The Doctor Is In:
The Debut Of Doctor Strange
By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine
April 15, 2016— Greetings, movie lovers! Did you miss the major news and headlines from this week in film, because there was a LOT going on? Don’t you worry, because we’ve got you covered with the newest edition of the Movie News Mixtape. Let’s dig in, shall we?
The Doctor Strange Trailer Has (FINALLY) Arrived: Everything You Need To Know
By now, it is likely abundantly clear to virtually anyone who follows some sort of social media channel or has a nerdy friend or two that Marvel Studios’ next movie after Captain America: Civil War will be Doctor Strange and that there is a fancy and mystical first teaser trailer for the upcoming Benedict Cumberbatch flick.
Normally a trailer is all that anyone needs to get on board with a Marvel film at this point, but Doctor Strange, similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, is a property that up until this point even many comic book fans were only vaguely familiar with. The trailer has done a decent job of peaking interest amongst potential viewers, but, for those unfamiliar, here are a few things worth noting about Doctor Stephen Strange, aka The Sorcerer Supreme, and his upcoming film.
Stephen Strange is a world-class neurosurgeon, and a not-so-great person, who gets into a terrible car accident that causes permanent nerve damage in his hands. This leads Strange to spend his entire fortune trying to find a cure for his condition. This looks to be what the opening shot of the trailer is dealing with. This course of action eventually leads Strange to Tibet where he finds a mysterious sorcerer known as The Ancient One. That would be the bald-headed Tilda Swinton in the trailer.
The Ancient One trains Strange in the mystic arts and he eventually takes up the mantle of The Sorcerer Supreme. Many probably noticed Chiwetel Ejiofor wandering around in that green outfit. He is playing a character named Baron Mordo, who is another student of the Ancient One and is supposed to be in line to become Sorcerer Supreme. In the comics, he is one of Strange’s biggest foes, so we’ll see how that plays out in the film.
In any case, this is not exactly Harry Potter-style magic, and this will be quite different from anything fans have seen from Marvel Studios up until this point. Look for it in theaters on Nov. 4.
Cinemacon: Things You Need To Know That Happened At The Vegas Convention
Cinemacon, a movie industry trade show of sorts, happened in Las Vegas this last week and a ton of movie news came from it. Here are some of the biggest bits you should be aware of.
MIB23 - Yes, that rumored Men In Black, Jump Street crossover is actually happening and, during the convention, Sony firmed that news up by discussing the film a bit and giving it an official title: MIB23. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will return but Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not. So the film will be something of a Men In Black reboot and a continuation of where 22 Jump Street left off. James Bobin (The Muppets) will be directing.
Passengers - Hollywood’s favorite two people, Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, are starring in a sci-fi film together, and the pair debuted the first footage at Cinemacon. Essentially, they play a pair of people who wake up 30 years into a 120-year journey to colonize a distant planet for humanity. By all accounts, the footage was incredible. The general public will likely get a trailer soon. The film is slated for a Dec. 21 release.
Spider-Man Reboot - Sony also finally revealed the title the upcoming Spider-Man reboot that will see Peter Parker join the rest of the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As previous reports suggested, it is indeed titled Spider-Man: Homecoming. A logo was also revealed and star Tom Holland was on hand for the reveal. The film comes out in July 2017.
Batfleck Returns - To the surprise of no one, Warner Bros. confirmed that Ben Affleck will indeed be starring in and directing a solo Batman film for the studio. No release date or plot details were revealed, but get ready Batfleck fans, this is happening.
Jack Reacher Sequel - The Tom Cruise action movie that nobody remembers, Jack Reacher, is getting a sequel and, by most accounts coming out of the convention, it doesn’t look very promising. Cruise appeared in a video to set up some footage for the crowd. The plot will see Reacher teaming up with Cobie Smulders, so they can blow stuff up and fight people together. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back comes out Oct. 21.
Trailer Tracker: Fantastic Beasts Delights And Godzilla Is Back
Fantastic Beasts - Eddie Redmayne showed up at the MTV Movie Awards to debut the first full teaser for the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. If the internet is to be believed, it didn’t disappoint. The film is set to drop Nov. 18.
Suicide Squad - Perhaps in an attempt to wash the BvS taste out of everyone’s mouth, Warner Bros. also used the MTV Movie Awards to debut yet another new Suicide Squad trailer, and, as with the previous footage, fans seem to be in love with it. The film drops on Aug. 5.
Godzilla Resurgence - Although the next American Godzilla movie won’t be debuting until 2018, the original Japanese King of the Monsters will be coming to the silver screen again later this year under the original Toho name. The trailer looks pretty great considering the relatively small budget, but Godzilla has an almost hilariously large tail in it. The film will hit theaters sometime this year.
Things We Learned: Kong Rocked The Movie Awards And Civil War Looms
Kong: Skull Island - Before Legendary Pictures brings its Godzilla back to the screen, it is going to reboot the King Kong franchise with an almost impossible to assemble star-studded cast in the form of Kong: Skull Island. At the MTV Movie Awards, we got our first look at the film, and it is very promising.
Dwayne “Black Adam” Johnson - Dwayne Johnson co-hosted the MTV Movie Awards and during the course of things, Johnson decided to re-confirm that he is still involved in the upcoming DC Comics Shazam movie, and he will indeed play the bad guy Black Adam.
Captain America: Civil War - Though the latest Marvel Studios film is still nearly a month away, Disney has already been allowing critics to see the film and release their reviews, which have been almost universally positive thus far. The company even held fan screenings all across the country and is doing some very creative press for the film. With all of this hype, Disney could be looking at the highest grossing film of 2016.
Thor 3 - A couple of new bits about the upcoming Thor sequel, Thor: Ragnarok, dropped and it involves the ladies in Thor’s life. First off, Natalie Portman will not be returning as Jane Foster, likely ever. However, Creed star Tessa Thompson has signed onto the film in an as-of-yet-unspecified role.
Jungle Book 2 - Disney is reportedly thrilled with Jon Favreau’s live action Jungle Book adaptation. So much so that it has already greenlit a sequel before the first film even hits theaters. Critics have done nothing but love it, and it is looking to rake it in at the box office, so leave it to the House of Mouse to get while the gettin’ is good.
Bill & Ted 3 - After many years of rumors, false hope and unsure ground, Alex Winter confirmed that the third Bill & Ted movie is actually going into production this year. “We have a script, we have a director, we have a studio – we’re just trying to nail down a start date,” Winter said to Forbes. And, yes, Keanu Reeves will again be Ted.
Wolverine 3 - Lastly, Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine has found a villain in the form of Narcos star Boyd Holbrook in an unnamed role, though he is said to be "a relentless, calculating and intense head of security for a global enterprise."
Box Office Review/Preview and Predictions
Last week The Boss squeaked out a win over Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, with each film taking in $23.6 and $23.4 million respectively. This week will see a couple of new films break the top five, including a new number one in the form of The Jungle Book. Barber Shop: The Next Cut and the Kevin Costner action flick Criminal are also on deck, but reviews have helped the former and hurt the latter.
Weekend Box Office Predictions
- The Jungle Book
- Barber Shop: The Next Cut
- Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
- The Boss
That’s it for this week, movie lovers. Be sure to come back next week for all of the Hollywood news you need, want and didn’t know you needed.
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