Criminal Coward

by Alex Zalben

Good news, "Criminal" fans! Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' first volume of the hit comic book series, "Coward," may have previously been heading slowly to movie theaters, but as of yesterday it made a big leap forward: acclaimed director Kim Jee-Woon has joined the production.

"My first reaction was shock," Brubaker told us over e-mail, "Because I love his work, and when [producers] Jamie [Patricof] and Lynette [Howell] sent me a short list of directors and I saw his name on it, I had to double-check he was really interested. Anyone who saw 'A Bittersweet Life' will know exactly why he's right for this movie."

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by Brett White

While Falcon might be fighting alongside Captain America in "Captain America: The Winter Solider," actor Anthony Mackie wants to make one thing clear: Falcon is not Captain America's Robin! Their avian codenames are where the two heroes' similarities end, everybody. In this exclusive interview with MTV News' Josh Horowitz, Mackie offered up his thoughts on the relationship between the star-spangled Avenger, the Falcon, and returning Avenger Black Widow.

"It's interesting because a lot of people equate it to Batman and Robin, but the reality of it is it's more of a working relationship, a respect relationship as opposed to a leader and follower," said Mackie. He added that despite how close Scarlett Johansson has said her character gets to Cap, there's no room for ego in their team-up. "The three of us work really well together."

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By Tami Katzoff

Sarah Paulson's experience on the set of Joss Whedon's first feature film, "Serenity," wasn't exactly a positive one. "It was awful," she semi-seriously said while promoting the upcoming historical drama "12 Years a Slave," starring another "Serenity" vet, Chiwetel Ejiofor.

"And here's why: I didn't get to act with anybody. I was on an enormous soundstage, we shot it in one day, and it was a big green screen, and I had to act like I was being attacked and mauled by Ravers. Reavers. Raspers. What were they? Reavers. And I had to put a gun to my head and kill myself. In front of all these people, being attacked by these things that weren't actually there."

Yet Paulson understands the importance of "Serenity" to Whedonites old and new. "I'm so glad to have been a part of it," she said.

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by Brett White

Ever since Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" sequel, celebrities have come out in support of the decision to counteract the internet's less-than-positive response. So far Hugh Jackman, Josh Brolin, and Jennifer Garner have all been revealed as pro-Batfleck—now we can add Mark Wahlberg to the list.

"Ben's a great guy, you know," Wahlberg told MTV News' Josh Horowitz last weekend. "He's a really talented guy... I'm proud of him, and I think hopefully he can prove his naysayers wrong." Wahlberg also took the time to call out critics and fans, who he believes have been especially hard on films this year and have taken delight in watching films fail. Wahlberg was also grateful to have seemingly gotten through his casting in "Transformers: Age of Extinction" unscathed.

"Isn't it crazy that they didn't do all these complaint campaigns about me being in 'Transformers'? I just slipped through the cracks before people started realizing, 'Holy s---, we can voice our opinions and we'll ruin somebody!'" Check out the entire video below.

Do you agree with Mark Wahlberg about Batfleck? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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Thor

by Brett White

Thor's coming back to the big screen this November in "Thor: The Dark World," and it looks like the film not only has a new look—courtesy of "Game of Thrones" director Alan Taylor's new vision of Asgard—but it also has a protagonist with a new outlook on life.

When we saw the God of Thunder at the end of his first solo film in 2011, he had just learned a lot about humility and sacrifice. In an on-set interview, Chris Hemsworth touched on where Thor is at following his adventure with the Avengers and as the curtain goes up on "Thor: The Dark World."

"'Avengers' is kind of a side step," said Hemsworth. "This is certainly a continuation of it, but at the same time, you know, Thor's journey—I think—picks more so up from, you know, where we left the first one—about to take on the throne, about to earn him the right to the king. And coming to the realization of what responsibility comes with that. [Director] Alan [Taylor] keeps talking about the dark side of that responsibility and the secrets within being king. [You] become sort of very political about what people need to know and what they want to know."

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Kick-Ass

by Brett White

Bringing the costumed characters of "Kick-Ass 2" to life proved to be a bit more challenging than other acting gigs, as the cast had to get into the mindset of real human beings ready to dish out harsh vigilante justice—without the cushy comfort that super powers afford. There's no gamma radiation or Norse mythology in the street-level world of "Kick-Ass," just pure character and—in the case of Jim Carrey's Colonel Stars and Stripes—balls.

"[Jim Carrey] brings such enthusiasm and such great ideas [to the role]," revealed Aaron Taylor-Johnson to MTV News' Josh Horowitz. "He creates characters like that and it's incredible. You're seeing something come to life, and he creates it. It's about being ballsy and making big decisions and being bold [enough] like that to stick with it." While Carrey stuck with the character on-set, keeping the Colonel's drawl consistent in between takes, he abandoned the film and its accompanying press tour citing a change of heart.

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by Brett White

MTV News' Josh Horowitz got a chance to talk to "Kick-Ass 2" stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse back at San Diego Comic-Con, where the conversation naturally turned towards another much buzzed about superhero that Taylor-Johnson is rumored to be up for: Quicksilver in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

And while the actor couldn't really divulge any new information about his involvement—or lack thereof—in the film, he did reveal that his wife, director Sam Taylor-Wood, made a big Quicksilver-themed purchase.

"In fact my wife just went out and she bought the first ever cover—it's like a really old, vintage [comic]. It's the first time where Quicksilver's ever been on the front cover." Aaron, dude, did she buy you "X-Men" #4 from 1964? Did she drop over $3000 on a gift featuring a character you may not even be playing? Wow, that's love, right?

You can see the entire interview with Taylor-Johnson and Mintz-Plasse below!

Do you want to see Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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Guardians

by Brett White

"Guardians of the Galaxy" surprised everyone crowded into the massive Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con International last weekend by showing off a rough cut of what's been shot so far. The big surprise? They've apparently already shot a lot of awesome stuff, according to reports from those lucky enough to see the footage. Jokes from Peter Quill, intergalactic transports, fully animated shots of Groot and Rocket Raccoon—"Guardians" is coming along nicely.

On hand at the panel were non-Guardians Lee Pace and Karen Gillan, who play the less-than-friendly Ronan the Accuser and Nebula in next year's space saga. MTV News' Josh Horowitz caught up with the duo following the panel—and post-reveal of Gillan's Nebula-style shaved head—to find out what they like most about the film.

"What I'm looking forward to is the comedic element," says Gillan. "[Director James Gunn] just brings both of the things, like depth and comedy, which excites me."

"It's got a wicked, wicked sense of humor," confirms Pace. The two had yet to start filming when this interview went down, but odds are they're on-set and covered in blue body paint as you read this. Check out the rest of the interview below for Gillan and Pace's thoughts on their prep material and being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

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by Brett White

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" had a pretty good time in San Diego last weekend, as the first batch of footage from the upcoming Marvel movie blew the roof off of Hall H at Comic-Con International. One key actor—Sebastian Stan—had even more cause for celebration than his co-stars.

Following the events of "Captain America: The First Avenger," Stan's Bucky Barnes was left for dead. Of course, Marvel readers knew that to not be the case, but no one knew if a Captain America sequel would dive into the character's traumatic resurrection story. And then they announced the title of the film—"The Winter Soldier"—and Stan knew he was back in business. Adapting a story that's both beloved and critically acclaimed seems like a hefty task, but Stan told MTV News' Josh Horowitz that the sequel's cast and crew were more than up for the job.

"I'd say literally that—from the people that made the costume and the arm—I mean, they've done a phenomenal job," said Stan. "To the writing of the movie... everyone's honored the comic books." You can hear more about how the Winter Soldier's origin made the transition from the printed page to the silver screen in the interview below.

What do you think of this "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" update? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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by Brett White

Spoiler alert for "The Wolverine": there is what appears to be a Dwayne Johnson-esque pec pop in the film. Break out the stack of comics! Are pec pops from the source material?!

But before you go scouring the Larry Hama/Marc Silvestri "Wolverine" run for pops, know that it was purely unintentional on Hugh Jackman's part.

"On that day I was doing this water dehydration thing that I did for 'Les Mis' as well, and I was getting cramps a lot from it," Jackman told MTV News' Josh Horowitz. "I think what you're seeing is one of those cramps. Thankfully not a pec pop."

Check out the interview below for Jackman's thoughts on how the finished film lives up to the initial talks he had with director James Mangold, and more!

Do you think the pec pop was legit? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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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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