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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Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
Doctor Strange is likely to be the trippiest film in the Marvel stable. The trailers promise psychedelic visuals from the comic book movie, but what of Stephen Strange’s journey? Will director Scott Derrickson‘s film have enough heart to make Doctor Strange more than a visually engaging experience? We’ll see soon enough, but one thing is for certain, star Benedict Cumberbatch is confident Doctor Strange is far more than just delicious eye candy.
Below, watch the Doctor Strange featurette.
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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 »
In a few months, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) will have his world turned upside down, both metaphorically and literally. Today at Comic-Con, Marvel presented the second trailer for director Scott Derrickson‘s (Sinister) origin story. The trailer has now made its way online, which continues to tease a potential head trip of a comic book picture.
Below, watch the new Doctor Strange trailer.
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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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Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
Marvel’s decision to cast Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in Doctor Strange was always bound to attract controversy. The character is an Asian man in the comics, so putting a white woman in the role led to complaints about whitewashing. But the Doctor Strange team is standing by its choice. Last week Swinton went on record insisting that there were “very good reasons” for the change, and now Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargill and Marvel Studios have weighed in as well. Read More »
Tilda Swinton is an ethereal being who has temporarily taken on our form so she can grace us with her presence and quietly exude psychic waves that hint at the true nature of the cosmos, so it’s a bit of a shame that she’s currently at the center of a very human controversy. She plays the mystical mentor to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme in Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange, a character known as the Ancient One…a character who was originally depicted as an Asian man in his 1963 comic book debut. As you’d expect, the arrival of the trailer two weeks ago sparked a controversy over the whitewashing of this character and now, Swinton herself has responded to it.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Captain America: Civil War will probably be pretty great, but if I could only see one Marvel superhero movie this year, it would be Doctor Strange. Part of this is because I have an affinity for the character, who is one of my favorite comic book heroes of all time. However, it’s also hard to say no to a superhero movie that takes a hard left turn into the realm of the mystical and the magical, which sounds like a refreshing change of pace. And that’s before you even talk about the cast that director Scott Derrickson has assembled, which includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Benedict Wong.
The first teaser trailer for Doctor Strange arrived late last night, so you know what that means – a frame-by-frame breakdown of the new footage.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
You should look upon any remake of Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece Suspiria with a certain amount of caution and distrust. Like the sinister, hiding-in-plain-sight villains of the original film, this remake is saying all of the right things and doing its best to pull you into a hellish trap from which you cannot escape. Don’t believe its lies. Get out while you still can!
Or maybe sit down and stay awhile. Maybe it’s okay to listen to director I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino describe his vision for the remake, which has been in development for years under a series of different directors. And who knows? Maybe the promise of a cast that includes Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson will be enough to convince you to get comfortable and relax. Maybe.
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Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
How did it take this long for Tilda Swinton to play a rock star? The seemingly ageless Academy Award winner has tackled many roles throughout her fascinating career, but A Bigger Splash seems to be the first film to recognize how great she can look in shiny face paint and glittery costumes. You look at Swinton and immediately believe that yes, she is a legendary singer because Swinton is everything.
The newest trailer for A Bigger Splash is enigmatic, seemingly skirting around what’s really going on in this movie’s core, but it’s easy to buy what it’s selling. How could you say no to a movie starring Swinton and Ralph Fiennes and the stars of Bullhead and Fifty Shades of Grey? That’s too strange of a line-up to ignore.
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