The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including Tim Miller leaving Deadpool 2, when we might see the next Wonder Woman trailer, another Cloverfield movie secretly in the works and more…
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Marvel timed the release of Doctor Strange – the most ghoulishly dark of their Cinematic Universe thus far – rather luckily for late October. Originally the film was scheduled for a Summer opening, but Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Hamlet in the West End, and he answered Shakespeare’s timeless existential question – to be, or not to be a Marvel superhero – with a ‘thanks, but no thanks’.
Kevin Feige delayed the entire production and release for a few months to work around Cumberbatch’s schedule. Find out about that, how all Marvel directors are Super Friends and more in my interview with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson.
If you haven’t already seen Doctor Strange, and you like to ruin watching movies for yourself, we’ve got a breakdown of the mid- and end-credits scenes. I still can’t believe Batman turns up at the end.
Flickering Myth’s Luke Owen thought he had Doctor Strange’s placement in the MCU timeline figured out so much that he wrote a whole article on it. Read it, then skip to the comments where he realises he was wrong.
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi celebrated production wrapping this week with a 14-minute Facebook Live stream and the best t-shirt this side of Asgard, along with a picture of the God of Thunder’s revamped costume and the first look at Tessa Thompson in the film.
But even Gods aren’t forever. One day Marvel might have to recast the role of Thor. Captain America is the most pressing, though, with Chris Evans’ contract nearing its end and Feige saying we could see another character take up the mantle. Andrew Garfield, on the other hand, seems quite relieved to be rid of Spider-Man.
One man who can never be replaced, though, is Stan Lee. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently filmed four cameos for the 93-year-old in one day to immortalise him as much as possible.
Black Panther is the next MCU movie to start production in January 2017. It’s going to be another busy year for spandex, with Jeremy Irons confirming The Batman (or whatever Bruce Wayne’s solo movie is going to be called) will shoot in the summer.
Head to the next page for when we might see the next Wonder Woman trailer, JJ Abrams’ secret Cloverfield movie, Deadpool 2 losing its director and more…