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Benedict Cumberbatch Refuses To Confirm ‘Doctor Strange 2’

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Doctor Strange introduced us to one of the most exciting of the second generation of Avengers in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Master of the Mystic Arts. He continued to entertain in his cameo in Thor: Ragnarok and in just a couple of weeks we’ll see him stand alongside the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War. But what’s next for the sorcerer after that? Can we expect a Doctor Strange 2?

When asked this sticky question by Radio Times, Cumberbatch wouldn’t confirm that a sequel to his 2016 solo movie is even possible. After all, every hero’s fate in Infinity War is up in the air and the actor hinted that he’s not contractually obliged to appear in a second standalone film.

“I know the latest is that I might not make it out of this film alive… It said at the end of the first film, if I’m right, “Doctor Strange will be back.” I have been back in Thor: Ragnarok and obviously in this film so there is nothing to say, either contractually or otherwise, that he’s coming back again.”

Cumberbatch is doing an admirable job of making sure he’s revealing as few spoilers for Infinity War as possible here. The star is probably used to it by now, too, after working on multiple high-demand projects like Sherlock and Star Trek. Let’s be honest for a second, though, we all know that Stephen Strange is almost certainly going to survive into Marvel’s Phase Four.

Likewise, at this point we’ve heard too much about Doctor Strange 2 for it not to happen. Director Scott Derrickson is believed to be returning, while screenwriter C. Robert Cargill has also teased that he would like to include comic book villain Nightmare in a sequel. That said, Marvel chief Kevin Feige has warned that it wouldn’t be coming for a while, so that probably means we shouldn’t expect it until 2020 or 2021.

In the meantime, Doctor Strange will return in Avengers: Infinity War when it hits cinemas on April 27th.

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The Nun Tracking For Impressive $32M+ Opening Weekend

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Warner Bros.’ might have an early Halloween treat on their hands, with their Conjuring-adjacent fright-flick The Nun on track to earn $32 million domestically in its opening weekend, with some outlets even predicting as high as $37 million.

For a low-budget, concept-driven horror, those are good numbers, and will comfortably turn the studio a profit. The Nun, a spinoff from The Conjuring 2, will be set in 1950s Romania and follow a Catholic priest and a novitiate as they investigate the apparent suicide of a nun. Collectively, the Conjuring shared universe has currently generated WB over $1 billion.

Though a $32M-$37M opening would indeed set off some smiles in the studio boardroom, it’s unlikely that The Nun will match the numbers of the same weekend last year, which saw director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King classic It smash box office records and generate $123 million in its opening weekend.

The Nun stars Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Jonny Coyne, Charlotte Hope, Demian Bichir, and Jonas Bloquet. It has been directed by Corin Hardy, and is due for release in UK cinemas on the 7th of September, rated 15.

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The Meg Nets Over $200M Worldwide, Now 3rd-Highest Grossing Shark Film Of All Time

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After just one week at the global box office, Jason Statham-vehicle The Meg has chomped $213.4 million for itself on an estimated budget of $150 million.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), Warner Bros.’ The Meg follows a team of scientists working together to take down a 70-foot prehistoric shark known as the Carcharodon Megalodon – or, The Meg. The picture has now become the third-highest grossing shark film of all time, unadjusted for inflation, behind 2004’s animated family comedy Shark Tale ($367.3M) and Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws ($470.7M).

Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose and Winston Chao all co-star with Statham in the project, which currently has a 4.6 score on Metacritic, and a 6.2 User Review score on IMDb. Warner Bros. are reportedly thrilled at the flick’s overperformance, especially in China where Bingbing is a household name – yet another modern example of Hollywood prioritising the emerging mega-market of the Middle Kingdom and it paying off in droves.

The Meg is in UK cinemas now, rated 12A.

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‘Millie Bobby Brown Voicing A VR Experience For Darren Aronofsky’ Is The Most 2018 Headline You’ll Read Today

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Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown has signed on to narrate the second ‘episode’ in a three-part virtual reality experience entitled Spheres, from creative auteur Darren Aronofsky.

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) lent her voice to the first episode, which was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival. The third episode premiered before the second, at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was narrated by Patti Smith (Song to Song). Aronofsky has produced the series, which is described as a ‘virtual journey’ – because of course it is – and is based on the famous ‘Pale Blue Dot‘ image of Earth, taken by the Voyager 1 probe in 1990. All three episodes were directed by up-and-comer Eliza McNitt (Fistful of Stars).

The series will be shown off for the first time in its entirety at the Venice Film Festival, as part of the event’s virtual reality section, from the 29th of August until the 8th of September. Spheres will be released to the public on the Oculus VR system following the culmination of the VFF.

Millie Bobby Brown can next be seen in Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, due on the 31st May next year.

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