A raft of thespians really made the effort to become unrecognisable for roles in 2016, whether through over-eating (McConaughey), heavy prosthetics (Downton’s Dan Stevens for ‘Beauty and the Beast’) or simply just bad eyebrows (John Travolta in ‘The People Vs O.J. Simpson). Here are a few more of the best. Image credits: Reuters/Disney/Lionsgate/BBC/Associated Press/Cover Media/Warner/Universal/Deadline/Fox/Sony/Focus Features/FameFly/Instagram/AFP/FX/US Weekly/WENN/GC Images
It’s a running joke throughout the none-more-meta superhero comedy that budget and contracts prevent Deadpool from interacting with his more A-list Marvel stablemates – Deadpool himself frequently references X-Men that Fox didn’t allow us to see. Yes, the same turbine-powered mobile aircraft carrier as used by the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D.. Fox weren’t allowed to reference the carrier by name, and the design had to be tweaked a little, but ‘Deadpool’ visual artist Emmanuel Shiu confirmed the connection.
The tangled and twisted ‘X-Men’ universe is so full of plot holes and parallel timelines it’s impossible to join the dots. By far the biggest plot hole in ‘Apocalypse’ is the fact that none of the characters seem to have aged at all – the film is set in 1983, 21 years after the events of ‘X-Men: First Class’, but the cast have barely aged a day.
Marvel’s latest cinematic effort, the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring ‘Doctor Strange’, has proven a big hit, and star Rachel McAdams has revealed the odd thing she’d indulge in while bored on set. Speaking to Look magazine (via The List), McAdams, who plays nurse Christine Palmer in the Marvel movie, shared the unusual thing she did to entertain herself while filming the mind-bending film which allowed her to also invest in the role. During those long hours on-set, McAdams said she’d found a new hobby to pass the time and help her relax: "I shadowed a really great female neurosurgeon in Toronto and one in London, who taught me how to do stitches.
You don’t have to speak fluent sorcerer to enjoy Doctor Strange, but it helps. The latest Marvel would-be blockbuster (opening on Friday) pulls a surfeit of magical words out of its proverbial hat, from Cloaks of Levitation to Sanctums Sanctorum. To help all those amateur magicians out there, we’ve assembled this Strange Glossary to provide a comic-book primer for all the weird characters, objects, and places that pop up in Doctor Strange. Where we’re going, you won’t need magic wands.
Back in 2015, Yahoo Movies asked Stan Lee which of his “lesser-known” heroes he wished had a higher profile. The Marvel maestro didn’t hesitate: Doctor Strange. “I like him as much as all the others, but for some reason he isn’t as popular now,” Lee said.
If you want a Marvel question to be answered then there’s only one man that you turn to: Stan Lee. During a recent interview with Parade Stan Lee was asked which three of the superheroes he created would he’d like to have dinner with.
Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ is just around the corner and according to star Benedict Cumberbatch it’s only the beginning for the character. When Comicbook spoke to Cumberbatch himself, he was keen to hint at where his character could fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future, notably Phase 4.
Of course Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston are old friends. Well, Cumberbatch at first made sure to point out that he wouldn’t be talking to Hiddleston about a certain blonde singer, who at the time of their discussion he was dating, and instead focused on Hiddleston’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Loki.
Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee has already notched up his next four appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. MCU boss Kevin Feige confirmed the actorly movements of Mr Lee in a Q&A following a screening of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ at the weekend.
Stan Lee is one of the awesome recurring elements we expect from the latest Marvel movie, so it’s good news that he’s confirmed for a bunch more. During Toronto’s Fan Expo, Lee appeared on Breakfast Television to discuss his future roles, as minor as they are, but it’s something fans do look forward to. Lee will feature in next month’s ‘Doctor Strange’, followed by ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2′, and the hugely anticipated ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’.
WARNING: There are some potential ‘Doctor Stranger’ spoilers ahead. When Dan Harmon, the lauded creator and writer of ‘Community’ and various other shows and films, was brought on to conduct a few last-minute re-writes for ‘Doctor Strange’, Marvel Studios almost certainly expected him to keep his mouth firmly shut regarding the blockbuster’s secrets. Technically, Harmon has done just that.
After a disappointing summer of blockbuster flops, the autumn looks fit to bust with intriguing indies and exciting big budget offerings. Image credits: Sony/Warner Bros/BBC Films/CBS Films/Lionsgate/Screen Gems/Studio Canal