With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ll be posting a video interview for the film. In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.
During my exclusive video interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige he talked about when he first knew the film was turning out great, whether he heard about the positive reaction to the film after the first press screening, the post-credits scenes and who directed them, Doctor Strange, Thor 3, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, if they have cast an actor as Thanos yet, his reaction to the news that Johansson was pregnant just as the Avengers: Age of Ultron is getting ready to shoot, Captain America 3, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggath! If you even remotely recognize this statement, you may be familiar with Marvel’s biggest practitioner of the mystic arts, Dr. Strange. Dr. Stephen Strange is currently the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe and ruminations have been coming in hard and fast about the good doctor in relation to the Marvel movie landscape. It would seem at this point, with rumors ranging from Marvel bringing in Johnny Depp to discuss the character to Marvel studios looking at various directors to helm the project, that it’s not a question of if Strange will find himself joining the ranks of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, but when! Don’t know much about the Master of the Mystic arts? Well strap on your Eye of Agamotto and dig out your Wand of Watoomb from the closet, because Collider has you covered. Hit the jump for our look at Dr. Strange.
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.
A few weeks ago, we reported that Mark Andrews (Pixar’s Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), and newcomer Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) were all in the mix to direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange. It’s a diverse bunch of directors, and now one more name is joining their ranks: Scott Derrickson. Derrickson mostly has a horror background. His previous credits include Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hellraiser: Inferno, and he recently directed the supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil. However, he does have a big-budget feature to his name having directed the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Hit the jump for more.
As the internet is aflutter with buzz regarding Marvel’s very promising second 2014 release Guardians of the Galaxy, the studio is hard at work firming up plans for its next slate of films. Thus far, we only officially know about one Phase Three film, Ant-Man, which will directly follow The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 and has Edgar Wright directing. The studio has release dates for “untitled” films through 2017, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has strongly suggested that Doctor Strange will be one of those Phase Three films. Indeed, it now looks like Marvel is firming up plans for Doctor Strange, as the studio is currently vetting a shortlist of directors to take the helm of the project. Hit the jump for much more on who’s in the running and what the comic book adaptation entails.
Every so often a film comes along that plays pitch perfect to your sensibilities and hits you with such pinpoint accuracy that it reaffirms your love of the medium. That’s what Spike Jonze‘s Her did for me last weekend. It’s the type of movie I wish I had the talent to make and, at the same time, one that I’m thankful anyone had the talent and passion to make. It’s a film that says so much about our desire to connect, to love and to feel loved, that evaluating it piece by piece (acting, editing, sound, cinematography, mise-en-scène, etc.) almost cheapens its value as a whole. Above all, though, it refuses to be just one thing and therein lies its greatest achievement. It’s comedy soaked in melancholy, drama with hints of playfulness, quirk wrapped in genuine romance, and heartbreaking sincerity set within the most plastic of relationships. Her is an instant classic.
In case my subtlety has left you uncertain about my feelings on Her, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to be more on the nose about how damn great it is. In the meantime, this week’s Top 5 features the newly announced 2014 Oscar nominations, Marvel casting news/rumors regarding Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit interviews with Chris Pine and more, the trailer for the seemingly interesting doc DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four”, and all of our Sundance 2014 coverage to date. Click on to find a brief recap and link to each of the above.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says a Doctor Strange movie is “next up” for the post-2015 Marvel releases. While Marvel may have definite plans for Doctor Strange (and all their releases through 2021), they haven’t announced any to us, so we must subsist on Strange rumors.
Tonight’s rumor: Latino Review reports Marvel has had a meeting with Johnny Depp to take on the title role. The report doesn’t bother to mention that time Latino Review reported Marvel’s desire to cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt. So feel free to imagine Depp as Doctor Strange, and note the flexibility at the studio in purportedly considering Gordon-Levitt (32) and Depp (50), but don’t count on it. Wait for more concrete details. They will come. Hit the jump for a brief bio of the Marvel character. [Update: Variety confirms that Depp is being considered for the role, but discussions have yet to take place and the actor may not even have room in his schedule for the Marvel pic.]
When Iron Man 3 was presented at Comic-Con in the summer of 2012, it was Marvel’s first time appearing at the convention since the massive success of The Avengers. The studio’s panel was kicked off by showing a video that highlighted Marvel’s previous appearances at the Con, going all the way back to the first Iron Man. It acted as a nice reminder that The Avengers wasn’t some movie put together on a whim, but something that had been in the works for years and years. To see it finally come to fruition was to see Marvel make good on its promise, and now fans are eager to see what the studio has up its sleeve in the years to come.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently commented on the studio’s future plans, and while he didn’t get into specifics, he noted that they essentially have all of their movies planned out through the year 2021. Obviously a lot can change in the meantime, but Feige was quick to remind that the studio’s plans for 2015 were hatched all the way back in 2006. Hit the jump to read on.
I don’t like calling out other sites, but I feel it’s important that our readers know that when we report on an “exclusive” from Latino Review, especially with regards to superhero news, the item must be taken with massive amounts of salt. They used to have solid scoops, but their track record lately has become increasingly shoddy. With all this in mind, the site is reporting that Marvel wants Joseph Gordon-Levitt to star in the likely Phase Three movie, Doctor Strange. Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer‘s script reportedly calls for an actor in his early 30s.
Assuming this is true, it’s still not all that shocking that Marvel wants someone a little on the younger side so they can get him into more movies, and they want a recognizable, professional, star who won’t break the bank. Gordon-Levitt fits that description, but even LR admits that these are just internal discussions for Marvel. This isn’t even close to the negotiating table yet. But if you think Gordon-Levitt is a great choice to play the Sorcerer Supreme, then you and Marvel Studios might be on the same page.
While this is most certainly a case of the cart getting in front of the horse, a new rumor has popped up with regards to the antagonists of Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie. The studio has been talking about a feature film adaptation of the comic character for years, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently became quite a bit more confident about the film’s prospects as he told us that a Doctor Strange movie was one of the first things the studio planned on getting to in Phase Three, after The Avengers 2 and Ant-Man.
Disney recently announced 2016 and 2017 release dates for two untitled Marvel films, and the general consensus is that one of those will indeed be the long-promised Doctor Strange pic. Even though the film has yet to be officially announced and there’s still no director, a new rumor has popped up claiming to reveal which villains will be squaring off against Doctor Strange in the film. Hit the jump for more.
Disney has announced a slew of release date debuts and shifts, along with a title for the Muppets sequel. Briefly:
- Two new untitled Marvel films have been set for release on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner has been set for release on October 10, 2014.
- The star-studded musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, will open on December 25, 2014.
- The Muppets sequel has been titled Muppets Most Wanted.
- The bestseller adaptation The Hundred-Foot Journey, produced by Oprah Winfrey, opens on August 8, 2014.
- A presumed animated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue will hit theaters on July 18, 2014 in 3D.
- Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, now opens in limited release on December 13th before expanding wide on December 20th.
- Director Brad Bird’s mysterious new film Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, has been moved up to December 12, 2014 from its previously announced December 19th date.
Hit the jump for more on Marvel’s newly announced projects.
There have been lots of rumors flying around about two potential films on Marvel’s upcoming Phase Three slate: a standalone Hulk film and a Doctor Strange origin story. Marvel’s Kevin Feige recently talked about plans for a number of upcoming films, including these two standalone projects. In short, Feige said that there are no current plans for a solo Hulk movie, but they are talking about it and he isn’t opposed to keeping Mark Ruffalo in the role. For Doctor Strange, the property is expected to be a top priority for the studio and will feature the first film fully devoted to “a world of pure magic.” Hit the jump for much, much more from Feige.
Last night I turned to Xbox Live to check out Shane Carruth‘s Upstream Color for the first time. While not quite as impenetrable after one viewing as its predecessor, 2004′s Primer, Upstream still demands the utmost attention of its viewers in exchange for the slightest hint of clarity. The dialogue is sparse, the setting is ever-changing, the editing is heavily dependent on juxtaposition as a way of creating meaning, and the sound design/foley work is turned up to “11″ at times. Whereas Primer played more to the intellect behind making time travel a reality, Upstream is an extremely visceral experience that is more interested, or at least more successful, in eliciting an emotional response than explaining how a rare organism can be harvested, used as a method of mind control, and ultimately link humans to pigs. The exact degree to which it succeeds will vary from viewer to viewer but it’s ultimately an experience I recommend taking in.
Of course a movie like Upstream lends itself to more than a few lines of my humble analysis, but that’s not actually why we’re here. In this week’s Top 5 you can check out the first trailer and poster for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, a generous number of set pics from director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, Steve’s exclusive phone interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the first trailer for Ender’s Game, and a look at Iron Man by the Numbers. A brief recap and link to each will greet you after the jump.
When you get to talk to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, you never have enough time. After all, he knows everything that’s going on behind-the-scenes at the studio, including which projects are getting ready to be announced. So when I recently landed an exclusive phone interview with him for Iron Man 3, I tried to use the time to find out about a million different things.
During the wide ranging conversation, we talked about how long he’ll be staying at Marvel, how the studio goes about choosing directors, whether The Avengers sequel be called The Avengers 2 or if it will have a subtitle, whether they have considered casting Dwayne Johnson in a Marvel movie, the status of the Doctor Strange movie, if anyone is currently working on a Falcon or War Machine spinoff movie, whether they have cast Thanos yet, if they be at Comic-Con, D23, or both, and so much more. If you’re a Marvel fan I promise you’ll enjoy reading this interview.
As Marvel kicks off Phase Two with a bang this weekend with the release of director Shane Black’s excellent Iron Man 3, the studio is now looking ahead to the end of Phase Two and beyond. Over the years, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has frequently talked about the possibility of a feature film adaptation of the comics character Doctor Strange. While Marvel was focused on introducing audiences to their new approach to superhero movies with Phase One, Thor and The Avengers opened the door to more cosmic-geared stories, and Phase Two is heavy on the otherworldly with Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy. As such, the inclusion of Doctor Strange—a practicing sorcerer who wields magical powers—seems like a swell fit in the near future.
Steve recently sat down with Kevin Feige for an extended interview, and during the course of their wide-ranging conversation Feige offered a promising update on the impending Doctor Strange movie. Feige said that they are now actively working on the film, and it should be one of the next Marvel movies following the beginning of Phase Three. Hit the jump to read on.