Doctor Strange’s Director Posted On Twitter, And Fans Are Freaking Out

We don’t know what will happen to the Sorcerer Supreme in Avengers 4, but fans are now talking after the Doctor Strange director posted something interesting to Twitter. The image is a panel from an old Marvel comic and fans are now speculating that it might connect to whatever Scott Derickson may be planning for Doctor Strange 2.

The image itself doesn’t show much, just a lot of exploding cosmic energy and the words “I choose the good,” though they are then followed by Scott Derrickson’s own comment “until I don’t.” Since the image is regarding Doctor Strange, people are, of course, curious what the context is supposed to be. Although, the director isn’t talking so we can’t know for sure.

The comic panel itself comes from What If? #18 from 1977. The book was a series of usually one-off stories that imagined scenarios for various Marvel characters that were different from the normal continuity, In this book, Doctor Strange actually becomes a disciple of Dormammu. This particular sequence sees Dormmamu taking on Eternity, and Doctor Strange finally choosing the side of good rather than the side of evil.

Naturally, since there’s a strong expectation that we’ll be seeing a Doctor Strange 2 sometime after Avengers 4, fans are wondering if Scott Derrickson is giving us a hint as to what the next movie will be about. Of course, with the comic panel and the director’s own comments being somewhat in opposition to each other it’s difficult to guess what he would be trying to say. Could a Doctor Strange 2 see the Sorcerer Supreme got to the dark side? Or is this a hint that Eternity will be part of the new movie? Will Dormammu be back even though he previously agreed to leave Earth alone? There’s a number of different directions we could take this if we want to try and speculate, but there’s certainly no clear meaning meant.

Of course, it’s equally, if not more likely, that Scott Derrickson is just making some vague comments about his own life, and simply using a Doctor Strange comic to illustrate his feelings because of his personal connection to the material. He probably has a lot of Doctor Strange comics around as part of his research into the character when making the first movie.

There probably will be a Doctor Strange 2, though when we might see it is unknown. We clearly won’t be getting many details about Phase 4 of the MCU until after Avengers 4 and with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on hold following the removal of James Gunn, who was also working closely with Marvel on the entire new phase, it’s possible that things are currently being reworked anyway, which could either move up, or push back, a future solo movie for Doctor Strange.

Someone Edited The Captain Marvel Trailer Into Chronological Order, And It’s Awesome

Marvel Studios didn’t give us a massive look at next year’s Captain Marvel. But when you have a fanbase as dedicated as the one devoted to the MCU, two minutes is more than enough for creative editors to play with. So we have this new YouTube video, made by a fan who wanted to see what the Captain Marvel trailer footage would look like in chronological order. Here’s their best guess.

Interesting choices. There are clips included near the end of this edit that I definitely assumed would be near the beginning of the movie. Particularly any time Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) finds herself in the green and grey suit. I’m think this outfit is for her Starforce days, and that the red-blue-gold Captain Marvel suit will be for the second half of the movie, where she is striking out on her own as the combination warrior that has accepted her halves as Kree and human.

There’s also the explosion that will careen Carol Danvers into a Blockbuster Video. And from what I know, this will be closer to the beginning of the movie. Marvel President Kevin Feige has said that unlike normal origin stories, Captain Marvel will begin when the main character already HAS her powers. Her story will be filled in via flashbacks, likely as she recovers from memory loss and reconnects important dots that tell her she had a life here on Earth, before she was blasted by Kree radiation and given the ability to fight in the cosmos.

There are connections that make sense here, though. We see young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) finding Carol Danvers, probably after she tracks down the masquerading Skrull — who looks like a grandmother — and fights them on the train. Then, Nick likely brings Carol to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in the desert so they can investigate the alien. Perhaps this is when we meet young Coulson (Clark Gregg), as well?

Captain Marvel is an intriguing movie because of where it falls on the timeline. Most of the audience is in limbo after the tumultuous cliffhanger at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. And while Ant-Man and the Wasp was a prequel, it had a credits tag that tied to Infinity War. And now we will want to know how Captain Marvel connects to the war against Thanos… if it does at all.

Here’s the trailer, in its normal format.

Captain Marvel will be in theaters on March 8, 2019, when you can see the movie in the order that co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck want you to see it.

How To See A Star Is Born Before Its Release

With the summer movie season now in the rear view mirror, fans can expect plenty of new and exciting projects to hit theaters in the near future. And as Oscar season slowly approaches, certain projects will go for broke in an attempt to rake up some nominations. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born seems like perfect Oscar-bait, as it features he and pop singer Lady Gaga in the third remake of the iconic story. Anticipation for the project is very high, with cinephiles eager to see Gaga and Cooper’s chemistry on stage, as they also sing through their characters’ careers. And now there’s a chance for all the moviegoers and little monsters out there to see the flick a few days early.

AMC theaters is actually releasing A Star Is Born a few days before its October 5th release. But there’s a catch: only theaters with the proper equipment will be able to screen Bradley Cooper’s highly anticipated movie early. Two days before its release, on October 2nd, 115 AMC theaters will screen the movie– those with high-end Dolby Cinema equipment. For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait a few more days to see Gaga make her debut as a silver screen leading lady.

This news, which comes to us from THR, is sure to excite the many moviegoers who can’t wait to see A Star Is Born. While the public hasn’t been privy to the upcoming movie, it’s screened in some of the more high brow film festivals. It first debuted in Venice, and the early reception and reviews for the project have been sky high. First reviews have praised Gaga and Cooper’s performances, as well as A Star Is Born‘s cinematography– especially during concert scenes filmed in real-life venues like Coachella and SNL.

A Star Is Born will follow Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine, an aging singer/songwriter who has become jaded with the music business. His life changes when he happens to meet Ally (Lady Gaga), an unknown singer with clear talent. He eventually mentors her, and they collaborate musically and romantically. At least, for a while.

Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born is the third remake, and fourth total movie with that title. And Lady Gaga was preceded by some of the biggest divas in film history. Judy Garland famously played the lead role the first musical remake, which was released in 1954. Then, Barbara Streisand lead a movie in 1976 in another iconic adaptation. Gaga has big shoes to fill, so the pressure is on.

It should be fascinating to see if Lady Gaga ends up with an Oscar nom for A Star Is Born. If she wins, she’ll beat out the likes of both Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand in this honor for their respective remakes.

A Star Is Born will screen in select AMC theaters on October 2nd, and will have its wide release on October 5th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Why Star Wars Fans Think Snoke Might Be Coming Back

One of the most shocking things about Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the fate of Supreme Leader Snoke, but, while he may be dead that doesn’t mean he’s gone for good. Fans are now wondering is Snoke might be making some sort of return for Star Wars: Episode IX, as Andy Serkis, the man behind the motion capture, recently had to cancel an appearance at a local comic-con. It’s possible the reason for the cancelation was that he was needed on set for Star Wars.

The recent Keystone Comic-Con in Pennsylvania just happened, and among its litany of guests was supposed to be Andy Serkis. However, at the last minute, Serkis backed out. It’s not uncommon for a few guests at one of these sorts of events to be forced to cancel, but there’s usually a specific reason for it, and quite often it’s production responsibilities.

There’s precedent for a comic-con cancelation being due to Star Wars, even recently. Billy Dee Williams had to do the same thing not that long ago, leading many to speculate that Lando Calrissian would be making a return in Star Wars: Episode IX. That speculation turned out to be accurate so it could be here as well.

Of course, there are numerous ways we could see Snoke again. The most obvious would be as part of a flashback. While many were disappointed that Snoke died in Star Wars: The Last Jedi without revealing to the audience his origins or motives, the fact is that Snoke doesn’t need to be alive to for the next movie to give us this information. Kylo Ren could easily talk about his own history and reveal a lot about where Snoke came from. If this happens we could see a younger Snoke build the First Order as part of events that took place prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

There’s also the possibility that we could see Snoke appear as a Force Ghost. We’ve never seen a Dark Side Force user do that, but maybe it’s possible.

Finally, there’s a third option, which is that Andy Serkis could actually be playing an entirely different character in Star Wars: Episode IX. The actor was almost certainly put under contract for all three parts of the trilogy, but since Snoke’s death doesn’t appear to have been specifically planned before Rian Johnson wrote it, this makes Serkis available to do something else in the new movie. If there’s a character in the film that requires motion capture, and you have the best in the game available, why not use him?

Of course, all this assumes that it was even Star Wars that pulled Andy Serkis away. Perhaps he needed to do some last minute work on Mowgli, his directorial effort on a live-action Jungle Book. It really could be anything, but it could very well be Star Wars.

That Mad About You Revival Could Actually Happen Now

Who could blame Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt and other Mad About You cast and crew members for being hesitant to bring the show back after being off the air since 1999? After all, it was only in recent years that TV studios figured out better ways to bring shows back to life, with Netflix leading that charge through projects like Arrested Development‘s latest seasons, the Fuller House spinoff, and the One Day at a Time reboot, among others. So the prospect of returning to Paul and Jamie’s lives for new episodes might not come across as quite the mismanaged cash-grab that it might have a decade ago, which is presumably a big draw for the two leads. Well, three leads, assuming daughter Mabel would also be around for the fun.

The Classic Movies That Inspired The House With A Clock In Its Walls

Eli Roth’s The House With A Clock In Its Walls very much feels like a throwback. On beyond being a period story based on a classic novel from the early 1970s, kid-friendly horror is a tradition that we simply don’t see celebrated as often as we used to on the big screen. Really it’s a high-stakes live-action adventure in the vein of some of the greatest hits of the 1980s, and as I recently learned from screenwriter Eric Kripke, many of those key titles were in the back of mind during the making of the film:

There certainly has been an uptick in recent years when it comes to sensitivity in regards to parents, their kids, and the movies they watch — and according to Eric Kripke The House With A Clock In Its Walls is a chance for moms and dads everywhere to perhaps ease up a touch. While that may seem like a big proposition, during an interview earlier this week he pointed to a number of modern classics that were both kid-oriented but not without an important level of maturity. Amblin titles like Gremlins and Goonies didn’t pull its punches and weren’t afraid to challenge or scare younger audiences a bit, and that’s a vibe the new film is hoping to capture.

While the highlighted 1980s titles were vital in crafting the tone for The House With A Clock In Its Walls, in a separate interview with Eli Roth the filmmaker also told me about two other films that were influential in his approach: Spider-Man and The Lord Of The Rings. Specifically, those were two family-friendly blockbuster titles helmed by directors who had their roots in indie horror, and he kept those journeys in mind as he was making a similar venture:

The House With A Clock In Its Walls is certainly a long, long way away from the horrors of titles like Cabin Fever and Hostel, but it’s also a film that ultimately still shows the same kind of appreciation and passion for genre. It’s a very different color for Eli Roth, but you can still recognize texture and shading.

Those curious to see the finished work will have their chance to do so very soon, as The House With A Clock In Its Walls — starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Kyle McLaughlin — arrives in theaters this Friday. Tickets are on sale now, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled on CinemaBlend for more from my interviews with Eli Roth and Eric Kripke.

The Key Advice Steven Spielberg Gave To The House With A Clock In Its Walls Filmmakers

Steven Spielberg is not only one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, but also just so happens to be one of the best family filmmakers of all time. He’s made plenty of movies solely for adults, but his resume as both a director and a producer also includes a particularly wonderful collection of titles geared towards younger audiences. As a result, when he is offering advice on an upcoming project others tend to pay attention — and when it came specifically to the making of the new movie The House With A Clock In Its Walls he had one key tip: don’t be afraid to let it be legitimately scary. Screenwriter Eric Kripke recently told me,

Steven Spielberg has more than a few films for young audiences on his resume sporting some legitimate scares, including Poltergeist, The Goonies, and Raiders of The Lost Ark, and it was likely with those titles in mind that he helped director Eli Roth find the proper tone to strike with The House With A Clock In Its Walls. Spielberg isn’t a producer on the new movie, but his company, Amblin Entertainment, is behind it, and it allowed for Spielberg to offer some consultancy on the project — specifically that it shouldn’t shy away from the horror genre.

To the credit of Eli Roth and Eric Kripke, they definitely followed Steven Spielberg’s advice, as there are more than a few real scares in the new film including creepy automatons, possessed jack o lanterns, and even living topiary griffin. It’s not stuff that will necessarily cause weeks of nightmares, but The House With A Clock In Its Walls definitely aims to make you jump in certain moments, and that can certainly be thrilling and memorable for a younger crowd that can feel more adult while watching it — almost like a test of maturity. Many adults can point to experiences watching similar movies growing up, and now the tradition is continuing.

Based on the book by John Bellairs, The House With A Clock In Its Walls centers on a young boy named Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro), an introverted bookworm who moves in with his oddball Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) following the death of his parents. He quickly discovers that things are not quite normal in his new residence, and it’s because his mother’s brother is actually a warlock who has an on-going confrontation with evil forces. With the help of their strange and witty neighbor Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), they aim to solve a mystery that has been haunting the home with a loud and persistent tick-tocking, and it’s an adventure that proves to be more and more dangerous as it continues.

The Top 3 America’s Got Talent Acts Most Likely To Win

Season 13 of America’s Got Talent has been a wild ride from start to finish. Viewers have seen everything from the ridiculous (like Caterpillar Man and the Human Fountains, who made it surprisingly far in the competition) to the absolutely mind-blowing. The show finally narrowed the crop of talent down to 10 finalists, and the latest episode allowed them all to turn in one last performance to win viewers over and score enough votes to take home the $1 million prize and perform in a Las Vegas show. Although it’s still very much anybody’s game, here are the top 3 acts (plus one wild card) most likely to win Season 13!

3. Duo Transcend

Who They Are: The married trapeze pair Duo Transcend has been defying belief, expectation, and gravity from their very first appearance on America’s Got Talent, when they revealed that Tyce Nielsen suffers from an eye condition serious enough that doctors advised him and wife Mary not to continue their dangerous acts. Their acts have escalated in danger over the weeks of AGT, and Tyce actually dropped Mary during the Judge Cuts round. She was uninjured, and they continued to advance. Their final act was their most dramatic yet, with Tyce blindfolded the entire time, Mary going for some truly daring drops, and concluding with Mary holding Tyce up rather than the other way around.

Why They Might Win: Duo Transcend is comprised of two people who were born to perform, and their status as a married couple with a baby and one of them suffering from an eye condition means that theirs is a fantastic human interest story. You want Duo Transcend to succeed as you watch, and not just because they’re risking their lives. Their act is also practically meant for a Vegas stage.

Why They Might Not: Death-defying acts aren’t everybody’s favorite, and the competition in Season 13 is so fierce that the judges declared more than once that this finale was the best they’d ever seen. Duo Transcend is eye-catching and breathtaking, but they might not stand out enough to beat two other acts in particular.

South Park: The Stick Of Truth Is Getting A Nintendo Switch Release

Long ago in a generation far away, there was a Ubisoft and Obsidian Entertainment game called South Park: The Stick of Truth. It released for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC back in 2014, and later on for the PS4 and Xbox One to startling acclaim. The oddball turn-based role-playing game even managed to secure itself a follow-up sequel in the form of South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Left out of the mix at the time were Nintendo Switch owners, but only because the console didn’t exist back then. However, now that the Nintendo Switch is tearing up the sales charts, some publishers are intent on cashing in on the demographic who enjoy playing while on the go and have announced that South Park: The Stick of Truth is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

The game is actually coming out a lot sooner than you may have been anticipating, with a release date on the Switch set for September 25th, 2018. The game will be available for a digital purchase only from the Nintendo eShop or where legitimate Nintendo Switch codes are sold for only $29.99, half the price of the usual AAA outing.

The story centers around a new kid in town, which is the player-character. Your choices and how you craft your character will determine whether you fulfill the prophecy or not. The the main goal is to recover the Stick of Truth while battling alongside the kids from South Park, including Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny.

The game combined traditional crude comedy that South Park is known for with the turn-based battle system found in many other typical CRPGs. One of the highlights of South Park: The Stick of Truth was that all the combat, interactions, exploration, and cinematics were designed to mimic the art-style and design from the original cartoon. So, it felt more like you were playing several episodes of the infamous Comedy Central show rather than just a game based on the show. A lot of this helped in selling the game to potential RPG fans and South Park fans who may have been leery of the project originally.

The port for the Nintendo Switch was handled by South Park Digital Studios, which is an off-shoot collaboration between Viacom, Matt Stone, and Trey Parker. The studio oversees the production of games and digital media products based around the popular brand, which is a departure from when Ubisoft had contracted studios like Obsidian Entertainment to handle the original release of the game.

It seems weird that the first game would be released after the second game, but given that the Switch is a new system, it’s not unlikely that we’ll be seeing this happen for some games that initially came out during seventh gen but received sequels during the eighth gen.

But, once September 25th gets here you’ll be able to purchase both South Park games for the Nintendo Switch from the Ubisoft Store.

Why Grey’s Anatomy’s Love Triangle Was A Challenge For The Writers

Grey’s Anatomy covered just about every major TV plot twist at some point in the first 14 seasons, ranging from major character deaths to surprise weddings to explosions resulting in epic cliffhangers. There have also been plenty of love triangles over the years, and it can’t be easy for the show to come up with new ways to handle such dynamics. The writers struggled when putting together the upcoming love triangle between Amelia, Owen, and Teddy, but showrunner Krista Vernoff revealed the unique way they decided to handle it:

That right there is some very good news for Grey’s Anatomy viewers who love all three of these characters! A lot of love triangles on a lot of shows inevitably villainize one of the three parties so that viewers will root for one couple to get the happily-ever-after and make it easy to understand why one person was chosen over the other. In the Amelia/Owen/Teddy love triangle, Grey’s Anatomy could have easily villainized one of the ladies.

In a lazily written love triangle, perhaps Amelia would have resented Teddy returning to Owen’s life with a baby on board to the point that she tried to sway Owen away from her, or Teddy could have been scripted as heartless or entitled for walking back into Owen’s life with a bun in the oven. Instead, the characters will work through their relationships without any of them becoming the villain, and so we won’t have to watch one of them ruined for the sake of a love triangle.

Krista Varnoff’s comments about Grey’s Anatomy Season 15 to TVLine are worth getting excited about as we count down the final weeks before the big premiere, especially since we already knew that Teddy would be around a lot thanks to Kim Raver returning to regular status for the new season. Perhaps the handling of this plot will help fans move on from the big departures at the end of Season 14, which not everybody was happy about.

Admittedly, both Arizona and April got happy endings in their final episode, but their departures came rather abruptly, and the reasoning behind the actresses leaving upset a number of viewers. Big changes are in store in the aftermath of their departures, and not just because of Teddy’s return and the love triangle. Meredith looks to be getting a love interest in Season 15, and a dreamy new doc is joining the staff. We’ll have to wait and see how the new doctor fits into the ensemble. At least we can safely say that he’ll be pleasing to look at!

Grey’s Anatomy will hit the airwaves in the fall TV lineup with a two-hour premiere starting Thursday, September 27 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.