Freddy Krueger Legend Robert Englund Worked On The Original Halloween

The horror genre has been on a serious roll in the past few years, although the name on everyone’s lip right now is Halloween. Arriving perfectly in time for the titular holiday, David Gordon Green’s new Halloween sequel broke box office records when it debuted last month, bringing back the talents of Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, and creator John Carpenter.

John Carpenter’s original Halloween changed the genre forever, and it turns out that it had another horror legend working on it: Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund. Englund recently revealed this news in an interview, saying:

Well, this is awesome. While Robert Englund has given endless people nightmares about Freddy, it turns out that the iconic actor actually had his razor sharp hands on the Halloween franchise. Even if it was just dressing the set in an attempt to create the world of Haddonfield.

Robert Englund’s comments from Access Online are sure to delight the hardcore horror fans out there. Classic movies like Halloween and Friday the 13th have a special place in moviegoers’ hearts, so this unintentional crossover is enough to set the fandom into a frenzy. As if Laurie Strode’s first run-in with Michael Myers wasn’t traumatic enough, Freddy Krueger was actually close enough to haunt her dreams, should the scream queen get the chance to finally lay her head down.

Originally released in 1978 and 1984 respectively, the Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises have both had extremely long runs in the theater. Just ask Robert Englund, who has personally starred in a whopping eight movies as Freddy Krueger. As such, they’ve both remained iconic and relevant pop culture. While Jamie Lee Curtis recently starred in a new Halloween, Englund reprised his role as Freddy in an episode of The Goldbergs.

It’s particularly amusing that Robert Englund worked on the set dressing of Halloween, as it’s an aspect of John Carpenter’s legendary movie that hasn’t aged particularly well. Made in California, autumnal leaves and costumes were used to make it looks like fall in Haddonfield, Illinois. While it mostly succeeds, there are a few shots in Halloween with visible palm trees- something that the fans know and love. And it turns out that we actually have Robert Englund himself to thanks for at least part of it.

Blumhouse’s Halloween sequel is still in theaters now, with rumors of yet another movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis swirling around. Robert Englund has recently said he’d be interested in doing another Nightmare on Elm Street, although he might not physically be up to playing his iconic role. Watchmen actor Jackie Earle Haley played Freddy in the 2010 movie, which is the last time a Nightmare movie was in theaters.

Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Thanos And Queen Make A Surprisingly Delightful Combination In New Video

At the box office this year, both Bohemian Rhapsody and Avengers: Infinity War have had reason to sing “We Are The Champions“, but there’s actually another Queen song that is quite appropriate for the latter’s villain Thanos. A fan has paired Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” with the Mad Titan that couldn’t be stopped in a new video, and the result is a delightful combination that is well suited to Thanos’ journey. Check it out.

Given the gravity of Thanos’ arc in Avengers: Infinity War you might not think that such an upbeat Queen song would work for the character. But the lyrics of “Don’t Stop Me Now” and the editing of this video match the two up nearly perfectly for a fun look at Thanos’ hero’s journey. We know that Thanos is the bad guy, but this pairing of song and subject turns the whole thing in to a fun experience, and makes you root for Thanos as he has himself a real good time.

Just the title of the song and the chorus of “Don’t stop me now” fit so well to Thanos’ attitude about his quest and the various people standing in the way of him achieving it, he feels he can’t be stopped. I’m not sure if he’s having a ball or not given the Gamora of it all, but Thanos definitely seemed to take some pleasure in his crusade– especially considering his dialogue in the trailer dialogue about it putting a smile on his face.

Reddit user supertrooper151 does a brilliant job of lining up the song’s lyrics, themes and tempo with certain parts of the film so that the two fit together to convey the mood of Thanos as a hero who can’t be stopped. The first time that you hear “Mr. Fahrenheit” in the song, it coincides with Thanos shooting fire from his gauntlet, letting Iron Man know that he’s the man the song is talking about.

Some other fun touches are when Freddie Mercury sings “I am a satellite” right as Thanos breaks up the moon to rain it down on his foes. Also Thanos snaps his fingers to conclude the last verse. The song then fades out as the Mad Titan watches the sun rise on a grateful universe.

Thanks to his gauntlet, Thanos also does defies the laws of gravity and has the power of an atom bomb. I’m not sure whether he’s a sex machine or not, but given the people who advocated for Thanos’ hotness in the wake of Avengers: Infinity War, we probably can’t rule it out.

Hopefully this fan video is prophetic that we’ll get more Queen songs in MCU movies in the future. As far as I can tell the only one of the band’s songs to make it into an MCU film was “Another One Bites the Dust” in Iron Man 2.

“Don’t Stop Me Now” did appear on the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series soundtrack but not in the films. Once he gets unsnapped Peter Quill does have a Zune now, so maybe we’ll hear more Queen whenever Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 finally rolls around.

To hear more Queen now on a great sound system, head to your local theater and see Bohemian Rhapsody. Check out our release schedule to see all the biggest movies coming the rest of this year and for all the latest in mashups you didn’t know you needed, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

How A Million Little Things Is Crushing It In Season 1

ABC’s attempted answer to This Is Us is making its mark, and it’s clear that there is nothing little about A Million Little Things‘ audience. The drama premiered back in late September, and its ratings indicate it is completing crushing its first season, especially when it comes to Live+7 delayed viewing stats.

Six episodes into its Season 1 run, A Million Little Things is posting seriously impressive Live+7 numbers. The series’ fourth episode surged an incredible +105% in total viewers after delayed viewing was added in, per Deadline. That number marks this fall TV season’s biggest playback growth in total viewers on broadcast television.

The good news does not end there, either. Those stats almost make A Million Little Things the only show on a major network to deliver a triple-digit percentage bump in total viewers. Even from his grave, Jon would be impressed at this success.

On average, A Million Little Things is network television’s number one playback gainer in total viewership, with an increase of 94% from Live+Same Day totals to the Live+7 numbers. It is the third-highest percentage gainer when it comes to the key demographic of adults aged 18-49. First and second place both belong to other ABC dramas: How to Get Away with Murder takes the top slot with The Good Doctor taking second.

With pretty stunning stats such as these, there is no room to wonder why ABC has been enthusiastic about the secrecy-tinged drama. A Million Little Things has already been picked up for a full season by the network. It will be comprised of 17 episodes, so there are another 11 episodes that could make even more waves in DVR viewing.

In the years since Nielsen and other companies have had the ability to take delayed viewership into account, more shows are gaining new ground to assert their values and worth with audiences. Where Live+Same Day numbers are still considered the gold standard, delayed numbers demand for certain shows to be given more consideration. Thus, offering a new lease on life to shows that are not heavily watched live.

Tabulating those numbers is especially helpful for shows that air later in the evenings, such as A Million Little Things. The ABC drama airs at 10 p.m. ET, and staying up until 11 o’clock during the work week to watch live TV is sometimes a daunting task. Thanks to DVRs, fans can now wait and watch at their leisure, and apparently any time of the week is a good time to watch A Million Little Things.

The numbers make it clear that A Million Little Things is finding a devoted audience. Set in Boston, the ensemble drama follows a circle of friends as they navigate the ups and mostly downs that follow a good friend’s perceived suicide. It offers heartwarming moments and emotional trauma, tied up with a slightly mysterious bow. It’s one of the relatively few network television dramas to not be a procedural set in the legal, police, or medical field.

NBC’s breakout hit, This Is Us, has clearly helped create a surge in network television’s interest in making viewers sob. If A Million Little Things can keep numbers like this going, the cast and crew probably won’t have any tears to wipe away.

New episodes of A Million Little Things air Wednesday nights on ABC at 10 p.m. ET. The freshman drama is a part of the ongoing slate of fall premieres, so be sure to check out everything else that’s hitting primetime.

AMC Is Increasing Price Of Its Stubs A-List Service Due To High Demand

Currently, AMC Stubs A-List is a $19.95 service that allows its members to see up to 3 movies per week at any AMC location and any format offered by the chain, including IMAX and 3D. It also includes advanced ticketing, free concession upgrades and a reward point system. A few changes for AMC Stubs A-List are set to go into effect on January 9, 2019. For residents from Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and District of Colombia, the price will go up to $21.95 for new members. Subscribers in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York would be charged $23.95 a month for the service.

How Bohemian Rhapsody Beat Back Average Reviews To Become A Smash Hit

For the longest time, the jury was out on Bohemian Rhapsody. If you happened to pay close attention to the behind-the-scenes drama, you knew that director Bryan Singer was dismissed from the project and replaced by Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) for reasons that only Singer and producer Graham King will actually know. There were additional rumors that the movie’s star, Rami Malek, disagreed with Singer on several choices. Would it affect the overall movie, and would audience members care?

Well, both things ended up being true. The behind-the-scenes chaos and the movie’s approach to facts definitely impacted critics’ opinions of the movie. But audience members didn’t care. Occasionally, movies will post wildly different stats on the review-aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes. This happened with Bohemian Rhapsody, which boasts a decent 60% Fresh grade from critics, but a whopping 94% positive for an Audience Score.

And on this election day, we point out that moviegoers also “voted” for Bohemian Rhapsody at the “polls” … er, ticket booth. Now that weekend actuals are out, Bohemian Rhapsody far exceeded expectations to post a healthy $51 million opening, blowing out its closest competitor in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms ($20 million). This even prompted The Guardian to write a column calling movies critic-proof, citing Bohemian‘s success.

That’s not accurate, but this movie did buck a trend by succeeding in a spot that many believed would lead to failure. And there are a number of reasons why. Two of them are connected, in my opinion. The music of Queen powered Bohemian Rhapsody to the top of the box office charts, and the use of Queen’s music in the marketing helped sell the movie.

When CinemaBlend travelled to London to participate in press activities for Bohemian Rhapsody, we discussed Queen’s popularity with the cast — notably, whether the band received the respect that they deserved as a classic rock outfit. Co-star Gwilym Lee, who plays guitarist Brian May in the movie, summed it up best when he said:

Their music is just so universal. You hear it so often that I think the danger is that you take it for granted. And I think what’s beautiful about this film is it actually forces you to address the idea of these songs being written for the first time, and what genius that took. They were the only band whose every member wrote a Number One single. They crossed all kinds of genres, all kinds of styles. And it’s what gives their music such longevity.

To that end, the marketing for Bohemian Rhapsody only needed one Queen song to really hook audiences — specifically, it only needed two foot stomps and a clap featured in “We Will Rock You” to help sell tickets to the movie.

You might not know every Queen song. But pretty much every person on the planet knows at least one Queen song, whether it be the song of the movie’s title, or the combo of “We Will Rock You” into “We Are The Champions.” And many audience members likely went to the theater to see the story of Queen so that they could HEAR those songs pumped through a Dolby speaker. Queen can’t perform live anymore. The Live Aid scenes from the movie might be the closest that any of us will come to seeing Freddie Mercury and Queen on stage.

Ah yes, Freddie. The other selling point on Bohemian Rhapsody for the opening weekend crowd appeared to be the transformation of Rami Malek into spicy frontman Freddie Mercury. It’s a performance that’s bringing Oscar weight along with it. Malek has a following from his work on Mr. Robot, and even the lukewarm reviews for Bohemian Rhapsody praised the young actor’s portrayal of the rock icon.

Sometimes, that’s all it takes. Look at Joaquin Phoenix channeling Johnny Cash for the 2005 hit Walk the Line. Or Jamie Foxx, doing a spot on Ray Charles in Ray. Or the ensemble behind Straight Outta Compton, powering that movie to a staggering $60 million opening in 2015. Those guys embodied the controversial rap group. (It helped that Ice Cube’s son played his dad in the movie, and is the spitting image.)

But the biggest difference between critics and crowds when it came down to Bohemian Rhapsody and how it was received seems to be one’s opinion on facts, and how they are presented in the movie. Several reviews took Bohemian Rhapsody to task for sloppy mistakes. Here’s one example: The band is shown playing their hit song “Fat Bottomed Girls” during a 1974 tour of the United States. In fact, they didn’t write that song until 1978, for the album Jazz.

Semantics, right? Well, not when you are creating the biopic of Queen. Since there’s unlikely to be another Queen movie any time soon — precious few bands get multiple silver-screen biopics dedicated to their history and accomplishments — this SHOULD be the one that gets the story right.

But the box office returns for Bohemian Rhapsody and the overwhelmingly positive Audience Score tell us that crowds who danced out of the movie theaters weren’t interested in nitpicking the details of Bryan Singer’s movie. They just wanted to be entertained, and the movie did that.

This won’t always be the case. If a movie happens to come out on a band or an artist who we are extremely familiar with, and the film plays fast and loose with the facts, the audience might be less forgiving. Imagine a U2 biopic that mixes up the order of the band’s album releases, or glances over Bono’s activism in favor of a surface glance at his songwriting abilities?

But in the case of Bohemian Rhapsody, and fresh off the heels of the equally successful movie-music drama A Star Is Born, audiences just wanted to hear Queen songs, and they wanted to hear them loud. The movie wasn’t treated as the definitive take on Queen’s legacy. It was viewed more as a tribute to their contributions to our classic-rock landscape, and the initial push at the theaters was a rousing success… reviews and factual inaccuracies be damned.

Will it continue? It’s hard to say. The competition steps up in two weeks, when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Instant Family roll into theaters. And it feels like The Grinch could dominate the box office in the upcoming frame, though it’s going for a different audience than Bohemian Rhapsody, so they both could have winning weekends.

But Fox has to be very happy with the overall performance of Bryan Singer’s Queen tribute, and now with some box-office clout at its back, BoRhap can focus on pushing Rami Malek in a Best Actor race that appears to have an open slot in its nomination category waiting for him.

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Amy Schumer Shares Emotional Video During Sonogram

Recently Amy Schumer shared some very big news with the public: she’s pregnant! And now she’s proven it too, via sonogram. The comedian/actress behind Inside Amy Schumer provided a video of herself watching the ultrasound for her first child, marveling at the growing baby and getting very emotional. For some fans and followers of the comedian, this might be the first time they learned that Schumer is currently with child. Check out the sonogram below.

Though the Instagram video is brief, it provides an intimate look at Amy Schumer being dazzled and delighted by the ultrasound footage of her child. In particular, Schumer is surprised by how much “energy” the unborn child has, and how the baby is “moving around” so much inside her belly right now.

Moreover, in the caption section for the video, Amy Schumer doesn’t provide any additional details about her first baby. Instead, the social media clip, which was posted last night, tells people how they can find their local polling places and how they can prepare for their ballots during today’s election. We don’t have any information about the moment as to when the child is set to be due, and we don’t know how long Amy Schumer has been preggers.

The baby news comes just months after Amy Schumer married her husband, chef Chris Fischer, during a surprise private ceremony away from the public eye. Their relationship was only announced to the public a few short days before they read their vows to each other, which suggests that Amy Schumer prefers to keep her private life, well, private. Despite the open, deeply confessional nature of her stand-up comedy and public persona, she values her secrets.

When the sudden wedding news was first announced, Amy Schumer stressed that she wasn’t pregnant. She wanted her fans to know that she didn’t embark on a quick trip down the alter because she was carrying a child at that time. She claimed she got married because she finally found the right person, and while she has expressed doubts in the past about having children, it seems she has changed her tune on the matter. She’s ready to enter motherhood and become a parent for the first time. Surely, this new addition to her life is going to bring some very interesting new stand-up material.

Amy Schumer’s last film was I Feel Pretty, which was released in the spring. She was previously attached to a film version of Barbie, but she dropped out of the project. She is currently on a nationwide stand-up tour, which is expected to continue through the holiday season. After that, however, there are no additional projects for Schumer currently in the works, and she’s still taking time away from her hit Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer. So it sounds like her pregnancy is her main focus for the present moment, which is completely understandable. Congratulations are also in order here!

We look forward to hearing more about Amy Schumer’s first child in the months to come. Meanwhile, for more celebrity updates about Amy Schumer and other high-profile people, be sure to visit CinemaBlend to know all the latest scoops.

Empire Adds The Wire Star To Shake Things Up With Cookie And Lucious

It’s fun to consider living in a world where Empire Entertainment is a real company, offering a full display of the dark personal lives of its revolving door of CEOs. Alas, the drama is all fictional, but at least it’s about to get even more hyped with the introduction of a dangerous criminal portrayed by The Wire vet Wood Harris. Don’t expect him to innocently slink up to Cookie and Lucious’ lives, either.

After having played the crime boss role of a lifetime as The Wire‘s Avon Barksdale, Wood Harris will creep into Empire as the good-looking and smooth-talking Damon Cross, who will first show up in this week’s episode “What is Done.” Damon is an international money launderer whose charm is undercut by a dangerous edge, and fans can expect to see the character show off just how intimidating he can be. Of course, we all know what happens to overly confident people on this show.

Damon isn’t making things easy for himself, either. He first meets up with Lucious ahead of a high-stakes poker game at the center of the episode, but it’s Cookie that Damon will be trying to sway with temptation. According to EW, Lucious is already wanting to take Damon down at one point, though it’s still up in the air whether that’s directly tied to Cookie or not. (If Damon ties himself to Cookie, though, that could do it.)

At this time, Wood Harris is joining Empire in a recurring capacity, which is great news for anyone hoping he wouldn’t be a one-and-done character in Season 5. This show isn’t one that ever really lacks enemies for Lucious and Cookie to lose their shit over, but those enemies have a way of taking permanent vacations after a while. I want to see Damon pulling the strings for as long as possible, though, assuming Harris nails the role as hard as expected.

If Wood Harris is only taking a recurring role in Season 5, could that mean he has something to do with the major death that’s been teased through flash-forwards? If Lucious gets in trouble with the feds, and suffers some blood-oozing injury, then it’s certainly possible that Damon could be the character who set those events in motion.

It’s far less possible that Damon will be the person whose coffin and funeral are being teased. This is mostly based on Luscious (assumedly) being apologetic to whoever died — he said “I’m sorry” standing above the casket — and the fact that Lucious gives a shit in the first place. If things go the way they normally do, Damon’s death isn’t one that will provide a body to put in said casket.

Even though he caught his biggest breaks on TV earlier in his career, Wood Harris has seemingly become much more comfortable on the big screen. Recent years have seen him in Ant-Man, Blade Runner 2049, Once Upon a time in Venice, and Creed. (He’ll be reprising the role of Little Duke in Creed II as well.) On the small screen, 2017 saw him in the BET drama The Breaks and BET’s miniseries The New Edition Story.

With many awkward answers and awkward questions to come, Empire airs Wednesday nights on Fox at 8:00 p.m. ET. Elsewhere on the fall TV schedule, there are shows that don’t have quite as much violence, rap and Taraji P. Henson, but they’re still worth checking out.

Rebel Wilson Apologizes After Comment Saying She’s The First Plus-Size Actress In A Rom-Com

Rebel Wilson has been out and about lately promoting her new flick Isn’t It Romantic. The new movie is a rom-com that pokes fun at traditional rom-com tropes and Wilson plays the lead character in the movie. However, she came under fire recently for stating she’s “the first plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.” Now, she’s apologizing for her former words, taking to Twitter to note:

Recently, Rebel Wilson dressed up for Halloween and popped over to The Ellen Show, where she and Ellen DeGeneres shared a few laughs and talked about Isn’t It Romantic. Most of the conversation was innocuous, but then she mentioned that she was the first woman who identifies as plus-size starring in a romantic comedy, also noting she has been “proud” of the accomplishment. People who saw the episode called Wilson out soon after on social media, mentioning some of the ladies above. You can take a look at the full clip, below.

Rebel Wilson actually eventually had a conversation about the topic with Mo’Nique on Twitter, where the two discussed the nature of being plus-size in Hollywood. Soon after the conversation, Rebel Wilson took to the social media site to talk more about the debate, her response and her feelings on the matter, noting,

When Isn’t It Romantic hits theaters next year, it will join a set of romantic comedies that do star women of all shapes and sizes. (It will also reunite Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine on the big screen, but that’s a story for a different day.) Rebel Wilson will be following in the footsteps of women like Just Wright‘s Queen Latifah with her latest project, and while she might not be the first plus-size woman to step into the genre, hopefully she will make her own mark.

If you are a sucker for rom-coms, you’ll be able to catch Isn’t It Romantic when it hits theaters on February 14, 2019. The movie will be one of the flicks competing for attention during the Valentine’s Day holiday next year, with Happy Death Day 2U and Alita: Battle Angel also coming out that week. We’ll keep you updated in regards to how each of those fares on that traditional date weekend and to see what all is hitting the schedule next year, be sure to take a look at our full guide.

Idris Elba Had The Best Response To Becoming The Sexiest Man Alive

It’s official: the Sexiest Man Alive in 2018 is … Idris Elba! The Luther actor has enjoyed enormous success on the stage, television and the silver screen, and this accomplishment courtesy of People is only the latest in his long-standing career. While most people aren’t surprised to see Idris Elba picked for this prestigious honor, there is one person who is seemingly taken aback by the choice selection: Elba himself. He admitted as much once the selection was made, but he certainly isn’t mad to be given such a rare honor. Here’s what Idris Elba said when he was picked as this year’s hot choice.

I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’ Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.’ But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.

Only a handful of people know what it’s like to be named the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine. Idris Elba joins those ranks today, but he seems a bit bashful about the whole idea. The actor admits that he had to look at himself for a while (not a hard thing for him to do, admittedly), and try to assess how he got this noteworthy notification. But he is at least partly proud of himself to be considered the most handsome gentleman in the world, and admits that it is probably going to do a number on his ego. It’s hard to be named Sexiest Man Alive and not get at least a little cocky about it.

In any case, Idris Elba isn’t afraid to joke about the whole situation, at least. Shortly after his pondering thoughts, Elba also made the following crack.

What really went through my mind was ‘Again?’ No, I’m jokin’.

We’re glad Idris Elba isn’t taking the whole matter too seriously. While it’s certainly an honor to be named the most attractive person on the planet, at least for one year’s time, Elba recognizes that he shouldn’t let the whole thing go entirely to his head and that he should simply enjoy the compliment.

In addition to these comments for People, Idris Elba also celebrated the news on social media, where he also took the time to remind people to vote.

Meanwhile, Idris Elba remains as busy as ever, both as an actor and otherwise. Earlier this year, Elba jumped into the director’s chair with his feature debut Yardie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It doesn’t have a U.S. release date at the moment, but we expect this recent accomplishment might help him find some distributors in the midst. It was, however, released in Germany and the U.K. in August, and it’s soon set to be released in Portugal at the end of the month. We expect to hear something about its nationwide release momentarily, but for now, we’re left unsure.

As an actor in films, Idris Elba was recently seen in Avengers: Infinity War, and he is currently filming a role in Hobbs and Shaw, the forthcoming Fast & Furious spin-off with Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. He is also reportedly lining up a role in the upcoming cinematic adaptation of Cats, which is expected to hit theaters next year. It was also recently announced that he will be joining George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing, the film that will serve as the director’s long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Elba will appear in the new movie alongside Tilda Swinton.

Then on television, Idris Elba is soon set to reappear as DCI John Luther in the new season of Luther, which is expected to make its premiere soon. He is also involved in the comedy series, In the Long Run, which the actor not only stars in but created. It’s the first time Idris Elba will serve as a show creator. And if that weren’t enough, Idris Elba also recently signed up for the new Netflix series, Turn It Up Charlie, where he will play the title character of Charlie. As we said, Idris Elba is keeping very, very busy these days. But he’s not afraid to take some time to celebrate this newest accomplishment.

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What Doctor Strange Is Really About, According To The Director

It’s no secret that superhero movies are everywhere. Chief among them is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which brought serialized storytelling to the genre, and a ton of colorful characters to the silver screen. But with every studio creating shared universes of their own, the comic book genre can become a bit saturated and muddled.

Scott Derrickson directed 2016’s Doctor Strange for Marvel, introducing the Sorcerer Supreme to a wide audience for the first time, welcoming Benedict Cumberbatch into the shared universe in the process. He recently explained the point of his blockbuster, saying:

Well, this makes a great deal of sense. Doctor Strange’s title character had a massive arc throughout the course of the movie, and was a thoroughly changed man by the time he started crossing over with Marvel’s finest in Avengers: Infinity War. He was still a cocky guy, but his MCU debut was rooted in Stephen Strange’s personal growth.

Scott Derrickson’s recent Doctor Strange comments come to us from Twitter, where the director is known to regularly interacting with Marvel fans. This tidbit seemed unsolicited though, as it wasn’t a response to a fan tweet. Instead, Derrickson dropped some pearls of wisdom about the blockbuster without prompting, to fans’ joy.

When Stephen Strange is introduced at the start of Doctor Strange he’s pretty much insufferable. His ego is massive, and he treats everyone around him like they’re less than– including Rachel McAdams’ Christine Palmer. But the renowned surgeon is served a giant slice of humble pie after a horrifying car accident, where his hands were rendered useless and his career was seemingly ruined forever.

This sets off the film’s true events, as Stephen Strange attempts to find a mystical way to heal his wounds, and presumably set his life back on track. But he gets much more than he bargained for, and is trained by The Ancient One and Wong, before facing off against massively powerful foes like Kaecilius and Dormammu.

Both trauma and mysticism aren’t themes that typically run through the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. While Scarlet Witch was introduced back in Avengers: Civil War, her powers don’t actually seem to come from a magical place. Doctor Strange broke new ground in that way, opening up magic, mysticism, and mind-blowing visual affects for the shared universe.

Stephen Strange’s relationship to his car wreck is the root of his trauma, giving audiences a deeper look into the protagonist’s psyche. Suddenly he’s not just a textbook success with a god complex, but one with deep psychotic trouble.

Doctor Strange will presumably return to the MCU when Avengers 4 arrives in theaters May 3rd. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.