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by Ryan Rigley

Huge news for Marvel fans this week as the studio has announced three new mystery films slated to be released in 2016 and 2017, most likely forming Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So far, all we know for sure is that Joss Whedon's "Avengers 2" and Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" will be hitting theaters in May and November of 2015 respectively. But after that, it's anyone's guess!

Sure, we previously tackled the topic earlier this year, but there's always room for more speculation. And now we have actual release dates! There have already been a huge number of rumors concerning what these mystery Marvel films will be, some of which even originate from Marvel's own President of Production, Kevin Feige. Ranging everywhere from the Sorcerer Supreme to an onscreen adaptation of the "Planet Hulk" storyline, you can checkout all of the frontrunners for these rumored Marvel movies after the jump!

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Strange

by Ryan Rigley

Despite there being no official announcement stating that Marvel Studios is moving forward with production on a "Doctor Strange" movie, there have been several huge rumors that have leaked recently about the proposed film. Last week, Latino Review made mention of both Dormammu, Lord of the Dark Dimension, and Baron Mordo playing antagonistic roles in "Doctor Strange."

If Marvel were to go ahead with "Doctor Strange," then Dormammu and Mordo would be the most likely villain choices since the two of them are anchored closely to Strange's origin. However, what if these rumors aren't true? Click past the jump for out list of 5 more potential villains for Doctor Strange!

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Spider-Man

by Ryan Rigley

Production on Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man 2" may have just wrapped, but that doesn't mean we'll be seeing the film anytime soon. Even now that shooting is over, there are still new rumors and theories popping up concerning the film and its lack of actress Shailene Woodley's portrayal of Spidey's main squeeze: Mary Jane Watson. Not to mention the mystery roles that Sarah Gadon and Felicity Jones play in the film.

While we can't wait to see what the "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel has in store for us, we can't help but think back on some of the previous incarnations of everyone's favorite wall-crawler. WAY back! The late 70's, to be more precise, back when the first live-action Spider-Man made his big debut on televisions all across the country.

Click past the jump for more on the "Amazing Spider-Man" TV series!

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Josh Helman

by Ryan Rigley

As if Bryan Singer's highly-anticipated "X-Men: Days of Future Past" wasn't already chock full of lovable mutants, Josh Helman ("Jack Reacher," "Mad Max: Fury Road") has just been thrown into the mix as well. According to the Wrap, Helman's role, while still a huge mystery at this time, is most likely one of great importance based on the fact that the Australian-born actor is due on set for several weeks of shooting.

But with literally no clues to go off of at this point, Josh Helman could be playing virtually anyone! Good mutant, bad mutant, perhaps even a non-mutant character. They're all fair game for Helman's mystery role. So who exactly could Josh Helman be playing in "Days of Future Past"?

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Doctor Strange

by Ryan Rigley

By the Vapors of the Vishanti! According to a report made by Comic Book Movie last week, Marvel Studios has big plans for its titular mystic character: Doctor Strange. Although there hasn't been any sort of direct confirmation from the studio thus far, rumors of a movie based around the Sorcerer Supreme have been running rampant all over the Internet as of late.

In fact, there's even a rumor going around that Marvel plans to make Doctor Stephen Strange the new "hub" character for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, much like Tony Stark's role in Phase 1. While this might be terrific news for hardcore Marvel fans, there are still a ton of people out there that have never even heard of Doctor Strange. With that in mind, we've compiled a reading list for those of you who are new to the Sorcerer Supreme.

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Birds of Prey

by Brett White

There's a movie opening up this weekend that I am next level excited for, and it's one that I've been waiting to see for months. It's called "The Heat," and it looks to be the female buddy-cop movie that the world has needed for decades now. The cast is great (Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy? Come on!). Paul Feig, the director, helmed both "Bridesmaids" and "Freaks and Geeks." It was written by Katie Dippold, who served as a staff writer on "Parks and Recreation" after coming up with one of my favorite Upright Citizens Brigade Theater improv teams, Reuben Williams. I'm stoked for this movie.

But I can't write about it on Splash Page, because it's not a comic book movie! But why can't a movie like "The Heat" be a comic book movie? Women are finally starting to get their due in superhero films, with Black Widow, Catwoman, Pepper Potts and Lois Lane stealing every scene they were in. It's time for Hollywood to recognize the need for female-driven films, especially female buddy films. Here are five female hero teams and pairings just begging to be brought to the big screen, "Heat"-style.

Birds Of Prey
This all-female team is one of the rare new ideas from the past two decades to become absolutely integral to a big two comic book company. "Birds of Prey," which sprang forth from a partnership between Oracle (formerly Batgirl) and Black Canary, has expanded its roster to include ass-kickers like Huntress and Lady Blackhawk. The series has amassed an incredibly devoted fanbase thanks to fan-favorite writer Gail Simone's spot-on portrayal of female camaraderie. There's already been a TV series, yeah, but it's time for a movie.

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X-Men

by Brett White

The CineEurope expo has concluded, leaving in its wake a few tidbits about some upcoming comic book movies: "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Thor: The Dark World," and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." SreenDaily has extensive notes about the presentations. Writing about Fox's presentation, ScreenDaily writes:

"Other highlights in the Fox presentation included... an action sequence from 'The Wolverine,' and Bryan Singer's behind-the-scenes video tour of the set of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' Singer noted there was 'a very international flavor to the film' as it is set in Russia, France, China, Washington D.C., New York and beyond."

I have to say, that's awesome news.

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Vin Diesel

by Brett White

Buckle up Marvel fans, because Vin Diesel has apparently taken a meeting with Marvel Studios! The "Fast and Furious" actor is no stranger to action and science fiction films, but he's yet to dabble in the Venn diagram overlap that is the superhero genre. Could this signal a change? Is Vin Diesel being groomed for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

The actor's both proven himself at the box office this year and shown that he can anchor a big ensemble cast, thanks to the ginormous success of "Fast and Furious 6." His "Fast" co-star Dwayne Johnson has also expressed interest in suiting up for a Marvel movie, so it stands to reason that Vin Diesel wouldn't be too far behind. So if Kevin Feige & Co. get into the Diesel business, which role should he play?

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Birds of Prey

by Ryan Rigley

Last week, lucky ticket-holders were informed of not one but TWO awesome comic book TV series panels happening this year at San Diego Comic-Con International. First up, ABC announced that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will be making its Comic-Con debut with a special booth set up all weekend long and a Friday panel featuring "Avengers" director Joss Whedon! Then on Saturday, the CW's "Arrow" will be returning to Comic-Con in light of its immensely successful first season. Hopefully, we'll even get a sneak preview of season two!

"Arrow" may be the latest TV series based on the DC comics universe, but it is by no means the first. In fact, back in 2002, Gotham City's sirens (a.k.a. the "Birds of Prey") had their very own short-lived TV series. Click past the jump for more!

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Joss Whedon

by Brett White

It seems like only a year ago that we were last wishing Joss Whedon a happy birthday... and in fact it was almost a year ago, because that is how time and birthdays work. The man responsible for creating pretty much the best everythings ever turns 49 on Sunday, June 23rd, and we have to admit, this has been a pretty great year for the guy.

Yeah, last year's birthday came hot on the heels of "Marvel's the Avengers'" success, but in the past year he has released "Much Ado About Nothing," signed a deal that keeps him in the Marvel family for another two years, finished the first draft of "Avengers 2" after deciding that he does have another story to tell with the team, and he got a new TV show ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") picked up and ready to debut. He was named one of our Heroes of the Year for 2012, and was on-hand to accept "Marvel's The Avenger's" Golden Popcorn for Movie of the Year. This has been a good year for the man.

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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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