Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe's days in the "Spider-Man" universe are long behind him — but not so behind him that he isn't at least a little disturbed by the swiftness of the new "Amazing Spider-Man" series.

"I saw a trailer for the first 'Spider-Man' reboot and I thought, 'This is crazy! It's not shot for shot, but it's the same story,'" the former Norman Osborn told Total Film during a recent interview. "I thought, 'This is sort of a cynical approach to making money!'"

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Who Is Jake Ellis

Who is Jake Ellis? Looks like you're about to find out.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news that longtime "Harry Potter" director David Yates is attached to direct an adaptation of the comic book "Who is Jake Ellis?" for 20th Century Fox. The comic was written by Nathan Edmondson and illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, following the exploits of Jon, a mercenary on the lam, and his mysterious accomplice Jake Ellis, a man that only Jon can see.

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SHIELD

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." got backed up by some heavy firepower this week, when Samuel L. Jackson made his first appearance on the show as the agency's director, Nick Fury. Jackson's arrival is big news for "S.H.I.E.L.D." and Marvel fans — but for the actor himself, it's nothing new.

"I'm still playing the same guy, it's the same process," the actor nonchalantly said in a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, talking about his surprise "S.H.I.E.L.D." cameo. "I just show up and they turn the cameras on and we do it."

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James McAvoy

You want some "X-Men: Days of Future Past" hype? Try this on for size: James McAvoy says it's likely to be "the biggest, most epic X-Men" movie we've ever seen.

"I think it's the second biggest production Fox have ever embarked upon, behind 'Avatar,'" the actor said in a new interview with IGN. "So they're definitely going for it."

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Gotham

Fox has committed to a new series called "Gotham," centered on a young James Gordon and his days as a Gotham City detective before Batman ever emerged on his radar. But the new drama doesn't seem to be based on the critically acclaimed "Gotham Central" comic books from Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka — at least as far as the creators are aware.

"I don't know anything about that Gotham show, and I have no idea if it's anything to do with Gotham Central in any way," Brubaker said on Twitter (via Robot 6). "I'm guessing not."

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Ultron

We're not quite at the "Age of Ultron" yet, but how about a sneak peek to tide you over?

Comic-Con attendees caught an early look at Earth's mightiest robot when Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios unveiled a very preliminary "Avengers: Age of Ultron" teaser. The footage centered on Iron Man's iconic helmet as it's pounded by unknown forces, ultimately turning it into Ultron's unforgettable visage.

Now, that footage is online, and ready for your viewing pleasure. Check out the "Age of Ultron" teaser below.

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Grant Gustin

The fastest man alive is currently going "a little fanboy," according to actor Grant Gustin.

"I'm kind of running around a little bit, but mostly just for fun at this point. Just because I'm really excited," Gustin said in an interview with E! Online about his upcoming appearance as the Flash on The CW's "Arrow," premiering its second season on October 9.

Gustin was cast as Barry Allen a couple short weeks ago, with three "Arrow" appearances in his future, and a possible spinoff series in the works as well. If you're skeptical about Gustin's casting as the veteran Allen, you're not alone: Gustin was skeptical at first as well.

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Ant-Man

The already-packed summer blockbuster season of 2015 just got a tiny bit more crowded.

Marvel Studios has moved "Ant-Man" from its original November 6, 2015 release date to a brand-new July 31, 2015 release date. That puts "Ant-Man" right in the heart of the summer season, hitting theaters just two weeks after Zack Snyder's still-untitled "Man of Steel" sequel (featuring Ben Affleck as Batman) arrives.

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Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson is already the director of one super-spy agency. Now, it looks like he's ready to lock horns against another.

The man better known to Marvel fans as Nick Fury is set for the main villain role in Fox and director Matthew Vaughn's "The Secret Service," based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. He joins a cast that already includes Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Michael Caine.

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Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark

Undeterred by the bad press surrounding "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," Marvel is sticking with the live-show game.

Billboard has the news that Marvel is teaming up with Feld Entertainment, the same group behind the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, for a live arena show featuring your favorite characters from the Marvel Universe. The show is expected to begin domestic and international tours in July 2014.

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Cover Artist

Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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