Marvel continues to reinvent its Cinematic Universe properties into recognizable film types, the most recent being Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will be Marvel’s first romantic comedy. From the political thriller story Captain America: The Winter Soldier, to Spider-Man: Homecoming’s John Hughes like themes, audiences are drawn in by Marvel crafting sub-genres onto their films. It’s a smart move by Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige to help audiences avoid superhero fatigue.
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has explained why Hulk is so much smarter in the new Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure. The mean green character has had quite an evolution since his days in Marvel’s comic books, beginning with the classic TV series The Incredible Hulk, starring Lou Ferrigno as the title character and Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner from 1977-1982; to the film versions Hulk in 2003 (starring Eric Bana) and The Incredible Hulk (starring Edward Norton) in 2008.
Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman posts a hilarious behind-the-scenes video from the set of Marvel’s highly anticipated film. Similar to Tom Holland’s beloved new take on Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Boseman was introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as T’Challa/Black Panther for the first time in last year’s Captain America: Civil War. That’s no easy task either – finding a way to stand out and prove yourself as an iconic character – when you’re in a film that features appearances from a majority of the MCU’s other, already established heroes. Yet, Boseman managed to do just that, solidifying himself as a worthy actor to bring the character of T’Challa to life in live-action form on the big screen for the first time.
Marvel’s Daredevil is now confirmed to begin filming its next season this year, keeping the show’s third season on-course to premiere in 2018. Kicking off the Netflix corner of the MCU, Daredevil surprised critics and fans jaded by the poorly-received film adaptation by delivering an action-packed show full of intrigue and strong character work. Even better, comic book readers finally got a version of the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen that they’d been hoping to see on screen for years. Based on the reception, it came as little surprise when Marvel/Netflix then announced that Daredevil season 2 would be happening.
The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange, opened in theaters this weekend. The film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character, is Marvel’s first major foray into magic and the mystic arts. As it stands currently, Rotten Tomatoes has the Sorcerer Supreme notching a phenomenal 90% from the critics and 91% from the users. Initial projections had Doctor Strange opening this weekend between $65 and $70 million, however, the film’s $9.4 million from Thursday night previews (more than both Ant-Man and Thor: The Dark World) suggested the number could be even higher.
With Thursday night previews normally accounting for 30-35% of a film’s Friday gross, it was expected that Doctor Strange could nab $26-31 million on its opening day. For comparison, Marvel’s last November release, Thor: The Dark World, opened to just shy of $32 million on Friday, before grossing $85 million in its opening weekend. Well, the numbers are in, and Doctor Strange has surpassed the God of Thunder’s opening day tally.