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Who could Chiwetel Ejiofor play in 'Doctor Strange'?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor is the latest highly-respected actor to be pursued by a movie studio for a role in a superhero film—that film being Marvel’s Doctor Strange. If the report is true—and even if it is, the deal is supposedly in its earliest stages—it would certainly raise the film’s profile significantly. Which is a good thing when your subject matter is as abstract and weird as Doctor Strange. (Neither Marvel nor Ejiofor has yet responded to EW’s request for comment.)

But who would Ejiofor play in the film?

Speculation abounds—especially since THR called the Strange role a leading one, then offered three possible suggestions: villain Baron Mordo, Strange’s mentor The Ancient One, or Strange’s assistant Wong. Meanwhile, Bleeding Cool points out that comics speculators seem to believe Ejiofor would play Brother Voodoo, another mystic hero in the Marvel Universe who goes on to briefly replace Stephen Strange as Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme.

Let’s break these down, one at a time:

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'Secret Wars' will be the end of the Marvel Universe as we know it

Like the modern movie industry, the comics industry is really big on announcing things. Nary a month goes by without some comics publisher somewhere (usually Marvel or DC) announcing something. ‘Here’s a big title you should totally be excited about!’ they say. But ask them questions—as one is wont to do when a Big Exciting Announcement is made—and then they get really gun shy. “Wait and see,” they say. Because they actually are going to answer your question, eventually. Just in the form of another announcement.

Ever since last October’s New York Comic-Con, Marvel’s Big Announcement was Secret Wars, a particularly loaded phrase in Marvel Comics history since it is also the name of a massive 1984 series that—despite literally being a giant toy ad—was actually pretty effective at getting people into comics. But after that announcement was made, Marvel went silent on the matter, effectively telling fans to talk amongst themselves while they slowly released a bunch of mysterious teasers. Said teasers were eventually kind of explained, even if that explanation didn’t really make sense.

Today, January 20, 2015, is the day Marvel has chosen as the day things are allowed to make sense. Here is the secret behind Secret Wars:

They’re going to destroy the Marvel Universe.

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'Age of Ultron' in May? Get hyped about 'Avengers' comics NOW

For the past three weeks, we have all been living in the same year that the next Avengers movie is supposed to come out—which means it is officially time to Get Hyped (and stay hyped for about four and a half more months). But what if you could get hyped about a really good Avengers story right now?

For the past two years, writer Jonathan Hickman—along with a rotating roster of artists including Jerome Opeña, Michael Deodato, and Stefano Casseli—has been constructing a superhero epic that’s perfectly suited for a 2015 audience. Like the most irresistibly bingeworthy shows, Hickman’s Avengers pulls you forward with a grim sense of foreboding, giving you just enough to know that its heroes are slowly speeding toward tragedy—while readers try and piece together the ways in which everything will fall apart.

With its current story arc, called “Time Runs Out,” that fall is creeping closer every month, which makes now the perfect time to catch up.

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Entertainment Geekly: How many 'X-Men' films is too many 'X-Men' films?

X-Men: Days of Future Past wasn’t just a success. It was a resurrection, or maybe an exorcism. In the decade after X2, Fox had produced four movies about Marvel’s mutants. Two of the movies were terrible but popular; two of the movies were very good but financially disappointing. None of the latter X films had produced anything like The Dark Knight or The Avengers or even The Amazing Spider-Man—movies that defined the zeitgeist, movies that made mega-blockbuster money. Before 2014, no X-Men movie had ever broken the $500 million mark. This doesn’t seem like it should matter, but boy does it matter. READ FULL STORY

DC announces week four of 'Convergence': Pre-Crisis fans, rejoice

For the past month, DC Entertainment has been slowly rolling out details about Convergence, the publisher’s massive 2015 crossover event. Beginning in April, all of DC’s ongoing comic books will go on hiatus for two months; they’ll be replaced by 40 two-part miniseries that will debut 10 at a time for four weeks. Each of these miniseries will run alongside a main Convergence miniseries, which will carry the bulk of the crossover’s narrative weight.

Thus far, it’s broken down like this: Week One focuses on the DC Universe before the New 52 reboot. Week Two is more of a ’90s kick. Week Three focuses squarely on the 80s. And for Week Four, announced today, we’ll be seeing characters from across the multiverse as it existed before DC’s very first reboot: Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Read on for more details and some exclusive preview art.
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Marvel announces 'Howard the Duck' by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones

Guardians of the Galaxy was great and all, but how about that post-credits scene? You know, the one with the anthropomorphic duck? What’s his deal?

Glad you asked. Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerick, Howard the Duck is one of the strangest and most subversive characters in the Marvel canon—that unfortunately is mostly known from a terrible film in the 1980s. But, as the old saying goes, the road to redemption starts after the credits of a blockbuster movie—and Marvel is bringing Howard back in a big way. This Spring, the publisher will launch Howard the Duck, a new ongoing comic-book series by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones in which the talking duck from another planet sets up shop in the Marvel Universe as a private investigator.

Fans of Sex Criminals already know that Chip Zdarsky is one of the funniest people in comics, and Joe Quinones’ fun, clean artwork is a great fit for the off-beat comedy of Howard. To get a feel of what to expect when the book launches, EW interviewed Zdarsky and Quinones about the series.

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Christopher Nolan wrote an 'Interstellar' comic about a certain spoiler's backstory

Want more Interstellar? You’re in luck—today, you can experience an entire lost chapter of the film, thanks to a new short comic written by Christopher Nolan himself. Illustrated by the award-winning team of Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth (The Wake, Chrononauts), the short takes place in some spoiler-heavy territory, so click through (and read below) at your own risk.

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Watch the creators of 'Sex Criminals' give their best dating advice

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What comes to mind when someone tells you to read a comic called Sex Criminals? Do you expect a very sincere and heartfelt story about relationships and connection, that also happens to be hysterically funny? Because that’s what you’d get. One of the joys of reading Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s highly recommended and critically successful comic is the way it toys with your expectations—it’s humane, relatable, and earnest instead of titillating, and as a result, Fraction and Zdarsky have quickly built a large fanbase who proudly call themselves “Brimpers.” (Read the book. You’ll get it.)

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Adopting hope: Rick Remender on 'All-New Captain America'

On sale this Wednesday, All-New Captain America #1 marks the beginning of Sam Wilson’s tenure as Captain America. Following last month’s Captain America #25, former Captain America Steve Rogers has named the hero formerly known as The Falcon as his successor after an encounter with a villain known as The Iron Nail removed the Super Soldier serum from his blood, rendering him an old man. With a new Cap comes a new comic book series and creative team. While Captain America writer Rick Remender is staying on board, he’s joined by Stuart Immonen on pencils, Wade Von Grawbadger on inks, and Marte Garcia and Eduardo Navarro on colors.

To get a feel for what to expect, EW spoke with writer Rick Remender about Sam Wilson’s upcoming tenure as Captain America, and the reaction he’s gotten following the announcement that Wilson, and African-American character, would be taking on the role. Read on for the interview and an exclusive first look at the cover art to All-New Captain America #4.

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'Big Hero 6' strays far from its source material -- and that's great

Big Hero 6 is the first Disney film based on a Marvel comic, but the marketing campaign isn’t making a big deal out of it. That’s by design—the studio intentionally sought out an obscure property so they could make it their own, free of any sort of expectation from audiences. This strategy shows in the final product: While the film’s characters do have comic book counterparts, they are very, very different from their predecessors. And the film is so much better for it.

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