Doctor Strange sequel, he wants to make a more visceral film, one that digs a little deeper into the villain. With plenty of world building and character introductions completed in the Marvel film, Derrickson is now free to jump right into the deep end the next time around and explore more ideas unrelated to Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) origin story. The filmmaker already has a few thoughts on what he’d like to see in a Doctor Strange sequel.

Below, learn which character from the comics Scott Derrickson hopes to use in another Doctor Strange tale.

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Doctor Strange sequel

Doctor Strange comes out in less than two weeks now, but the early buzz is already remarkably high for director Scott Derrickson‘s Marvel movie. Critics are embracing the origin story, which shares a few things in common with the likes of Batman BeginsCaptain America: The First Avenger, and Iron Man. Doctor Strange is an exceptional origin story where the setup is as entertaining as the setpieces, but with Stephen Strange’s origin story now told, what’s next for the character?

Below, read what Scott Derrickson said about a Doctor Strange sequel.

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Doctor Strange Reviews - Benedict Cumberbatch

Last week brought the first reactions to Doctor Strange after press saw the movie before it hits international markets this coming week. Now the embargo has lifted on full reviews of Marvel’s latest addition to their cinematic universe, providing us with a much more detailed reception from critics.

The full Doctor Strange reviews paint a promising picture full of rich performances, dazzling visuals and some of the best action we’ve ever seen. However, these reviews also dive deeper into the movie’s shortcomings, mainly coming from treading familiar territory as another origin story and putting forth a lead character whose defining characteristics might be a little to close to the Marvel franchise that started this whole universe with Iron Man. But thankfully, Benedict Cumberbatch and director Scott Derrickson keep that from being too frustrating.

Check out some highlights from the Doctor Strange reviews after the jump. Read More »