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.
Screenwriter Jon Spaihts got his first taste of big summer blockbuster world a couple years ago when he was enlisted by Ridley Scott to write the earliest drafts of what would end up being Prometheus, but now he is getting his next chance over at Marvel Studios.
Marvel likely sees Doctor Strange as a key piece in their post-Avengers: Age Of Ultron Phase Three plans (particularly with no Iron Man 4 on the horizon), so there's a lot of pressure on the fantasy film to be a major player as far as box office and, in the wake of Ant-Man, positive geek buzz.
The past couple of weeks has been filled with all kinds of director drama for the folks over at Marvel Studios. It all began when an unauthorized rewrite drove Edgar Wright away from the director’s chair for Ant-Man. The drama stirred up all kinds of conversations, but the story that has persisted the longest is the weirdly futile attempts to find Wright’s replacement.
Having just won the Academy Award for Dallas Buyers Club, Leto seems like he'd be a pretty hot choice for the part. He comes with prestige, and talent, but he's not going to break the bank, and this will largely be a fresh face for the audience to embrace, since Leto isn't exactly a household name (except in the House of Atreides!)