With "Iron Man 2" hitting theaters today, the Marvel movie universe is on everyone's minds lately — and we're not alone in wondering what the new film could mean for those that follow it.

How will the events of "Iron Man 2" affect "Thor," "Captain America" and "Avengers"? Heck, how will they affect "Iron Man 3"?

MTV News asked that very question of director Jon Favreau, who shared some thoughts on the franchise's future and said he still plans to get Iron Man's arch-enemy, The Mandarin, into the picture for the third installment.

"I would like 'Iron Man 3' to pay it off, but there's so much I don't understand yet about what the world is going to be like then," said Favreau. "You've got 'Thor,' 'Captain America,' 'Avengers' all happening with different directors before 'Iron Man 3' — and that's all going to affect 'Iron Man 3.'" Read More...

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Things have been heating up lately in the Buffy-verse thanks to recent events in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight," but it's good to know the creative team responsible for the hit series is still having fun with Buffy, Angel, Spike and the rest of the gang.

Take, for example, the upcoming cover by "Buffy" artist Georges Jeanty for issue #36 of the series, revealed exclusively to Spash Page by Dark Horse Comics:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Look familiar?

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"Iron Man 2" clocks in at just over two hours, but don't let the run time fool you – director Jon Favreau wasn't able to include every single scene he shot in the final version of the superhero sequel.

Speaking with MTV News, Favreau said that a multitude of "Iron Man 2" scenes were left on the editing room floor, but not due to any sort of studio pressure.

"The nice thing about working at Marvel is that they're very supportive of the director. I've been given a lot of creative freedom there," said Favreau. "When we make changes, it's ones that we're all comfortable with. I like to be very collaborative with [the studio]. It's not like there's a version that they strong-armed me into not using, so I stand behind what's out there." Read More...

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When "Iron Man 2" premieres this week in the U.S., everyone will finally get to see Tony Stark return to the big screen — and we'll also get to officially close the book on many of the rumors that have surrounded the film and who (or what) appears in the final cut.

While "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau already explained away rumors that Olivia Munn would appear as The Wasp, what about that rumor that pegged Pepper Potts to appear in full dominatrix gear during one of Tony's dream sequences? And was that really Thor we saw in that blink-and-you-miss-it moment when Tony's walking through a prison hallway?

"Oh, wow," remarked Favreau when MTV News asked him about Gwyneth Paltrow's character donning red-and-yellow dominatrix gear for the rumored scene. Read More...

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Survival of the Dead"Survival of the Dead" is the latest film in George A. Romero's continuing exploration of a post-apocalyptic world in which zombies rule and humans are the minority, but fans of the zombie movie genre aren't the only ones who should take note of the film — comic book fans might notice some familiar art in one of the film's promotional posters.

In a "Survival of the Dead" poster we're revealing exclusively here on Splash Page, "The Walking Dead" artist Charlie Adlard turns his considerable talents back to the zombie genre he knows so well... with chilling results.

You can check out the full poster below, and read on for all the gory details about the latest chapter in Romero's undead saga. Read More...

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Robert Pattinson comic bookBack in February, we told you about that "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson would receive his own comic book biography, following on the heels of such notable pop-culture celebrities as Lady GaGa, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, Michael Jackson, and even his "Twilight" co-star, Kristen Stewart.

Hitting shelves at the end of May, "Fame: Robert Pattinson" is the latest in Bluewater Productions' popular line of bio-comics. The 32-page comic promises to "trace Pattinson's career from his first performance in Tess of the D'Urbervilles at London's Barnes Theatre to his star turn in the Twilight movies," and features a script by Kim Sherman and interior art by Nathaniel Ooten.

Bluewater has provided Splash Page readers with an exclusive, six-page preview of the "Fame: Robert Pattinson" comic, as well as your first look at a brand new cover for the issue. Read More...

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Last month, reports emerged that Joss Whedon was in final negotiations to direct "The Avengers," the highly anticipated film which will bring Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk together for the first time on the big screen.

And while Whedon's involvement with the film has yet to be confirmed by either Marvel or Whedon himself, "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau has offered a ringing endorsement of the "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and "Firefly" creator.

"If it ends up being Joss Whedon, I think it's a great choice," Favreau told MTV News. "Because he's got a great sense of humor [and] he has a deep knowledge of the whole universe which I think 'The Avengers' would require because you're weaving a lot of different mythologies and storylines together." Read More...

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Muppet Sherlock HolmesBoom Studios' line of comics based on The Muppets received some well-deserved recognition this year with an Eisner Award nomination, and the sensational, inspirational, celebrational fun will continue this year with even more Muppet adventures.

Along with a "Muppet Show" comic, the publisher's partnership with The Walt Disney Company has also yielded several great, Muppet-themed adaptations of famous literary classics, including Robin Hood, King Arthur, and most recently, Snow White. But they're not stopping there.

In a recent chat with the good folks at Disney, MTV News learned that the next adaptation planned for the line will be "Muppet Sherlock Holmes," and along with some details about the project itself, we also managed to get our hands on the first two covers for the series! Read More...

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Chris Hemsworth as ThorBy Odin's bushy beard, this news is so big, it deserves two exclamation points in the headline!!!

Yahoo Movies has the first image of Chris Hemsworth as Thor from the upcoming live-action movie directed by Kenneth Branagh. While the image is cropped in a unique way, it still gives us a great idea of how Hemsworth will look as Marvel's god of thunder.

There's a larger version of the image over at Yahoo, but what does the image tell us about the character's much-anticipated big-screen debut? Read More...

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One of the highlights of the first "Iron Man" film was the on-screen chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow as Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, respectively. The romantic tension between the two led some fans not as familiar with the pair's comic book history to be surprised when a relationship between the two failed to materialize before the end of the movie.

In the "Iron Man" comic book series, Potts briefly flirted with the notion of pursuing a relationship with Stark before marrying Harold "Happy" Hogan. However, according to Downey, things may play out differently between them in "Iron Man 2" and the character's film franchise.

"The way I see it, what we've been able to so far with this franchise is meet the base expectations and then turn things on their ear a little bit," offered Downey. "So, whatever [the relationship] is supposed to be, we're going to play with that and probably do something shockingly different." Read More...

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