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New Photo Spread For ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Has Tons of Pics


Empire has a new spread on Thor: The Dark World featuring some beautiful images from the film. Directed by the talented Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Sopranos, Hell, this guy has directed episodes of some of my favorite television series, way to many to name), Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson and newcomers Christopher Eccleston (Malekith), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Algrim) and Zachary Levi (Fandral).

The Empire spread, as always, has some interesting quotes about the movie:

“You know, we are killing Asgardians in this movie,” says director Alan Taylor inside. “It turns out immortality isn’t all that it was cracked up to be.”

Explains producer Craig Kyle, “Asgard at the beginning of the first film was at a time of peace. Now our guys have been fighting for over a year, constantly. It’s a time of war.

“When the Bifrost was broken at the end of the first film, Odin had to conjure a lot of dark energy and go through a lot of personal sacrifice to try and get his son back to Earth. And it was a one-shot deal. If Thor didn’t succeed, without the Tesseract he couldn’t have got back again. And in our film, finally the Bifrost has been rebuilt, but during that time, when the cops were largely cut off from the rest of the universe, you had miscreants that came in from outside the Nine Realms, pillaging and destroying and causing havoc. So that’s what our guys have been doing now – trying to put all these fires out across the Nine Realms.”

Sounds like there is trouble in paradise for the Asgardians. This time around there should be plenty of action. My only question about the pictures is, “Who is that rocky headed guy Thor is laughing with or at?”

Check out the gallery below and let us know what you think in the comments section. Will you be in a theater seat November 8th when the movie opens?
















Via: Empire

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Tiniest Bit of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Footage Leaks – WATCH NOW!


My understanding is what we’ve got here is the same footage as what was screened in Hall H for FOX’s panel at SDCC, at least part of it. This very short clip, which appeared on YouTube earlier today only to be promptly pulled by FOX’s lawyers, then later uploaded to a more dubious video hosting site, is the very beginning of the footage screened at Comic Con.

Give the blurry, bald head of Charles Xavier a click in order to view the footage. Do it now! Before it’s taken down again! [Note: only click play, don’t bother installing whatever crap they try and trick you into.]


If you couldn’t make out the dialogue here’s a transcript,

Ian McKellen‘s Magneto: What’s the last thing you remember?

Patrick Stewart‘s Xavier: I had a glimpse into the past. (To Wolverine) You will have to do for me what I once did for you.

McKellen’s Magneto: You’ll need me as well… side-by-side to end this war… before it ever begins.

And cut, end of footage. There’s more to it, and it’s the entirety of the clip those at Comic Con and those at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where this bootleg comes from, had the fortune to see.

What we can glean from this measly 40 seconds is quite a bit, though. We see Rogue (Anna Paquin), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) – now with beard! That’s how we know time’s past, guys. And of course, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. There’s the X-Mansion, upstairs and downstairs, and Cerebro. More exciting though, are the quick looks at Omar Sy as Bishop, Adan Canto as Sunspot, and Booboo Stewart as Warpath.

What else were you able to spot?

Where the footage goes from here has already been recapped repeatedly since Comic Con ended, but for a refresher here’s Screen Rant’s take.

Thanks to @pittsed_off for the tip to a working video!

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All New ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Trailer is Here!


With just about two months until the November 8th premiere of Marvel StudiosThor: The Dark World we should see a lot more clips, interviews, and other production treats soon. Let’s start the whole thing off with a new trailer! It’s got everything we’ve been waiting for as the $h!ts about to hit the fan in good old Asgard as those dastardly Dark Elves do Malekith’s dirty deeds.

Everyone is back for this sequel, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsg rd, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi ( The new Fandral), Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

I’ve got to say that IMHO and from what I’ve seen, Tom Hiddleston is going to steal the show in this movie. I can’t wait to see more of Loki and Thor, plus Loki and all the other cast of characters. And don’t forget Odin’s wife Frigga, it looks like she might get a great scene to throw down against some Dark Elves.

Take a look and let us know what you think about the trailer below.

Via: Coming Soon

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Surprise, Surprise…The Superior Spider-Man is “No Brand New Day”

If you’re an older Spider-Man reader, then you remember the days when Peter Parker was married to M.J.

It was a rarity in comics-a happy, stable relationship. Peter and M.J. made one another stronger. She and he had careers and their own villains and, well, that dynamic lasted for more than twenty years. No matter how tough life became, you could always look at Peter Parker and realize that the nerdy kid grew up, got the girl, and lived (usually) happily ever after.

So Long and Thanks for All the Webs

Then in 2007 and 2008, Dan Slott and the creative team at Marvel undid everything.

Undid the marriage. Undid all of those years of web-slinging. Undid Kraven’s last hunt and Venom and “Secret Wars.” “One More Day” and the resulting “Brand New Day” reset the Spider-Man universe and tried to recalibrate the fun that they had felt the comic had strayed from. And yet it wasn’t fun. The stories weren’t light or deft. Critical reaction was mixed, to put it kindly. To me, it felt like Marvel dropped a lit match in my comic collection and burned up all of those amazing issues.

So Dan Slott and Marvel tried it again with The Superior Spider-Man, which ended Amazing Spider-Man at issue #700 and launched a whole new Spider-Man. To keep it short, Doctor Octopus switched minds with Peter Parker and trapped his consciousness in that dying body. That meant the new Doc Ock Peter Parker had all of Peter’s memories and understood Spider-Man’s mission. The final issue of ASM was a rushed story with a lot of backpatting and hat tipping from people who worked on the book. It is, perhaps, a hair less annoying than “Brand New Day.”

So I started reading The Superior Spider-Man with fairly low expectations. I felt betrayed that they erased all of the years of my iconic hero and then they decided that wasn’t enough so they went off and killed him, too.

What I Never Expected

Here’s the big surprise: I liked The Superior Spider-Man. I really like it. Once they dished off the whining ghost of Peter Parker and gave Doc Ock free run, it meant that you could see how a different person-one with a vicious streak to boot-would handle living as Peter Parker.

And the stories are tense and the kind of fun I think Slott was trying to capture in “Brand New Day.” In short, I hate how we were given The Superior Spider-Man. I disliked everything about the ending of ASM. I didn’t even care for the beginning of the Doc Ock era as Spider-Man, but I love the direction of this storyline and am glad that it has been extended.

Besides, if I want to see M.J. and Peter married again, I still have those issues bagged and boarded.

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[UPDATED!] ‘Guardians’ Director James Gunn Received Hate Mail Over Karen Gillan’s Shaved Head… Seriously!?


Karen Gillan whipping off her wig, saying she’d done something, “a bit rash,” and revealing she’s now completely bald for her role as Nebula in Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy will go down as a highlight from this year’s Comic Con. Of all the people to shave their head, why’d it have to Karen!? Those beautiful ginger locks – GONE!

Fans everywhere are upset, but most understand it’s only hair which in time will grow back. (Besides, she’s got, like, the cutest little shaved head!) Others though, well, some fans are so upset they’ve taken to sending hate mail to director James Gunn, claiming he made her to it, and how dare he!?

If you are sending me hate messages about making @KarenGillan2 shave her head, you might consider the overall state of your life.

– James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 24, 2013

Anyone who’s a fan of Karen knows she’s a bit mad. Matt Smith always said so. I can’t imagine anyone but Karen could make Karen shave her head. And if you’re going to send hate mail to James Gunn I’m sure you can find a more important matter than Karen’s bald head. I mean, really.

Source: Digital Spy

UPDATE! Since Gunn’s original tweet on the matter the director has gone on Formspring to elaborate on the need for Gillan to shave her head in the first place.

It was explained that whoever played Nebula would have to shave her head. So Karen knew about this when she auditioned. A bald cap looks fake when seen repeatedly up close & during long action sequences.

And again, I repeat myself when I say Karen’s not dumb or a pushover, she wouldn’t let her head be shaved if she wasn’t 100% behind it. Also, it’s hair! Get over it!

Anyway, besides the outrage over Karen’s missing locks, she elaborated a bit to AMC about her character, saying,

Nebula is the villain of the film. She’s an employee of Thanos and she has a very interesting and complex relationship to the lead female of the film, Gamora.

Hmm, I not too familiar with Guardians, so maybe this is common knowledge, but were they once besties now forced to fight one another? And did you notice she calls herself the villain, not a villain? I hadn’t realized she’d be the main antagonist, but awesome! Are you excited to see Karen in a villainous role? Bald, even!?

Oh! And I retweeted this last night, but of course I’ll share it again. Just goes to show how well Karen’s taking her new look,

Excited to announce that after long negotiations to play Chuckie in new Rugrats film, I have now been offered the role of Tommy Pickles.

– Karen Gillan (@KarenGillan2) July 30, 2013

Source: CBM

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Edgar Wright Speaks on Which ‘Ant-Man’ We’ll Be Seeing

hank pym ant man

And now, for a small but (for some) important bit of super hero film news, it looks like we have the official word on which version of Ant-Man we should expect to see come the movie’s 2015 release. If you don’t know anything about the character, or just don’t care, you may leave now. For the rest of us – according to the film’s writer, Edgar Wright, his script will indeed be using the Hank Pym version of the classic super hero.

With the script already complete and casting due to be dealt with by the end of the year, we even still have a little time to do some fan-casting! What about the Nerd Readers out there? Who would be your Dream Pym?

Ant-Man, complete with more Hank Pym, is due for theaters come November 6th, 2015.

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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Nerd Art Dump: “American Gothic” With a Twist, Evil Power Rangers, Deadpool Celebrates Canada, and MOAR!


Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

Above: Based on classic Grant Wood painting “American Gothic”, but with a Warner Bros. twist, “Toontown Gothic” by Ian Glaubinger looks to bring back Who Framed Roger Rabbit‘s Jessica and Roger Rabbit. If there were more pieces of work in galleries like this you might see more people actually in galleries. [Comics Alliance]

Hit the jump for The World’s End, beavers and more.


A night out, a few drinks with some old friends, nothing could go wrong, right? An exclusive print for Focus Features by Tommy Lee Edwards of the upcoming The World’s End for San Diego Comic Con, this piece of work will surely be in limited supply. Lucky you if you get your hands on one of these. [XombieDIRGE]


Every top artist in Marvel has drawn her, stealing anything of high value or teasing old Spider-Man, but only Amanda Conner can draw the Black Cat so well. Matching her curves with Amanda’s style, Felicia Hardy knows how to make an entrance, an advantage of being a world traveler. Just make sure you’ve an eye on her at all times, it’d be a shame to see her walk out with a few extra “trinkets” tucked under her arm. [Inuyoku]


Oh Marty, what silly adventures are you and Sean Gordon Murphy getting into now? The pin-up for Back to the Future is almost a hundred percent accurate to the original film, but Sean added a little someone extra to it. See if you can point it out and correct the timeline. [Deviant Art]


You Power Rangers fans are going to love this, a “what if” based on an episode where Kimberly, the first North American pink ranger, was kidnapped to be Lord Zedd’s new queen. A SDCC commission by nebezial, the Rangers may not have fared well against one of their own. Sure would have made Season 2 a whole lot better. [Deviant Art]


Class photos are always weird, even weirder when everyone in the picture is going to be swinging lasers, swords and magic at each other in a few decades. This class photo by Patrick Ballesteros of the future Masters of the Universe is a perfect look at everyone before fame took over. [Geeks are Sexy]


If you’re looking for artwork that can grab a scene you’ll want to see Lee Bermejo. The man’s work, like this commission of Spider-Man lifting some serious weight, is something to behold and worth it if you can get one of your very own. [Nerrrding]


We Canadians are known for a lot of things; the invention of several sports, great beer and a batch of Hollywood heart-throbs, but this sums us up quite nicely. A mash-up of Canadian gold by Zack Newirth including our nation’s beaver, hockey, poutine (Disco fries for our American friends) and Deadpool is a fair representation of my people. Could use some more flair, but Ryan Reynolds doesn’t want to be near Deadpool again. [Herochan]

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Is Apocalypse Part of the Bigger Picture for ‘X-Men’ Movies?


It’s probably the worst kept secret, or at least one of them, that 20th Century Fox wants to create a similar shared universe feel for all their Marvel Comics properties as Marvel Studios has for theirs. Consider the sudden appearance of Thanos at the end of The Avengers, which will be followed up in next summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, thus creating a universe-spanning bad guy for a universe-spanning series of films.

So the question becomes, can Fox do something similar, and if so, who could they do it with? How about Apocalypse, the mutant despot who’s thousands of years old and obsessed with his survival of the fittest mentality. If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer was once questioned on the subject of Apocalypse appearing in that film and got pretty cryptic pretty quick when an interviewer got too close.

“I can’t tell you…” he said before clamming up. “This is how it gets started, when somebody starts piecing the little bits together….”

Adding fuel to that fire now is a website called Unleash The Fanboy, which quoted an unnamed Fox source in regards to any future appearance by Apocalypse in Days of Future Past or any other X-Men movie. Here’s the exchange:

This is what she said:
“He’s definitely a big part of Fox’s whole plan for a big X-Men universe with spin-off movies. The Avengers really is the template here”

Will he show up in Days Of Future Past?
“I won’t say too much about that. You’ll just have to wait and see”

“Want and see.” Which is exactly what your mom says when you ask her if you’re going to get a specific toy for Christmas. So can we take this to mean that Apocalypse will appear in someway shape or form in Days? We’ll see.

More news as it develops. X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out next summer.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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Marvel Movie Teasing with ‘Thor: The Dark World’, ‘Captain America 2′ Concept Art & Peggy Carter Spin-Off


With Marvel‘s cinematic universe officially in Phase 2 we have a full slate of movies from the house of ideas to look forward to and apparently, Entertainment Weekly is all up in it, pictures wise. Coming up we’ve got some teasey/spoilery images from the magazine’s Comic-Con preview for you to drool and speculate over.

Let’s start with some concept art of Captain America and his BFF, Bucky.


See, that’s a spoiler (to people who don’t know commonly known things). Steve “Captain America” Rogers and his former sidekick, James “Bucky” Barnes turn from friends to enemies and, with any luck frienemies by the end, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The above concept art by Ryan Meinerding (same guy that did the Iron Man 3 reveal last Comic Con) teases what we can assume is one of many clashes between the two. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due in theaters April 4, 2014.


Remember Peggy Carter from the first Captain America movie? Well get ready for more. Hayley Atwell returns for the next Marvel short film, packaged with the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray that drops in September. Picking up shortly after Cap is flash frozen and assumed lost, the flick will feature the femme fatale carving out her own space in the male dominated world of 1940 s super-spies. Three more pictures and a synopsis by Marvel co-president Louis D’Esposito follow.




It’s a year since Cap plunged into the ocean. And in our mind, we said there’s a few SSR offices. If you want to relate it to now, it’s like the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. The SSR is the precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s some satellite offices in New York and right now their primary concern is getting Zodiac … Zodiac in the books has been many many different things. We just want you to know it’s deadly, it’s important, bad guys are guarding it, and it’s imperative she gets it.


Lastly, a quick little round up of some concept work for promotional material for our next trip to Asgard in Thor: The Dark World. Yes, Kevin Feige more or less has confirmed that the sequel will take place in the realm on the planet of the Norse gods aliens. “We see the street-level view, the nooks and crannies of house people actually live there real people and not just golden superbeings.”



Source: EW, 2, 3

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Did Stan Lee Confirm ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Black Panther’ Films? Not Really, But Here’s a Story Anyway


This weekend at the Wizard World New York Comic Con Experience, the 90 year old and lively Stan Lee said things. Things about Marvel movies, and now people are saying it is news… again.

For the record, I was there and I didn’t (and don’t) think that this passes for news, because… well… news should be new, and God bless him, but Stan Lee is admittedly not in those meetings anymore. He hasn’t been a creative force at Marvel for quite some time, and this is sorta part of his shtick.

What Stan Lee is, is a mascot for Marvel, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. He’s fan service, and the look on people’s faces when they come away from the microphone at one of these Q&A events is the same look that I’ve seen on a kid’s face as he toddles away from hugging Mickey Mouse at Disney World. The difference is, no one looks to Mickey for an update on Star Wars: Episode VII. Not yet, at least.

Anyway, here’s the deal:

Lee was asked about the possibility of a Planet Hulk film or a Marvel Civil War film (how, with the licenses spread all across the corporate cosmos?) and then he proceeded to say:

“I’m not involved in those decisions anymore, but the people at Marvel are spending hours trying to think ‘what will we do next?’ and there’s a damn good chance that they will think of just what you mentioned, ‘cos it would be a great idea and little by little everything you want to see will come along, because [Marvel] are just like you, they’re fans of the stories and they’re trying to think ‘what would the fans like to see next? What would we like to see next?’ So they’re working on Ant-Man, they’re working on Doctor Strange, they’re working on Guardians of the Galaxy, they’re working on god knows what. And did I say Black Panther also. Those are the ones I know about and there are others that I don’t even know about, and shame on them for not telling me.”

doctor strange

Now, obviously, there have been rumors about Doctor Strange and The Black Panther for quite some time, but if this were an official confirmation that Marvel was “working” on them, that would really be something. This isn’t that. This wasn’t Kevin Feige in Stan Lee cosplay, and oh by the way, Kevin Feige told Collider “Dr. Strange is something that I talk about often and it’s sort of next up for us to dig into and explore.” in May, and that’s a lot more official.

There’s one more wrinkle to this story: remember when I told you that this was a part of Lee’s shtick and that news should be new? Google “Stan Lee Confirms Doctor Strange and Black Panther” and look at how many articles pop up from last year. Just like the story about not digging Diablo or the way that Doctor Doom was portrayed in Fantastic Four (other things he said during the Q&A on Saturday), Stan Lee has “confirmed” Doctor Strange and Black Panther before, most notably in November of 2012, when he said:

“Oh they are all being made into movies! I can tell you there will definitely be a Dr. Strange movie! They are working on Antman, which requires really small cameras! Black Panther is being developed, one of my favorites…the Inhumans…All the hero’s will eventually be made into movies.”

Gosh that sounds familiar.

Source: My eyes and ears, Google, Collider, The SCAD District, H/T to Flickering Myth for the transcription.

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