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The Doctor Strange Rumors Get Bigger and Crazier!

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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

Ender’s Game wants you to join the International Fleet. Jamie Foxx wants Electro to have kind of an odd catch phrase. S.H.I.E.LD. might be getting a new home in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Some Independence Day stars could return. Brian K. Vaughan explains how Under the Dome could last for years. Spoilers ahead!


The Amazing Spider-Man 2

In order to make Electro, a lesser known Spider-Man villain, more memorable to audiences, director Marc Webb gave actor Jamie Foxx room to improvise. Foxx talks about his approach to the character and his attempts to create a catchphrase.

"They would allow me to come up with things, because I think why you like going to see those types of movies, and that's what I dig doing, you want to hear catchphrases. So at one point we were doing this green screen thing, and [Marc Webb] says, 'Just ad-lib something.' And I said, "The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout, down came... Electro... and wiped the spider out."

"What I wanted to bring, we all decided was, we wanted to make Electro a formidable opponent, meaning we want him to really, really not like Spider-Man"



Director Marc Webb officially calls a wrap on day 100 of shooting The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He finishes off his regular production updates and pictures with this cool video.


Captain America: The Winter Solider

S.H.I.E.LD might have a more stationary home in the Captain America movie, if a Cleveland set visit report turns out to be accurate. ComicBookMovie reports:

"First, a production crew member who was at the bridge location early in the morning let it slip that the Lorain Ave. Bridge is standing in for the bridge leading to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s headquarters the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s brick and mortar home. The second source, who is an extra at the Cleveland Museum of Art location, has now told The Daily SuperHero a part of the interior of the museum will stand in for an interior scene of the Triskelion as well."


If the rumor is true, the island headquarters/prison might have interesting implications for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as well.



Stills from the upcoming dystopian future movie Divergent show Shaliene Woodley getting tough in her starring role of Tris. Here is the official description of the film:

DIVERGENT is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.


Click the gallery to see the stills from the film


Ender’s Game

The Ender’s Game viral site has posted three new propaganda style recruitment posters for the International Fleet. Click here to see all the posters and check out the movie’s viral site for more world building details. []


X-Men :Days of Future Past

Australian actor Josh Helman has joined the already sprawling cast of the film. His exact role is unknown, but it appears to be sizeable as he is scheduled to shoot for several weeks on set. Helman was recently in Jack Reacher and will also be in the upcoming Mad Max:Fury Road. [The Wrap]


Independence Day 2

Will Smith might be too expensive to bring back to the franchise, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any familiar faces in the sequel. While doing press for White House Down, Roland Emmerich shed a little more light on his future project. He says Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are on board for the movie. Emmerich also hopes Smith will return for a cameo to “pass the torch." []


Emmerich has also confirmed that there will be a gay character in the movie. No other details about this character are known as yet. [IGN]

Justice League

Man of Steel Henry Cavill doesn’t think a Justice League movie is happening anytime soon:

It’s a very tough one to do because the DC comic heroes are all god-like in their power. So in this real world setting we’re telling our story in, it’s going to be tough to achieve that and it has to be done very delicately with a lot of thought. So, it won’t be right away, I hope it’s not anyway. It may take some time of building up other movies and other characters and introducing them together in one way or another. I think it would be great to do, but I don’t think it’s around the corner.



Doctor Strange

The Doctor Strange rumors continue to fly. This probably needs to be taken with a heavy dose of skepticism but according to an unnamed inside source:

"What I can say is that Strange is being groomed to be the next Iron Man. The studio needs a new 'hub' character going into Phase 3 and beyond, as there is audience fatigue, aging stars and a need to move from Tony Stark/Iron Man as a 'hub' for films."


Kevin Feige has said he’d like to do a Doctor Strange movie in Marvel’s phase three, and that is as close to anything official having been said. Since magic hasn’t really been introduced in the Marvel movie universe, it seems slightly weird to think that The Sorcerer Supreme would be a sudden "hub" character. []

Latino Review claims to have an inside source that has seen a draft of the script by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer for Doctor Strange. They have posted the video featurette below, giving a blow-by-blow description of the first chunk of the movie. Among other things, the film supposedly starts with Steven Strange as a child, swimming in a pond with his sister — when his sister swims down to the bottom of the pond, where there are strange lights, and disappears. A psychiatrist suspects that young Steven may have invented the "glowing lights in a pond" story because the truth was too awful to contemplate.


We jump ahead to the grown-up Dr. Strange, a successful surgeon, who's just become Head of Neurology. In keeping with his comic-book origins, the adult Strange is an arrogant S.O.B. — but when he's doing surgery on a young brain-tumor patient that he stole from one of his colleagues, something happens and he leaves the operating room to enter a hallway full of glowing lights. This leads to the crucial car accident that costs Dr. Strange the use of his hands.
There's a "rehabilitation montage," but it sounds as though a big chunk of the film would unfold before he studies the mystic arts — but he manages to have some mystic encounters before he begins his magical studies.

There are tons more details at the link — but a huge grain of salt is indicated here. Even if they have an accurate source, a script goes through so many rewrites in the production process that an original treatment seldom makes it to filming. [Latino Review]


The Wolverine

Three more Sumi-E style posters have been released for the film. This time for the characters Shingen, Mariko and Harada. Click here to see them. []


James Mangold talks about the use of the Japanese language in the film:

Uh huh. What I've been trying to do, for the most part, is have people, when they're speaking Japanese, speak Japanese. Many people in Japan are very bilingual and I'm not playing Hugh as bilingual when he enters the film. As an audience member, you do ride through. But there's times where it's wonderful and he's a stranger in a strange land. People are talking and you don't know what they're saying. You don't see subtitles either. You're just as lost as he is, trying to figure out who's saying what to whom. I enjoyed that it would play that way and that there would be a sense of Oz to it all. A sense that he steps off that plane and he's in a strange land that he's got to decode and a labyrinth that he's got to come to understand. That made the film more elaborate for him. Again, given that this is not a film with a gigantic, nefarious force trying to destroy the Earth or take over. The challenges become different because the plot really is counter to what most superhero tentpoles are. It's more of a mystery-noir picture and less of a kind of "will he stop whatever-the-name-is from annihilating these cities or football stadiums or countries or Earths thrown out of orbit?" The stakes are much more personal. The stakes are much more grounded and about people that you hopefully care about. It's not so much built, hopefully, on "Will the world survive?" It becomes really important to play on the mystery aspects and language becomes part of that. It's culture that you don't understand from the beginning and are trying to carve out an understanding of.


Check of the full interview for more. [Coming Soon]

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Here's a new international trailer:

The Walking Dead

Filming for Season four of AMC’s The Walking Dead is well underway. Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer and Special FX Makeup Designer, teases the zombie and FX packed season premiere, which he directed:

In the first episode this season, one of the guys in my crew was like, "You did every gag that you ever did in three years of The Walking Dead in one episode." We had walkers. We had mummified corpses. We had puppets. We had zombie bites... There were even a couple of gags that we came up with on the fly — there was a couple of sculptures that my guys in Los Angeles had done and I said, "Oh yeah, that's a great walker." Where people are like, "What are the iconic walkers for season four going to be?" I'm like, "Well, you'll just have to see!"



Under the Dome

Under the Dome premiered to huge ratings, and generated quite a few mysteries. Producer Brian K. Vaughan addresses some of the questions and hints at the future of the show.

The Gilligan's Island model is fair. It might go on for a while, but they get off the island and that's the end of it. Similarly, that dome is going to be there for at least the duration of however long our series goes, but we do know exactly what the final episode would be and what the final scene of the final episode would be. We have left ourselves some leeway on how we're going to get there, depending on how long people will stick with us for the journey, but we hope it will be for a long time because each month that they're under there, I think the show gets more and more interesting as their lives change significantly.

THR: Junior (Alexander Koch) is obsessed with Angie (Britt Robertson) — whom he claims knows the "real" him. Yet she rejects him. Why?

Vaughan: Junior — who's actually Little Jim Rennie — seems a bit unstable, and the question is, is he really just a mentally unbalanced young man who is obsessed with Angie, or as it suggests at the end of that first episode, does he seem to know what's actually going on? He tells Angie, "I'm the only person who really knows what's happening here," and as we'll start to learn that he has a very specific reason for keeping Angie in this underground bunker, and it's not as nefarious as it would seem at first.

THR: You've said that the series already stretches far beyond the short timespan of the book. What kind of time frame are you looking at for the season?

Vaughan: It's been pretty close to be going on a day for each episode. So, at 13, it's going to be at two weeks, which pretty closely mirrors the novel. The show is going to be what life is like in those first two hectic weeks under the dome. Hopefully this is just the start of an incredible journey. The fun will come in the second season, so fingers crossed that people will want to stick around with Chester's Mill.


There is a lot more in the interview. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Here are synopses for the second and third episodes:

"The Fire "— While the residents of Chester’s Mill face the uncertainty of life in the dome, panic is heightened when a house goes up in flames and their fire department is outside of the dome, on UNDER THE DOME, Monday, July 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

"Manhunt"— When a former deputy goes rogue, Big Jim recruits Barbie to join the manhunt to keep the town safe. Meanwhile, Junior is determined to escape the dome by going underground, on UNDER THE DOME, Monday, July 8 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. [SpoilerTV]…


Here's a promo for next week's episode, "The Fire":

The Leftover’s

More casting news for David Lindelof’s post-rapture drama. Amy Brenneman (Private Parctice) joins the cast as Laurie, a woman who has left her entire life behind to join a mysterious cult. Emily Meade (Fringe) will play Amy, an uninhibited high school student who seemingly takes the apocalypse in stride. [TV Guide]



Starz has greenlit 16 episodes of a series based on the Outlander novels by Diana Gabaldon, from producer Ronald D. Moore. The official description makes the show sound like a romance novel with a little time travel thrown in for drama:

The “Outlander” series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one grandiose tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.




Promo for the next episode “Past is Prologue.”

Teen Wolf

Here's a promo for the next episode “Frayed.” I’d like to point out it is weird to hear the voice of Fenris, the little wolf, from Dragon Age 2 in a promo for Teen Wolf.

Warehouse 13

Here's the promo for the upcoming episode “All Bark, No Bite.”

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I hope those rumors are wrong. I don't think Doc Strange will ever be intriguing enough to the average movie watcher to serve as a "hub". I'm not sure what "hub" options they have.