Strange Deadfellows1 of 12Last week, comic book fans got a Christmas present from 20th Century Fox in the form of a new Deadpool trailer. This week, Marvel delivered a belated gift by releasing the firstofficial images of Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Doctor Strange.
And between those two things, there’s a lot to see. Between hints about the universe Deadpool occupies, and some surprising choices for Doctor Strange, there are plenty of details to be gleaned about both films. Fortunately, Newsarama has done the hard work of picking out the most important bits, and we’ve got them here for you now.
So, without further ado, we present ten things we learned from the new Deadpool trailer, and the first official Doctor Strange images.
X-MEN REFERENCE2 of 12Director Tim Miller revealed some time ago that Deadpool would have connections to the X-Men film universe – Colossus is in the movie, after all – but this latest trailer reveals that this version of Deadpool has already dealt with the team, and that he and Piotr even know each other – at least by reputation.
But that does raise the question – is this Wade Wilson a mutant? The story presented in the trailer makes it seem as though his abilities come from genetic manipulation, but will his healing factor come directly from this experimentation, or will an already present mutant ability simply be augmented by it?
It’s also important to note that, aside from the very end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool marks the first glimpse of the somewhat re-written present day status quo of the X-Men film universe.
FUNNY MAN3 of 12A sense of humor may seem like a weird thing to receive an origin story, but Wade Wilson’s unique, fourth-wall breaking perspective has an unlikely comic book history – one that’s unlikely to be repeated onscreen. But Wade’s trademark sensibilities seem to be intact in Deadpool nonetheless, and, unlike in comic books, they don’t necessarily seem like the by-product of his genetic tampering.
This trailer shows that even before his transformation, Wade Wilson has a scathing wit – see his “infomercial” line – that’s likely only exacerbated by being driven crazy by the experiments performed on him. And that’s good, because that sense of humor is an essential part of Deadpool’s character and appeal.
NEGASONIC TEENAGE WARHEAD4 of 12Most viewers of the Deadpool trailer likely aren’t too familiar with Negasonic Teenage Warhead, as slightly obscure mutant from Grant Morrison’s New X-Men. In fact, Deadpool’s writers said that they chose to use her based solely on her name, from a list of available mutants.
And though her look in the film is fairly close to her goth-ed out appearance in comic books, Miller has stated they gave her powers a complete overhaul in an interview with Empire.
"Her power, I mean, we chose her because we wanted a trainee for Colossus in the film and the writers and I just fell in love with her name. It’s just so out there and so Deadpool and it was Grant Morrison who named her, so we knew we had to get her in there. And then we thought, well, we’re going to need to make her powers fit with who she feels like she is in the movie and so to me it’s just like other characters in the Marvel universe, like Nitro, for instance, whose power is to just explode parts of their body. But we did try to do it so that it wasn’t just a simple, ‘oh, I can explode’, she can transfer the force of the explosion down so she can move upwards - she can put it into a punch if she wanted to. So it was really just her fist exploding as she hit somebody. we tried to mix it up, even though we didn’t use that particular thing in the movie, but it was the idea. Actually, we did use it in the movie, it’s just not in the movie now!"
ADULTS ONLY5 of 12Those brave enough to watch the “red band” version of the latest Deadpool trailer certainly noticed there’s no lack of violence, mayhem, and carnage in the film, to say nothing of the language and sex. So when Deadpool flaunts its “R” rating, it’s not just a technicality – it’s a well-earned ranking of its content.
So does Deadpool’s willingness to cross that line mean that there could be a dark side of the X-Men film universe that will be explored in upcoming films? The long-in-development X-Force movie is said by creator Rob Liefeld to feature Deadpool himself – could that film be more connected -- both character and ratings wise -- to Deadpool than X-Men? And will Deadpool’s “R” rating open the door for more superhero style movies in that wheelhouse?
COPYCAT6 of 12Wade’s girlfriend Vanessa, the driving force behind his adventure in this film, is none other than Copycat, taken directly from X-Force comic books – though according to Tim Miller, she won’t show off her shape-shifting abilities in Deadpool.
But that doesn’t mean she can’t kick ass. As she says in the trailer, she’s no damsel in distress. From the looks of things, she’s got some serious skills of her own. Whether she picked that up from Wade, learned it herself, or has some innate skill remains to be seen.
And remember, in comic books for a time Vanessa also masqueraded as Domino in X-Force.
MARROW7 of 12Deadpool will introduce several new mutants into the X-Men film canon, including Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Copycat, and a new version of Colossus. But is that another X-Man we spotted hiding out in the trailer?
The young lady around the one-minute mark with with bony spines sticking out of her back bears more than a passing resemblance to Marrow, the one-time Morlock, Horseman to Apocalypse, and former X-Man whose mutant power is spontaneous, weaponized bone growths.
But if this is Marrow, will it be a simple cameo, or will she play a surprise role in the film?
DOCTOR WHO?8 of 12Judging by the concept art of Strange laying in a hospital bed with his damaged hands, and the set photos we’ve seen of the character wandering the streets of Nepal juxtaposed with his much sleeker look as the fully realized Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange could take place over many years and multiple eras.
And that makes sense. While we likely won’t see a full origin story in Doctor Strange, it’s very possible we’ll flashback to his years in training with the Ancient One. After all, it takes time to go from being a surgeon with damaged hands to being the greatest wizard on Earth.
THE ASTRAL PLANE9 of 12Another piece of concept art revealed in the new batch of pictures also appears to show the Astral Plane, a separate dimension of magic Strange often journeys to in comic books which holds its share of magical wonders.
Psychedelic exploration is an important part of Doctor Strange’s mythos, and from the look of things, that aspect of the character will be intact when he makes it to film. In fact, this rendering of what may be the Astral Plane is fairly close to its depiction in classic comic books.
SANCTUM SANCTORUM10 of 12It may just be official concept art, but the recent crop of images also revealed Doctor Strange’s home base, his Sanctum Santorum. And it looks like it’s fully stocked.
From the infamous cloak of levitation, to numerous other magical artifacts and ephemera, Strange’s mystical manor looks like a treasure trove akin to Odin’s armory in the first Thor film. And that’s a good scene for the Sorcerer Supreme, Marvel’s premiere magic user and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s introduction to its mystical side.
SHARP-DRESSED MAN11 of 12The main thing to absorb from the Doctor Strange images released this week is Benedict Cumberbatch’s appearance as the lead character – an appearance that borrows heavily from comic books.
Traditionally, Marvel Studios hasn’t shied away from coming pretty close to its comic book looks for its characters; though when it comes to Strange, a puffy blue shirt and a wild crimson cape may strain even the most faithful viewer’s acceptance. And yet, here we are, with the tunic and cape intact for the film.
Sure, his tunic doesn’t sport the iconic sigil of Watoomb, and his cape’s collar is closer to the shorter version designed by Chris Bachalo in his latest ongoing series, but the fact that his look comes so close to what’s on the page is not just stunning, but exciting.
And hey, he’s got the white side streaks and mountebank-like mustache intact.
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