Comicbook.com posted an international trailer for Scott Derrickson’s upcoming Doctor Strange, and you can see it here.
I haven’t watched it because a movie trailer is a like a single puzzle piece, which when combined with others form a more complete image of what that movie happen to be.
The problems start when you assemble those pieces, which defeats the purpose of seeing it, if whomever is doing the marketing isn’t careful.
As I said, I stopped watching new Doctor Strange trailers a few months ago; an embargo I have no intention of stopping.
Though if you want to–and I don’t advise it–eat your heart out (not literally. You need it to live and even if you didn’t, there’s that whole chest bone you have to contend with) but don’t be shocked if the movie is just a bit less amazing when you finally catch it.
That’s paraphrasing vampire Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) to Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) from Tom Holland’s 1985 Fright Night, though it fits what I think I’m seeing from Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange.
It feels almost as if Kevin Feige (or his bosses at Disney, maybe) has a bit less faith in it than in prior projects.
And keep in mind that this is the studio that created hits based on a guy who can shrink to the size of an ant and another which had at its heart (and as its heart) a talking tree and a raccoon.
And if that wasn’t enough there’s director Scott Derrickson’s proven record of success, though probably the biggest thing he tackled prior was 2008’s The Day The Earth Stood Still.
Which did well, though not remarkably so, at the box office.
There’s no other way that I can explain the 15-minute preview Marvel Studios has released in theaters that showcases the (hopefully) unique visuals that the movie has to offer.
In a character like Doctor Strange the visuals are a HUGE part of what makes him who he is, so much so that you literally cannot divorce him from them; so revealing them too early potentially spoils–or at the least undermines–an important aspect of the movie.
And I could be wrong–after all, I haven’t seen it–but I’d think that the less the audience sees of the prior to seeing the movie, the better.
If anyone had said that Marvel Television, when Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered on ABC a few years ago, that they would come to dominate superhero television I would have been hopeful, but wouldn’t have treated them too seriously.
Though having seen both seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil, as well as the first seasons of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, it’s apparent that they’re coming to dominate the television sphere as completely as Marvel Studios has done for superhero movies.
And their latest creation: Marvel’s Iron Fist, which is going to lead into The Defenders
I wouldn’t call myself a fan of the Power Rangers–there are too many things that I can’t quite get my head around about them that get in the way, such as why is it that the lower section of their masks (which are actually helmets by the way) molded like the lower section of a human face? Wouldn’t it be easier just to show that part of the actors’ actual faces?
And I get that the Power Rangers began as an import from Japan, so the people playing the Rangers during action scenes weren’t the same people who played them in other sequences, but (hopefully?) that issue is being dealt with in the upcoming movie, so it makes little sense to continue with the full-face helmet/mask.
And speaking of that, an actors’ face is one of the most important tools in the craft.
Seeing that you’re removing that from the equation with the Power Rangers (unless they’re going to do like Marvel Studios does with Iron Man) it seems you’re losing a lot of value.
That being said, the the new motion poster they just released is pretty bad-ass.
At this point, if you’re a Netflix subscriber you’ve probably already started watching Marvel’s Luke Cage (if you haven’t binged all 13 episodes, that is) so I don’t have any intention of spoiling it for you.
Except to say that the series is damn good television; so good in fact that–which I mention in my video review–you almost regret when a costumed villain is introduced.
Because before that moment, things were tight–which isn’t to imply that the appearance of Diamondback (Eric LaRay Harvey) ruined things because it doesn’t though the action and interplay between the characters was so engrossing that it wasn’t necessary.
And speaking of character interplay, Mike Colter, Alfre Wooddard, Rosario Dawson, Simone Missick, Eric LaRay Harvey and Theo Rossi stick out among one of the stronger casts in television.
The contrast between Marvel Studios’ more fantastical worlds compared to Marvel Television’s more grounded and realistic one is pretty interesting and provides a welcome and refreshing difference in approaches.
Next up, Marvel’s Iron Fist!
Lucy Besson, while a visually sumptuous director, is not a terribly original writer–which may have a little to do with him settling with John Carpenter over his 2012 movie Lockout, which was essentially Escape From New York aboard a space station.
Lucy, directed by Besson in 2014, fared particularly well financially, though many considered the story (about a woman, played by Scarlett Johansson, who though a mysterious drug gains the ability to unlock the unused potential of the human mind and gain god-like powers) as particularly dopey.
He’s back in 2017 with Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets–a title that on its face doesn’t make sense–that’s based on a French comic series by Jean-Claude Méziéres.
I hope it does well mainly because many European comics don’t get nearly the recognition here that they do there, and it would be good for people to expand their knowledge of such things beyond what we see presented by Marvel Studios and DC Films.
I didn’t exactly say that I wouldn’t post any more Doctor Strange trailers more than I wouldn’t post any that revealed any crucial plot points or gave too much of the movie away.
And that’s a promise I intend to keep, though when I saw how novel this latest trailer is, I couldn’t help but include it.