Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Marvel Movie News Galore! A Trailer For Doctor Strange, A Title For Spider-Man And A Co-Star For Thor!

The press tour for Captain America: Civil War is well on its way, and whenever an entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has its stars, director and producers on the road promoting a feature, there's bound to be juicy tidbits about future Marvel Cinematic Universe features unveiled, particularly when one is talking to the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige. Don't expect this to be the last time we get a bunch of Marvel news (Civil War is still three weeks away from its domestic release), but for now, I thought I'd compile three particularly noteworthy MCU related news items into one article.

First up...
The First Trailer For Doctor Strange Is Here!
After a decade of development, Doctor Strange is set to hit the big screen in November, complete with a cast that, combined, has more Oscar nominations than I have fingers (Benedict Cumberbatch stars Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star). I've been eager to see what exactly this film would look like considering the distinctive visuals the titular hero encounters in his typical comic book adventures. If the final film continues the kaleidoscope infused aesthetic of this teaser, then it appears that the Doctor Strange is gonna have a visual appearance that would make Steve Ditko grin from ear to ear.

Also; worth noting; this is our first glimpse at the American accent that Benedict Cumberbatch will be sporting in this role. We only get a taste of it, but it sounds pretty good so far and I'm sure everyone over at Tumblr is already having heart palpations over the sound of Cumberbatch's American dialect.
The Next Spider-Man Movie Has A Title!
Yesterday, Devin Faraci over at Birth.Movies.Death broke the news that The Vulture would be one of the bad guys (though he doesn't confirm if he's the primary foe or just one of many) in the new Spider-Man feature film, which he also noted would likely be called Spider-Man: Homecoming. That title ended up being confirmed last night by Tom Holland last night at CinemaCon, complete with a cute logo that's visually unlike any other superhero movie logo in ages (that bright yellow font especially deviates it from the pack). Also worth noting is that, despite Sony distributing this movie instead of Disney (which usually distributes the films in the MCU) the Marvel logo is firmly planted at the top of the title of this movie, just like it is on all other MCU motion pictures.

Now that we have a title, I'm mighty intrigued to see who else gets cast in this movie, particularly in the role of The Vulture. Sam Raimi wanted John Malkovich to play the character in his proposed Spider-Man 4 all those years ago, and he'd be a fine choice. I'd also personally suggest Nicolas Cage, Helen Mirren or Christoph Waltz for the part.

Thor: Ragnarok Adds Tessa Thompson To Its Cast!
Thor: Ragnarok has slowly gone from being "just another Thor movie" to being a project of great anticipation by many, primarily because of the new individuals being added into this installment. We've got Taika Watiti directing, Cate Blanchett as the antagonist and now Tessa Thompson has been added to the cast as super-powered individual. The name of this character is being kept under wraps, but it's being presumed she's playing the character Valkyrie, a great Asgardian warrior and frequent member of The Avengers in the comics. It's also been noted that she's signed on to play her Thor: Ragnarok character in movies beyond just this Thor follow-up, so hopefully a great actor like Tessa Thompson will grace Avengers: Infinity War with her presence. .

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