‘Doctor Strange’: Red Carpet World Premiere

In case you weren’t one of the lucky few who got to attend the world premiere of Marvel’s latest entry to the MCU, Doctor Strange in Hollywood last night, you can catch up on all the action here including interviews with the entire cast plus other stars from the MCU including Chadwick Boseman, Jessica Henwick and even the chairman of Marvel comics himself, Stan Lee!

In case you weren’t one of the lucky few who got to attend the world premiere of Marvel’s latest entry to the MCU, Doctor Strange in Hollywood last night, you can catch up on all the action here including interviews with the entire cast plus other stars from the MCU including Chadwick Boseman, Jessica Henwick and even the chairman of Marvel comics himself, Stan Lee!

Marvel proudly invites one and all to experience the World Premiere of Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” LIVE from Hollywood! On October 20th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET as your favorite stars arrive at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre!

Sponsored by “Marvel Contest of Champions”, this LIVE event, available to watch at marvel.com/doctorstrangepremiere, will get you up close and personal with the cast of “Doctor Strange” like no one else can!

While you’re watching you can also tweet using the hashtags #DoctorStrange, follow @DoctorStrange on Twitter and like Marvel’s Doctor Strange on Facebook at Facebook.com/DoctorStrangeOfficial.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’: Sneak Peek

The first look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is here! Just an hour ago director James Gunn shared the official poster via Instagram and now Marvel has revealed a sneak peak for the film as well.

The first look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is here! Just an hour ago director James Gunn shared the official poster via Instagram and now Marvel has revealed a sneak peak for the film as well.

James Gunn also tweeted:

So the 1st trailer is coming soon; in the meantime we put together this special sneak peak for you.

I would expect the full trailer to drop in front of Doctor Strange when it hits theaters or at the very latest, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters May 5, 2017.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’: Official Poster Revealed

James Gunn took to Instagram this morning to reveal the official poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. The poster features the returning cast and teases the humorous tone from the original film. If you listen closely, you can already hear the truckloads of money backing up at Marvel’s headquarters.

James Gunn took to Instagram this morning to reveal the official poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. The poster features the returning cast and teases the humorous tone from the original film. If you listen closely, you can already hear the truckloads of money backing up at Marvel’s headquarters.

What do you think? Is this a good poster? Or would you rather see something that showcases the action of the upcoming film?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.

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Mads Mikkelsen on ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ Roles

In an interview with GQ, actor Mads Mikkelson of the upcoming Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story talked about balancing his roles between the blockbusters, what it was like to work on the enormous sets of Rogue, and even let a minor detail slip about Jyn Erso when commenting on what it was like to work with actress Felicity Jones.

In an interview with GQ, actor Mads Mikkelson of the upcoming Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story talked about the differences between his roles in the two blockbusters, what it was like to work on the enormous sets of Rogue, and even let a minor detail slip about Jyn Erso when commenting on what it was like to work with actress Felicity Jones.

Oh, it was great. I worked a few days with Felicity Jones and she is a wonderful actress. I worked with Jyn at three stages, and three different ages, so there was a little kid that was four, one that was eight, and then there was Felicity. So that was wonderful. I spent a lot of time with Ben Mendelsohn and that was hilarious. He’s a very funny man and he makes the day just fly by.

It isn’t a big deal but we now know we will see Jyn at four years old in addition to the ages seen in the trailers released thus far.

The actor described how incredible the sets were that Lucasfilm constructed for the film:

Well, it was great. Obviously it’s a gigantic set compared to the stuff I’m used to doing back in Europe, especially in Denmark. But, you make it a small, intimate set as well, in terms of the scenes. You just have to make the scene work even though you’re standing on a gigantic landing air force platform or wherever you are. Obviously it’s gigantic, but you try to make it small within the terms you’re working with.

Mikkelsen also talked about the differences between working on each production and the physicality required for his role as the villain Kaecilius in Doctor Strange:

Well, another big film, another big set – again, a gigantic set. A supreme cast as well. I had quite a different physicality: I was extremely physical in the Doctor Strange film; not so much on the Star Wars film, Rogue One. I think that might just have been the most physical film I’ve ever done. Something I would have embraced heavily when I was 16, but I had to do it when I was 50, which I loved – it’s a childhood dream to do flying Kung Fu and we did that a lot.

It’s quite the year for the actor who first broke onto the scene with his villainous role in Casino Royale. This winter will his stardom will rise to new heights as he is now part of the two most successful franchises in history. His role in Rogue ties him to the original classic Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as the scientist who invented the original Death Star.

To read the full interview including his thoughts on what it means to be the new face of Ford head on over to GQ.

Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4, 2016. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story drops a month later on December 16, 2016.

SOURCE: GQ

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’ Will Crush Bechdel Test

James Gunn took to Facebook yesterday to express his frustration with the lack of three dimensional female characters in film and stories in general. He promises the upcoming sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy will feature both male and female characters that will be interwoven in a way which will strengthen and optimize one another.

James Gunn took to Facebook yesterday to express his frustration with the lack of three dimensional female characters in film and stories in general. He promises the upcoming sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy will feature both male and female characters that will  be interwoven in a way which will strengthen and optimize one another.

Women all over the world have been pushed to the sidelines in the interests of men, and their personhood is often forgotten or delegitimized. This is true in the realms of politics and education and religion. But it is also true in the realm of STORIES. That is my personal area of expertise, and that is where I believe women – and girls – deserve the fullness of character that men have often received (I almost said “always received” but then remembered much character writing sucks, regardless of sex).

Now I know, in these weird times, just for writing this, I will be accused of being an SJW or “having an agenda”. Who knows. You can categorize it however you want. But in truth I DO have an agenda, and that is telling FULL and TRUTHFUL stories, where ALL the characters are deeply realized. As a person I am a man; as a writer, I need to be everyone. Only in this way will our art and our entertainment adequately express life and inspire all of us.

I am sick of stories where there are a bunch of fully realized male characters and one female character, whose primary characteristic is simply being “the girl” or the personality-less object of some man’s affections. I’m not sick of this because I’m politically correct – those of you who know me know I am far from that – but because it’s boring, and it’s b.s. Likewise, I don’t think only making female characters “strong” is a fix either – you see her all the time these days, the perfect female warrior, who is a reaction to the stories of the past, but who is equally as boring and one-dimensional.

Great male characters, from Michael Corleone to Marty McFly to Han Solo to the Joker, are never perfect and never one-dimensional. They are sometimes heroic and sometimes villainous and often deeply flawed. But they always reflect the fullness of the world around us. I do not think that is true of the majority of female characters in films. I have done my best, as a male writer, with varying degrees of success, to bring female characters and female stories to the forefront.

I can’t wait for you all to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with Gamora, Nebula, and Mantis in action, where we not only pass the Bechdel test, but run over it and back up over it again and again in an eighteen-wheeler truck, and where their stories and the men’s stories don’t come at the expense of each other, but are interwoven in a way to strengthen and optimize all of them.

For those unfamiliar, the Bechdel test asks a work of fiction whether it: 1) has at least two female characters 2) who talk to each other 3) about something other than a man. The first film certainly passed the Bechdel test and the new film boasts at least four major female characters including Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki).

I’m most excited to see Zoe Saldana have a bigger part this time around. While she was great in the first film, I felt she was relegated to nothing more than a damsel in distress in this summer’s Star Trek Beyond. It really was a disservice to not just the actress but the character of Uhura as well.

Women still have a long way to go in entertainment but it’s important to celebrate the progress that has been made.I want to take this opportunity to recognize the incredible and iconic female characters we have been fortunate enough to receive in film and television this past year in the form of Rey (Daisy RidleyThe Force Awakens) and Eleven (Millie Bobby BrownStranger Things).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.

‘Doctor Strange’: International Trailer

The first official international trailer is here.

The final marketing push for Marvel’s upcoming feature Doctor Strange is in full swing. The new trailer gives a few mind-bending glimpses of the alternate realities that are about to join the MCU as well as a few bits of the action featuring Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Baron Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and the films antagonist Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelson).

Expect a slew of TV spots to drop over the course of the next few weeks as we ramp up to the film’s release.

Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4, 2016.

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Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.

Doctor Strange Featurette Plus New Chinese Banner

The featurette focuses on how Marvel has adapted the incredible artwork for Doctor Strange by Steve Ditko for an immersive IMAX experience in the cinema.

The Marvel universe is about to get mystical as Doctor Strange  will introduce the mystical arts as well as alternate realities into the MCU. While magic has already been introduced to us in the form of Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), this film is going to be some serious next level stuff.

The featurette focuses on how Marvel has adapted the incredible artwork for Doctor Strange by Steve Ditko for an immersive IMAX experience in the cinema.

Dr. Stephen Strange was severely injured in an auto accident permanently damaging  the nerves in his hands. He was able to heal but not well enough to ever perform surgery again. After traveling the world in search of a healer, he discovered The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) in Tibet to which he offered himself as a disciple—becoming earth’s next magical defender.

The film’s director Scott Derrickson also tweeted a picture today of a new banner on display in China.

Doctor Stranger hits theaters November 4, 2016.

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Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.

NYCC 2016: ‘Iron Fist’ Teaser Trailer; Sigourney Weaver Joins ‘The Defenders’

The first teaser for Iron Fist has dropped and it looks fantastic. The teaser was revealed during the Marvel panel today at New York Comic Con.

The Netflix corner of the MCU just keeps getting better and better. The first teaser for Iron Fist starring Finn Jones has dropped and it looks fantastic. The teaser was revealed during the Marvel panel today at New York Comic Con. Check it out below and keep your eyes peeled for a familiar face.

Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

Marvel’s Iron Fist debuts on Netflix March 17, 2017.

But it doesn’t stop there. Marvel’s The Defenders starts shooting next month and during the panel today it was announced that Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver will be joining the cast as the villain.

The Defenders will unite on Netflix sometime in 2017.

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‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ Casting Details Plus Set Photo

Marvel announced today three roles that have been casted in its Netflix Original Series ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’.

Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) is set to play Billy Russo, Frank Castle’s best buddy from in his time in the special forces. He is currently at the head of a successful military organization known as “Anvil.”

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Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls) has been cast as Micro, a former NSA analyst who possesses valuable intel to not only Frank Castle, but also others around him.

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Amber Rose Revah (Indian Summers) will play Dinah Madani, a Homeland Security agent vexed by The Punisher.

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In a brief statement, the series showrunner and Executive Producer Steve Lightfoot spoke about the new talent joining the cast.

I’m really excited about the cast we’re assembling alongside Bernthal as Frank Castle. I look forward to watching Ben, Ebon and Amber embody these characters and breathe vivid life into the story we are crafting for this season of ‘Marvel’s The Punisher.’

Executive Producer and Marvels Head of Television Jeph Loeb added: 

We couldn’t be more thrilled about the remarkable talent joining Jon Bernthal in ‘Marvel’s The Punisher.’ Ebon, Ben and Amber are incredibly talented actors and we can’t wait to see them bring these characters to life.

Deborah Ann Woll was also spotted on set filming a scene with The Punisher himself.

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Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) will write the series’ first two episodes and serve as series showrunner and Executive Producer. Jim Chory (Marvel’s DaredevilMarvel’s Jessica JonesMarvel’s Luke Cage) will also serve as Executive Producer along with Jeph Loeb  (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage), Marvel’s Head of Television.

Although we don’t have a release date, Marvel confirmed the series will indeed debut on Netflix sometime in 2017.

‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

SOURCE: MARVEL

‘Iron Fist’ Announcement Teaser

On the heels of Luke Cage comes a new teaser for Iron Fist.

Finn Jones as Danny Rand is going to be an excellent addition to the already fantastic Netflix corner of the MCU. The series will introduce the billionaire kung fu master into the mix of the street level heroes in New York City.

In the comics, after years spent in the mythical city of K’un-Lun, Danny Rand— the son of Wendell Rand, co-founder of Rand-Meachum Inc.— returns home vowing revenge for the murder of his father at the hands of his business partner, Harold Meachum. Meachum saw an opportunity to take over control of Rand-Meachum and he seized it when he cut Wendell’s safety rope as the two were crossing a crevasse in the Himalayas on their way to K’un-Lun.

It’s also possible we will get to learn more about The Hand as the series will likely include The Chaste.

The Chaste is an ancient organization created to fight The Hand and stop them from deploying Black Sky. Their warriors have extraordinary mental and physical abilities and their names derive from powers or weapons they have mastered. Maybe we won’t have to wait until season three of Daredevil to see Elektra (Elodie Yung) again as she was resurrected as Black Sky at the end of Daredevil season two.

Iron Fist Premieres March 17th 2017 on Netflix.

Billionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

SOURCE: MARVEL