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Reasons Why Doctor Strange’s Wong Should Get His Own MCU Project

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Doctor Strange’s Wong has been a fan favorite in the MCU for quite some time now, so why shouldn’t the Sorcerer Supreme get his own MCU project?

Few franchises in the entertainment industry have been able to expand as far and wide as the MCU has, reaching every single corner of the globe and creating multiple projects that have earned billions of dollars on their own. Regardless of how some people might feel about the MCU or superhero projects in general, it’s indisputable that Marvel has created something that a large surplus of fans have been able to rally around and find comfort in for the past decade and a half. While many things have contributed to Marvel’s cinematic success, it’s in no small part because of the engaging and relatable heroes that the MCU has brought forth – one of which is Wong.

Wong is Sorcerer Supreme

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Make jokes or snide comments about how Doctor Strange is the actual Sorcerer Supreme — the facts don’t lie. Regardless of the fact that Strange was snapped away by Thanos, ultimately causing Wong to take on the role of Sorcerer Supreme during his absence, the title never officially passed back to Strange. So, for all intents and purposes, Wong still needs to be respected as the most powerful sorcerer in the universe.

Wong Has Had Cameos in Several Other MCU Projects

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This is the real reason why Wong should get his own project. Marvel keeps teasing audiences by bringing the character in for cameos. As we stated earlier, Wong wasn’t a one-and-done character after his appearance in Doctor Strange, and he later showed up in Infinity WarEndgame, Shang-ChiSpider-Man: No Way Home, and of course, the Doctor Strange sequel that debuted in May. That’s five cameo appearances in the last four years.

Not only were these cameos close to one another, but Wong was actually given more than a cameo appearance in Infinity War, where he helped warn the world of Thanos’ arrival and fought against two of Thanos’ children shortly thereafter. He then had the task of bringing all the heroes to the final battle during Endgame and still managed to find time to have a side-gig as a superhero cage-fighter in Shang-Chi, where he defeated Abomination in combat. Take all of these appearances and combine them with how much fans love to see Wong every time he steps on screen, and it only makes sense to give the character his own standalone project if the MCU is committed to keeping him around anyway.

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Top Gun: Maverick Out-Performs All But Avatar in Fourth Weekend on Release

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Top Gun: Maverick’s fourth weekend on release saw the movie achieve something no Marvel movie has managed.

Top Gun: Maverick has already been something of a phenomenon at the box office, and in its fourth weekend on release the movie has continued to make history. While Jurassic World Dominion may have retained the top spot this weekend thanks to the underperformance of Disney Pixar’s Lightyear, the Top Gun sequel has been quietly pulling in an impressive $44 million at the domestic box office, making it the second highest grossing fourth weekend in history behind Avatar.

Breaking down the huge feat, analyst Gitesh Pandya shared a series of posts on Twitter explaining how Top Gun: Maverick is one of only four movies to ever break the $40 million mark after four weeks on release. Currently, 2010’s Avatar sits at the top of the table for fourth weekend takings with $50.3 million, followed now by Top Gun: Maverick’s $44 million, then going down to Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $42.4 million and Black Panther with $40.8 million. There are many movies that hit the box office with a huge footfall in the opening weekend and second weekend, but then numbers usually start to drop off into the third and fourth weeks. Top Gun: Maverick, having bucked every trend so far, has now added this one to its tally.

When putting all of this in context with other movie releases, particularly those by Marvel Studios, Top Gun: Maverick has done what even behemoths like Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: No Way Home couldn’t achieve. In a follow-up post, Pandya summed this up by listing the franchise movies that the film has beaten.

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Knives Out 2 Title Revealed as Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Out ‘Holiday 2022’ on Netflix

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Knives Out 2Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, that’s the official title for the sequel to writer-director Rian Johnson’s 2019 mystery film, previously known colloquially as Knives Out 2. But what does Glass Onion mean? Well, famously, “Glass Onion” is a 1968 song by The Beatles, which John Lennon saw as a response to confuse those who obsessively pored over the lyrics of Beatles songs. Lennon liked the cheekiness of the words “glass onion” conveying both transparency and multiple layers. Could Johnson be hinting at something similar with his Knives Out 2 title? We’ll have to see the movie to find out.

Netflix revealed the official title — Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery — via an animated announcement video, which features a magnifying glass as it spins over the zoomed-in letters of “Glass Onion” before pulling away. The Knives Out 2 title announcement video ends by listing the ensemble cast of the sequel, with the returning Daniel Craig alongside Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista. Hudson and Bautista are listed under the “with” moniker, which suggests their roles are smaller than the others.

On Twitter, Johnson explained his thinking behind the title: “Something I love about Agatha Christie is how she never tread water creatively. I think there’s a misconception that her books use the same formula over and over, but fans know the opposite is true.

“It wasn’t just settings or murder methods, she was constantly stretching the genre conceptually. Under the umbrella of the whodunit she wrote spy thrillers, proto-slasher horrors, serial killer hunts, gothic romances, psychological character studies, glam travelogues.

“When I made Knives Out, that’s what excited me about the prospect of making more mysteries with Daniel as Benoit Blanc — to emulate Christie and have every film be like a whole new book, with its own tone, ambition, reason for being… and (ta dah) title.”

In addition to writing and directing Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Johnson is also a producer on the Knives Out sequel alongside his frequent collaborator Ram Bergman. Glass Onion is a production of Lionsgate (which brought the first film to theatres worldwide) and Johnson and Bergman’s T-Street. Steve Yedlin — who has worked with Johnson on five movies previously — is back as cinematographer on Glass Onion. Bob Ducsay — who edited Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Knives Out for Johnson — is also back for the Knives Out sequel.

Here’s the official synopsis for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery from Netflix:

In Rian Johnson’s Knives Out follow-up, detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of suspects.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is out “this [American] holiday season” on Netflix. That usually means between November and December.

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