Marvel News Roundup: DOCTOR STRANGE Directors and MATRIX Parallels, an R-Rated AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 Easter Eggs, and More

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With Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in theaters on April 4th, the press junket for the film was recently held in Los Angeles.  Many, many outlets took part in the event, which means many people got to pick Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige’s brain.  Some small bits of news, information, and trivia have trickled out as a result, and we’ve compiled them all in one tidy story.  Briefly:

  • The hunt for the Doctor Strange director is ongoing but the tone will be an infusion of Stanley Kubrick and The Matrix.
  • Marvel will not be backing off its May 6, 2016 release date—now revealed to be Captain America 3—even though Warner Bros. recently slated Batman vs. Superman for the same weekend.
  • The Avengers was sent back from the MPAA multiple times with an R rating.
  • Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will not be linked to Inhumans in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  • Sebastian Stan signed a contract for 9 Marvel films.
  • An Avengers-related Easter Egg hidden in Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been revealed.

Hit the jump for details on the aforementioned news bits.

Firstly, if you missed any of the news we gleaned from our own Winter Soldier interviews, peruse the links below:

Doctor Strange

doctor-strange-comicA report surfaced recently that the director shortlist for Marvel’s still-not-officially-announced Doctor Strange movie has been narrowed down to Scott Derrickson (Sinister), Jonathan Levine (50/50), and Mark Andrews (Brave).  Speaking with /Film, Feige both confirmed and denied this short list, adding that the list isn’t actually all that short:

“We’ve met with all of [those three]. Some of those three are not in contention anymore, some of those three we’re still talking with and there are many others. We have not narrowed it down as much as the internet thinks. I wish we had.”

With regards to how Marvel actually intends to handle the magic aspect of Doctor Strange, Feige offered up a tantalizing tease in a separate interview with /Film:

“Are you watching the Cosmos series? That’s magic, [the quantum physics]. It’s unbelievable. If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what’s the difference between that and magic?

You don’t get into it in Harry Potter, but if a scientist went to Hogwarts he’d find out how some of that stuff is happening! We’re not going to spend a lot of time on that, but there will be some of that. And particularly for a character like Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds. And sometimes there won’t be an answer! Sometimes he’ll want an answer – ‘How is this happening?!’ – and nothing.

Doctor Strange needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip.”

While many assume that Doctor Strange will be Marvel’s July 2016 release, in a separate interview with Huffington Post, Feige suggested it might be a little farther off:

“It’s time. It’s time. I would be surprised if [Doctor Strange so close to being official] were the case, yeah. Maybe three or four years, yeah, we’ll see. But, I would like it to be the case. Much like Vin Diesel, I like it when something finally happens, and then we can talk about what it is — versus rumors of what it could be or should be or isn’t yet [laughs].”

Marvel is expected to unveil its full Phase Three slate—or at least most of it—at Comic-Con this summer, so hopefully we get confirmation at that time.

Marvel vs. DC in 2016

captain-america-3-chris-evansMarvel has had the release date of May 6, 2016 staked out for quite some time, so it came as a bit of a surprise that Warner Bros.—and by extension DC Comics—recently pushed its high-profile Man of Steel follow-up to the same date.  There’s absolutely no way both films will be opening that weekend, thus cannibalizing each other’s box office, so the question now becomes which one will move.  The first weekend of May has been host to Marvel movies for a long, long time, beginning with Spider-Man in 2002, so it would be quite surprising if Marvel shifted.

Speaking with /Film, Feige said Marvel Studios has no intention of losing this game of chicken:

“We’re certainly keeping the date there and we’ll announce what that movie is, I assume, in the next few months.”

A recent report has revealed that film to be Captain America 3, but when asked if Comic-Con was the target for Marvel unveiling its full slate, Feige responded:

“That would be great, I’d love nothing more than to be able to announce them all [at Comic-Con]. But if it’s ready beforehand, we’ll probably do it beforehand. If it’s not ready then, we’ll do it after.”

The Avengers Rated R?

avengers-chris-hemsworth-clark-greggPG-13 is the target rating for any big studio tentpole, as it allows for the largest audience reach and thus massive box office potential.  While Marvel’s superhero films have been much lighter in tone than other studios’ pictures, Feige revealed to Movies.com that The Avengers actually received an R rating from the MPAA upon initial review:

“When we submitted The Avengers, the first couple cuts of it came back from the MPAA rated R. That happened twice. So we went back and had to make adjustments.”

Which scene was it, exactly, that treaded R-rated territory?  Well, it’s a spoiler for those who haven’t seen The Avengers, but it’s the scene in which Agent Coulson encounters some…trouble:

“Well, whenever you impale somebody from their back and the blade comes out their chest, there are issues.”  

Click over to Page 2 for the rest of the Marvel news bits, including a Winter Soldier Easter Egg revealed.

Continue Reading for CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 Easter Egg Revealed, Sebastian Stan’s 9-Film Deal, and Inhumans




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  • TigerFIST

    This is all so exciting. I wonder how they lost the battle in court/contracts not to use the word “mutant”. Since they also own the characters the should be able to use all of their lore. Including the word “mutant”

    • Arthur Dent

      The rights were given to Fox when they contracted to make the X-Men films. They owned the exclusive rights to make films based on the X-Men and related characters, including mutants. This was before superhero movies became huge with the first X-Men and Spider-Man. At the time Marvel itself was not a studio.

    • RedMercury

      The problem is that they sold (or rented might be a better analogy) the term to Fox for use in the X-Men movies. So now they can’t use it.

      Personally, I think Avengers 2 will make a big hunk of money. License the term back.

    • AnakinCorleone

      I don’t think they went to court. I think the legal departments from the two companies just found a workable solution. Considering how big Disney and Fox are that if they went to court this would be stuck in court for so long that Cap could go into another 70-year frozen slumber and still wake up before a resolution was reached.

  • JBug

    The updates on Strange are really amazing. I really like the approach.

  • scott

    So the guy that’s playing Winter Soldier is on for 9 films and he’s only been in 2 that we’ve seen so far man Marvel is doing serious work right now

    • Gendry

      Contract for 9 films doesn’t mean he’ll have to be in 9 films. The way I understand it, Marvel has the right but not the obligation to make him appear in 9 films, so we’ll see. But if they really view Bucky as a mainstay of the Avengers line-up, chances are he’ll replace Steve Rogers as Cap at some point. Drama drama!

      • doc

        Chris Evans did say he was taking a break from acting to focus on directing (I think he has since clarified some points) so maybe Cap will get assassinated like in the comics and Bucky will take the mantle.

      • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

        He said he was taking a break from acting in anything other that Captain America films. It’s virtually a guaranteed revenue stream, which would allow him to pursue directing.

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  • jon

    I don’t think Marvel has anything to worry about when it comes to scheduling a movie against Superman vs Ben Affleck and the Super Friends.

    • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

      Marvel had the timeslot first. It was DC that scheduled Batman Vs. Superman against an unnamed Marvel movie.

  • Ash

    Aronofsky or Cuaron should make Dr. Strange

    • Redjester

      Funny, those were always my two picks for the Star Wars reboot!

      Yeah, they’d do an excellent job at strange too!

  • Redjester

    Doctor Strange is really starting to sound intriguing. Hope it doesn’t disappoint!

    Also, as much as I am usually a proponent for R rated films in general when it’s called for, the Avengers certainly doesn’t fit my definition of “called for”. It’s a lighthearted fluffy, popcorn lovin’ action film. Its primary audience is children and it is doubtful it would in any way make the film better.

  • Arthur Dent

    Well, that was retarded.

  • Guest

    “Canada’s only superhero”

    What about Wolverine, bub?

  • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

    As well as Captain Canuck (no kidding).

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