Doctor Strange Breaks Marvel Box Office Record with $600M Worldwide

Marvel may be taking risks more often in the future, because they are really starting to pay off. Doctor Strange has now grossed more than $600 million worldwide and similar to movies like Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy before it, was considered to be a bit of a risk and was definitely outside the norm for comic book movies. It turns out, audiences like a little bit (or in this case a lot bit) of Strange.

According to Box Office Mojo, Marvel Studios’ latest Doctor Strange is just shy of $616 million worldwide, after adding to its total over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Domestically, the movie has already grossed more than $200 million, after adding another $13 million over the weekend. That puts it over other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies like The Incredible Hulk ($135 million}, Captain America: The First Avenger ($177 million), Ant-Man ($180 million) and Thor ($181 million). Worldwide, it has also already passed all of those movies total box office hauls, in addition to Iron Man, which kicked off the MCU and made $585 million worldwide.

After the Thanksgiving weekend, Doctor Strange now has a pretty major claim to fame in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is now the highest grossing debut solo movie in the MCU. The previous record holder was Iron Man. The highest debut for a standalone franchise in the MCU was Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2014, which managed to gross a very impressive $773 million worldwide. That record is still very much in sight for Doctor Strange, especially when considering that the movie still has to open in Japan, which won’t happen until January 27. As Marvel Studios, and Disney as a whole has proved, these movies tend to perform very well overseas.

Doctor Strange had helped propel Disney to unprecedented levels of success this year at the box office. The studio recently crossed $6 billion at the global box office for the year, aided by director Scott Derrickson and star Benedict Cumberbatch, who have turned out to be a pretty magical combination. Having the Marvel name attached certainly didn’t hurt anything, but considering the level of success this movie is enjoying, which is even more impressive when considering the character was relatively unknown by anyone outside of the hardcore comic book community. With the help of Doctor Strange, in addition to Moana and the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney could be looking at the all-time record for a single year. That currently belongs to Universal, who brought in an unbelievable take just shy of $7 billion.

Next up for Marvel Studios will be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017, followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, 2017, and Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017. Coincidentally, Thor: Ragnarok will feature the character of Doctor Strange in what seems like it will be a little more than your standard Marvel cameo. Maybe he can give a little bit of his box office magic to the Thor franchise as well. Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen and is in theaters now.

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X-23's Origins Teased in Latest Logan Photo

For the past few months, the official Instagram from the highly-anticipated Logan has been sending out a slew of mysterious photos from this movie. While some are merely portraits of actors such as Patrick Stewart, others are quite cryptic, such as the image of the bullet-riddled limousine that many believe could be a hint that Patrick Stewart’s Professor X may be killed off. Today we have yet another mysterious image that may provide hint at X-23’s origins.

The Instagram photo doesn’t actually show actress Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney, a.k.a X-23, but it does feature a number of supplies, including one device which may actually be used to inject mutant powers into X-23. You may recall that, during the post-credits sequence of X-Men: Apocalypse, a mystery man was seen taking a vial of Wolverine’s blood, which may be used to create the mutant clone X-23.

The first trailer for Logan debuted last month, which showed Wolverine squaring off against the Reavers in El Paso, Texas. Earlier Instagram photos confirmed that the story takes place in El Paso, and there had been rumors that Logan has taken a job driving a limousine, which we had seen in earlier set photos, riddled with bullet holes. Director James Mangold confirmed this story takes place in the future, “passed the point of the epilogue of Days Of Future Past.”

The movie will be partially based on the iconic Old Man Logan comics, with Logan (Hugh Jackman) losing his mutant healing abilities. The previous photos revealed through social media featured Stephen Merchant’s Caliban, Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and one of the Reavers, played by Stephen Dunlevy. There have also been a slew of cryptic images featuring various locations around El Paso, Texas, and what is believed to be a glimpse at the comic book character Arcade.

The cast also includes Boyd Holbrook as the villainous Donald Pierce, along with Richard E. Grant and Eriq La Salle in unspecified roles. James Mangold directs from a script by David James Kelly and Michael Green. Take a look at the latest in a series of mysterious photos from Logan below, as we get closer and closer to the March 3, 2017 release date.

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First Footage from James Gunn's The Belko Experiment Arrives

We are all eagerly awaiting the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but James Gunn has a little something else up his sleeve and it is coming out very soon. The Belko Experiment, a horror thriller from the mind of James Gunn, is set to debut in March and we now have our first look at it. Blumhouse has released a brief tease for the upcoming first trailer, which is set to debut on Wednesday.

The studio and the team behind the movie have been teasing the arrival of the trailer for a few days. James Gunn took to his Twitter to give fans this brief tease until the full trailer for The Belko Experiment arrives later in the week. The movie was directed by Greg McLean, who directed the cult favorite Wolf Creek and has a lot of experience in the horror genre. The project also has producer Peter Safran, who produced The Conjuring and Annabelle. James Gunn has a lot of genre experience as well, so this could wind up being a sneaky hit early next year.

“The full #BelkoExperiment trailer coming in a few days… but for now here’s a little taste.”

James Gunn is reminding audiences that he has more up his sleeve than just big superhero movies, which he has been mostly known for over the past few years. This horror thriller, which was written and produced by Gunn, was recently acquired by BH Tilt (a division of Blumhouse) and Orion. This release actually marks the official return of Orion studios, as the Guardians of the Galaxy director also teased on his Twitter. The two studios partnered to secure the release of The Belko Experiment after its premiere at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness.

“And, yes, for those of you asking, #TheBelkoExperiment is the proud return of #Orion pictures.”

The Belko Experiment is a movie James Gunn wrote more than ten years ago and just recently got around to finally making, even though he didn’t direct it. The movie tells the story of a twisted social experiment where a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogata, Colombia. They are then ordered by a mysterious voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game where they will have to kill or be killed. The genesis of this incident is heavily teased in this first little bit of footage.

2016 was a very good year for studio horror movies and perhaps movies like this can help keep that going for 2017 as well. The Belko Experiment stars John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Josh Brener and Melonie Diaz as well as James Gunn regulars Michael Rooker and his brother Sean Gunn. The Belko Experiment is set for release on March 17, 2017. Be sure to check out the tease for yourself below and be on the lookout for the full trailer on Wednesday.

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Moana Wins Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office with $55.5M

Heading into this holiday weekend, it was expected that last weekend’s winner, the Harry Potter spin-off, would not repeat at the box office, going up against four high-profile new releases. The box office hit went up against four new titles that all opened in wide release on Wednesday, Disney’s Moana, Paramount’s Allied, Broad Green Pictures’ Bad Santa 2 and 20th Century Fox’s Rules Don’t Apply. As expected, Moana easily took the top spot with a three-day weekend tally of $55.5 million, and a five-day total of $81.1 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Moana opened in 3,875 theaters this weekend, with an impressive $14,329 per-screen average. No budget figures were released for this animated adventure, which came in quite lower than Disney’s hit animated movies such as Frozen ($67.3 million) and Zootopia ($75 million). Both of those films ended up earning over $1 billion worldwide during their full theatrical runs, but it remains to be seen whether or not Moana can reach that box office milestone.

Out of the four new releases, Disney’s animated adventure is by far the most critically-acclaimed, with an amazing 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with just three negative reviews out of 121. Allied is also on the “Fresh” side with a 62% rating, although the other two new releases haven’t fared so well. Rules Don’t Apply falls just barely under the “Fresh” threshold with a 57% rating, while Bad Santa 2 has a 25% rating so far. Last weekend’s winner Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dropped to second place with $45.1 million, dropping just 39.4%, bringing its domestic total to $156.2 million, from a $180 million budget. Marvel’s Doctor Strange only dropped 24.7% to drop to third place with $13.3 million.

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore. Dwayne Johnson leads the voice cast as Maui, with newcomer Auli’i Cravalho voicing the title character. The supporting voice cast is rounded out by Alan Tudyk as Heihei, Nicole Scherzinger as Sina and Jemaine Clement as Tamatoa.

Allied debuted in fourth place with $13 million, earning a middling $4,114 per-screen average from 3,160 theaters, with Arrival rounding out the top 5 with $11.2 million. Allied is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war. The supporting cast includes Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan, Simon McBurney, Matthew Goode, Anton Lesser and Raffey Cassidy.

Bad Santa 2 opened in eighth place with $6.1 million, earning a a paltry $2,091 per-screen average from 2,920 theaters. Bad Santa 2 returns Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton to the screen as America’s favorite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid’ – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity. Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Kathy Bates, as Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke. A super butch super bitch, Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior. Willie is further burdened by lusting after the curvaceous and prim Diane, played by Emmy Award-nominee Christina Hendricks, the charity director with a heart of gold and libido of steel.

Rules Don’t Apply failed to even crack the top 10, opening in 12th place with $1.5 million. The film earned a horrendous $661 per-screen average from 2,382 theaters. Rules Don’t Apply follows the unconventional love story of an aspiring actress (Lily Collins), her determined driver (Alden Ehrenreich), and the eccentric billionaire (Warren Beatty) who they work for. It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her personal driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), only two weeks on the job and also from a religiously conservative background. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have an intimate relationship with a contract actress. But Hughes’ absurd behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.

The top 10 is rounded out by Trolls ($10.3 million), Almost Christmas ($7.6 million), Bad Santa 2 ($6.1 million), Hacksaw Ridge ($5.4 million) and The Edge of Seventeen ($2.9 million). Opening in limited release this weekend was The Weinstein Company’s Lion, which earned $128,368 from four theaters for an impressive $32,092 per-screen average. EuropaCorp’s Miss Sloane earned $63,000 from three theaters for a $31,000 per-screen average. Oscilloscope Pictures’ Always Shine earned just $4,500 from one theaters, while, IFC’s Evolution earned $6,927 from three theaters for a $2,309 per-screen average. No box office data was given for Independent’s Kill Command and Strand’s documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai.

Looking ahead to next weekend, the High Top Releasing thriller Incarnate is the only movie to arrive in wide release, with a slew of films arriving in limited release. Fox Searchlight’s awards contender Jackie arrives alongside Archstone’s drama Anonymous, First Run’s documentary Best and Most Beautiful Things, Magnolia’s horror-thriller The Eyes of My Mother, GVN Releasing’s drama A Girl Like Grace, Distrib Films’ drama In Her Name and IFC’s drama Things to Come will have have limited debuts this weekend. Take a look at the box office estimates for the weekend of November 25, and check back on Tuesday for next week’s predictions.

1 Moana
2 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
3 Doctor Strange
4 Allied
5 Arrival
6 Trolls
7 Almost Christmas
8 Bad Santa 2
9 Hacksaw Ridge
10 The Edge of Seventeen

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Was Newt Scamander at Hogwarts During the Harry Potter Movies?

The Harry Potter wizarding world is alive and well. The final movie in the actual Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, came out back in 2011, but with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling has brought fans back to that world. The story centers on famed Magizoologist Newt Scamander, but as fans have recently pointed out, he was actually featured in a Harry Potter movie quite some time ago. Kind of.

Warner Bros. has been handling the Harry Potter movie franchise from the very beginning and they have treated it very well in the eyes of most fans. The character of Newt Scamander has been around since 2001 when the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was published; a textbook written by the fictional character Newt Scamander (actually written by J.K. Rowling) documenting magical creatures. So there was always a chance he could show up in the movies at some point, and he did. At least in name.

Now that Newt Scamander is the center of attention, it has been pointed out by many fans online that in a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment, he was featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. During the scene when Fred and George Weasley first show Harry the Marauder’s Map, Newt Scamander’s name can be seen on it. Since the map shows the location of every single person at Hogwarts at the given time, that means Newt Scamander was somewhere on the grounds at the school during that time. So, even though he wasn’t featured on screen. Newt Scamander was definitely a part of the Harry Potter universe before this new Fantastic Beasts movie.

It is hard to know whose idea it was to put the little Newt Scamander Easter egg in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, be it J.K. Rowling or director Alfonso Cuaron. Either way, it is definitely a nice little touch, especially now. At the time, Warner Bros. was definitely consulting with J.K. Rowling, but she had only written the books, not the screenplays for the movies. She actually made her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. At the time it could have literally just been a little throwaway thing, but in hindsight, it seems really cool and raises some fun questions. Most importantly, what was Newt doing at Hogwarts in the early 2000s?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place in New York in 1926 and follows Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) as he tries to round up a bunch of magical creatures who manage to get loose in the city. So Newt would be an old man in that timeline, but again, it was probably just a fun little Easter egg. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 is already in the works and is set for release on November 16, 2018, with David Yates returning once again to the director’s chair. You can check out the little clip of the Marauder’s Map from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for yourself below.

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X-Wings Come to the Rescue in Extended Rogue One TV Spot

At first glance, the latest extended TV spot from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would appear to be the same clip released from the ABC Holiday Special revolving around all things Disney. It gives us a fresh look at the new villain Direcor Orson Krennic and turncoat droid K-S2O, along with quite a few explosion-filled action shots. But this particular sneak peek also gives away a potentially big spoiler and one very cool extended moment from a scene we’ve seen plenty of times before.

The two coolest moments involve X-Wing fighters coming to the rescue during the beach raid on Scarif. And we get to see more of blind Chirrut Imwe, played by Donnie Yen, as he takes on a whole platoon of Stromtroopers. He’s in a tight corner, but his best friend Baze Malbus comes to the rescue, proving you always want a trusty blaster at your side. These moments seem like they’d mean more in context watching the film for the first time. And last year, this close to The Force Awakens’ release in theaters, we weren’t given such big moments before the premiere.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, and the screenplay is by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016. The movie is already tracking to be the biggest holiday release of the year, and will pull in more than $100 during its opening weekend. Tickets go on sale this Monday, and there will be advanced showings on Thursday December 15. While we all anxiously wade through these next few days, take a look at this latest sneak peek courtesy of LuscasFilm.

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Suicide Squad Bloopers Show Off Deadshot's Funny Side

Despite getting absolutely thrashed by critics upon arrival, Suicide Squad managed to pull in a pretty penny for Warner Bros. at the box office this year. Now, with the Blu-ray release on the way, the blooper reel for the movie has made its way online. Even if you didn’t love the movie, this should be enough to make you smile.

The blooper reel recently surfaced on YouTube and isn’t overly long, but provides a good look into how it must have been working with this cast behind the scenes. Especially Will Smith, who has a knack for cracking jokes, when he isn’t saving the world or playing a bad guy like Deadshot. Pretty much every one of the central characters from Suicide Squad has a fun moment in the blooper reel. Even Jared Leto gets in on the fun at the very end as Joker.

For all of its perceived faults, Suicide Squad really managed to find a sizable audience, especially considering that many of the characters in the movie, save for The Joker and Harley Quinn, were largely unknown to those who don’t read DC Comic books on a very regular basis. It also didn’t hurt having star power in the form of Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. Many were actually pretty surprised that Leto didn’t have more screen time in the movie, but the recently released extended cut of the movie did include quite a bit more footage of him as the Joker.

Even though Suicide Squad had to go in for what we assume were expensive and were definitely substantial reshoots, the movie did very well for Warner Bros. at the box office. Working against a reported budget of $175 million, the movie made $745 million worldwide, which is very good for almost any comic book movie. When the poor reviews and lack of recognizable characters is factored in, that number is even more impressive. Not only that, but the studio has been able to capitalize quite a bit on Suicide Squad merchandize, so ultimately this was a home run for the studio.

Suicide Squad wasn’t originally intended to do the job that it ultimately ended up having to do. Warner Bros. was extremely confident about Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice prior to the release of the movie and given the very poor critical response, mixed response from fans and the fact that it didn’t do the Earth shattering numbers they expected it to at the box office, the studio had to play damage control, or at least try to. Since Suicide Squad was the next movie coming out, that burden ultimately fell to David Ayer and his movie. It may not have done better critically, but it added some levity and did do some things arguably better.

The Suicide Squad Extended Cut is available now digitally. The Blu-ray release for the movie is scheduled next month for December 13. In the meantime, you can check out the new Suicide Squad blooper reel for yourself below. As of now, Suicide Squad 2 hasn’t been officially announced by DC Films and Warner Bros.

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Why Emily Blunt Won't Return in Sicario 2 According to Writer

Lionsgate found themselves a very unlikely franchise last year, or at least that is the hope. The drug cartel thriller Sicario was a modest box office hit but a tremendous critical smash. Even though it wrapped up very nicely and felt like a complete story, the studio decided to green light a sequel. Unfortunately, Emily Blunt won’t be back for Sicario 2, titled Soldado, but screenwriter Tayler Sheridan has a good reason for that.

Sicario 2 won’t be a direct sequel to Sicario, it will be a standalone movie. Speaking with The Wrap recently, Tayler Sheridan explained that he would really like to work with Emily Blunt again, but couldn’t find a logical story reason to bring her character back, given the events of the first movie. Here is what he had to say.

“Look what she went through. It was a difficult role. Here I write this lead character and then I use her as a surrogate for the audience. I make her completely passive against her own will so the audience feels the same impotence that a lot of law enforcement officers feel, I drag her through hell, and betray her in the end. It was an arduous journey for the character, and for Emily. That character had arc.”

There are plenty of stories to tell within the world that was built in Sicario, but part of the reason it was somewhat surprising to hear Sicario 2 was on the way has to do with what Taylor Sheridan is talking about. Emily Blunt’s character Kate Mercer, the main focus of the movie, wrapped up her story pretty well, so there didn’t seem to be a reason to continue on. To drag her through more wouldn’t make sense. So at least with Soldado, the creative team is trying to do what best suits the story and not trying to force in a part for a big star just because they want her name on it. That said, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are both slated to return. Speaking with Independent shortly after the project was announced, the director for the sequel, Stefano Sollima, talked a bit about why that is.

“It’s not a real sequel. It’s absolutely a standalone movie — a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in Sicario. The reason that I love [Soldado] is because it’s not exactly a sequel; it’s something you can catch and enjoy even if you haven’t watched the first one.”

Stefano Sollima has also teased that a Sicario 3 is already in the early stages at Lionsgate as well, so apparently, they have high hopes for the potential franchise. Sadly, director Denis Villeneuve will not be returning to direct Soldado, as he is currently busy filming the Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049. At the moment, Denis Villeneuve is batting 1000, as all three of his directorial efforts, Prisoners, Sicario and this year’s sci-fi hit Arrival, have all been incredibly well received. So hopefully the sequel can maintain the same standard of quality without him at the helm.

The story of Sicario was set in the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, where an idealistic FBI agent is exposed to the brutal world of international drug trafficking by members of a government task force who have enlisted her in their plan to take out a Mexican cartel boss. Along the way, things get brutal, twisted, messy and very gray. We still don’t know exactly what the story of Soldado will center on, but there is a lot to play with in the world they set up. Lionsgate has yet to set a date for the sequel, but we will be sure to keep you posted as details become available.

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Does Heimdall Have the Final Infinity Stone in Thor: Ragnarok?

One of the great quests of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, going all the way back to the early days of Phase 1, remains assembling all six of the Infinity Stones. Now that Doctor Strange is out, we know that there is only one remaining Infinity Stone to be found. Or is there? A new, and pretty solid, fan theory suggests it has been right in front of our eyes the whole time.

The theory comes from a guy named Ryne Short, who submitted it to He posits that Heimdall, played by Idris Elba in the Thor movies, has the Soul Stone, safely on Asgard. Here is how Ryne Short backs up his theory.

“In Norse mythology, Odin gives him his sight. Heimdall’s eyes are orange. In Thor: The Dark World, he is quoted saying he can see all the souls in the nine realms. And in Thor‘s vision in Age of Ultron, Heimdal is blind. Thanos could have taken the stone from his eyes. It all fits.”

The Soul Stone has only been seen in Guardians of the Galaxy when The Collector was explaining what they were. If you look at the Soul Stone in that sequence, it pretty much matches the color of Heimdall’s eyes perfectly. That, coupled with the other evidence that Ryne Short has presented makes this theory seem very compelling.

The other Infinity Stones are scattered about the MCU. The Space Stone, otherwise known as the Tesseract (first seen in Captain America: The First Avenger), is currently on Asgard. The Reality Stone, or the Aether from Thor: The Dark World, was in The Collector’s collection for safe keeping, but since his collection was blown up, it could be somewhere else. The Power Stone, first seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, is safe with the Nova Corps. The Mind Stone, which was originally Loki’s scepter from The Avengers, is now firmly planted in Vision’s head. Lastly, the Time Stone, aka the Eye of Agamoto, was seen in Doctor Strange and is currently safe at the Kamar Taj.

So how plausible is this theory? There are a couple of issues. For one, Thanos is going to need to collect all of the Infinity Stones at one point. That being the case, he is going to have to take the Mind Stone from Vision, which will require Thanos ripping it from his head. Assuming Heimdall does have the Soul Stone, it would be some version of the same thing. It would maybe take away some of the weight and gravitas of what will probably kill Vision. Probably. Also, Thor took an Infinity Stone to The Collector because he didn’t want two Infinity Stones in the same place. If Heimdall does have the Soul Stone, there are two Infinity Stones on Asgard. That doesn’t mean this theory isn’t true, these are just the best arguments against it. Either way, this is easily the best theory anyone has come up with about the Soul Stone. If it turns out to be true, we will probably get confirmation in Ragnarok next year.

For now, we will have to see what Marvel Studios still has coming down the pipe for Phase 3, which is a lot. James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is due out on May 5, 2017. That will be followed closely by Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, 2017, with Thor: Ragnarok poised to bring some long awaited Planet Hulk action (and maybe an Infinity Stone) on November 3, 2017. 2018 will see the release of Black Panther on February 16, Avengers: Infinity War on May 4 and Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6. Finally, 2019 will bring us the arrival of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel on March 8 and the conclusion of Phase 3 with Avengers 4 on May 5.

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Is Jared Harris Playing Young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts 2

Before Fantastic Beasts opened across the country last weekend, it was confirmed that Young Dumbledore would play a key role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2. And since that time, fans have speculated on who could play the iconic wizard. One actor currently holding out hope that he gets the call is Jared Harris. And with good reason. He has direct family ties to the Harry Potter franchise.

While many fans have started lobbying for Jared Harris to play Young Dumbledore, the actor opened up about the possibility. And he admits that he hasn’t gotten the call. But he’d certainly take it if he did. Harris’ late father Richard Harris played Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies, and now some believe this is simply Jared’s birthright.

Speaking with Standard in the U.K., Harris believes that Warner Bros. is seriously considering him for the role. He explains.

“They’re obviously thinking about it. I haven’t heard anything and I don’t expect to. It’s not up to me. Having seen [fan campaigns] before I find that [film bosses] don’t like to have their hands forced. These campaigns almost always go in a different direction.”

Basically what he is saying is, don’t lobby so hard and he might just get it. The producers don’t necessarily want to listen to fans when it comes to these kinds of decisions. Johnny Depp has already been confirmed as Dumbledore’s old friend and lover Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 2. Though, it hasn’t been confirmed that the movie will delve into their sexual relationship yet.

Fans have been tweeting their request for Jared Harris to take on the role, bombarding Harry Potter author and creator of this universe J.K. Rowling. Fans know the connection between Jared Harris and his father having played old Dumbledore, and they believe the family tradition should be preserved.

Another actor who has thrown their hat into the Young Dumbledore ring is Doctor Who actor Arthur Darvill. And he wants to help transition the young wizard into the older gentlemen we’ve all come to know and love in the earlier movies. Here’s what Darvill had to say about possibly tackling the role of a lifetime.

“Absolutely, [I’m up for it]. D’you know what? I’ve made this pact with myself that when I hit a certain age, I’m only going to play wizards. I want to be that guy. So whether it’s 10 years down the line or…when I can grow a salt and pepper beard, I would be totally happy just playing wizards for the rest of my life. But yeah, if they came knocking saying, ‘We really want you to play the young Dumbledore,’ I’d definitely consider it!”

Arthur Darvill played Rory Williams on Doctor Who, but is perhaps known to younger fans for his role as Rip Hunter on The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. At this time, no further casting announcements have been made for Fantastic Beasts 2. David Yates will return to direct the movie, with J.K. Rowling once again providing the screenplay. It begins shooting summer 2017.

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