I just had a lovely conversation with Tilda Swinton about Doctor Strange, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and, of all things, her love of Talladega Nights. We’ll bring you the full conversation a little bit closer to Doctor Strange’s release date. But in the meantime, here is one interesting tidbit: Tilda Swinton wants to make a spinoff Strange film about her character, the Ancient One, the immortal teacher and master of the mystical arts who teaches Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange the ways of magic.
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Back in August, Marvel raised some eyebrows when they announced that Dan Harmon was stepping in to fiddle around with the script of Doctor Strange. Harmon is the creator of Community and co-creator of Rick and Morty, both extremely funny shows, so everyone pretty much came to the same conclusion: Marvel realized that Doctor Strange needed some humor, and Harmon was just the right man for the job. Now, Marvel’s president Kevin Feige, who’s been making the rounds and revealing all kinds of things lately, has confirmed that, yes, Harmon was brought on to add some spice to the Doctor Strange script.
Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange has an incredibly stacked cast, from Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role to recognizable names and faces like Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor also starring. In case you forgot, Rachel McAdams, yes that Rachel McAdams, is also in the movie in a supporting role. She’s been in a poster and a few seconds of a trailer, and that’s just about it, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating about what her role actually is. Most of the consensus is that she’s Night Nurse, or a version of Night Nurse, a character in the comics who’s a very important part of the Doctor Strange: The Oath series. McAdams appears in scrubs and is said to be a surgeon at the hospital Strange works at, so it’s not too much of a stretch. Marvel has been characteristically cagey about who Rachel McAdams is playing, but today they’re saying fans shouldn’t get their Night Nurse hopes up.
The Captain Marvel movie that the studio has been planning since 2014 is finally gaining ground with the recent casting of Brie Larson in the title role, and will be Marvel’s first female-led superhero film in the Iron Man-MCU era. And it’s about time. Although apparently Carol Danvers was supposed to show up in the final moments of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Kevin Feige scrapped those plans in favor of giving her a film all of her own. Now, he’s officially confirmed that Captain Marvel’s movie will be an origin story.
Blade, the movie starring Wesley Snipes as the not-quite-a-vampire superhero who protects humans from the befanged and bloodthirsty creatures of the night, was a huge commercial success upon its 1998 release and launched a series that’s garnered a cult following over the years. It doesn’t get the credit it deserves for relaunching big-screen superhero movies, and some fans are hungry for the character’s return. Rumors recently flew on bat-wings about Marvel Studios perhaps planning to reboot the character, but Marvel president Kevin Feige says that probably won’t happen. At least, not on a large scale.
Marvel’s decision to cast a white woman in the role of an Asian character has been just one of many threads in the theme of Hollywood whitewashing this year. In the upcoming ‘Doctor Strange,’ Tilda Swinton will play the Ancient One, originally an Asian character in the comic books. Now Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and ‘Doctor Strange’ director Scott Derrickson have chimed in about their reasons for casting Swinton, and how they might be trying to make up for that by tweaking another role.
There were a ton of rumors leading up to ‘Captain America: Civil War’ that the ending would find some of the Avengers killed, especially Steve Rogers. But after all the fighting, none of the Avengers met their fate, with Rhodey as the only one sustaining a serious injury. So why did all the superheroes survive?
James Gunn recently said that we probably won’t get to see the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 footage from Comic-Con anytime soon, but what about the trailer? Using logic and a little deductive reasoning, the answer seems pretty obvious. Marvel usually drops the first teaser trailer for a new film about six months ahead of its release date; the Guardians sequel hits theaters in May; Doctor Strange hits theaters in November. According to Kevin Feige, we’re probably right about this.
One of the big selling points for Spider-Man: Homecoming was that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be returning Peter Parker to his roots as a high school science nerd. While the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield movies, by the nature of their casting decisions, focused a bit more on Parker’s college and post-college experiences, the Tom Holland-led reboot of the Spider-Man franchise would set out to tell a true superhero coming of age story.
San Diego Comic-Con saved the biggest news for last. Marvel’s panel is the last big film panel in Hall H this year, and we’re bound to get some huge news on everything from ‘Doctor Strange’ to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.’