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Zack Snyder and David Goyer talk about controversial 'Man of Steel' ending...that Christopher Nolan didn't want

19 June 2013 9:41 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The smash-hit Superman reboot Man of Steel incited some controversy with its decidedly darker take on the Last Son of Krypton, mostly for a key decision that the superhero makes at the end of the movie. This is the part where we have to write Spoiler Alert: The movie ends with an extended sequence where Superman and Zod invent lots of new ways to punch each other, before Superman is ultimately forced to kill Zod in order to triumph over a ridiculously imbalanced highly unlikely situation contrived by the filmmakers save some people. The decision to have Superman kill someone »

- Darren Franich

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Comic Book Checklist: June 19th, 2013

19 June 2013 5:00 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Brett White

Wednesday is new comic book day, which also means it's new potential-movie-source-material day. Here are all of the comics and collections out today starring the comic book characters from the movies and television shows of today, tomorrow and yesterday.

Of particular note this week: Cloak and Dagger make an entrance in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #24; the trek to "Infinity" begins in Avengers #14; and the Dark Knight teams up with Batgirl in Batman and Batgirl #21.

2013 Movies

("Iron Man 3" "Man of Steel" "The Wolverine" "Kick-Ass 2" "Thor: The Dark World")

» The Invincible Iron Man, Vol 11: The Future paperback (pictured above)

Collecting The Invincible Iron Man #521-527.

Story by Matt Fraction, art by Salvador Larroca

» Wolverine Max #8

Story by Jason Starr, art by Felix Ruiz

2014 Movies

("Captain America: The Winter Soldier" "X-Men: Days of Future Past" "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" "Guardians of the Galaxy")

» The Superior Spider-man #12

Story by Dan Slott & Christos Gage, »

- Splash Page Team

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"One-Shots" Expand The 'Marvel Cinematic Universe'

18 June 2013 10:09 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek all the "Marvel One-Shot" short films produced by Marvel Studios, set within the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe', including "Item 47", as featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Blu-ray releases.

"It's a fun way to experiment with new characters and ideas," said One-Shot co-producer Brad Winderbaum, "but more importantly it's a way for us to expand the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' and tell stories that live outside the plot of our features."

Marvel One-Shots include:

"The Consultant" (2011), released on the "Thor" Blu-ray 3D, directed by written by Eric Pearson, with music by Paul Oakenfold, featuring footage from the 2008 film "The Incredible Hulk".

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer" (2011)  released on the "Captain America: The First Avenger" Blu-ray, also  written by Pearson and music by Oakenfold.

"Item 47", released on "The Avengers" (2012) Blu-ray, directed by written by Pearson, starring actors Jesse Bradford and Lizzy Caplan, as a down-on-their-luck couple who »

- Michael Stevens

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8 Movie Series So Out Of Order They Had Us Totally Confused

17 June 2013 6:56 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Although often lambasted for being too simple, some blockbuster series require hours of effort to get the correct chronology straight. With reboots the current favoured blockbuster production method in Hollywood, to see a franchise make it to more than three iterations without a complete do over is a rare occurrence. What’s even rarer is to see one make it that far without one director or another messing with the order of the series.

Prequels, late in the day sequels, heavily homaging reimaginings; they all mess with the order of a series, leaving us all perplexed as to where the latest entry is meant to fit. Sometimes you have resort to drawing complex maps on napkins, feeling more obsessive than Bruce Willis in Looper (no mean feat), only to give up and pray for a reboot.

Well fear not. Like on very current entry on this list we’re here to save the day. »

- Alex Leadbeater

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4 Iconic TV Characters Recast After The Pilot

16 June 2013 3:37 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

A pilot episode, by definition, is a ‘standalone episode of a television series that is used to sell the show to a television network’. They are often radically different to what we eventually see on screen, as alterations to the likes of storyline, characters and casting are often made to ‘improve’ a series with an interesting premise before it is shown to the public.

This article focuses on changes in casting, looking at four characters from iconic series that were originally portrayed by different actors before these individuals were replaced by the people we have grown to know and love in the roles.

Characters who were recast during the shooting of the pilot episode, such as Sharpe (Sean Bean replaced Paul McGann after he injured himself playing football) or The Incredible Hulk (Lou Ferrigno replaced Richard Kiel when producers decided that the Hulk should be more than just large), or »

- Alex Antliff

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David Goyer Teases How Superman's Actions In Man Of Steel Will Lead To Justice League

13 June 2013 9:16 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Warner Bros. are taking a very different approach to their DC Cinematic Universe when compared to what Marvel Studios have done, but it arguably sounds as if it could work just as well (if not better). Whereas Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and the rest all happened roughly at the same time and led to a team being assembled to tackle an almighty threat in The Avengers, it appears as if Superman's actions in Man of Steel will lead to other superheroes being inspired to step forward as well. "It is our intention that, in success, this would be the zero issue and from this point onward, possible films could expand into a shared universe," Man of Steel and Justice League screenwriter David Goyer told Bleeding Cool. "In our world, the Man of Steel world, Zack has gone on record saying that we’re implying there are other superheroes »

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6 Worst Ever Comic Book TV Shows

3 June 2013 2:04 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Comic books and television have a very long relationship. Since 1952’s The Adventures of Superman, which featured George Reeves as the Man of Steel, there have been numerous attempts to bring superheroes to the small screen, both in animation and live-action. The results have been a pretty mixed bag. 1966’s Batman unfortunately set public perception of comic book superheroes being juvenile and campy, and that’s a perception that not many live-action shows sought to correct.

Animation has fared slightly better, especially since the 90s, which saw the debut of the groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series. Not only did it bring us the most-accurate adaptation of The Dark Knight in the history of film and television, but it also showed to the general public that animation and superheroes could be serious and appealing to adults without alienating children.

With the advancement of technology and new avenues for release such as digital streaming, »

- Percival Constantine

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Thor: The Dark World - High-Res Photos and Director Issue Update

30 May 2013 5:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Five high resolution photos have been released for Thor: The Dark World. A couple of these images were previously released as low res scans, but these are much better. We also have an update on that rumor of director Alan Taylor being asked to leave the production until after the movie was released. 

Here's some information that comes from a Latino Review commenter Redbull Werewolf who claims to have the inside info.

Taylor Was apparently butting heads with [Marvel President Kevin Feige] over the run time and final edit. Taylor wants the film to be 2 and a half hours, Marvel says he's contracted to give them a 2 hour film and he's breaching his contract. He hasn't been fired but editing has stopped for 2 weeks while both parties take some time to cool off before a mediator will be brought in [the] middle of June. Bottom line is that the film is only 5 months from release »

- Joey Paur

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The Weekend Warrior: After Earth & Now You See Me

29 May 2013 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

It's the last weekend of May and for whatever reason, someone thought it would be funny/ironic/weird/strange to have two movies by directors who repeatedly get a bad wrap from the fanboys open against each other, so that's why in this corner we have M. Night Shyamalan ( Lady in the Water , The Last Airbender , The Happening ) taking on Louis Letterier ( Clash of the Titans , The Incredible Hulk ), although really this is going to be about whether one star (Will Smith) can take on an ensemble cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and others. I have a feeling we already know the winner in this match-up, but it's a slower weekend regardless compared to Memorial Day, and both movies will have to face much more high profile summer blockbusters. After Earth (Sony) »

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New promo for Marvel's Avengers Assemble

15 May 2013 11:02 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With trailers and promos dropping left, right and centre for Joss Whedon's upcoming live-action TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it's easy to forget that Marvel has a couple of animated shows set to hit the air in the coming months, beginning with another show inspired by last year's blockbuster ensemble, Marvel's Avengers Assemble.

This latest animated incarnation of Earth's Mightiest Heroes will make their debut on Disney Xd with a special one-hour preview on May 26th, and a new promo has just been released featuring new footage from the show, including our first words from The Incredible Hulk...

"Marvel's Avengers Assemble - With an all-star roster consisting of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Falcon and, occasionally–when she feels like it and only when she feels like it–Black Widow, the Avengers are a team in the truest sense. The Avengers save the world from the biggest »

- Flickering Myth

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Comic Book Checklist: May 15th, 2013

15 May 2013 5:00 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Brett White

Wednesday is new comic book day, which also means it's new potential-movie-source-material day. Here are all of the comics and collections out today starring the comic book characters from the movies and television shows of today, tomorrow and yesterday.

Of particular note this week: Catwoman squares off against the Penguin in "Catwoman" #20, the epic Avengers/Captain Marvel crossover starts with "Avengers: The Enemy Within" #1, and Miles Morales makes a big decision in "Ultimate Comics Spider-Man" #23.

2013 Movies

("Iron Man 3" "Man of Steel" "The Wolverine" "Kick-Ass 2" "Thor: The Dark World")

» Iron Man #10 (pictured above)

Story by Kieron Gillen, art by Dale Eaglesham

» Marvel Masterworks: The Invincible Iron Man, Vol 08 hardcover

Collects The Invincible Iron Man (1968) #39-53.

» Wolverine And The X-men #29

Story by Jason Aaron, art by Ramon Perez, colors by Laura Martin

» Wolverine And The X-men By Jason Aaron, Vol 04: Avx paperback

Story by Jason Aaron, »

- Splash Page Team

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Manny Ramirez wears Incredible Hulk costume in Taiwan

13 May 2013 1:35 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

He may not play in Major League Baseball anymore, but Manny Ramirez still knows how to make an impression. While traveling with his current team, the Eda Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, Ramirez was spotted walking out of a train station in Taiwan dressed as The Incredible Hulk.

According to Fox Sports, Manny wore the costume as part of a team-wide Halloween theme for a recent road trip. Wearing the muscular costume naturally brings up a lot of comparisons, as Ramirez left the Mlb after being handed a 100-game suspension for a second violation of the league's drug policy.

He later negotiated the suspension down to 50 games, and signed to return with the Oakland Athletics. After serving his 50-game suspension, Ramirez played with the Sacramento River Cats, a minor league affiliate, before requesting his release. He then joined the Dominican Professional Baseball League for the 2012-2013 offseason, before »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Fund This Film: ‘Harbinger Down’ is Sci-Fi/Horror for Fans of Practical Effects by Masters of Practical Effects

11 May 2013 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As I’ve stated in previous Fund This Film posts, one of the main benefits of crowdfunding is that it offers opportunity for projects that Hollywood literally rejects. Filmmakers like Alex Cox, Ralph Bakshi and even Zach Braff have hit Kickstarter because their visions and methods don’t fit the industry standards and preferences these days and no mainstream production and financial outlets are interested in their works as they’re intended. Similarly, with computer effects being the go-to norm in moviemaking now, people wishing to work with practical effects need to go to fans of such tactile techniques in order to pay for it. We’ve already seen a few campaigns highlighting old school movie magic, including Cox’s effort, and now there’s one from animatronic and makeup wizards Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. If you’re not familiar with those guys by name, you know the creatures and other stuff they’ve done »

- Christopher Campbell

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Official Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Character Badges; Possible Hint At “Rising Tide” Villainy?

10 May 2013 7:20 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Following ABC Network finally picking up the Joss Whedon-created television series based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s peacekeeping organization, official Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. badges have surfaced online, identifying each core member of the elite group and their roles. One character’s identification mentions a “Rising Tide,” which appeared on a mysterious video (with The Incredible Hulk’s Abomination) yesterday that ABC has yanked from the net … hinting at the show’s villains? Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, »

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"Found Footage" from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

10 May 2013 11:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite being third on the list of TV pilots most likely to be picked up behind Beverly Hills Cop and Chuck Lorre's Mom, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is looking very likely to get its full season order. So much so in fact that ABC released this "found footage" to promote the show.

While the video is short, it does seem to feature a rather large hulking man throwing some cars around? Initial speculation was that it was Bruce Banner's Hulk, but some fans seem to think it's actually Abomination, last seen in 2008's The Incredible Hulk.

Update - Sadly, The Video Has Now Been Removed

Here's the offical description of the show:

"Fresh from his role in last summer’s box office smash, Marvel's The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, »

- luke-o

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Watch Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Footage Featuring the Hulk!

10 May 2013 9:48 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

ABC is close to issuing a series order for the pilot Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which was co-written and directed by Joss Whedon. A brief portion of footage has leaked online, which hints at The Incredible Hulk's presence on the show, along with a "Rising Tide" logo.

While we have no idea what this could mean for the show, visit TVweb to take a look at the footage, then stay tuned for any official word from ABC about the fate of this impending drama: clickHere

Here is the official plot synopsis for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

"Fresh from his role in last summer's box office smash, Marvel's The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven't been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That »

- MovieWeb

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10 Amazing Easter Eggs You Never Noticed In Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

7 May 2013 6:19 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

There’s nothing quite like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What began with Iron Man in 2008 has blossomed into a rich and detailed series of movies that feel natural in their cohabitation. Created in an attempt reproduce the “all-encompassing” aspect of the Marvel Comic Book Universe, the McU similarly allows its characters to make appearances over a multitude of interconnected movies, and feel the repercussions of living in a world that shares plot-lines and merges narratives.

For most of us, this simply translates as, “OhmyGod, now Thor can fight Captain America,” or “OhmyGod, now Tony Stark can team up with the Hulk.” It also makes room for a hell of a lot of Samuel L. Jackson cameos. With the McU in place, though, it’s proven to be something of a joy to watch as filmmakers make hints and plant seeds for upcoming story arcs and character developments. For Marvel nerds, »

- T.J. Barnard

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Edgar Wright's Ant-Man Getting A Rewrite To Fit It In With The Marvel Cinematic Universe

2 May 2013 8:30 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The date that we first learned about Edgar Wright's live-action movie about the Marvel Comics superhero Ant-Man was April 28, 2006. The project was actually announced more than two years before Iron Man hit theaters and went in to development at the same time as Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Captain America: The First Avenger. But while all of those films have been made, Ant-Man still waits at Marvel for his day to shine. And that day is coming. The studio has announced that Wright's film will be the first solo movie to be released after Joss Whedon's The Avengers 2, dated to hit theaters on November 6, 2015. There is a slight hitch, however. The Marvel Cinematic Universe didn't exist when Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish sat down to write the script for the movie. As a result, some polishing needs to be done. As part of an interview with Entertainment Weekly, »

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Forecast: 'Iron Man 3' in Line for One of the Biggest Openings Ever

2 May 2013 5:24 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Saturday Update: Iron Man 3 debuted to a massive $68.31 million on Friday, which ranks eighth all-time for opening day. It was noticeably behind The Avengers ($80.8 million), but was also way up on Iron Man 2 ($51.2 million). If it plays like those movies for the rest of the weekend, it will wind up with a weekend gross between $170 and $175 million, which will rank second all-time (behind The Avengers). Friday A.M. Update: Disney is reporting that Iron Man 3 earned $15.6 million from Thursday evening shows in the U.S. That's a bit lower than the midnight opening for The Avengers last year ($18.7 million). This essentially ensures that Iron Man 3 won't match The Avengers for the weekend, considering it's much easier to fill seats at 9 p.m. than at midnight. Still, the movie remains on pace for at least $150 million by the end of the weekend.The Summer movie season officially »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Mike Gold: How The Rest Was One

1 May 2013 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Remember crossovers? Way back in the day, they were the biggest deal in comics.

They were so rare that, in Marvel’s earliest days, a crossover between Iron Man and The Angel was “by permission of the Uncanny X-Men.” The whole Earth-One / Earth-Two thing at DC was breathtaking, a fan’s wet dream. Heck, we even thrilled when Blackhawk simply mentioned Superman.

Maybe the most significant crossover of that time was when The Fantastic Four encountered The Hulk. It was published the same month that The Incredible Hulk was cancelled… but it was so successful that a year later The Ff brought in The Avengers to help in their rematch with Bruce Banner’s alter-ego – in a two-parter, no less!

(Yes, back when crossovers were relatively few and far between, two-part stories came about as often locusts.)

Today, crossovers are no longer a big deal. Actually, they’re no deal »

- Mike Gold

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