by Brett White

"Thor: The Dark World" season 'tis upon us! The time has come for Marvel to start releasing clip after clip from this fall's Marvel movie, all in the hopes of getting us pumped up for the "Thor" sequel. Newsflash, Marvel: it's working.

This clip features a lot of bits we've previously seen in trailers, now with all the rest of the dramatic tension intact. If you've somehow forgotten just how good Tom Hiddleston is as Loki, then this minute of footage will remind you that he's an incredibly captivating actor—even when he's just listening! And I gotta mention Thor himself; it's possible that the "dark" in the film's title refers just as much to Chris Hemsworth's performance, because dude is bringing new layers of inner pain to his performance. Things are not well between these two bros.

Check out the clip below, and start counting off the days until "Thor: The Dark World's" November 8th release date.

What did you think about the first "Thor: The Dark World" clip? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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Ant-Man

by Brett White

What is HAPPENING?! After Edgar Wright proved that he could do no wrong with this summer's out of this world "The World's End," anticipation for his first foray into the Marvel Universe has increased like whoa. We want "Ant-Man" and we want it now, and not even a new, earlier July 2015 release date will satisfy us. Give us Hank Pym and/or Scott Lang ASAP (and Janet Van Dyne, while you're at it)!

Now the director has tweeted a picture that hands-down wins the internet, and this is the day after a certain someone popped up on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Yeah, this is exciting. Check out the full tweet after the jump!

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by Paul Montgomery

Though much of the federal government remains in shutdown, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." soldiers on unabated, the most essential of essential agencies. In this second outing, Skye joins Coulson's fledgling field team for a taste of the adventure she previously dismissed as Big Brother meddling (from the safety of her blog van).

We open on the Bus -- call sign for the group's jet black not-a-helicarrier -- as the hull gives way and somebody tastes stratosphere. Of course, that's getting ahead of ourselves because it won't happen for another nineteen hours, "Alias" style (That's Sid Bristow now, not Marvel's Jessica Jones, mind you). What leads the team to this treacherous point?

It all starts with an Easter egg hunt.

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Coulson

by Paul Montgomery

Unabashedly earnest, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." offers the same unassuming charm of its most valuable asset, the still-beating heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson. Paired with Ming-Na Wen's steely, enigmatic Melinda May, the affable, competent Coulson leads an oddball crew of operatives weaving around the footfalls of giants. Coulson knows the way, but the transition of Marvel Studios from the big screen to network television isn't without its turbulence.

A New World

In a generous cameo as Agent Maria Hill, Cobie "Not-The-How-I-Met-The-Mama" Smulders posits that the Loki-led Chitauri assault on Manhattan—and the formation of the Avengers to halt it—marked the end of the world. Hill and her colleagues in the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement (breathe) and Logistics Division shepherd humanity through a new world where people can do the impossible, though no lifetime's consumption of comic book origin stories could possibly prepare them for it.

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Red Hood

by Brett White

While we have to wait a few more years to find out how the casting pans out, there's one thing that a Ben Affleck Batman does signal: no more appearances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Robin John Blake.

Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" concluded with Blake as the heir to Bruce Wayne's Bat-mantle, a development that would surely have led to a very interesting—and very different—status quo for Gotham City. But with Batman's fate now firmly tangled up with Superman's, a void has been created—one that filmmakers Woody Tondorf and Chris Landa hope to fill with "The Dark Knight Legacy."

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James Spader

by Brett White

We were all a bit surprised when Marvel announced that James Spader, best known recently for TV shows like "The Office" and "Boston Legal," would be providing Ultron with his voice in 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Maybe we thought Marvel would get a big name actor for the role, or maybe we thought they'd have Paul Bettany turn Tony Stark's A.I. JARVIS to the dark side. Either way, James Spader was completely off our radar, but not writer/director Joss Whedon's.

The "Avengers" mastermind said via an exclusive quote given to Marvel's web-series "The Watcher" that the Emmy Award winning actor was his only choice for the robotic villain.

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Rocket

by Brett White

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is officially the most unpredictable comic book movie ever made. First they cast a sitcom star and a professional wrestler in bad ass roles usually reserved for proven movie stars, then they fill out the supporting ranks with Oscar-caliber actors like Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Djimon Hounsou, and Benicio del Toro, and now they go on and cast one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood as a talking raccoon.

That's right. Marvel.com has confirmed that Bradley Cooper is the voice of Rocket Raccoon.

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James Spader

by Brett White

So, that came out of nowhere, right? With Elizabeth Olsen still in talks to play Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson still nothing more than a rumor for Quicksilver, all of our attention was focused on who would be playing the good guys in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Now, out of nowhere, with no warning and not even a few courtesy rumors, we know who Ultron is.

He's James Spader. And this is good news.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

by Brett White

So today's been a pretty big day for "Guardians of the Galaxy." First there was the rumor that Groot may be the tree that walks like a man and talks like a Vin Diesel, and then there was the first look at a heavily-disguised Glenn Close from the film's first set photos. Then the "Guardians" news hat trick—thirty seconds of the unfinished SDCC footage leaked online, after being captured on a camera phone at Disney's D23 Expo over the weekend.

And yeah, it was awesome. And yes, it has been taken down. But for those of you who missed it, there are plenty of screen grabs and GIFs on Tumblr—because of course there are. Due to the total awesomeness of the footage and our undying love of raccoons with heavy artillery, we've taken the principle cast as seen in the footage and compared them to their comic book counterparts. Check it out after the jump!

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by Brett White

It looks like those talks Vin Diesel had with Marvel are about to pay off. Deadline has reported that the "Fast and Furious" actor is in talks to voice Groot in "Guardians of the Galaxy," possibly nixing all hope that the actor would play Vision in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

The news broke on Diesel's Facebook page, which has actually been a constant source of information regarding the actor's Marvel talks. A picture of Groot appeared as the actor's cover page before being taken down. Could it be that the actor put it up, assuming that the big reveal would happen this past weekend during Marvel's presentation at the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, California? Well, that announcement wasn't made, and the picture is now gone.

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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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