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Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’ Xochitl Gomez Shares Deleted America Chavez Scene She Wishes Had Been Kept In The Marvel Movie

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Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’ Xochitl Gomez Shares Deleted America Chavez Scene She Wishes Had Been Kept In The Marvel Movie

While Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange was obviously the central character of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, we also spend a lot of time with another popular Marvel Comics superhero in this Marvel movie: America Chavez, played by The Baby-Sitters Club’s Xochitl Gomez. Earth-616’s Strange found himself protecting America from Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, and these two went through a lot of craziness together, particularly on Earth-838. However, while chatting with CinemaBlend, Gomez shared one America-focused deleted scene from Multiverse of Madness that she wishes had been kept in the final cut.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Xochitl Gomez about her time on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is now available to buy on Digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD, and can also be streamed by Disney+ subscribers. After I asked if there were any moments with America Chavez that she liked that audiences didn’t get to see, the actress recalled a scene involving her character and the Earth-838 version of Christine Palmer, played by Rachel McAdams. As Gomez explained:

Yeah, that’s actually a good question, because people have been asking me that, and I think I just actually thought about one. I had a great scene with Rachel McAdams that I was actually sad got cut out at the end of the day. But it was a great moment of girl bonding where Christine had to kind of trust America in order to save Strange. But at the end of they they cut it, but it was just one of those scenes [with] two women communicating to one another and it really showed that powerful message of girl power.

Like Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams got to play more than one variation of her character in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. After briefly appearing as Earth-616’s Christine at the beginning of the movie, with the story’s main Strange attending her wedding, McAdams resurfaced as Earth-838’s Christine, who worked for the Illuminati and was initially distrustful of both 616-Strange and America Chavez. Initially these two were imprisoned by 838-Christine and the Illuminati due to both America’s ability to travel across the multiverse and remembering how dangerous 838-Strange had been. However, upon 616-Wanda Maximoff coming in to kill nearly all of the Illuminati, 616-Strange had to intervene, and America was freed from confinement so that she, Strange and 838-Christine could escape the Illuminati facility.

As Xochitl Gomez explained to me, this deleted scene where America Chavez needed to convince Earth-838’s Christine Palmer to trust her so she could help save Earth-616 Doctor Strange enhanced the story in her eyes. But evidently in the midst of putting Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness together, director Sam Raimi and his team felt it wasn’t necessary to what they would deliver to moviegoers, so it was trimmed out. While it’s unclear if we’ll ever see 838-Christine again given how things ended between her and 616-Strange, Multiverse of Madness’ ending showed America training in the mystic arts at Earth-616’s Kamar-Taj, so in addition to her multiversal powers, she’ll soon have magic at her disposal too.

CinemaBlend will share if/when Xochitl Gomez’s next appearance as America Chavez is announced, but until then, take a look through our guide of upcoming Marvel movies, which now includes what’s been officially lined up for Phase 5 and some details on Phase 6.

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Quentin Tarantino Reveals His Pick For ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Made’

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Quentin Tarantino Reveals His Pick For ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Made’

It may not feel like it sometimes, but any upcoming movie has the chance to be named “the greatest movie ever made” by someone out there. However, that honor does have some specific caveats if you’re someone like filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Not only has the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director chosen a Steven Spielberg classic for that very distinction, Tarantino also explained just why that title is very specific. 

In an upcoming interview with our in-house podcast ReelBlend, Quentin Tarantino made his fourth appearance to talk about all things movies; the first since the big live show at the New Beverly Cinema. Promoting his new co-hosting gig on The Video Archives Podcast, Tarantino had yet another spirited discussion about cinema, which led to his pick of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws as  the greatest “movie” ever made. That distinction is important, as the Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood director made that perfectly clear through the following remarks: 

I think Jaws is the greatest movie ever made. Maybe not the greatest film. But it’s the greatest movie ever made. And then there are other movies that can get in its rarefied air. But as far as a movie, there’s no making it better than Jaws. There’s no ‘better’ than Jaws. It is the best movie ever made. And it shows how badly timed most movies made before Jaws were.

Leave it to Quentin Tarantino to separate his tastes in movies into those two separate, important camps: “movies” and “films.” In this case, the designation of a movie almost sounds like it’s shorthand for the blockbuster opuses that Steven Spielberg made a name for himself with. Which means that “films” are presumably more of the independent/art house titles that have higher pedigrees, and usually end up on the lists of best picture nominees every year.

Strangely enough, Jaws is one of six horror movies to have Best Picture nominations, so the line could blur just a bit in that respect. Putting aside the “movies” versus “films” debate, Quentin Tarantino isn’t using that separation to be a snob. Later on in the conversation, he explained how spectacles such as this are their own form of art, and how Steven Spielberg came to be someone who perfected it: 

What I meant by that, to one degree or another, is that Spielberg and a lot of his cohorts grew up seeing those kinds of movies in the theater. Henry Levin’s Journey to Center of the Earth, he’s gonna run to go and see that. Richard Fleischer’s Fantastic Voyage. He’s going to run and go see it. Gordon Douglas’s Them! He’s going to run and go see. Now… most of them weren’t directed that well. They were assignments given to journeyman directors who did their best with them. That was how we were used to seeing comic book — that kind of movie experience. As opposed to a Spielberg, who was like, ‘No, this is exactly the kind of movie he likes. This is exactly the kind of movies he was put on earth to make. And he’s going to make it, within an inch of his life, as effective as it possibly can be. And, you know, Michael Anderson, isn’t putting that kind of work in Logan’s Run.

Spielberg, and “cohorts” like George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Copolla all latched onto genres that were pulpier entertainments in their childhood, only to make them into something new. Through films like Jaws, Star Wars, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather, we saw a generation of directors taking movies they loved and reviving them through their own personal lenses. Which is exactly what Quentin Tarantino would do when he stepped onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction; and it’s also why he’s such a staunch supporter of the cinematic experience. 

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If this conversation boils down to anything, it’s game recognizing game. Much as Steven Spielberg idolized the movies that helped make Jaws, Quentin Tarantino has reverence for the bearded director and his dedication to making the movies that sparked his love of cinema. Though considering the history his collaborator Samuel L. Jackson has had with sharks, you have to wonder if this has already sparked any sort of humorous conversations between the two?

You’ll be able to watch, and listen, to Quentin Tarantino’s latest appearance on ReelBlend, as it’s set to hit YouTube tomorrow. Meanwhile, Tarantino may not have his tenth and final film in the works just yet, but you can still enjoy the man’s gift for words in two very cool ways. 

Tarantino’s Video Archives podcast, which he co-hosts with friend and collaborator Roger Avery, is currently streaming wherever you find fine listening material. However, if you also want to read the man’s thoughts on ‘70s filmmaking in his upcoming book Cinema Speculation, which you can currently preorder on Amazon (opens in new tab); or any other fine bookseller.

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‘Prey’ Interviews With Amber Midthunder, Dan Trachtenberg And More!

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The stars of “Prey,” Amber Midthunder (“Naru”), Dakota Bevers (“Taabe”), Dane DiLiegro (“The Predator”), director Dan Trachtenberg and producer Jhane Myers discuss their new “Predator” movie in this interview with CinemaBlend at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. They discuss the “Prey” audition moment that landed Amber Midthunder her role and more!

You can stream “Prey” on Hulu on August 5.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ | Marvel Comic-Con Interviews with Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan & More

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ | Marvel Comic-Con Interviews with Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan & More

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” stars Chris Pratt (Peter Quill / Star-Lord), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Will Poulter (Adam Warlock), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Sean Gunn (Kraglin / On-Set Rocket), Chukwudi Iwuji (The High Evolutionary) and writer Director James Gunn discuss their upcoming Marvel film and conclusion of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy in this post-Hall H interview with CinemaBlend at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.

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  • 00:00 – Chris Pratt on Finding “Your Side”
  • 00:35 – Chris Pratt Teases What’s Ahead For Star-Lord and Gamora In GOTG 3
  • 01:24 – Karen Gillan LOVES ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Fan Reactions
  • 02:00 – Karen Gillan Weighs In On Nebula Unaliving Nebula in ‘Endgame’
  • 02:32 – James Gunn Teases a “Darker” ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Movie
  • 03:20 – Sean Gunn on Baby Rocket’s Difficult Backstory
  • 04:30 –  Pom Klementieff on Welcoming New Marvel Actors to the ‘Guardians’ Family
  • 05:15 – Pom Klementieff Teases A More Badass Mantis In ‘Guardians 3’
  • 05:35 – Will Poulter Teases Adam Warlock Origins in ‘GOTG 3’ 
  • 06:32 – Chukwudi Iwuji on The High Evolutionary and His Motivations
  • 07:20 – Chukwudi Iwugi Praises James Gunn’s Dialogue
  • 08:15 – Chris Pratt Recalls His Last Day of Filming the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trilogy
  • 08:55 – James Gunn Is Literally Always Writing and Rewriting Scripts
  • 09:49 – Will Poulter Wants to Play Adam Warlock Again “If Marvel Will Have Me”

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