Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange 2 release dates pushed back

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that …

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home, starring Tom Holland, had been moved to 5 November 2021 from its original date of 16 July 2021, while the sequel to the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had been postponed by six months to October 2022.

On the same day, Disney bosses made more changes to their schedule, announcing that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the sorcerer, would no longer be coming to cinemas on 5 November 2021, but on 25 March 2022. They have also decided to move up Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder by a week in February 2022.

In addition, Paramount officials confirmed that they are delaying the release of the seventh and eighth Mission: Impossible movies, starring Tom Cruise. The crew was preparing to film in Venice, Italy when the pandemic hit and they were forced to halt production. The seventh, which was due to be released on 23 July 2021, will now debut four months later on 19 November 2021, while the eighth will come out on 4 November 2022.

Elsewhere in release date news, Tom Holland’s much-delayed video game adaptation Uncharted has been brought forward from October 2021 to July 2021, Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson’s comedy Man From Toronto has been shifted from this November to September 2021, Chris Pratt’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Tomorrow War will now open on 23 July 2021, and the Paw Patrol movie will debut on 20 August 2021.

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Sam Raimi confirms involvement with Doctor Strange sequel

Sam Raimi has confirmed his involvement in the Doctor Strange sequel.It was reported in February that the Evil Dead filmmaker would be helming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in which Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as the power…

Sam Raimi has confirmed his involvement in the Doctor Strange sequel.

It was reported in February that the Evil Dead filmmaker would be helming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in which Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as the powerful sorcerer.

Raimi, who previously directed the Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, recently spoke about his involvement with the Marvel gig, but stopped short of confirming he’ll direct.

“I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me, he was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters. He was so original,” he quipped during a press junket to promote his upcoming Quibi series, 50 States of Fright, according to GamesRadar+.

He also talked about a scene in Spider-Man 2, in which Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson, played by J.K. Simmons, discusses what nickname he should give Doctor Octavius, who is terrorising New York City. When the name Doctor Strange is suggested, Jameson notes that it’s perfect, but “is already taken”.

“When we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project,” Raimi explained.

Raimi is believed to be replacing Scott Derrickson, who stepped down from the project due to creative differences with Marvel, although he’s still attached to serve as an executive producer. Derrickson has publicly declared his support for Raimi on Twitter.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to be released in November 2021.

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Jessica Chastain turned down Doctor Strange to wait for bigger Marvel role

Jessica Chastain turned down a role in Doctor Strange because she had her sights set on a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.The two-time Oscar nominee was approached by Scott Derrickson, who directed the 2016 fantasy blockbuster starring Ben…

Jessica Chastain turned down a role in Doctor Strange because she had her sights set on a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The two-time Oscar nominee was approached by Scott Derrickson, who directed the 2016 fantasy blockbuster starring Benedict Cumberbatch, to play the role of Christine Palmer.

Palmer is a surgeon and the girlfriend of Stephen Strange, who helps him recover after his devastating car accident. However, she dumps him after an argument over their relationship, but the pair eventually reunite when Strange becomes a sorcerer. Palmer saves his life when he’s badly injured during a fight with villain Kaecilius.

Doctor Strange writer C. Robert Cargill revealed during an interview on the Junkfood Cinema podcast that he and Derrickson wanted Chastain for the role, but she candidly turned them down, leading them to cast Rachel McAdams instead.

“This is the interesting thing that Hollywood’s starting to find out, is that a lot of the actresses out there want to be superheroes as much as the actors do. I know this happened with Scott. He went to Jessica Chastain to get her on Doctor Strange, because we were considering her,” he explained.

“And she’s like, ‘Hey, look, this project sounds awesome, and I would love to do it. But I’m only going to get one shot at being in a Marvel film and becoming a Marvel character; and I trained in ballet, and I really want to wear a cape.’ And that was the coolest rejection ever.”

Chastain went on to star in last year’s X-Men spin-off Dark Phoenix, in which she played the leader of an alien shape-shifting race.

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Chris Evans and Scott Derrickson joining forces for Bermuda – report

Chris Evans is reportedly circling the lead role in Scott Derrickson’s upcoming Bermuda Triangle thriller.The Doctor Strange director dropped out of making Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences in January. However, Der…

Chris Evans is reportedly circling the lead role in Scott Derrickson’s upcoming Bermuda Triangle thriller.

The Doctor Strange director dropped out of making Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences in January. However, Derrickson has now found his next project, with editors at Variety reporting that he has signed on to rewrite and direct Bermuda, with fellow Marvel star Evans reportedly in the frame for the lead.

Plot details for the movie are top secret, but it will be set in the mysterious patch of the Caribbean where planes and ships have gone missing over the years.

Derrickson retweeted the news and told his Twitter followers he was thrilled to be reuniting with his writing partner C. Robert Cargill to redraft the script.

“Very happy to be back writing with my genius partner @Massawyrm – more news soon to come,” he wrote.

The project has been in development at Skydance since 2013, with Spider-Man director Sam Raimi circling the film at one stage. Coincidentally, Raimi is now helming the Doctor Strange sequel following Derrickson’s departure.

After the news was announced, screenwriters and producers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon tweeted, “To clarify, this is an original project of ours we set up at @skydance almost a decade ago. It’s a story we’ve always been passionate about and we know @scottderrickson and @Massawyrm and @ChrisEvans are gonna hit it out of the park. We need more original movies! #bermudatriangle.”

Derrickson will also executive produce Bermuda alongside producers David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Bonnie Curtis, and Julie Lynn.

Evans is yet to confirm his involvement in the project. He was recently seen in Rian Johnson’s whodunnit Knives Out and will soon star in Apple TV series Defending Jacob. He is also attached to play dentist Orin Scrivello in the Little Shop of Horrors remake.

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Tilda Swinton to receive BFI Fellowship

Tilda Swinton is to receive the British Film Institute’s prestigious Fellowship honour.The Doctor Strange star will receive the award at the BFI Chair’s annual dinner at the Rosewood Hotel in London on 2 March in recognition of her “daringly eclectic a…

Tilda Swinton is to receive the British Film Institute’s prestigious Fellowship honour.

The Doctor Strange star will receive the award at the BFI Chair’s annual dinner at the Rosewood Hotel in London on 2 March in recognition of her “daringly eclectic and striking talents as a performer and filmmaker” and her contribution to film.

“Fellowship and BFI are two of my favourite words. And the beginning and end of the reason I live my life in the cinema in the first place,” Swinton said in a statement. “I am very happy and touched by this honour. And I share it entirely with my beloved filmmaking playmates, living and departed.”

BFI Chair Josh Berger praised the star for her “powerful and far-ranging” work, from her early movies with auteur filmmaker Derek Jarman to her involvement in blockbuster Marvel movies like Doctor Strange and Avengers: Endgame.

“It is a career full of courageous artistic choices that has earned her the deep respect of her peers, our industry and the admiration and enjoyment of audiences all over the world,” Berger said. “Tilda inhabits the characters she portrays in the most compelling way.

“Her work is powerful and far-ranging and as such occupies a unique place in our collective film history – it captivates young film-makers and actors, inspiring them to make bolder, braver and more profound work.”

The Oscar winner follows in the footsteps of previous Fellowship honourees such as Dame Judi Dench, Hugh Grant, Al Pacino, Tim Burton, Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese, and Vanessa Redgrave.

The 59-year-old will also be honoured with a special season featuring her work and her inspirations at the BFI’s Southbank base from 1 to 18 March. She will also hold a special Tilda in Conversation event on 3 March.

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Director Scott Derrickson exits Doctor Strange sequel

Director Scott Derrickson has departed the Doctor Strange sequel due to “creative differences”.The surprise announcement was made in the form of a statement from producers at Marvel Studios, in which it was revealed that Derrickson would be leaving the…

Director Scott Derrickson has departed the Doctor Strange sequel due to “creative differences”.

The surprise announcement was made in the form of a statement from producers at Marvel Studios, in which it was revealed that Derrickson would be leaving the follow-up to the 2016 fantasy starring Benedict Cumberbatch, but would stay on as an executive producer.

“Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. We remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU),” a Marvel representative commented to Variety.

The filmmaker, who helmed the original movie, confirmed the news on Twitter, and shared a similar statement with his fans and followers.

“Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP,” he posted.

Production is still expected to start in May, with president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, serving as producer.

The team has already begun the search for Derrickson’s replacement.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is expected to pair Cumberbatch’s titular character with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, while Benedict Wong is also attached.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is slated for release in May 2021.

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Bob Iger fires back at criticism of Marvel movies

Disney boss Bob Iger has hit back at Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola over their criticism of Marvel movies.Iger, who serves as chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, made an appearance at Th…

Disney boss Bob Iger has hit back at Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola over their criticism of Marvel movies.

Iger, who serves as chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, made an appearance at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference in California on Tuesday night, and during an interview, was asked what he thought of Scorsese’s view that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks are “not cinema”, and Coppola’s opinion that such blockbusters are “despicable”.

“Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese are people I hold in the highest regard in terms of the films they’ve made, the films I’ve liked, the films we’ve all watched,” he stated, according to reporters at Fast Company. “But when Francis uses the words ‘those films are despicable,’ I’d reserve the word ‘despicable’ for someone who had committed mass murder.

“I don’t get what they’re criticising us for when we’re making films that people are obviously enjoying going to and they’re doing so by the millions.”

Iger then insisted that Marvel films actually support the wider movie industry because they draw in viewers and allow cinema executives to show more independent films. He also compared Ryan Coogler’s box office smash, Black Panther, to Scorsese and Coppola’s movies.

“Are you telling me that Ryan Coogler making Black Panther is doing something that somehow or another is less than anything Marty Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have ever done on any one of their movies? Come on,” the 68-year-old asked.

Following Scorsese and Coppola’s criticism, the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Robert Downey, Jr., Natalie Portman, and Sebastian Stan have all defended the MCU. However, Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch expressed support for both sides of the argument during a chat on SiriusXM’s The Jenny McCarthy Show on Tuesday.

“I know there’s been a lot of debate recently with some very fine filmmakers coming to the fore saying these film franchises are taking over everything,” he explained. “But, lucky us actors who get to do both kinds of variety, at either polarity (in terms) of budgeting.

“I agree, we don’t want one king to rule it all and have a monopoly and all that, and it’s hopefully not the case and we should really look into continuing to support auteur filmmakers at every level.”

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Tom Holland wants Spider-Man to team up with Doctor Strange

Tom Holland wants Spider-Man to team up with Doctor Strange on a spin-off Avengers movie.The 23-year-old first appeared as the superhero in Captain America: Civil War, before starring as Peter Parker in the 2017 movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom worke…

Tom Holland wants Spider-Man to team up with Doctor Strange on a spin-off Avengers movie.

The 23-year-old first appeared as the superhero in Captain America: Civil War, before starring as Peter Parker in the 2017 movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Tom worked with Doctor Strange’s Benedict Cumberbatch on Avengers: Infinity War, as the pair’s characters partnered up with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, led by Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, to battle Thanos on the fictional planet Titan.

They were briefly reunited in Avengers: Endgame, and the British actor is determined to bring Spider-Man and Doctor Strange together for a standalone film.

“I’m really wanting to do a team-up with Doctor Strange, because we’re both New Yorkers and I just really like the idea of a science guy being teamed up with a guy who does magic, because it totally contradicts everything he knows,” he told CinemaBlend. “And I like the idea that there is real science that Peter Parker talks about, and then there’s Doctor Strange gibberish, where he’s like, ‘The time rift and the thing and the thing.’ So it’s kind of fun.”

Tom’s next venture as the web-slinging superhero is in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the sequel to Homecoming, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, and Samuel L. Jackson.

It seems that Marvel boss Kevin Feige is also onboard with a possible Spider-Man/Doctor Strange movie, as last year he noted that Benedict and Tom really enjoyed working together.

The duo can next be seen onscreen in the Thomas Edison historical drama, The Current War.

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s Marvel commitments ruled him out of Spamalot movie

Benedict Cumberbatch’s schedule for the Marvel superhero movies has apparently ruled the actor out of plans to star in the film adaptation of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Reports emerged last year (18) suggesting Cumberbatch was at the top of studio bosse…

Benedict Cumberbatch’s schedule for the Marvel superhero movies has apparently ruled the actor out of plans to star in the film adaptation of Monty Python’s Spamalot.

Reports emerged last year (18) suggesting Cumberbatch was at the top of studio bosses’ list to feature in a Spamalot movie, starring as King Arthur, with Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage wanted as his trusty sidekick, Patsy, and funnywoman Tiffany Haddish as the Lady of the Lake.

However, Eric Idle, one of the original members of the classic British comedy troupe, who is writing the film’s script, reveals Benedict was unable to commit to the project.

Idle was quizzed for an update on the Spamalot film by a Twitter follower, who asked, “Are you really making ‘Spamalot’ the Movie? Like, with real singing? And, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tiffany Haddish too…?”

“Sadly not Benedict who has to put on tights or something. You know those types of movie (sic)…,” Idle replied, hinting at Cumberbatch’s superhero role as Doctor Strange. “he was very nice about it. We’ll announce the cast when it’s done.”

The Spamalot stage musical, which is based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, debuted on Broadway with Mike Nichols as director in 2005, and it became a smash hit, earning 14 Tony Award nominations, and winning three, including Best Musical.

Apart from Idle’s comments on Twitter, no further details about the planned film version have been released, except for the fact that theatre director Casey Nicholaw, who worked as a choreographer on Broadway’s Spamalot, will take charge of the movie.

It had originally been expected to begin production in early 2019, although it’s not clear if that timeline is still in place.

Meanwhile, Cumberbatch has signed on to reprise his role as Doctor Strange for a sequel to the 2016 movie of the same name, while he has also featured as the powerful sorcerer in Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War.

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Tilda Swinton collects film festival prize hours after father’s death

Tilda Swinton received an honorary film award at Sitges Film Festival in Spain hours after her father passed away on Thursday (04Oct18). The Doctor Strange actress flew to Sitges in Spain to collect the Grand Honorary Award and present her new superna…

Tilda Swinton received an honorary film award at Sitges Film Festival in Spain hours after her father passed away on Thursday (04Oct18).

The Doctor Strange actress flew to Sitges in Spain to collect the Grand Honorary Award and present her new supernatural horror movie Suspiria, the festival’s opening night film.

During her emotional acceptance speech, she revealed her father Sir John Swinton, a retired major general in the British Army, had passed away that morning in Scotland, but she decided to attend anyway.

“I want to say thank you because this means a lot and I want to explain to you why,” she said, her voice cracking. “We are here properly to celebrate fantasy but I want to tell you the truth. Today is a very special day for me because my father died this morning.

“I was with him, in Scotland, and I’ve been with him for the last week and he’s been asleep but he’s been dreaming and I’ve been sitting there thinking about what he’s thinking about or what he’s fantasising about and I knew that I had this beautiful invitation from you to come here tonight and I thought, ‘Can I go? What if he’s still here?’ And he left this morning, just in time, and I asked myself, ‘Do I go to Sitges to accept this award?’ and I thought, ‘Yes’, because it’s for fantasy.”

The 57-year-old is expected to continue the festival circuit for the Suspiria remake at the London Film Festival later this month.

Her mother Judith passed away in 2012.

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