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Sebastian Stan Promises Fans He Does Not Appear in Doctor Strange 2

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Recent promotions for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness have certainly created a buzz around the next movie release from Marvel Studios, with promises of a multiverse-spanning adventure that will introduce new characters to the MCU as well as feature variants of well-established heroes and/or villains. However, one of those variants will not be Bucky “The Winter Soldier” Barnes, according to actor Sebastian Stan, who has promised fans that he is not part of the upcoming sequel. We already know that some familiar faces from the past will be joining Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, but there are a lot of gaps to be filled out, and at this point, that means any and all rumors are up for debate.

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“I’d be curious to see what the next interesting thing that we could tell with him would be, and as you well know, that is above my pay grade. There are far wiser men and women who are making those decisions. I am not in Dr. Strange 2. I promise,” Stan said during an interview with Collider.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will see the fallout from Spider-Man: No Way Home fully realized in the MCU, with the first trailer for the movie finding Strange in a whole heap of trouble thanks to the spell he cast to allow Peter Parker to be forgotten by the world. Featuring in the trailer are Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo and newcomer Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, who are all on board for whatever this chaotic and unpredictable adventure holds for Strange and the future of the multiverse.

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Sebastian Stan not appearing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness makes a lot of sense. The movie revolves a lot around magic and world of magic that is second nature to the likes of Strange, Wong and Wanda, but not to Bucky Barnes, who is much more equipped for a fist fight with a New York crime lord than with an alien creature or a dark iteration of a former Sorcerer Supreme.

Sebastian Stan has been a big part of the MCU since Phase 1 when he made his debut alongside Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger. With the actor’s main appearances being alongside Evans in his Captain America movies and the final Avengers films of the Infinity Saga, there was always a question of what would happen to Bucky Barnes once Steve Rogers left the MCU. That question was answered in the Disney+ series of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, a story of how the pair coped with the aftermath of Steve Rogers’ death, and ultimately how Sam Wilson/Falcon became the new Captain America, who will get his own movie somewhere down the line.

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With connections to the Captain America franchise, Black Panther and even the upcoming Armor Wars series starring Don Cheadle, there are still plenty of opportunities for Bucky to make his next appearance and his legion of fans will be hoping it is not too long before that comes around.

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New Marvel Merchandise Gives Unique Look Into Moon Knight

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Ever since Marvel Studios dropped the trailer for the upcoming Disney+ series Moon Knight, the internet has been buzzing with excitement and curiosity. Now it looks like we have another look into this unique character as new merchandise gives us a better look into his Egyptian origins and design.

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The character is already surrounded in mystery and ancient history, but the new shirt, which is available on Amazon, shows a detailed rendering of Moon Knight as he appears in the upcoming Disney+ series. Take a look at the picture below.

As you can see, the look contains multiple moon emblems, tying him to his lunar inspiration. The image also includes hieroglyphics, the language used by ancient Egyptians, further connecting the hero to his comic book counterpart.

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In the comics, a brutal attack left mercenary Marc Spector on the brink of death lying outside the tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh. The story says that the ancient god Khonshu witnessed this, and instead of sitting back and doing nothing, the god saved Marc’s life. He saved Spector’s life by turning him into his champion and a protector of the night. The first trailer for the upcoming Marvel Studios series gave us a view into this origin story. The trailer flashed numerous Egyptian relics, statues and a mysterious tomb, as well as the ancient god himself.

In Moon Knight, Oscar Isaac plays Steven Grant, a museum gift-shop employee haunted by dreams of another life and world. In time, Steve discovers that he suffers from dissociative identity disorders and that the visions are memories of his life as Marc. As Steven begins to understand his condition, he discovers something that brings him back to Egypt, and he comes face to face with the Moon Knight persona. “It was the biggest workload I’ve ever had in my career and most challenging by the sheer amount of stuff we had to do in eight months — and even yet, I couldn’t wait to get to set and work.” Isaac said.

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As Moon Knight begins to sort out what he is and where he comes from, he makes enemies along the way. One of those is portrayed by Ethan Hawke, or as we know him in the comics, Dr. Harrow. Dr. Harrow was a brilliant scientist who focused his studies on how humans deal with pain. Hawke has said that he based his performance in the series on real-life cult leader David Koresh, who used the bible and its teachings to influence his followers in the early ’90s down in Waco, Texas. Hopefully, we will get another look at the character before the series starts streaming on March 30th. Moon Knight already has fans talking about crossovers and potential cameos leading to future projects, but for now, we will just have to wait and see. What do you think of Moon Knight’s look and the new trailer?

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Best Film Scores of the 2000s

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Film scores enhance the movie viewing experience. They give weight to the story and specific moments of it. They convey emotions ranging from joy to terror depending on the story the score is supporting. Scores and soundtracks are an integral part of the movie-making and movie viewing experience.

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In many films, the score becomes a character in the movie. Think back to the Star Wars films and the first time audiences meet Darth Vader. Chances are, the ominous, foreboding music composed by the popular John Williams created as Darth’s signature song automatically started playing in your head. Think about the Harry Potter films and how the main theme is instantly recognizable and raises the hair on the arms of fans of this film franchise. This is the power that a truly excellent film score can have over audiences.

During the ’00s, Hollywood released some epic blockbuster films with equally epic scores. Composers Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, James Horner, and more made their mark in cinematic history with the films they created scores for– respectively, DaVinci Code, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Perfect Storm. These are far from the only memorable film scores of the ’00s, so let’s take a look at a handful more.

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Composer Danny Elfman is as well-known for his film scoring career (Mission: Impossible, The Men in Black films, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, just to name a few) as he is for the decades he spent in the new wave band Oingo Boingo and the theme he composed for The Simpsons. He frequently collaborates with director Tim Burton (working on 16 of his films) as he did in this case. Elfman’s score for Corpse Bride conveys the creepy mood of the film with surprising tenderness and depth.

In 2007, French composer Alexandre Desplat landed his first job composing the score of a film. That film was The Queen, and he went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score for his efforts. That experience put him on the map, and he went on to compose the scores for the last few Harry Potter films as well as Argo, Little Women, The King’s Speech, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and was nominated for the Oscar for all of those films. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Shape of Water. But it was his regal score for The Queen which beautifully skyrocketed his career in America.

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Composer James Horner is best known for his Academy Award-winning score for Titanic; incidentally, he also co-wrote “My Heart Will Go On” for Celine Dion, and won the Oscar for that too. However, it’s his pitch-perfect score for The Perfect Storm that lands him a spot on the best film scores of the ’00s. Arguably, the storm in the movie played a major role in the film, and Horner’s score gives voice to the storm, conveying how powerful, and deadly, it ultimately is.

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Hans Zimmer is one of the most prolific composers in history. The German-born composer got his start in the early 1980s and has written the score for more than 150 films. His music is unmistakable; his signature sound is often synthesizers with a steel drum accompaniment. Zimmer is known for scoring Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, and The Lion King. But it is his work on the The Da Vinci Code that earned him a spot on this list. The film, based on the novel by Dan Brown, could have been trite and mocked (and still is by some) if not for Zimmer’s soaring score. It conveyed a feeling of church music, which gave life to the scenes of Tom Hanks hunting down the evidence to clear him of the murder he was accused of.

Italian composer Dario Marianelli used Beethoven as an inspiration for his score for Pride and Prejudice. The 2005 movie was his first major film score and since that time, the film’s director, Joe Wright, has hired Marianelli several times. Pride and Prejudice stands out on Marianelli’s resume because, as a period piece, the score provides the perfect balance between modern audiences and the 19th-century story. Marianelli was nominated for an Academy Award for his Pride and Prejudice score, which perfectly complimented the bourgeois romance on screen.

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The score for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was composed by Tan Dun and features several solo movements for the cello which were performed by the venerable Yo-Yo Ma. The score was performed by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai National Orchestra, and the Shanghai Percussion Ensemble. Dun also took his score and arranged it into a cello concerto called the Crouching Tiger Concerto. The entire score was assembled in just two weeks, and the urgency makes a great parallel to the stunning action in the film.

Related: Best Film Scores of the ’70s

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Gladiator was released in 2000, and in the more than two decades since then, the film’s score has become one of the prolific Hans Zimmer’s best known works. Throughout the movie, Zimmer took care to convey the mood of the scene in his score with simple yet memorable and emotional melodies. Gladiator (and the stirring, visceral music it ends with) owes a chunk of its success to Zimmer’s score.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl owes as much to its score as it does to its set design and Johnny Depp’s pitch-perfect acting. But the story of how this epic score came into existence is one of pure chaos. Hans Zimmer was approached to compose the score, but he was working on another film (as he always seems to be). Zimmer came on to the film to supervise the score with Klaus Badelt leading a team of eight composers (including himself) to put together the entire score in just three weeks, and the desperation behind it is palpable in the film.

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Canadian-born composer Howard Shore’s scores for the Lord of the Rings trilogy can only be described as epic. For his efforts, Shore has brought home three Oscars, two Golden Globes, and four Grammy Awards, among other accolades. The first Lord of the Rings film opens with a monochord – which sets the tone for Shore’s soaring score. The monochord is an ancient sound that has been around for thousands of years, making it the perfect music to offset Galadriel’s speech in the opening scene of the trilogy. Throughout all films, Shore’s score is filled with epic grace, whimsical moments of fantasy, and stirring emotional tones, and is one of the best and most memorable of the decade.​​

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