SU­PER­HEROES MAY HAVE dom­i­nated our screens for the last few years, but we’re pretty sure you haven’t seen one quite like the one on this month’s cover. Doc­tor Strange is fi­nally here and, if like us, you were puz­zled as to just how you take that char­ac­ter and turn him into a fully fledged block­buster-fronting pro­tag­o­nist, you will want to read our fea­ture on p68. Pre­pare to be puz­zled no longer — just dead ex­cited.

Else­where in the is­sue, the team came to­gether to write some­thing we re­ally, re­ally didn’t want to. As we were half­way through this is­sue, the news broke that Gene Wilder had died. The man who, while turn­ing in some of the great­est comic per­for­mances on film, was at pains to point out that he wasn’t a clown, he wasn’t a co­me­dian; he was an ac­tor. You see, while he made us laugh un­til our ribs rubbed, he also moved us and opened whole new worlds to us. There was much wet-eyed de­bate in the Empire of­fice about which his finest mo­ment ul­ti­mately was. We con­tinue that de­bate on p82. Share your own by tweet­ing us @em­piremagazine.

Fi­nally, some of you may be lucky enough to hold this is­sue in your hands at Amer­i­can Air­lines Presents Empire Live, our ul­ti­mate film and en­ter­tain­ment week­end down at The O2 from Septem­ber 23-25. With Daniel Rad­cliffe fronting our open­ing night gala screen­ing of

Swiss Army Man and Im­perium, an ap­pear­ance from Luke Cage him­self, a Women On Screen panel in­clud­ing Amma Asante and Natalie Dormer, and an ex­clu­sive pre­view screen­ing of War On Ev­ery­one, it’s go­ing to not just be good. It’s go­ing to be great. If you couldn’t join us this year, don’t fear! We will be cov­er­ing

ev­ery­thing on em­pire­on­ and fea­tur­ing the high­lights in next month’s mag­a­zine. We can’t wait to tell you how it went.

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