Dr. Strange


The Hollywood Reporter is sharing that British actress, and all around fanboy favorite Tilda Swinton is in talks to join the cast of Marvel’s Dr. Strange alongside countryman Benedict Cumberbach. Could this be the strange-magic needed to ensure box office and cult-classic success? We here at Nerd Bastards are going out on a limb and saying hell yes. Lets review the facts, shall we?   (more…)


Neil Gaimans‘s The Sandman is still in the early stages of development, however, that isn’t stopping David S. Goyer (*shudder*), Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gaiman from going full steam ahead with casting ideas in regards to the possible actors who could potentially play the lead role of the titular character – otherwise known as Morpheus. Recently, word on the street (…well, the word on the interwebs) was that Goyer and Levitt had been working on a script for the movie adaptation and Warner Bros. liked the draft they handed in. Also, following the news of the script, everyone involved sounded a little more upbeat about the project after a long period of worrying silence . Thusly, Gaiman, Goyer, and Levitt‘s enthusiasm is a real bonus to getting the project pushed along further; and maybe even fast tracked after the new year. (more…)


Will Marvel introduce their new Dr Strange, a.k.a Benedict Cumberbatch, in a post-credit Easter-egg role in a similar vein to the epic post-credit scene in Captain America: Winter Soldier? Now that  Benedict Cumberbatch has officially signed on to play the role of Doctor Strange, the latest rumors surrounding January’s pickup shots for Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron, is that those shots will include a cameo of Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange. (more…)

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As far as the Suicide Squad movie adaptation goes, the casting rumors have been pretty insane right? But we finally got some good news when it was announced that Margot Robbie had signed on to play the role of Harley Quinn. Now Jared Leto has finally responded to the recent revelations that he has been in talks to join the cast of David Ayers DC tentpole as The Joker. Leto has confirmed that talks have taken place, but he seems pretty laid back and diffident about the whole thing. Perhaps he is quite content after his Oscar winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club, and doesn’t want to commit to anything in movie land too soon. In fact, who knows really. (more…)


This weekend at the Wizard World New York Comic Con Experience, the 90 year old and lively Stan Lee said things. Things about Marvel movies, and now people are saying it is news… again.

For the record, I was there and I didn’t (and don’t) think that this passes for news, because… well… news should be new, and God bless him, but Stan Lee is admittedly not in those meetings anymore. He hasn’t been a creative force at Marvel for quite some time, and this is sorta part of his shtick.

What Stan Lee is, is a mascot for Marvel, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. He’s fan service, and the look on people’s faces when they come away from the microphone at a Wizard Con, or some other convention’s Q&A event is the same look that I’ve seen on a kid’s face as he toddles away from hugging Mickey Mouse at Disney World. The difference is, no one looks to Mickey for an update on Star Wars: Episode VII. Not yet, at least.

Anyway, here’s the deal:

Lee was asked about the possibility of a Planet Hulk film or a Marvel Civil War film (how, with the licenses spread all across the corporate cosmos?) and then he proceeded to say:

“I’m not involved in those decisions anymore, but the people at Marvel are spending hours trying to think ‘what will we do next?’ and there’s a damn good chance that they will think of just what you mentioned, ‘cos it would be a great idea and little by little everything you want to see will come along, because [Marvel] are just like you, they’re fans of the stories and they’re trying to think ‘what would the fans like to see next? What would we like to see next?’ So they’re working on Ant-Man, they’re working on Doctor Strange, they’re working on Guardians of the Galaxy, they’re working on god knows what. And did I say Black Panther also. Those are the ones I know about and there are others that I don’t even know about, and shame on them for not telling me.”

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Now, obviously, there have been rumors about Doctor Strange and The Black Panther for quite some time, but if this were an official confirmation that Marvel was “working” on them, that would really be something. This isn’t that. This wasn’t Kevin Feige in Stan Lee cosplay, and oh by the way, Kevin Feige told Collider “Dr. Strange is something that I talk about often and it’s sort of next up for us to dig into and explore.” in May, and that’s a lot more official.

There’s one more wrinkle to this story: remember when I told you that this was a part of Lee’s shtick and that news should be new? Google “Stan Lee Confirms Doctor Strange and Black Panther” and look at how many articles pop up from last year. Just like the story about not digging Diablo or the way that Doctor Doom was portrayed in Fantastic Four (other things he said during the Q&A on Saturday), Stan Lee has “confirmed” Doctor Strange and Black Panther before, most notably in November of 2012, when he said:

“Oh they are all being made into movies! I can tell you there will definitely be a Dr. Strange movie! They are working on Antman,  which requires really small cameras! Black Panther is being developed, one of my favorites…the Inhumans…All the hero’s will eventually be made into movies.”

Gosh that sounds familiar.

Source: My eyes and ears, Google, ColliderThe SCAD District, H/T to Flickering Myth for the transcription.


We all know George R.R. Martin as the acclaimed author of the series A Song of Ice and Fire , especially now that HBO has turned the books into their phenomenally successful and popular TV series, Game of Thrones. Since Martin’s been in the spotlight more and more lately we’ve also all learned what a huge Marvel fan he is. Remember his review of The Avengers? Or how about the letter he wrote to Stan Lee back in the 60s? Yeah, he’s an uber fan. And as an uber fan he’d love to write for Marvel Comics, in particular the character Dr. Strange, but with one big condition.

Talking to MTV Geek Martin laid down what he’d demand in his contract if he were ever to write for Marvel,

I don’t know what my story angle would be. The character I’d have the most fun writing would be Doctor Strange,the master of the mystic arts, he was always one of my favorites … but before I did that I’d have my lawyers meet with Marvel’s lawyers and work out an iron-clad contract that would say that whatever I did in the story would continue on forever and would never be retconned, rebooted or reimagined out of the universe when some later writer decided to mess around with it … I always hated reboots and retconns and the fact that a new writer comes in and ‘un-does’ what the previous writer did and brings dead characters back to life, kills new characters. … but I did love Doctor Strange and if I was to write a Marvel character him and his dimensions would be it.

I’d separate him off from the rest of the Marvel universe and not make him part of a team. He doesn’t really fit any of that stuff, he’s a guy that shouldn’t even be known to the rest of the heroes, living on the edge of the Marvel Universe protecting the world and our dimension and plane from dangers and forces out there that the other characters like Spider-Man and The Avengers don’t even dream exist. He’s our wall against Cthullu and the Old-Ones and the dread Dormammu. That’s when Doctor Strange was at his best, Stan Lee and Ditko were [writing] him in just that manner.

One, ha! Like Marvel or any comic book publisher for that matter would agree to something like that – ever. Two, what a shame because Martin’s vision for Dr. Strange sounds excellent. How about getting him a consulting gig on that Dr. Strange movie?

How do you feel about comics and their constant rebooting, retconning, and reimagining? And what of Martin’s version of Dr. Strange?

Source: Blastr

Fans of Marvel Comics Ant-man character have been chomping at the bit after Edgar Wright showed some test footage from his work on the Marvel Comics movie Ant-Man at last years San Diego Comic Con. The news quickly tweeted out of Hall H that day, but no one else has gotten to see the footage. Fans have been clamoring to have the footage put onto the Internet so everyone could get a look with disappointing results.

Today’s good news comes from Marvel exec Victoria Alonso who says an online release is a distinct possibility. Alonso, Co-Producer and Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post-Production at Marvel Studios, (Say that without taking a breath) told Marcelo Forlani of Ommelte:

“What we showed at Comic-Con was a video still unfinished and we are working to finalize it. And I think you should see it, but do not know where yet. We always hear what the fans are saying and doing everything to meet what they ask. I do not know if we’ll publish it online , but I have no reason to imagine that is not a good way. If that’s what the fans want.”

Don’t go sit in front of your computer waiting though, it sounds like it might still be a while before we get to see it. As good as this news is to Ant-man fans, every coin has a flip side.

Dr. Strange fans get the bad news that Alonso also squashed the latest Internet rumor about Viggo Mortensen appearing in Thor: The Dark World as Dr. Strange.

“We would love to work with Viggo Mortensen. I’ve been trying that for years. But I don’t know if Viggo is even acting anymore. I thought he wasn’t acting anymore. It would be great to work with him in the future, but we don’t have him signed, no.”

Alonso may be a bit confused about the status of Mortensen’s acting career, he is not retired and is still quite active in his acting career, but it does throw some cold water on fans hopes of his playing Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme.

Who else could fill those shoes?



Who do you think should snag the role of Dr. Strange?

The latest Marvel Movie rumor to hit the Internet is that Dr. Strange will be appearing in Thor: The Dark World and that none other than Viggo Mortensen is in talks for the role.

You might not recognize the twitter account pictured below that “leaked” this two little rumored tidbits, but according to many sources, Roger Wardell has been hitting the bullseye on any inside Marvel movie news worth watching for many months.

Viggo Mortensen  as Dr. Strange?

Hell yes!

I’ve always thought of Dr. Strange as a haunted character, haunted by his past misdeeds and personal short comings. Mortensen plays those kinds of characters wonderfully. A star of his caliber gets signed on to play Dr. Strange and the possibilities of a Dr. Strange movie suddenly look very bright.

What do you think, can Viggo pull it off? Who else might take up the role if the talks go south?

Via: /Film

The rumor mill be grinding about some interesting developments on two big superhero movies: Justice League and Thor: The Dark World.

On the subject of the latter, ScreenRant is reporting that there will be a special appearance by another Marvel superhero in the next solo adventure of the God of Thunder, in the person of none other than Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme.

And this will be no mere cameo a la Hawkeye’s appearance in the first Thor, as according to the website Dr. Strange will “be playing a big part in ‘all three acts’ of the film.” The role would see Strange ally himself with Thor love interest Jane Foster, pursuing his own interest in astronomy and Norse mythology. In other words, it would be quite the departure from the character’s established origin: a surgeon who ruins his hands and finds his true destiny as the most powerful sorcerer in this dimension.

It’s hard to believe that so close to production on Thor: The Dark World, this is the first we’ve heard of this story element; especially with the rumored casting of Viggo Mortensen as Strange. Although it would be interesting to see another Marvel character brought in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I doubt that the Powers That Be at Marvel Studios would take a potential marquee character like Dr. Strange and contort him so totally to fit into the story of Thor. This rumor is definitely suspect.

In other news, Comic Book Movie is saying that an anonymous source told them that Warner Bros is exploring the idea of including the Main Man, Czarnian bounty hunter Lobo, in its Justice League movie. A solo Lobo movie is already in production with Journey 2 director Brad Peyton in charge and starring Dwayne Johnson in the title role, but is Warner trying to combine them both to double their chances of launching successful franchises? I doubt it. The tone of Lobo and Justice League are just too different. Could Lobo appear in a Justice League movie? Sure, as a cameo or an Easter Egg, but not as either a protagonist or antogonist.

More news as it develops.

Source: MTV Splash Page

One of the knocks against the last few Marvel movies has been their need to tease The Avengers while shortchanging their own stories. Luke Gallagher and I mentioned this as one the reasons why we”re apprehensive about the future of Marvel films, and it’s on the mind of others, including Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who told Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest:

I think it will feel less overt now. Most people, most audience members, don’t keep track of it. The people who do know say ‘Oh, they only did this to lead into that!’ Maybe they’ll still do that with our next few movies, but it ‘ll be much less overt. I think they’ll be more likely to go, ‘What the fuck do they do now? How the fuck do they get to Avengers 2 now?’ Which I actually like.

This is encouraging, but not exactly set in stone. For one thing, possible S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hawkeye movies seem to demand a place in The Avengers continuity, and other Marvel movies that are on the horizon, films based on Dr. Strange, Luke Cage, and The Inhumans, might feel out of place if there is no connection, though they certainly could live on their own.

The reward for Marvel (and for audiences) is a batch of stronger films that aren’t limited by what another creative team is doing with The Avengers, or Thor, or Captain America.  The challenge: these are also somewhat more obscure characters to the non-comic-fanboy world, and while they bring with them their own built-in audience, introducing these characters to a wide audience without tying them to the Avengers narrative robs them of a big coming out party and/or a safety net.

It’s rare that a large company takes a risk, but with that said, Iron Man was a “risk” like this once upon a time, so all Marvel has to do to make sure that their gamble pays off (should they pull away from The Avengers-verse) is make exceptionally charming, and amazing movies that are perfectly cast. Seems simple enough.

Source: Badass Digest