As Marvel Stuidos’ first Phase 3 film, Captain America: Civil War, continues its impressive box office run, attention is beginning to turn to what’s next. Doctor Strange will be in theaters in just over 4 months and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just completed principal photography last week and will now go into post-production ahead of its release in May 2017.
Even as anticipation for those two films builds, the mystery surrounding them both remains. Very little is known about either film, including the roles of much of the cast, especially in comparison to Thor: Ragnarok for which a full cast reveal was released. We do, however, now have updated synopses for both Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We’ve listed both of them below, old over new, so you can compare for yourselves:
Doctor Strange, in theaters November 4, 2016:
“Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.
As you can see, the new synopsis adds some details, but not much in the way of hints as to the film’s plot. The addition of “metaphysical abilities and artifacts” is a nice touch, but something fans of Doctor Strange would expect.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in theaters May 5, 2017:
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
This update doesn’t provide any direct information about what new characters we can expect or who Kurt Russell might be playing, but it does tease an interesting possibility that’s been an increasingly popular fan theory over the past several months. While we know nearly nothing about the film’s central plot outside of the search for Quill’s father, there have been enough little bread crumbs falling to piece together a trail that some believe leads to the original 31st Century Guardians of the Galaxy appearing in the film.
Descriptions of Sylvester Stallone‘s character though linked to a Nova Corps officer could easily have referred to Charlie-27 and Sharon Stone‘s continued teases about her as yet to be revealed role in a Marvel film have led some, including us, to believe she might be appearing as Nikki Gold. Adding support to the theory, many have long believed that Quill’s father, played by Russell, will be revealed as Starhawk. With Yondu already in the mix, that leaves only Martinex and Vance Astro, both of whom could be entirely CG characters, to complete the original team.
Could this synopsis be alluding the OG Guardians as the “fan-favorite characters from the classic comics”, or is that simply referring to confirmed characters like Mantis and the kinda-sorta confirmed Kismet (also the mother of Starhawk…)? Obviously there’s no way to know, but those invested in the belief that the 31st Century Guardians will make an appearance (something teased in bits and pieces over the years by Gunn) will certainly look at that comment as further supporting evidence.
With both films set to have a presence at SDCC ’16, coming up July 21st-24th, and likely to show some type of footage, it’s possible that the veil may be pulled back just a little and shed some light on these mysterious upcoming offerings.
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