A ton of news came out yesterday detailing comic book films scheduled to release soon and in the near future. Sony/Marvel’s new Spider-Man solo movie was officially titled, Batfleck directorial rumors were confirmed and this holiday’s Doctor Strange gets its very first mind-bending trailer.
Benedict Cumberbatch enters into the MCU this November as world famous surgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme, Steven Strange. Cumberbatch debuted the first trailer for Doctor Strange late last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which also features Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo and Rachel McAdams in a unknown role. The short clips showed some awesome-looking, world bending visual effects and the tone was overall dark and mysterious (as Doctor Strange himself is known to be). It really feels like something totally new to the MCU – something, I think, it definitely needs after spending so much time on the same characters with Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Cap 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Of course there was the surprising Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, but those were tonally the same, fitting in well with the rest of the MCU’s lively and fun heroes. Strange reminds me of Batman Begins in that it has to do with like a secret order and the colors are sort of drab, unlike the rest of The Avengers. Plus, it’s an origin story like Begins.
I haven’t read many Doctor Strange comics yet, so I don’t know deep details of the character like I do with most of the other Avengers, but I’ll definitely be looking into him more leading up to the movie to see what makes him so weird.
Releasing in 2017, Tom Holland’s solo Spidey film will be titled Spider-Man: Homecoming, which Sony announced at CinemaCon yesterday. Following the glowing reviews of Holland’s Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, this rebirth of the hero will show him at a much younger age than we’ve ever seen on screen before. Sony Pictures head Tom Rothman described the film as being about “saving the world and getting your algebra homework done at the same time.” Moreover, Peter Parker’s main struggle will be finding out exactly how he fits into the world, searching for his identity – a very teenaged and familiar concept. It’s truly a homecoming of sorts for this hero back into Marvel’s universe. While still owned by Sony, fans have been craving to see Spidey alongside Iron Man, Cap, Thor and take his rightful place among the MCU’s most famous Avengers. It looks like with the help of Kevin Feige, Spider-Man will get the reboot he deserves accompanied by the companions we deserve to see him with.
Ben Affleck will star in and direct the next standalone Batman film. Affleck, the newest Dark Knight, was arguably the one shining light from this year’s Batman v Superman. Rumors arose last summer, but the news was only yesterday confirmed at CinemaCon. Affleck has already shown off his directing chops, heading films like The Town, Gone Baby Gone and 2013’s Best Picture winner Argo. I have to believe whatever Affleck does with the character can’t hold a candle critically to Christopher Nolan’s immaculate trilogy, but I really liked his performance in BvS and I thought it was the best depiction of “comic book Batman” I’ve ever seen on film. Put that together with his directing abilities and maybe we have a halfway decent DC superhero movie.