May 10, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST
May 10, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST
Can a Doctor Strange-centric "Defenders" movie that fits into what Marvel is now calling the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” finally be in the works?... SHIELD pulls together a paranormal special ops team after the Military/SHIELD/NASA made contact with a "Beyonder" (or Celestial, some sort of "magical" trans-dimensional entity, perhaps an Asgardian?) SHIELD realizes it doesn't have the capabilities to ascertain if this “thing” is a threat or not. Thus sets the premise for the Defenders movie, where the use of occult, fringe science, brains, and brawn are employed to defeat a multi-dimensional and or “secret invasion” cosmic threat to save the day in such a way that Avengers cannot. The team that SHIELD assembles to defend us from such an invader will be a group of eccentric scientist/academia types culled to form the "Defenders", the oddball counterpoint to the distinguished Avengers team. Project "Defenders" will be the “Twilight Zone” of the new Marvel movie franchises; they want it to be less of an action movie and have more of a creepy thriller type of vibe to it. The Defender operatives will consist of group leader - the brilliant Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange former neurosurgeon turned renowned occultist scholar and “metaphysicist” (character to be loosely based around Aleister Crowley/Terence McKenna eccentric by way of Robert Langdon), Namor McKenzie (Sub-Mariner, the superhuman Jacques-Yves Cousteau by way of Rudolf Steiner, believes he’s the literal Prince of Atlantis) , Dr. Robert Bruce Banner (Hulk, brilliant “omnidisciplinary” scientist, the world’s greatest expert on gamma radiation… need we say more?), Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym (Ant-Man, MIT professor renowned quantum physicist), and his partner Janet Van Dyne(Wasp, one-time student to Pym now associate, extremely bright but introverted Lady Gaga “individualist” type). Themes incorporated into Defenders movie include motifs from the bestselling magical/occult/secret society Dan Brown books, along with themes from the more recent Marvel series involving Secret [link removed] storylines (specifically the newer S.H.I.E.L.D. 2010 comic series). They'll be looking for lean lesser-known actors to play non-super hero type characters, and there are ruminations that Strange may be pushed forward to play a crucial role as catalyst to merge the magical other-dimensional realms like Asgard into the more "realistic" Iron Man universe. Questions remain about the timeline and release of the Doctor Strange character into the big screen. Will we see Doctor Strange in a smallish part for the upcoming Avengers movie helping to usher in the “magical” component onto the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Or will Strange remain left out of the Avengers universe altogether for now, and another plot device or character be used to infuse the “magical elements” instead of him?... They are determined to bring on Dr. Strange movie post Ant-Man, the question remains will Strange remain side-lined for now? Some at Marvel are extremely hush-hush as plot points, characters as well as want-lists that are still being hashed-out for upcoming films, others think it’s good to gauge public opinion about what properties the public truly cares for and how they can be incorporated to the larger Marvel Movie-verse whilst staying true to the premise of the characters. Some of us like me see the potential and are really pushing for a Doctor Strange-centric Defenders movie but more importantly having Strange play a pivotal if not smallish role in the upcoming Avengers movie.
May 10, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST
by Olsen Twins_Fan
May 10, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST
Let's actually have an ending that doesn't suck ass
May 10, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST
I have never seen a more sorry, lame looking bunch of comics in my life.
May 10, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST
Somewhere the 90's still live...
May 10, 2010, 8 p.m. CST
Cheeky - she's either pulling that sword out of her ass or trying to get her skimpy costume to ride up her crack even more. Either way, I love it!
May 11, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST
I can understand a Hillary, Sarah Palin, and maybe even a Sonja Sotamayor comic - but a vampire writer rates? Even a popular one - c'mon. Do people read these, wouldn't some female athlete or soldier or scientist be a better choice?
May 11, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST
by Buzz Maverik
...as a the ultimate Defenders fan, as well as being a fan of the Ultimate Defenders, I have to say that the Defenders aren't really SHIELD types. They don't even want to work with each other. They're more like "We got it done, I hope I never see any of you again and if I do it may not be as friends."
May 11, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST
by Buzz Maverik
...Marvel Studios has done the Hulk and the Silver Surfer. I can see them adding a Dr. Strange and Sub Mariner. They could bring back Scarlett Jo as a renegade Black Widow who has split from SHIELD with her protege Hawkeye.