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Yesterday, a track listing for the soundtrack to "The Dark Knight Rises" was released on a fan site for composer Hans Zimmer. If you like to read into things, there was plenty to read into and speculate over how the song titles might relate to the film’s proceedings. Below, we’ve picked out five tracks to talk about how they could fit into the movie, and what we might want to expect.

"Underground Army"
Not to put it too plainly on the nose, but there’s pretty much only one reason for any sort of army in "The Dark Knight Rises" -- to be commandeered by Bane for the purpose of wreaking havoc. We’ve already seen footage of Bane in charge of a criminal gang, so we know he’s not alone in his pursuit of Batman. It’s not too much of a stretch to say they hang out underground, because caves are the new hotels.

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In Marvel Comics lore, A.I.M. isn’t just an antiquated chatting service. It also stands for Advanced Idea Mechanics -- a science-based terrorist organization dedicated to ruining everything in the world. Led by their iconic yellow-outfitted lackeys and the fearsome floating head M.O.D.O.K., A.I.M. has clashed with many of the heroes in the Marvel universe. That makes them a perfect choice to be introduced in "Iron Man 3," as some brand new set photos show.

As SpinOff points out, a terrorist organization would be an unlikely choice to hide out in a big public office, much less behind a sharply-designed logo. But insidious comes in all forms: They could be the group hired by the government to develop the Extremis virus that "Iron Man 3" is supposed to feature, or they could be the ones behind the "Iron Patriot" costume that popped up last week.

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There's a wild rumor out on the Web regarding the future of the "X-Men" films. According to Ain’t It Cool News, 20th Century Fox has registered a copyright for the title "Days of Future Past" with the MPAA Title Registration Bureau. For those of you who don’t know, the bureau exists so that studios can claim titles for projects they may intend to work on, even if nothing comes of it... which makes the name grab so interesting.

"Days of Future Past" is one of the most famous X-Men comic storylines, one that imagines a dystopian future in which mutants have basically been turned into concentration camp prisoners through government legislation and systemic genocide. From the future, Kitty Pryde transfers her mind (through science!) to her past self, so that she may warn the X-Men and prevent the chain of events that leads to her disastrous reality. She succeeds, and though the future continues to exist as an alternate timeline, she at least has the assurance to know that the past can go in a different way.

So how could this be used for a "First Class" follow-up? First of all...

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Given the amount of time they spent together over the last few years, it's not surprising that the cast members of "The Avengers" grew close. When we talked to Clark Gregg (who played the dearly departed Agent Phil Coulson) in a lead up to this Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, he told us about the feeling of being in such an exclusive club.

"I know that some of the people who did 'Lord of the Rings'—and that was a trilogy—they’re really kind of life long... that's just something they have that no one else has," he said.

"I definitely have that feeling sometimes when I see other cast members around. It's like we went through something together," he went on. "It's kind of cool. I hope we get to do it again."

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Iron Patriot is going to be in "Iron Man 3." Photos of the red, white and blue suit on set were revealed yesterday, and there’s no other way to spin the news: The Iron Man we know isn’t going to be the only Iron Man around. But who is the Iron Patriot, and what does his apparent inclusion mean for the next "Iron Man" movie?

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For entirely reasonable reasons, the announcement of Jeff Wadlow as the director of "Kick-Ass 2” rose a few eyebrows amongst concerned comics fans. To begin with, Wadlow has only directed two major films of note -- "Cry Wolf” and "Never Back Down” -- neither of which were immensely successful or acclaimed in any way. But listening to him talk about his plans for the sequel to the goofily gorey superhero send-up, maybe he’s just been looking for the proper shot to showcase his ideas.

ComicBookMovie.com helpfully transcribed Wadlow’s comments about "Kick-Ass 2” at the Kapow! Comic Convention, where he appeared on a panel over the past weekend.

"It's been an interesting process because for those of you who know the property really well, the movie takes some significant liberties with the first comic book,” he said. "Then Mark did the sequel to the comic book which is ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ So I had sort of this movie and the comic book and I had to find the intersection. An adaptation was quite a challenge, but one that I really enjoyed and loved."

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Zack Snyder and Robert Kirkman have more in common besides their ability to grow beards: both are familiar with superheroes, zombies, and blowing everything to hell.

That made them a natural pair for a Q&A at Friday’s Hero Complex Film Festival, following a screening of Snyder’s "Dawn of the Dead" remake. Unsurprisingly, they had a lot to say about all of those topics.

First off: This may surprise you, but superhero fans are less intense than horror fans. Snyder would know, having presided over remakes of two highly regarded achievements in each genre. "I feel like the ‘Watchmen’ fans, you can reason with them, you know. When they have you in an alley, you can talk your way kind of out of there," he said. "But zombie fans are certainly much more — especially before the movie came out, and we were just talking about what the movie would be, and how we would remake ‘Dawn of the Dead,’ it was pretty intense."

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The news that "Rubicon" actor James Badge Dale has been cast as Coldblood in the upcoming "Iron Man 3" requires a little backstory on his deal.

There are a few things you can infer from Coldblood’s name — namely, that his blood is cold, either because he’s a cyborg or because he wasn’t loved enough as a child. But otherwise, the inclusion of the relatively minor Marvel character into the "Iron Man" movies mythos is a little surprising. Coldblood isn’t the type of character who warrants much adaptive consideration — in fact, he hasn’t gotten much attention on any front.

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Joss Whedon would like to see more female heroes in "The Avengers 2." So why not She-Hulk? Introduced as Bruce Banner’s cousin who receives his powers after a blood transfusion, Jennifer Walters would be an easy introduction to the Avengers crew. As a reluctant hero forced into her powers before eventually using them transform her own personality for the better, she’s got an interesting personal story, and the built-in connection between her and Banner would be great for on-screen chemistry.

First off: She-Hulk should be cast as Jennifer Walters first and a giant green rage monster second. I mean, there are some very tall and statuesque models out there, but it’s not like Mark Ruffalo was a bodybuilder. We’ll need someone who’s believable as the sweet-natured but unyielding Walters, the one who moonlights as a capable lawyer when she isn’t busting heads as the She-Hulk. Here are five actors we think might work.

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Avengers 2

By Joss Whedon's own admission, a sequel to "The Avengers" should be a smaller, more personal affair. But if the storyline holds steady from the post-credits scene (which we'll wait to the next section before spoiling, for those of you who haven’t made your way to a theater yet), there's really no way that a sequel won't be bigger, badder and out of control.

While we can't get hyped just yet—there are still pesky things like "contracts" and "schedules" to work out—the ending of "The Avengers" got us thinking about who we'd like to see join the team.

Check out our list after the jump!

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