New set pictures and videos give us our best look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. Episode VIII already has a code name. Elizabeth Henstridge may have let slip a major Agents of SHIELD spoiler. Plus, the promise of more Earth-2 on Flash, and more 10 Cloverfield Lane mysteries. Spoilers now!
Speaking in an interview on the UK Radio station BBC Radio One, Falcon actor Anthony Mackie may have let slip that the Hulk—or at least his human alter-ego Bruce Banner—plays some part in the movie, listing Mark Ruffalo among the stars of the movie:
Having seen the movie, it’s Marvel’s best movie thus far. And I’m being honest — if a Marvel movie sucks, a movie in the Marvel universe, I’ll tell you it sucked... ‘Winter Soldier’ and ‘Iron Man 1' are probably Marvel’s two best movies. I feel like [’Civil War’] beats both of those movies. It’s really, really good. Because it’s more of an acting movie than an action movie, I feel like the story is very concise and interesting, and you get to see Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans and Scarlett Johannson and Mark Ruffalo and everybody just do really, really good acting. And then there’s action in it. The great thing about being in a Marvel movie? They have really good actors. I mean, Don Cheadle is in the Marvel Universe! I think it might be the first superhero movie that might be up for Best Picture.
Although Ruffalo has said that the Hulk was actually cut from the script before filming, Mackie seems to imply that Ruffalo actually shot something for the movie. Whether or not that makes it into the film, now that Marvel has confirmed the Hulk will co-star in Thor: Ragnarok, remains to be seen.
Writer Ryan Condal offers a reason for why Rampage will in fact be the film to break the curse of the video game adaptation:
The issue that “Rampage” faces is it’s an action game; it’s a world. It’s based on an idea and doesn’t have a central, three-dimensional character at the center of it. In that case, the trick is to find the story within that world that’s compelling, and love the game – that source material it’s based on – and be willing to dismiss the things that don’t make a great movie and embrace the things that do help make a great movie out of it.
Just like practically every other Star Wars film, the movie has a secret working title—Carrie Fisher has confirmed that Episode VIII’s is Space Bear via, of course, a picture of her dog Gary. Fisher’s emoji-laden accompanying tweet presumably doesn’t hold any secrets for those willing to decipher its confusing lexicon.
Producer Roy Lee offers an update on the adaptation’s progress since director Cary Fukunaga departed the project, while also confirming that the movie is aiming for an R-rating:
It will hopefully be shooting later this year. We just got the California tax credit… Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti, so it’s being envisioned as two movies.
Here’s an update in the film’s ongoing viral marketing campaign, this time featuring survival tips from what appears to be John Goodman’s character in the film.
Here’s a “motion poster” for the film, released to coincide with the teaser trailer.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor were spotted filming in London briefly this weekend, filming a scene of Strange—decked out in his full costume as the Sorcerer Supreme—and Mordo checking on the body of a bald man in orange robes (possibly Wong, the recently cast servant of Stephen Strange, who in the comics is descended from a family of Tibetan monks).
At Wizard World Portland, Elizabeth Henstridge has confirmed that the dead-but-not-really version of Ward who will antagonize the team in the second half of season three is in fact an adaptation of the comic character Hive:
... Now Ward is Hive and takes on the memories of people he’s killed, so that’s going to have some interesting situations.
In the comics, Hive was a monster created by Hydra scientists to embody the organization’s ideals, a writhing mass of parasites that consumes a human host body. [Comicbook.com]
Greg Nicotero teases that the best is yet to come this season in the wake of the midseason premiere:
That episode was all set up to build. We set the release valve and we trickle-trickle-trickle-trickle-trickle and build up to to that explosive moment in Episode 9. It’s not like every episode is going to have that same tone or that same method of madness. It was the end of that section of our story, very much like The Walking Dead does. We’ll have a little mini-story and that story will go four, five, six, eight episodes, and then the show will take a little bit of a left turn or a right turn and morph into something different. I think where we’re headed now is probably the most exciting modulation of The Walking Dead that we’ve ever done, because we know that we’re getting into meeting the Saviors, we know that Negan is right around the corner, so the show is really poised to take a very big shift in tone.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Executive producer Todd Helbing says it won’t be long before viewers see more of Earth-2—and Killer Frost in particular.
Isaac Hempstead Wright teases answers to come in season six:
You’ll see things in season six that have never quite made sense before – and now it will all start to tie up. Stories all start to come together to make sense. I know we say this every season, but this series sees everything get bigger and bigger and bigger.
Meanwhile, Carice Van Houten has flatly denied that Melisandre is involved with the return of Jon Snow in the upcoming season, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal:
Laura Vandervoort discusses settling into her character, the supervillain Indigo:
The character I’m playing, Indigo, is such a badass that I knew I’d have a lot of fun. She’s a living, strong-willed super-computer. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around how to play her, how she spoke and how she moved. I’m learning as I go along. It just unravelled quickly and I was on the set already filming. Once I stepped into her costume and how she looks, which is rather unique, I was able to slowly piece together who she was.
Tad O’Malley confronts Scully with some shocking evidence in a clip from tonight’s finale, “My Struggle II”.
A gallery of images from “Taken”, focusing on Megalyn E.K.’s live-action debut as Vixen, has been released. You can find more at the link. [CBR]
Finally, Peggy and Sousa go on a violent lunch break in a clip from “The Edge of Mystery.”
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Captain America: Civil War.