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This Is The MCU: T.I. Joins ‘Antman’; ‘Doctor Strange’ To Skip Origin Story

So…both of these headlines have left me scratching my head.

Therefore, allow me to do this:

Not sure if random or random.

Anyways, let us get to the stories at hand:

T.I. Joins Antman…along with many others.

Recently, Marvel released a press lease that not only revealed the full cast of the upcoming film Antman, but also revealed the synopsis for the forever-in-flux (until now, that is) production.

Among the full cast is rapper T.I. (say whaaaat?) and John Slattery (who played Howard Stark in Iron Man 2). While, Slattery is presumably reprising his role as Howard Stark at some point in the film, I am curious to see what role T.I. is playing. As long as it is not “Gangster #1”, I’ll be fine

That among other things.

Here are both reveals from Marvel’s press release:

Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” “HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world (Marvel).


I would hate to live in the MCU. The “world” is FOREVER in peril.

Who do the people of Marvel (I.e. f*cking New York) do it?

Moving on, I’m not all that hype about this film, but hopefully this news serves to reassure all the Antman fans out there.

You’re welcome.

Doctor Strange film to completely bypass Strange’s origin story.

Again, say whaaat?

Yes, really. I think.

So, here’s the thing: since such news has been confirmed by Marvel’s head honchos yet, I am inclined to give it some much-earned side-eye. However, since it is coming from Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci, I am also inclined to give it some credence.

Let’s call this…a strong-ass rumor.

Moving on, Faraci recently hypothesized that the upcoming Doctor Strange film (which is being spearheaded by director Scott Derrickson and screenwriter Jon Spaihts) will skip over the titular character’s origin story and fast forward to the part where Stephen Strange is already kicking mystical ass and taking names as Sorcerer Supreme of the known universe.

Color me strange (see what I did there? Oh, come on! That was awesome), but I don’t think that is necessarily a bad idea. While I would like to see a movie on his origins, I don’t necessarily need one.

Guess I’m down for this.

I mean, his story is pretty straight forward:

Boy meets world. Boy becomes egotistical and narcissistic neurosurgeon (Tony Stark, is that you…again?). Boy gets into car accident. Boy damages life-saving hands. Boy doesn’t want to become a lame professor and expends an excessive amount of money in his quest to fix his shaky hands. Boy finds no solution. Boy becomes homeless. Boy somehow makes it to Tibe—excuse me—the Himalayas where he finds the Ancient One. Boy is refused help by the Ancient One because of his aforementioned narcissism until Boy saves the Ancient One’s life from his student-turned-villain, Baron Mordo (movie Bane, is that you?) Boy proves himself to the Ancient One and is taught badass, mystical arts as a result.


So, maybe it’s not that straightforward. But in any case, I just caught you up.

You’re welcome. Again.

Faraci went on to explain:

 “Marvel’s new thing is no more origin stories. So, ‘Doctor Strange’ movie no longer has an origin” (Screen Crush).


I guess we won’t know anything concrete until Marvel says something. Let’s hope they say something soon.

Expect Doctor Strange to hit theaters sometime during 2016 or 2017.


Source: Screen Crush,, Badass Digest

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