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‘Doctor Strange’ Almost Had a Completely Different Villain


Marvel movie scripts go through a ton of editing and plot reworking before they’re finally handed over to their directors, and Doctor Strange was no different. It’s a more ambitious film from its predecessors in many ways, not the least of which is introducing audiences to a new superhero and an entirely new way of thinking about the Marvel multiverse. Unsurprisingly, the writers went through a few villain ideas before it landed on the one Marvel president Kevin Feige felt would be most appropriate for the movie, but apparently we were very close to getting a completely different big bad. (Warning — SPOILERS ahead for those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet, so proceed with caution.)

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Benedict Cumberbatch Had a Secret Second Role in ‘Doctor Strange’


Reptilian thespian Benedict Cumberbatch scored a true box-office smash this past weekend as the headliner of Doctor Strange, a long-time-coming solo film for one of Marvel Comics’ most outré heroes. In addition to the distinction of being the first performer in the history of cinema to successfully pull off a cape-and-goatee combo, Cumberbatch proved his bona fides as an honest-to-god movie star with this pivotal role. But a new piece from IGN today reveals that in addition to the Sorcerer Supreme, Cumberbatch also played a second, uncredited role in the Doctor Strange production. (Here be SPOILERS. Continue at your own risk.)

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Everything You Need to Know About Marvel’s New Big Bad In ‘Doctor Strange’


Being a Marvel zombie has its advantages. Collecting comics for more than 20 years means I have thousands upon thousands of them stashed away in my parents’ basement and closets, a treasure trove worth tens of ones of dollars. It also means that the biggest cinematic universe going in Hollywood is pretty much aimed right at a target audience of me. And finally, it means when a giant floating head shows up out of nowhere in the middle of a movie, I know who the hell the giant floating head is and what the hell is going on. Dormamm-who?

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Fantastic Five: Best Magic Villains

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

This week, we're taking a look at five bad guys and gals who derive their abilities not from the power of the atom, but from sorcery, wizardry, and thaumaturgy.

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Rogues’ Gallery: Doctor Strange’s Top Ten Villains


A hero is defined by their villains, and the world of superhero comic books is filled with some of the scariest and silliest bad guys around. Rogues’ Gallery aims to settle the score and determine who is the true arch-nemesis for some of your favorite superheroes, and we need your help to do it!

You voted to see who Doctor Strange‘s ultimate arch-enemy was, and we’ve tabulated the results and assembled a video counting down the definitive top 10. Did your favorite make this list? There’s only one way to find out!

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Rogues’ Gallery: Who Is Doctor Strange’s Greatest Enemy? [Poll]


A hero is defined by their villains, and the world of superhero comic books is filled with some of the scariest and silliest bad guys around. Rogues’ Gallery aims to settle the score and determine who is the true arch-nemesis for some of favorite superheroes, and we need your help to do it!

Doctor Strange has some of the weirdest and occasionally most downright terrifying villains in the Marvel Universe. Whether it's demons, deities, or rival sorcerers, Doctor Strange has a great roster of rogues, but which one is his ultimate arch-nemesis?

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Hasbro’s Dr Strange Book of Vishanti Box Set is a Treasure Trove of Mystical Legends [Review]

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This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Hasbro is finally giving Dr. Strange and many of Marvel's other magical characters their due. For as long as Hasbro has been in charge of the Legends line, fans have been clamoring for characters like Magik and Brother Voodoo to show up. While those might sound like rather non-traditional choices for a mass market toy line, the roster for Legends has grown so much over the past few years that it's actually not that surprising to see heroes like Illyana Rasputin finally rendered in action figure form.

In fact, Brother Voodoo, Magik and Dormammu were characters Hasbro teased at SDCC within the last few years, but wave after wave of the Legends were released at retail with little hint of their inclusion. Finally, Hasbro unveiled the Book of Vishanti box set ahead of SDCC '15, which featured the aforementioned trio, as well as a variant of the just-released Dr. Strange and the all-new Hela. Oh, and there's this little thing in there called the Eye of Agamotto in there, too. As box sets go, it's an impressive piece of work, and one that's sure to make a lot of die-hard Marvel magic fans very happy.

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Hasbro’s Exclusive Book of Vishanti Brings Strange Magik to SDCC


With San Diego Comic-Con just around the river bend, the uptick in exclusive announcements for this year's show is picking up. Today, Hasbro revealed its Marvel Legends exclusive for the event, and it's a doozy.

Available exclusively at SDCC will be the Doctor Strange Book of Vishanti box set, which features not just Stephen Strange himself, but also Brother Voodoo, Dormammu, Magik, and Hela. As an added bonus, the replica tome will include a role-play Eye of Agamotto, allowing you to live out your dreams as the Sorcerer Supreme of Anywhere, USA, as long as you can get your hands on one.

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‘Marvel Vs. Capcom 3′ Alternate Costumes Include Punisher Captain America & M.O.D.A.M.


Many eons ago (in gaming time) the problem of reskinning fighter game sprites was solved through simply inverting pixelated color schemes or rotating the color wheel a few clicks to achieve a clear variation from an original character's look...

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‘Marvel Vs. Capcom 3′ Videos Show off Dormammu and Viewtiful Joe’s Skills


"Mavel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds" showed off its share of stills featuring its two most recently released playable characters earlier this month, but just in time for last week's Gamescom in Germany, fans can finally view full-fledged video demonstrating Dormammu and Viewtiful Joe's combat skills in action...

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