Coulson variant cover

by Brett White

This November, seven of Marvel's hottest and most high-profile titles will get a little "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." makeover. Variant covers for each individual cast member as well as the entire cast will hit comic book shops, giving fans of the new series an opportunity to collect comics with the as-seen-on-TV agents on the stark covers.

Even if these are just variant covers and have no bearing on what happens within each issue, we can't help but wonder if this is just the first of many "S.H.I.E.L.D." interactions with the Marvel comics. So far only Agent Coulson has a comic book counterpart, and his five cast mates could get a similar treatment eventually.

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300: Rise of an Empire

by Brett White

Fans hoping that "300: Rise of an Empire," the sequel to Zack Snyder's film adaptation of Frank Miller's "300" graphic novel, would feature a lot more puffy clouds, family picnics, and hand-holding... you're out of luck. Granted, "Rise of an Empire" could include scenes of it's fierce, blood-thirsty warriors doing all of those things, it'll just be mixed in with "strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity, and some language."

For those reasons, the MPAA has granted the film an R rating. That makes sense, considering that the film's trailer was filled with shorter, sustained sequences of stylized and bloody violence, so fans can expect more of that. The events of "300: Rise of an Empire" take place concurrently with its predecessor, focusing on the boat brawls of the Battle of Artemisium instead of the Battle of Thermopylae.

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Thor: The Dark World

by Brett White

Things have been relatively quiet on the "Thor: The Dark World" front as of late. Aside from Loki crashing Marvel's Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, the news cycle has pretty much been devoted to "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

But not today, for a new—and mighty—poster for this winter's epic hath journeyed across the Bifrost to Midgard!

Dreadful Asgard-speak aside, yeah, there's a new poster. Not just any poster; this one harkens back to movie posters of yore (slipping back into Asgard voice!) and features pretty much the entire cast. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are front and center, with Tom Hiddleston's Loki and Anthony Hopkins' Odin bringing up the rear. Sif, Heimdall, the Warriors Three and the vile Malekith also appear on the poster. Check out the whole image after the jump!

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Thor Cap

by Brett White

Remember that way cool Ryan Meindering concept art for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" that Entertainment Weekly unveiled last week? That art is now jumping out of the JPEG world and into our own as a special limited edition promotional poster available only at Comic-Con International in San Diego. It'll be joined by a companion limited edition poster for "Thor: The Dark World" by artist Charlie Wen.

The "Winter Soldier" concept art shows off Steve Rogers battling with the titular antagonist, all while Falcon (portrayed by Anthony Mackie) swoops in overhead. The "Dark World" poster doesn't depict a scene from the film, that is unless Thor gets a bit of amnesia and suddenly has his memories rush back to him, montage style. The Charlie Wen poster features a who's who of Asgardian and Earthly characters, including Loki, Odin, Jane Foster and Malekith.

Marvel has revealed that the posters will be available at the Marvel Booth (#2329) starting during preview night on Wednesday, July 17th.

You can check out full versions of each poster after the jump.

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Oldboy

by Brett White

It may look like just a cool image for the new Spike Lee film "Oldboy," but there are a couple of interesting facts about the poster that make it really stand out. Based on the Japanese Manga and 2003 South Korean film of the same name, the film stars Josh Brolin as an advertising executive who is kidnapped for no apparent reason and then released twenty years later, again under mysterious circumstances. Brolin's character, Joe Doucett, then goes about discovering who took two decades of his life from him and for what reasons.

A movie with a plot like that deserves an eye-catching poster, and "Oldboy" delivers. But according to Collider, there's a lot going on in the image. Check out the full image below, and then we'll divulge the info.

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Wolverine Posters

by Brett White

How many posters can one movie have?! If you're "The Wolverine," then the answer is, "all the posters." Yes, "Wolverine" has all the posters. Three more ink wash style character posters have been released for the film, following yesterday's reveal of the Jean Grey one. The final three characters to receive posters are Shingen Yashida (Hiroyuki Sanada), Mariko Yashida (Tao Okamoto) and well, the last one's a bit confusing. Collider labels it as Harada, played by Will Yun Lee. But Harada already has a poster for his Silver Samurai alter-ego. Is it possible that Harada will be a big enough character both inside and out of the Silver Samurai armor to warrant two posters?

The one character that hasn't gotten a poster yet is Brian Tee's Noburo Mori, but other than that it looks like every character has been covered. Check out the final three after the jump!

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by Brett White

"The Wolverine" is poised to introduce an entirely new audience to a number of relatively obscure Marvel Comics characters, thanks to the film being set in the Marvel Universe version of Japan. Alongside Logan are characters like Yukio, Viper, Silver Samurai and Mariko Yashida. The film's even playing up the ensemble angle with a series of character posters. But aside from the sumi-e style posters, all the others have featured a solo Wolverine.

Now the first poster to show other actors besides Hugh Jackman has arrived, and it looks like he had better watch his back. Svetlana Khodchenkova and Rila Fukushima appear as the Viper and Yukio, respectively, adding a bit more menace to the film's latest poster. Check out the full poster below.

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by Brett White

...As in "there's Phoenix fire on the poster"-style hot. Collider unveiled the new character poster, which is the latest in a series of sumi-e style character renditions that have made "The Wolverine's" promotional campaign the most intriguing one all summer. We've previously seen Silver Samurai, Viper, Yukio and Wolverine. Now the series has 100% more Jean Grey.

This poster, though, incorporates the color orange into the image, creating a fire-y effect reminiscent of Jean Grey's final scenes in "X-Men: The Last Stand." The poster also depicts Jean Grey in the costume Famke Janssen last wore on screen. Check out the full poster below.

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Kick-Ass poster

by Brett White

Kick-Ass is back, and this time he's brought a few friends along. The latest poster for "Kick-Ass 2" shows off the franchise's new ensemble, with Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Colonel Stars & Stripes (Jim Carrey) striking a post alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson's titular ass-kicker. The poster also features Christopher Mintz-Plasse in his new super heinous role, The Mother F---er.

For an even more in-depth look at the making of this sequel, check out our recent set visit which exposes the Evil Lair and shows off a few more of Kick-Ass' crew. The full poster can be seen below, after the jump.

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Wolverine

by Brett White

After debuting a new trailer earlier this week, "The Wolverine" just won't rest! Now the titular hero is gracing the cover of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, leaving his claw marks on the magazine's logo. This new shot of Wolverine features Hugh Jackman ready to rumble, and with a face that's almost as mad as the one in a few of his posters.

Like the magazine's "Iron Man 3" and Marvel Phase 2 coverage from a few weeks ago, the magazine's cover story and Wolverine-themed contents should make their way online soon. Until then, the site's peek at the latest cover features one quote from Hugh Jackman regarding 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

"Somehow the first Wolverine movie ended up looking like the fourth X-Men – just with different characters," Jackman says. "I left unsure if we'd achieved our goal, which was to make sure people understood my character. This movie will really get to his core."

Speaking of core, Logan's really been working his (ba-dum bum)! Check out the cover below.

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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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