Link Tank: Benedict Cumberbatch Turned Down Thor: The Dark World Villain Role

Benedict Cumberbatch once passed of an MCU part, Ewan McGregor is feeling the love for the prequels, Dan Stevens joins the cast of the next Godzilla, and more in Link Tank!

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War
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Before landing the role of Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch turned down the part of the heavily maligned Malekith in Thor: The Dark World. We think he made the right call.

“Benedict Cumberbatch recently sat down with BBC Radio 1 to discuss his titular role in Marvel‘s latest film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Sorcerer Supreme reveals that Marvel initially recruited him for a different part of the universe. He was first offered the role of the villain Malekith in the 2013 Thor sequel, The Dark World. The surgeon turned sorcerer ultimately passed on the role which later led to him becoming Doctor Strange. Cumberbatch breaks down how this happened in the interview.”

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After a barrage of internet hate for over a decade, Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, the stars of the Star Wars prequels, are finally feeling the love and support from the fans.

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“The return of Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor to the world of Star Wars is something I’ve waited for since I was a teenager. I was lucky enough to grow up with the prequels and so, for me, having the actors return for the Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series is like a dream come true. But it wasn’t always like that for everyone. Christensen and McGregor knew their fair share of hatred throughout the years because of how critics and other fans reacted to the prequel series.”

Read more at The Mary Sue

Marvel had a clear path in sight when they began the Infinity Saga back in 2008. Now that we’ve moved on from that story and started another, where is the MCU going from here?

“In its first 10 years of moviemaking, Marvel Studios established something of a myth that persists to this very day: ‘In Feige We Trust,’ fans would exult as if a prayer to ward against evil rather than a parasocial relationship with a man worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The idea that Marvel’s movies were all building to a singular thing planned a decade in the making was almost as important to its success as its films—and now the lack of it in its current era feels notable.”

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Dan Stevens and Adam Wingard are set to team up for the first time since The Guest in the latest Godzilla movie.

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“Thus, we have to assume, it is with Adam Wingard, his old friend Dan Stevens, and his new friend Godzilla—both known, in industry circles, for their big and powerful personalities. Kudos to Wingard, then, for taking the plunge, mashing together his former The Guest star with the cast of his upcoming kaiju blockbuster Godzilla Vs. Kong 2.”

Read more at The A.V. Club

After over two decades of release, the iconic iPod is now officially dead, but let’s remember the good times we shared.

“Pour one out for every kid who one-strapped a backpack in middle school, as they’re likely in mourning today. With Apple’s discontinuation of the 7th-generation iPod Touch, announced yesterday, it’s official: the iPod is dead. Ostensibly, the iPod was a music device, meant to digitize song libraries and move listeners away from the limitations and galactically better sound quality of physical media. (Whether such a shift was good for the music industry is, of course, another story.) But over its many iterations, the iPod also heralded another revolution: that of mobile gaming.”

Read more at Kotaku

The HBO Max drama Winning Time depicts a young Kobe Bryant attending a Lakers game, but did this really happen?

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“HBO has long been home to sports programming, both real (boxing) and fictional (Ballers). Their latest athletic effort, Winning Time, takes a deep dive into the Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s, with one particular episode drawing attention for depicting a young Kobe Bryant in attendance for a 1979 game.”

Read more at Mental Floss