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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 

Actress from 1st Dr. Strange movie convicted of sexual abuse along with her husband while film's sequel drops steeply at box office on 2nd week

Breitbart's reported the UK actress Zara Phythian, who along with her husband were both charged by UK authorities with sexually abusing an underaged girl, was convicted by the British court overseeing the case:
British film actress Zara Phythian – who appeared in Doctor Strange alongside Benedict Cumberbatch – has been found guilty of grooming and sexually abusing a girl in tandem with her husband Victor Marke.

The latter was also found to have sexually abused another girl on his own.

The Times reports Phythian, who is 37, was found guilty of 14 sexual offences at Nottingham Crown Court while her husband, who is 59, was found guilty of 18.
As I'd said before, this won't reflect well on the first Dr. Strange movie going forward, when there's a performer in a notable role there who committed a serious crime in real life, leaving the film tainted by her actions. Come to think of it, this could also look bad for Disney as the owner of the franchise, viewed in context of where they're going today. Not many movies and TV shows end up getting tarnished this fast within just a few years, but this is certainly a standout example of one such film, and comes off far worse than the case of actress Amber Heard smearing Johnny Depp, embarrassing the Aquaman movie with her behavior behind the scenes.

Now since the movies based on the Sorcerer Supreme are in discussion, it's fascinating to discover that, while Multiverse of Madness may have opened with a lot of money in its first week, it appears to have plunged very low in its second, according to the following date from The Direct:
Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness grossed $16.7 million on Friday, dropping a steep 81% from the $90.7 million earned domestically during its opening day. This marks the second-worst second Friday drop for an MCU movie. Projections have the film dropping around 65%-69% this second weekend, eyeing a gross of $60-$65 million.
As much as it wasn't great to hear it took in money at all, considering how pretentious it already is, what with the way Scarlet Witch is portrayed, this does suggest audiences are beginning to wake up to how overrated these live action films were to start with. Deadline Hollywood, however, remains superficial in their estimations why it's taken a dive:
Doctor Strange 2‘s second weekend decline simply rests on bad word of mouth; the sequel receiving a back-to-back meh grade from CinemaScore for an MCU movie, B+ to Eternals’ B back in November.
Just that? What about the villificaiton of Scarlet Witch that began with WandaVision and continues here? Surely that's not something to consider? This is but one of the reasons I want nothing to do with these movies. It's not just because, IMO, they're live action films made for people who despise illustrated mediums. It's also because of the corruption heaped upon the source material, entirely at the expense of characters like Wanda, and, lest we forget, her creators, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

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