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A ‘Strange’ Case of Nonsense

A few days ago Kevin Feige confirmed that there would be a Doctor Strange sequel, which must have been a comfort to the people too clueless to not know better. The original movie earned almost $678 million–on a budget of $165 million–so if there weren’t a sequel it certainly wouldn’t be because it wasn’t profitable.Then let’s not forget that Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill (director and co-writer) have both said numerous times on Twitter that they not only did they think that there’d be a sequel, but that they were looking to have Nightmare as the villain. And that’s on top of Strange’s great showing in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, making the character more popular than ever. And if that weren’t evidence enough consider that some of the actors that portray the foundation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe–Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans in particular–will likely sacrifice themselves to stop Thanos in Avengers 4, which means they’ll need more heavy-hitters like Benedict Cumberbatch to replace them.As I implied earlier, fairly obvious.

Costumes Really, Really Matter

Being a huge comic geek can at times be a double-edged sword despite the fact that with Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment and others producing record amounts of superhero-based content.

Part of the trepidation is due to the fact that studios aren’t catering exclusively to comic book readers, so they have produce movies with the non-comic reader in mind.

Which is a subtle way of saying that what comic readers typically find acceptable, non-comic readers don’t.

This is why, when Bryan Singer produced the movie based on Marvel’s X-Men they were dressed in black leather, with little indication–at least in terms of costumes–of their comic book origins.

And to a degree that’s understandable, but for people who’ve followed these characters since childhood–I actually learned to read from comics, so they’re particularly important to me–it’s a bit disappointing.

Which is why when I saw the pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch from Marvel Studio’s upcoming Doctor Strange, part of me sang with glee.

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As far as I can tell, it’s a pretty good interpretation, though don’t take my word for it, check out the original below!

That being said I am not sure what’s going on with the belt (I am getting a definite Iron Man vibe from it–not a good thing).

 

 

Secret In Their Eyes – Trailer

Chiwetel Ejiofor (a name that is much easier to type than it is to say) MUST become a huge star one of these days, and if Secret In Their Eyes doesn’t do it, then my money is on Marvel Studios’ upcoming Benedict Cumberbatch starrer, Doctor Strange.

I think that I first saw him in Joss Whedon’s Serenity, and he was pretty good there; though if the trailer is any indication this guy is primed to explode any movie now.

That is, if there’s any justice in the universe–which I guess depends upon where you stand.

Predestination – Trailer

Before I begin I think that I should acknowledge that Benedict Cumberbatch is a good actor. That being said, I don’t necessarily think that he’s a good choice for Marvel Studios upcoming Doctor Strange.  For awhile Ethan Hawke was in the running–and I get the feeling that if the choice were entirely Scott Derrickson’s he’d probably have the role (mainly because he and Hawke appeared to work well together in Sinister).

Which shouldn’t be taken to imply that Hawke doesn’t have his plate full, with Boyhood threatening to win beaucoup awards, and with his latest movie Predestination, where he plays a time cop in search of a enemy that has always managed to elude him.

It’s from the Spierig Brothers–whom I thought were Australian, for some reason–who’s last film, Daybreakers, was an interesting take on vampire lore that didn’t quite live up to its potential.

That being said, maybe they’re do better this time around.

In descriptions of Predestination I have heard Looper mentioned–and while it does share the plot device of time travel–a more apt comparison (admittedly based upon only the trailer) would be Tony Scott’s Deja Vu.

Benedict Cumberbatch Is Doctor Strange!

Doctor Strange  Sorceror SupremeBy the way, is Benedict Cumberbatch’s last name pronounced ‘Cum-ber-batch’ or ‘Cum-ber-boch?’  I have been leery of such things every since what I like to call the “Bruce Cockburn Incident,” which by the way, isn’t pronounced at all how it’s spelled.

Kind of like ‘St. John,’ which if James Bond movies have taught me anything, is in some instances is pronounced Sin-Jinn (unless you’re talking about the actual saint).

Anyway, according to sources like Variety he’s going to play Doctor Strange, though what bothers me about Cumberbach in the role is that he has always appeared too tall, though that may have more to do with him in many instances playing against relatively short actors.  That being said, his voice is perfect, though I am still not too crazy about his overall look.

Then again, maybe seeing him in costume will change things.

Though he is a sought-after actor, and I think that Marvel Studios may have wanted him also because it keeps him out of Warner Bros/DC’s hands for the foreseeable future.

Then again, Marvel Studios elevated the game of Tom Hiddleston, so maybe they’re on to something.

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