The Man Who Murdered Time – Pt. 1

The Shadow was created by Walter B. Gibson, and long before he appeared in movies and television, he was a staple of radio.  HIs first appearance was in the 1930’s, and he’s had a huge influence on heroes (and villains) to follow.

For instance, the origin of Marvel Comics’ Iron Fist and Doctor Strange are remarkably similar to the Shadow’s, as is the that of Batman (from the Christopher Nolan movies) though the way he’s often depicted in the comics is very much in line with the Shadow as well.

The Shadow was Lamont Cranston (and Ken Allard, depending upon whether we’re talking about radio, television or novels.  This idea of identities within identities  is very similar to how Marvel’s Moon Knight has been portrayed), young wealthy man about town though having spend time in mysterious Asia gained the ability to cloud men’s minds.

Yet, can even the Shadow and all his mysterious powers stop a man with the ability to control Time?

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Ghost In The Shell – Official Trailer 1

It’s hard not to see the latest trailer for the live-action version of Ghost In The Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson, and not think about the allegations of whitewashing that plagued the production (the same thing happened when the Internet learned Tilda Swinton was cast as the Ancient One in Doctor Strange; a character that was typically not only male, but Tibetan). 

That being said, Japanese anime itself doesn’t tend to depict Japanese people with features that you’d think of as traditionally Japanese (there was a reason for this, though I don’t recall it off the top of my head).

The point being, Johansson actually looks the part, and since you can’t really tell that the character is Japanese–if the anime were made elsewhere, such as the United States (bear with me a moment) she’s could be drawn exactly as she tradionally is, though the casting would have been a no-brainer. 


Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Trailer

XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage – Trailer

When I caught Doctor Strange last weekend one of trailers before the movie was XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage, which fascinated me because prior to that moment I had rarely seen so much stupid squeezed into a trailer that lasted no more than two or three minutes. 

It reminded me of the time Jason Statham said that he would never star in a Marvel movie because of all the green screen and stunt doubles.

Though in the instance of Marvel Studios there’s a point to all the FX, because until people can fly, turn into green rage monsters or make costumes our of nonexistent metals (with miraculous, unearthly properties), CGI and green screen are the only way to bridge the distance between what’s possible and what isn’t. 

Now, compare that to movies like this one, where the main character isn’t Superman or Wonder Woman, but a guy really into extreme sports. 

CGI may make those stunts look more extreme, but it also cheapens things in exactly the way Statham was talking about, which is by removing the human element.

HUGE Doctor Strange Villain Confirmation

As I’ve said before, and bears repeating; I really hate spoilers. There’s often something about the early reveal of crucial plot-points that reeks of someone out to steal everyone else’s joy.

That being said, what I stumbled upon an article from Wegotitcovered.com it confirmed what I long hoped about the latest entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU) long before it even hit theaters. 

Namely, the identity of Doctor Strange’s enemy (and I don’t mean Kaecilius, played by Mads Mikkelson, below)


What tipped me off were his eyes and how the prosthetic he’s wearing looks as if he were burned.  

When I saw that I KNEW almost immediately who was either pulling Kaecilius’s strings or manipulating him to do his dirty work.

And that puppet master is the lord of the Dark Dimension!

As a result I don’t think that it’s a spoiler more so than a confirmation because people who know Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts probably suspected it all along, and those who aren’t familiar with him it won’t matter all that much for that very reason.  

A Strange Doctor Strange Trailer

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.

Enjoy.

Doctor Strange Conjures Up Some Levity

Screenshot 2016-07-24 00.45.09I mentioned a few posts ago that I wouldn’t be writing much about Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange out of fear of spoilers, though I think that the new trailer is important for reasons I expand upon below.

What I was wondering was how Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange would add the levity, the light-heartedness that’s been crucial to most of their productions up to this point.

I think I see how it’s going to be done. The humor in the movie will apparently come from Strange’s learning to work with magic.

This makes perfect sense because if anyone is familiar with Doctor Strange from the comics, they’d know that as a surgeon he was very arrogant, so in learning to master the Mystic Arts, he’s humbled.

And in that humbling comes moments of humor.

It’s a great idea because–unlike what some would like to believe–none of the Marvel Studios movies are comedies, though they do have moments of humor (though it should be said that it’s possible that some of the scenes in the commercials won’t appear in the movie).

What’s So Strange About A Little Less Doctor Strange?

Reading my blog, you’ve probably noticed that there’s been a dearth of Doctor Strange-related posts, despite there being quite a bit of material released over the past few months.

That’s no accident. I’ve been a fan of Doctor Strange long before the movie was a gleam in Kevin Feige’s eye, so I’m not among those that need convincing.

Though more importantly, I don’t want to know anything more about the movie. I can’t go into it as if I had never heard of the character before, though what I can do is to make sure that no more plot elements are revealed because Marvel Studios never translates their characters exactly, as they are in the comics, to the screen.

For instance, one of the things that differs is that Baron Mordo is apparently not only not waiting to betray Strange, but is genuinely his friend.

So if I give myself half a chance I might end up surprised!  And in a world where you can virtually find out the most intimate details about virtually anything in a matter of minutes that’s saying something.

Though sometimes things slip between all the trailers–like Doomsday appearing in the trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice–interviews and junkets, and I am not at all interested in either seeing that happen or reporting on it if it does.

So if something interesting happens as far as Doctor Strange goes I might give it a write-up, but I am going to be extremely selective when I do because friends don’t spoil movies for friends.