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Sinister filmmaker Scott Derrickson will helm the next Marvel movie, with Jon Spaihts handling screenwriting duties. The next big question revolves around who will play Stephen Strange on screen.
Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange has had a lot of names rumored to be in contention for the titular role. In fact, it ranks up there with most rumored names for any comic hero in recent memory. We've seen everyone from Jon Hamm to Jack Huston suggested for the role, with Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and even Daniel Radcliffe being whispered in lower tones as contenders in between.
He nabbed a supporting role in American Hustle, the Kerouac part in Kill Your Darlings and the Mr. Wickham role in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. In short, Hollywood is quietly buzzing about his potential as a leading man, and this could be the exact vehicle that explodes him into the mainstream.
Rumors fly so fast these days that you'll eventually run into news about yourself that you never even knew existed. Case in point, did you hear the rumor that Jon Hamm was being considered for Doctor Strange? No? Well neither did Jon Hamm, until a recent interview.
While making a lot of origin stories made sense when superhero movies were coming out few and far between - helping audiences become familiar with characters they may not know - that time has certainly passed.
Feige knows that a lot of what Marvel would like to do in Phase 3 and beyond depends on audiences accepting some of the oddities in James Gunn’s movie. But with so much happening on Marvel’s cinematic front, we lept from topic to topic and tried to cover as much ground as possible. Here are a few of the major things we discovered.
Just as Benedict Cumberbatch presumably pulled himself out of the running for the title role in Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange, in enters a new possible contender for the role. A man who's more than familiar with the ways of the strange.
While Benedict Cumberbatch was busy dodging Doctor Strange rumors during the Dreamworks panel, Christopher Young let a few tidbits slip in the middle of ”Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection.” The panel consisted of six composers discussing their work on various projects and the frequent Scott Derrickson collaborator commented on his possible involvement in the director’s ‘Marvellous’ next project.
The pregnant pause Cumberbatch held spoke volumes. In the silence, the screams from the floor of Hall H rang out as hopeful fans yelled, “Doctor Strange!” Apparently that rumor really has made the rounds.
In the world of comic book movies, there is perhaps no bigger event in the world than San Diego Comic-Con. Every year, the major studios arrive in the coastal Southern California city to present previews of their biggest genre and fan-driven projects – and perhaps the most anticipated ones are the big blockbuster superhero films coming out over the next few years.
So, aside from some obvious guesses, those seven slots could be filled with several different Marvel properties. Which are they? Will we see The Punisher again? Could The Inhumans make their presence felt? And what's Thor up to?
When it comes to the goings-on at Marvel Studios, nobody knows more than President Kevin Feige. One of the original architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s the one pulling the strings of just about every move the company makes. His authority makes it so that when he speaks, geeks listen – and this week he spoke A LOT.
Rumors pegged Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy as contenders. No offense to Mr. Ramirez, who is terrific, but he doesn't seem to have the same level of star wattage of those two, so it's hard to see the heavily-accented character play Doctor Strange. Which is fine, since Ramirez has other, better, more interesting characters to play.
While hyping up Guardians Of The Galaxy this week, Kevin Feige started to speak about the Marvel Universe's progression into Phase 3. Out of those remarks came six big pieces of information that could make even the most reluctant Marvel fan optimistic about the future of the cinematic universe for not only Marvel Studios, but also Sony and Fox.
In other words, Doctor Strange will be introducing a wealth of characters into the Marvel universe that aren't proper Doctor Strange friends or foils, but mostly solidify the firmament of the Marvel universe.