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Joaquin Phoenix as Doctor Strange?

- July 25th, 2014

We’re going to need a little bit of magic ourselves to sort through the list of names being attached to Marvel’s next big character.

Three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is the latest name to be attached to Doctor Strange, Marvel’s upcoming movie based on the mysterious, mythical, and slightly ostentatious character of the same name, The Wrap reported Friday.

According to The Wrap’s inside source, Phoenix, “is inconsideration and has had discussions about the movie.”

Doctor Strange focuses on Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon turned sorcerer who devotes his magical abilities to protecting the earth from otherworldly enemies and magicians.

Joaquin Phoenix isn’t the first name attached to the project, and unless Marvel makes an announcement about casting during their highly anticipated panel on Saturday, he probably won’t be the last.

The other big name floating around the rumour mill as of today? Benedict Cumberbatch.

Although Cumberbatch’s name has been attached to the film from the start, with no comment on the role from his camp, speculation has increased with his attendance at this year’s Comic-Con.

One of the biggest issues I have with the rumour is whether or not Phoneix, a man known for staying away from major blockbusters and choosing to spread his interests over a variety of indie darlings, would be willing to commit to the multi-film deal other Marvel stars have had to sign.

A contract that asks Phoenix to star in three movies over the course of five or six years doesn’t seem like something the star’s willing to do.

Plus, can you see Phoenix walking the red carpet at Comic Con and getting into character as well as someone like Robert Downey Jr or Tom Hiddleston?

No, neither could I.

Although, it doesn’t change the fact that his name has actually been added to the rat race.

He’ll have to compete with stars like the aforementioned Cumberbatch, Jared Leto, and Justin Theroux who have all been rumoured to be up for the same role.

‘Avengers 3′ release date set?

- July 23rd, 2014

Hey internet, you’re going to want to sit down for this one – the Avengers 3 may have just gotten a release date.

All of this is ahead of Comic-Con, so don’t expect any confirmations or denials from the Kevin Feige camp anytime soon. They’ve got their hands full already.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, amidst various release date announcements from the FOX and Sony camps, Marvel is joining the bidding war.

It took only hours after Sony made the announcement they were delaying Amazing Spider-Man 3 from 2016 to 2018, and pushing back Amazing Spider-Man 4 to an announced date for Marvel to swoop in and snap up the May 4, 2018 weekend.

Although Disney won’t confirm what movie will be released (remember, busy with other things), one source close to the Reporter confirmed it would be a big movie and it falls directly in line with the other Avengers release dates.

The first Avengers was released on May 4, 2012 and Age of Ultron is scheduled to be released May 1, 2015. If the rumours of the unannounced project being the third Avengers movie are true, it would be exactly six years after the first movie premiered.

Talk about fan pandering in the best (and most convenient way) possible.

The May 4, 2018 weekend announcement comes just one week after Disney revealed they had five massive films set for release dates through 2019.

With Sony and FOX reorganizing their big budget blockbusters to get the biggest bang for their buck, it’s very apparent the bidding war has only just begun.

Let the games begin.

Marvel sets dates for five movies over next five years

- July 18th, 2014

Do you hear that buzzing?

That’s the sound of fanboys and girls everywhere collectively trying to figure out what the next five movies are that Marvel could have planned for their cinematic universe.

Marvel Studios made headlines once again Friday evening when they released the dates for five unannounced films that have already earned set release dates.

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Here we go Marvel fanatics, prepare to scratch these dates off on your electronic calendars:

  • July 28, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • July 6, 2018
  • November 2, 2018
  • May 3, 2019

Although it’s difficult to speculate what these films may be at this current moment in time, I’m going to hazard at least one will be a Captain America title, one will be a third Avengers title, and one will most likely be a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.

We already know Chris Evans has at least one more Captain America film left in his contract, and most of the Avengers cast have confirmed they’d be willing to do a third title in the series.

While I don’t have any proof to back up my Guardians of the Galaxy theory, I’d like to think that considering Marvel hasn’t released a one-off title in quite some time, Chris Pratt and friends are going to stick around for at least a second film.

The July 6 spot is the least mysterious of the bunch, however. Marvel already announced the highly anticipated Doctor Strange film would be released in 2017, and if speculation rumours are true, July 6 will be the day Doctor Strange makes his debut on movie theater screens around the world.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know what your hypotheses are in the comment section below!

‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ set photo shared

- April 23rd, 2014

Marvel fans, has Robert Downey Jr. got a treat for you.

On Tuesday, Downey Jr. tweeted a picture of himself on the set of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

It’s a shot of Downey and executive producer Jeremy Latcham:

Even with the intense hype surrounding the new film, this picture isn’t the most interesting. At least, it’s not as cool as the set pictures of Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen.

Robert Downey Jr. is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and on April 11, he brought his viral popularity to the world of Twitter.

He has tweeted 10 times since then, but it was his 10th tweet that had nerds of all kinds frantically adjusting their bow ties and thick rimmed glasses.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out May 1, 2015, and is the sequel to the hugely successful “The Avengers” that grossed $1.51 billion world wide and became the third highest grossing film.

(h/t to Metal Arcade for the photos)

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ final trailer lays it all out

- April 16th, 2014

The final X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer is exactly what everyone’s been anxiously waiting for.

Unlike the first two trailers, the last international look at the film before its released in a couple of weeks gives fans their first real view into the actual story line.

Better yet, it actually shows off some of the bantering and witty comebacks used by the extraordinarily large cast…and it’s funny! It’s actually pretty funny, so wipe that dripping, concerned sweat off of your forehead.

In the final trailer, the backdrop is set for the gigantic war the X-Men are gearing up to fight in.

“In the beginning, the sentinels were just targeting mutants. Then they began targeting everyone. I’ve come a long way to guide us, to bring us together. The X-Men. We need your help,” Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine tells a bewildered looking, young Charles Xavier.

Although we already knew the sentinels were going to be the biggest nemesis the X-Men would have to take down, this was the first time we’ve received more than just a quick glimpse of the destructive path they’ve left behind in their wake.

In this trailer, the sentinels actually feel like a tangible enemy for the genetically enhanced mutant army instead of a projection of darkness the two previous trailers portrayed the robot class as.

More interesting, however, was the glimpse into the trek Wolverine embarks on to bring the rowdy group of miscreant misfits together in order to stop the sentinels.

“It’s going to take all of us to end this war,” Ian McKellan’s Magneto tells the modern day Xavier, and that’s exactly what the trailer shows off.

Wolverine goes from house to house, state to state to collect the different mutants he needs. From his old pal Beast, the wickedly tough Mystique, and the criminally insane mastermind Magento, the trailer finally gives some insight into how director Bryan Singer is going to mesh the two worlds together.

Singer and his crew also provided fans with a little more footage of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, one of the characters people were most concerned about after seeing his cyberpunk costume they decided to go with. When he’s got his goggles off, he doesn’t look nearly as terrible, and he’s retained his razor sharp wit. An aspect fans of the franchise will appreciate.

The history, woven together with some incredible action sequences and mutant power close ups, makes this trailer the most exciting one to date. Let’s see if Singer can bring the magic back to one of comics’ most beloved groups.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on May 23.