Oct. 28, 2014 | 7:21 p.m.
A line of comic-book movie fans stretched down Hollywood Boulevard late Tuesday morning, each person hoping for a seat inside the historic El Capitan Theatre, where the electronic marquee had been taken over by the Marvel Studios logo. Bringing a touch of Comic-Con International frenzy to Disney’s movie palace, Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige took the wraps off the company’s latest lineup at a launch event that felt like an Apple product unveiling, only for superheroes. Feige, wearing a ball cap and jeans, stood alone at the side of the El Capitan stage while release dates and titles for nine new films were projected onto the screen behind him like a road map to box-office gold. Particularly notable were the introduction of actor Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, the first black character to anchor his own Marvel film, and the […]
Oct. 27, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.
Marvel has identified Benedict Cumberbatch as the leading candidate to star in “Doctor Strange.” The actor behind genre greats Khan, Smaug and Sherlock is in final talks for the role, sources confirmed Monday. Rumored for a July 2016 release, the upcoming Marvel project is part of the studio’s phase three roster of comic book blockbusters and will be written and directed by Scott Derrickson (“Deliver Us From Evil,” “Sinister”). The film will bring to the screen Stephen Vincent Strange, the former neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme who is the Marvel Universe’s greatest protector against magical peril – and one of his fellow superheroes’ most sought-after advisors. First appearing in a Stan Lee-written and Steve Ditko-drawn story in “Strange Tales” No. 110 in 1963, the brilliant magician has fought such foes as the dread Dormammu of the Dark Dimension and the dream-powered […]
July 25, 2014 | 4:56 p.m.
Marvel might have found its Stephen Strange. Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Marvel project, part of the studio’s phase three roster of comic book blockbusters, which will be written and directed by Scott Derrickson (“Deliver Us From Evil,” “Sinister”). Phoenix, whose lengthy resume includes lauded turns in “Gladiator,” “Walk the Line” and “The Master,” was most recently seen on-screen in James Gray’s drama “The Immigrant,” and Spike Jonze’s futuristic love story, “Her.” “Doctor Strange” will bring to the screen Stephen Strange, the former neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme who is the Marvel Universe’s greatest protector against magical peril – and one of his fellow superheroes’ most sought after advisors. First appearing in a Stan Lee-written and Steve Ditko-drawn story in “Strange Tales” No. 110 in 1963, the brilliant magician has fought such foes as […]
June 03, 2014 | 3:51 p.m.
“Ant-Man” might still be hunting for a director, but “Doctor Strange” appears to have found one. Scott Derrickson will helm the upcoming Marvel project, part of the studio’s phase three roster of comic book blockbusters. Derrickson announced via Twitter on Tuesday that “Doctor Strange” would be his next film, though Marvel has not officially confirmed his hiring as either the film’s writer or director. My next movie will be STRANGE: pic.twitter.com/5pdbO6Op6j — Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 3, 2014 As a writer-director, Derrickson has made a name for himself in horror with features including “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” and “Sinister.” His next film, “Deliver Us From Evil,” is due in theaters July 2 and centers on a New York police officer who teams with a priest to investigate a rash of possessions in the city. In a 2012 interview with […]
Nov. 07, 2013 | 9:17 p.m.
Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist are coming to the small screen thanks to a new deal between Marvel TV and Netflix. The on-demand and mail-in video provider has committed to at least four 13-episode live-action series based on the Marvel characters, culminating in a mini-series event based on Marvel’s “The Defenders,” Marvel TV announced today. The announcement follows Marvel TV’s first major foray into live-action television with this fall’s debut of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The blind superhero Daredevil, of course, has seen his share of screen time thanks to the Ben Affleck-starring “Daredevil.” Luke Cage is a fighter with super-strength and near-impervious skin. Jessica Jones is a former superheroine who has her own private eye firm and a tempestuous relationship with Luke Cage. And Iron Fist is a disciplined martial artist who happens to be Luke […]
April 01, 2011 | 10:53 a.m.
If Marvel executives are interested, Patrick Dempsey is ready to make magic — the “Grey’s Anatomy” star said Thursday that he’d love to play Doctor Strange in a film or even a television series if the situation was right. Dempsey is one of the highest paid stars on television but he’s restless to push his career in new directions, which is why he has a prominent role in this summer’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and also why he produced and starred in “Flypaper,” the dark bank-heist comedy that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. As he looks for his next movie, he can’t help but think how great it would be to take his on-screen medical practice into a whole different dimension by playing Doctor Strange, the Marvel Comics sorcerer created in 1963 by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. “I’ve been lobbying for that,” the […]