Super Serious 616 Podcast Hosts and Comic Book Experts Mike Kealy and Edward Nevraumont Discuss Highly-Anticipated ‘Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness’ Movie
“Remember Doctor Strange was not originally created as a Superhero at all,” Mike says.
Marvel movies have become the pinnacle for American culture and have ultimately evolved into a cult-like niche while producing a multi-billion dollar list of major successful blockbuster movies. Marvel’s latest film is the highly anticipated adventure/fantasy film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and is debuting in early May.
In fact, the official movie trailer for Doctor Strange was just released on YouTube and offers up tons of drama, action, and adventure. So much so that it has millions of comic book and Marvel movie fans around the world left with tons of questions and predictions!
But how much does this latest movie match up with Stan Lee’s original famous comic books? We sat down with Marvel comic book and Marvel movie experts and hosts of the Super Serious 616 Podcast, Mike Kealy and Edward Nevraumont, to discuss the movie and how it all does, or doesn’t, tie into the original Marvel comic books from the 1960s.
Break it down for us Normies — Did a lot of the Doctor Strange plots and themes from comic books make it into this latest film? Is this film the perfect primer if you’re looking to explore Marvel comic books?
Doctor Stephen Strange first appeared in Strange Tales #110 in 1963. His was originally a stand-alone “mystic” story tacked on at the end of a Human Torch comic to fill space. He wasn’t even mentioned on the cover. It wasn’t until a year later that Stan Lee began incorporating the character into the broader Marvel Universe.
While we don’t know the entire plot of this movie just yet, it seems that the film is very loosely based on the original Dr. Strange story. In fact, it is more based on Wanda’s story of trying to get back to her children. It seems the Marvel Comic Universe has taken that story, changed it considerably, and then made Dr. Strange the protagonist.
The trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness just came out — there is so much to unpack, but what about it is really interesting to you? Tell us why you’re pumped about this film?
Mike: A few things about this film:
(1) It was supposed to come out BEFORE Spider-Man: No Way Home, which debuted in 2021. So all the multiverse stuff from the Spider-Man film was supposed to follow from the “Madness” that will start in this movie. Because the order of the films was switched, the plot of both movies had to be changed to “make sense.” It will be interesting to see how much of the original plot is still showing through in this film.
(2) Even more so than Spider-Man, this film is set up to do a lot of fanservice. The fact that the older Spider-Man appeared in No Way Home was the worst-kept secret in Hollywood, but at least they pretended they were trying to keep it a secret. This time they put Patrick Steward (as Charles Xavier) in the trailer. Given that they are not saving Professor X from the Fox X-Men movies, the question is, “what surprises ARE they saving for us?”
Iron Man died in Avengers right?? There are rumors of Tom Cruise as Iron Man, as well as a variety of actors who could play him, including Reed Richards. Lou Lou Ferigno as the Hulk? It seems unlikely, but who knows what Easter Eggs they drop?
What superpowers does Doctor Strange have and some speculate that he is one of the best superheroes in the entire Marvel universe — What do you think?
ED: “Magic” is his superpower. Magic is a bit of a catch-all in the comics. It allows Doctor Strange to do just about anything the writers need him to do. Meanwhile, if the writers need to NOT have him able to do something, they can do that too. There is always an excuse as to why magic does not work the way you want it to.
Mike: Remember Doctor Strange was not originally created as a Superhero at all. He existed in his own corner of the Marvel Universe doing his own thing battling other sorcerers and extra-dimensional demons. While other heroes were battling villains in New York, almost all of Doctor Strange’s adventures were hidden from view.
How did you guys originally get started to produce The Super Serious 616 Podcast?
We’re college friends and after loving Marvel comic books and the films for quite some time, we decided to start a podcast to discuss them, but in a way, no one ever has before. Instead of talking about the issues directly or interviewing writers and artists, we wanted to try something a little more unique.
The premise of the show is that the two of us live IN the Marvel Universe in the early 1960s. Our show is a “commentary on the news of the day” – specifically the “super and supernatural news of the day.”
We read each issue and take notes on what the public would know about the situation. In each podcast episode of The Super Serious 616, we theorize about what is happening that is not public, and we explore the ramifications of what we do know about the wider world.
What is the impact of Monstro destroying lower Manhattan? What does it mean for the residents when Dr. Doom moves the Baxter Building into space? How do Stark Corp. shareholders feel about having Iron Man on the payroll? What impact is the appearance of Thor having on modern religions?
Generally (with some exceptions) each episode covers a single Marvel Comic. We started at the very beginning with Fantastic Four #1 (Nov 1961) and issue by issue, worked our way forward through each Marvel comic book. We produce two short (~10 minutes) episodes per week. We have published more than 150 episodes and are now almost at the end of 1964 in “comic time.”
Some people were worried that we would run out of new things to talk about, but that certainly hasn’t happened yet! One recent episode was all about what we know (in the real world) pertaining to how time travel would work (in the fictional world).
Follow Mike and Ed on Twitter– Plus make sure to follow The Super Serious 616 Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Their podcast also has a newsletter that goes into more depth behind each issue. You can find the podcast and the newsletter at www.superserious616.com, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Truth behind Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber’s Engagement Rumors
An insider said, “can confirm he’s engaged with the model. “
Austin Butler, best known for playing Elvis Presley in the biopic movie Elvis, and his girlfriend Kaia Gerber, a renowned model, have sparked engagement rumors.
The rumors first surfaced when Deuxmoi, a popular celebrity news page, shared a video of Butler and Gerber attending an event together.
Along with the video, a screenshot featuring an insider’s comment read, “news about your favorite Elvis. can confirm he’s engaged with the model. he proposed back in april but they want to keep it low key.”
This revelation immediately caught the attention of fans and followers worldwide and ignited a discussion about the alleged engagement.
The response from fans has been mixed, with some expressing surprise and excitement over the rumored engagement, while others empathize with Vanessa Hudgens, Butler’s previous long-term partner.
One fan commented, “Poor Vanessa,” while another fan remarked, “imagine dating someone for 10 years and never proposing but date someone for a year and propose—shit is wild.”
Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber are not engaged
Contrary to earlier rumors and speculations regarding Butler and Gerber’s engagement, recent updates from reliable sources suggest that the couple is not engaged.
On the same day that Deuxmoi initially hinted at a possible engagement, the celebrity gossip page later revealed new information contradicting their earlier statement.
Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber are not engaged. (Source: deuxmoi/Instagram)
An insider confirmed that the pair are not engaged, stating, “Can confirm that Austin and Kaia are actually NOT engaged.”
Furthermore, TMZ magazine reported insights from a source close to the couple, affirming that Butler and Gerber are not engaged.
Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber’s relationship timeline
Butler and Gerber’s romance since the initial rumors emerged in December 2021. Just one month after Gerber’s confirmed split from actor Jacob Elordi, the duo was spotted attending a yoga class together in Los Angeles, sparking speculation about their new romance.
They were seen walking side by side in workout gear and masks before leaving together in Gerber’s car, according to photos obtained by Daily Mail.
A few days later, exclusive photos published by E! News showed Butler and Gerber arriving at the airport in Los Angeles, further cementing the rumors of their relationship.
Austin Butler and Kaia Gerber. (Source: Twitter)
On Valentine’s Day 2022, the couple celebrated overseas in London, marking their first Valentine’s Day together. In March, they jetted off to Paris for a romantic couple’s trip, photographed leaving their hotel by paparazzi.
Moreover, Butler and Gerber made their red-carpet debut as a couple at the Met Gala in May 2022, where they posed together in stylish Gilded Age outfits.
On December 2022, they embarked on a romantic trip to Mexico to celebrate the New Year in Cabo San Lucas, joined by Gerber’s family.
At the Golden Globes in January 2023, following Butler’s win for his role in Elvis, the couple celebrated backstage with a passionate kiss.
In March 2023, Gerber joined Butler at the Vanity Fair after-party following the 2023 Oscars ceremony.
Austin Butler dated Vanessa Hudgens for nearly a decade
Vanessa Hudgens and Butler were first linked romantically in 2011 and went on to create many cherished moments together throughout their time as a couple.
From joint red-carpet appearances to shared Coachella weekends and romantic vacations, they embraced every opportunity to create lasting memories.
Austin Butler’s ex-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens. (Source: Twitter)
Despite the challenges posed by their busy schedules and demanding acting careers, Hudgens and Butler managed to navigate the difficulties of a long-distance relationship.
Hudgens openly discussed the importance of communication in their relationship, highlighting it as a key factor in their ability to make their love work.
However, despite their efforts, the strains of distance and conflicting schedules ultimately took a toll on their relationship, leading to their decision to part ways in 2020.
Following their separation, Butler moved on with Gerber, while Hudgens embarked on a new romance with professional baseball player Cole Tucker.
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Marlo Thomas Reveals Secret to Long Lasting Marriage with Husband Phil Donahue
Marlo Thomas said, “I call it the three L’s. Love, listening, and lust.”
On May 24, 2023, Marlo Thomas shared the secret behind the longevity of her 43-year marriage to Phil Donahue during an exclusive interview with People.
She revealed the importance of what she calls the “three L’s: love, listening, and lust,” while speaking to the outlet at the Women In Media Foundation’s 48th Annual Gracie Awards Gala.
Marlo emphasized the significance of attentive listening, recognizing that it allows couples to understand one another’s thoughts and emotions truly.
Marlo Thomas and her husband, Phil Donahue. (Source: marlothomas/Instagram)
In addition, Thomas stressed that love is the essential foundation between her and her husband’s relationship.
Furthermore, she highlighted the importance of maintaining a sense of passion and desire, stating that without lust, a relationship lacks a vital element.
The actress explained, “Those are the three L’s. You have to listen, and then you’ll know what the other person is really thinking and going through. You have to love each other. And without lust, you don’t have anything.”
Thomas and her husband recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on May 21, 2023, and she expressed her gratitude for having him in her life, describing him as “the best.”
When the outlet asked how they marked the special occasion, the 85-year-old actress revealed they opted for a low-key and private evening together.
Rather than throwing a lavish party or engaging in extravagant celebrations, the couple chose to enjoy each other’s company in an intimate setting.
They went to the theater, had dinner, and took leisurely walks down the street, cherishing the opportunity to be together and reconnect. Thomas said, “Go to the theater, go to dinner, walk down the street, just be together. It was great.”
Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue spilled tips for marital success in their book
Thomas and her husband Donahue have shared their insights on marital success in their book, What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life.
In an interview with AARP in 2020, the couple revealed that they spent nine months interviewing celebrity couples to uncover the keys to maintaining a long-lasting relationship.
Marlo Thomas with Phil Donahue and their book What Makes a Marriage Last. (Source: marlothomas/Instagram)
Breaking their own rule of never working on a project together, the couple embarked on this endeavor to discover if there truly is a secret sauce to a successful marriage.
Their book features stories and advice from couples they admire, including Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Chip, and Joanna Gaines, and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon.
Although each couple’s story is unique, Thomas and Donahue found a common plotline among them: the journey of two individuals joining hands and embracing the joys and challenges of making a marriage last.
Regarding their marriage, they emphasized the importance of communication and the unwavering belief that nothing can truly break them apart.
They have learned over the years that not everything is a significant issue, and they have developed a habit of talking things out.
In a promotional video for the issue on AARP’s YouTube channel, Thomas mentioned that the secret to good communication is sometimes expressing emotions through raised voices, as it ensures the other person is truly listening.
They also humorously suggested stepping away and counting to ten in another room to diffuse tension.
Thomas’ husband added that humor plays a vital role in their marriage, as it brings levity and helps navigate challenges. The couple believes that a little humor can go a long way in maintaining a strong and thriving relationship.
Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue met in 1977
Thomas and Donahue’s love story began in 1977 when they first crossed paths. Thomas, an esteemed actress, appeared as a guest on Donahue’s talk show, and their first encounter was described as “love at first sight.”
Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue celebrating their 16 years of marriage. (Source: marlothomas/Instagram)
Eventually, on May 21, 1980, they exchanged vows and officially became husband and wife. Along with marrying Donahue, Thomas also embraced the role of stepmother to his five children from his previous marriage.
Before their union, Donahue had been married to Margaret Cooney for 16 years, from 1958 to 1975. They welcomed five children during their marriage—Michael, Kevin, Daniel, Mary Rose, and James.
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Jesse Hutch and Wife Loreili Hutch Mark Their 14th Wedding Anniversary
Jesse Hutch wrote, “14 years of marriage and it stands true from the beginning.”
Jesse Hutch, the famous actor known for his role in American Dreams, took to his Instagram to celebrate his 14th wedding anniversary with his beloved wife, Loreili Hutch.
On May 25, 2023, in a heartwarming post, he expressed his deep love and admiration for his wife, reflecting on their incredible journey together.
Jesse Hutch and Loreili Hutch marked their 14th wedding anniversary. (Source: jesse_hutch/Instagram)
He shared, “14 years of marriage and it stands true from the beginning: I immediately knew from the start that no matter what the experience, the lowest valley or the highest mountain, this was the one woman on the entire planet that I wanted to experience it with.”
His message conveyed gratitude and appreciation for the love and support he had received from his wife throughout their marriage.
The Batwoman star acknowledged that the true essence of their bond lies in the unspoken words and gestures they save for one another, stating, “All that really needs to be said will be said to her.”
Additionally, the 42-year-old actor wished his wife a happy anniversary, calling her his “wife 4 life.”
He concluded his message with an optimistic outlook, eagerly embracing the future and exclaiming, “big Amen to the next one. This is our year.”
Loreili, in her own Instagram post, shared a cute picture of the couple and joyfully captioned it, “14 years of pure bliss!”
Jesse Hutch and Loreili Hutch’s relationship timeline
Jesse and his wife Loreili are fans’ favorite couple who has been married for over a decade. The pair married on May 25, 2009.
However, not many details are known concerning their dating days, including how they met, but according to several reports, they met at a house party.
On June 8, 2022, while wishing his wife a birthday, Jesse reflected on their first encounter. He stated how Loreili’s mesmerizing ocean-blue eyes and blonde hair stopped him in his tracks, instantly capturing his attention.
The Arrow actor candidly admitted that he was taken aback by her stunning appearance and acknowledged that she was the real deal, the “whole package.”
Following their first encounter, their friendship grew, and they began dating. After several years of dating, they became engaged and eventually got married.
While their relationship has endured difficulties, they haven’t let it overshadow their love and commitment to each other.
To mark their 12th wedding anniversary, the About a Girl actor shared a lovely picture with his wife on his Instagram on May 25, 2021.
Jesse wrote a brief yet touching message, stating, “12 years of marriage with my beautiful Wife. Each day better then the last. Each moment refining us towards deeper love.” Moreover, he also thanked his wife for saying “yes.”
Similarly, on June 8, 2022, Jesse took to social media to shower his wife, Loreili, with birthday wishes. In a loving message, he expressed he was head over heels for his wife.
Jesse praised Loreili’s genuine nature, empathy, and concern for others. He also expressed his awe and admiration for his wife, emphasizing that she exceeded all his expectations.
The actor concluded his heartfelt birthday message by reaffirming his commitment to Loreili, stating that he was hers completely.
Jesse Hutch and Loreili Hutch are parents of three children
Jesse and Loreili are proud parents of three children: two sons and a daughter. Their first son Eli Hutch was born on May 18, 2011.
Jesse Hutch with his Loreili Hutch and their children. (Source: jesse_hutch/Instagram)
The couple welcomed their youngest child, a daughter, Charlize Hutch, on April 25, 2014. Meanwhile, their middle child, a son named Sawyer Hutch, was born sometime on November 2012.
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