Friday, October 17, 2014

Some "Strange" Misinformation

There seems to be a lot of misinformation on just about every subject out there.

Whether it's opinion refuting scientific evidence or just "a gut feeling" in contrast to common sense, we've all been inundated with talk about Ebola (how quickly can/will it spread), ISIS (how quickly can/will it spread), or GMOs in the food we consume, like butter (how quickly can/will it spread).

It seems nothing has had more misinformation lately that comic book movies. 
COMIC BOOK movies?!? 
I know, scary, right?

Last week Iron Man 4 was confirmed. Then denied. Then confirmed. Then denied again.
Recasting for the 3rd Avengers movie was revealed. Then retracted (kind of...)
Spiderman coming back to Marvel Films...then not.
DC Comics laid out it's film agenda for the next half decade!

It seems anything you see or hear about Comic Book films at this point, is just Fanboy speculation, including the casting of Doctor Strange.

Who is Doctor Strange, you ask?

Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange is a Marvel comic book character created by the infamous Stan Lee & Steve Ditko. He is the Sorcerer Supreme. Think David Copperfield with less rape allegations.

Doctor Strange has been on the scene since debuting in 1963.

Not interested? Keep this in mind, if you're not a Comic Book fan, you likely never even heard of Iron Man until Robert Downey, Jr agreed to don the suit. So stop being so judgey!

Since this summer a ton of popular actors have been named as the front runners to play the good Doctor in the upcoming Marvel Film adapted from the comic. So many, that is seems almost ridiculous at this point:

Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey, fresh off his Academy Award win for Best Actor (Dallas Buyers Club) and his critical success in True Detective, would see to be a front runner in such a race.

Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling, has had great performances in recent films such as Drive & Blue Valentine, he might be a bit young, but he definitely has brooding down.

Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke, there's nothing genetically inferior about the star of Gattica, at 43 he might be perfect for the role of Strange.

Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor, no stranger to the world of GEEKDOM having already played Obi Wan in the much maligned Star Wars prequels, McGregor is all to aware of the wrath that the fans can reap on you.

Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac, though not quite the household name of his competition, perhaps that slight bit of anonymity is enough to help the Inside Llewyn Davis actor win the part.

Those are 5 solid names. BUT they aren't even the tip of the iceberg that is Hollywood Casting.

Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal, Donnie Darko himself has been discussed.

If that doesn't do it for you, how about Jordon Catalano?

Jared Leto
The ever dreamy, Jared Leto.

In a recent Reddit AMA session, even Neo expressed interest in taking the red pill.

Keanu Reeves

Other names suggested by Empire Online include:

1. Patrick Dempsey
2. Adrien Brody
3. Oded Fehr
4. Joseph Fiennes
5. Aiden Gillen
6. Liam Neeson
7. John Cusack
8. Viggo Mortensen
9. Matthew MacFadyen
10. Stephen Dorff

Meaning ANYONE is a potential candidate. Whoever is hot at the moment, is likely to be cast. So I have a suggestion...

Why not cast Ebola?

Hear me out:

From 1996-2001, Robert Downey, Jr was a public relations nightmare. He had numerous drug-related arrests and a quick look at IMDB shows his career was no longer much to talk of. 

He landed a steady gig in 2001 on Alli MacBeal, but it wasn't until 2005's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang that his critics started to come back around.

His run as Iron Man starting in 2008, cemented him back into the Hollywood elite... why not Ebola?

Though it is recently suspected by some that Ebola might have been what we now refer to as The Black Death, it first emerged in Sudan and Zaire in 1973. It was named after the Ebola River in Zaire (don't fucking swim in that shit!)

That first outbreak only effected 284 people (like an indie film!) then a couple months later a second outbreak occurred (strong word of mouth!) effecting 318 people. The mortality rate rose from 53% to 88%. Think of it as a kind of Rotten Tomato..but it's a REALLY fucking Rotten Tomato!

The virus would disappear (perhaps doing local theater) until it reemerged in Reston, VA in 1989. Though a few people were infected with EBOR (seroconverted), no one ever developed EHF or the Ebola hemorrhagic fever. This is tough to's like "box office points on the back end." No one really understands them, you just hope you don't end up bleeding from your asshole.

Ebola would have one more "pop" in 1994, but this was short lived, like a Fox television series.

And now it's back and already getting the STAR treatment with private jets taking it all around the world!

Perhaps we'll soon see it hanging off the arm of Paris Hilton, or another Hollywood Starlet.

I can't wait to see what it wears on the red carpet for opening night!

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