Doctor Strange is Marvel's most unlikable superhero to date

He's supposed to be a "good guy?"
Doctor Strange is Marvel's most unlikable superhero to date
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On the whole, I liked Doctor Strange, the movie. But I would have liked it a lot more if I had liked Dr. Strange, the person. He's pretty terrible, did you notice?

Let me preface this by saying I'm a comic book person, but I've never read a Doctor Strange comic so that factors into my opinions on the film and its main character. If that bothers you, maybe stop reading now instead of harping on me for not reading the comics. You shouldn't have to have read the comics to understand Marvel's films (or any adaptations for that matter).

[Some small spoilers to follow for Doctor Strange.]

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'Midnight Special' director is back with 'Loving' and it's a must-see

'Midnight Special' director is back with 'Loving' and it's a must-see

Fans!

Ever since seeing Take Shelter back in 2011, I've been continually blown away by Jeff Nichols. For my money, he's the best director working right this very moment.

Earlier this year I was blown away by Midnight Special and it continues to be at the top of my favorite films of 2016. 

I can't exactly pin-point why his films strike such a chord with me. I often hear people talk about the big concepts that he tackles with a small, intimate approach. I always come back to family, his incredible eye for detail and his awesome work with Michael Shannon.

Miri had a chance to chat with him earlier last week about his latest offering, Loving, which I know you'll all love as much as we did.

He touches on the development process, casting and what gives his movies the "Nichols" touch.

Sit back and soak this one in.

P.S.

If you need more Jeff Nichols (and believe me, you do) watch this interview Drew McWeeny did with him about Midnight Special.

But wait, there's more!

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'Doctor Strange' stands on its own in the Marvel cinematic universe

This is heavy. Or not.
'Doctor Strange' stands on its own in the Marvel cinematic universe
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Doctor Strange has certainly been promoted as being a departure from Marvel's usual fare but I was surprised how much it actually stands on its own within the Marvel cinematic universe.

[There won't be any Doctor Strange spoilers until the very end of this article, in which case they will be clearly marked.]

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'Doctor Strange' writer Jon Spaihts talks about blowing the Marvel Cinematic Universe wide open

After all, it's a UNIVERSE...not a planet.
Doctor Strange - Jon Spaihts
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Overnight success takes years. Just ask Jon Spaihts. The screenwriter has two of the most anticipated genre films of 2016 hitting theaters over the next few months. Passengers starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt and Doctor Strange, Marvel’s first real foray into expanding beyond the boring mortal plane. Coming down the pipe, the writer also has his hand in Universal’s reboot of The Mummy, a take on Van Helsing, and is working with Guillermo del Toro on Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. All of which would be exciting enough on its own, but Spaihts is also a huge nerd.

One of us. One of us.

With Doctor Strange out now, HitFix Harpy spoke with Spaihts by phone to get an idea of how massive a shift Marvel is making by cracking open the door to the multiverse.

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Nicolas Cage didn't think Marvel would be able to pull off 'Captain America'

You don't say?
Nicolas Cage didn't think Marvel would be able to pull off 'Captain America'
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Most of you probably know Nicolas Cage's history with Superman by now but his love of comic book superheroes goes well beyond that. He recently got to talking about the success of superhero films and had some very interesting things to say about Captain America. He also talks about his almost-casting in Starz's American Gods.

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Doctor Strange Spoiler Review

Doctor Strange Spoiler Review

Fans!

Doctor Strange is in theaters right now! Miri and Sasha breakdown the highs and lows of the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What did you all think of the flick? Will you go out and see it this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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'Guardians of the Galaxy's' James Gunn gives deep advice to aspiring filmmakers

Good talk.
'Guardians of the Galaxy's' James Gunn gives deep advice to aspiring filmmakers

At the recent TERMINUS (no, not a Walking Dead reference) Convention & Festival Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn and his brother Sean Gunn spoke to aspiring filmmakers and actors about the business.

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Ruth Negga's 'Loving' journey

Ruth Negga's 'Loving' journey

Fans!

We're super pumped to bring you this interview with Ruth Negga. 'Loving' is one of our favorite films of the year and Ruth's portrayal of Mildred Loving is astounding and sure to be talked about during the 2016 Oscar race.

If you do one thing this weekend make sure you go out and see 'Loving' in a theater near you.

#VoteLoving

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J. Scott Campbell offers a 'Riri Redux' in response to 'Invincible Iron Man' critics

This is lovely
J. Scott Campbell offers a 'Riri Redux' in response to 'Invincible Iron Man' critics
Credit: J. Scott Campbell

Last month a J. Scott Campbell variant cover for Marvel's Invincible Iron Man featuring Riri Williams caused a tremendous amount of discussion around how women are portrayed in comics. In this particular case, a Black teenager. But what it also did was highlight how reactions to critiques can say quite a lot.

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New 'Moana' clips feature Gramma and a criminal crab

Is it here yet???
New 'Moana' clips feature Gramma and a criminal crab
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Walt Disney Pictures debuts their new animated film Moana on November 23, 2016, and while it features the debut of their first Polynesian princess, there's going to be tons more characters to love. Disney has released clips featuring Gramma Tala, Moana's Grandmother, and Tamatoa, the giant hermit crab.

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