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By Charles Webb

What strange new permutation will the pint-sized "Guardian of the Galaxy" Rocket Raccoon take when he hits the big screen next summer? According to star Chris Pratt, he'll be a (literally) tortured hero with surprising depth. Are we ready for the grim reimagining of Rocket Raccoon?

Speaking with Access Hollwood during the 100th episode event for NBC's "Parks and Recreation," Pratt offered his thoughts on the gun-toting Raccoon being voiced by Bradley Cooper. Read More...

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By Alex Zalben

In our continuing quest to milk every single bit out of ">the half hour we had at New York Comic Con with "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Jeph Loeb, we had asked the team whether Coulson's Commandos were more co-workers, or family. Specifically, when Joss Whedon had been on press tour talking about "Avengers," he had said the team was more of a "dysfunctional family" than anything else. So how does the S.H.I.E.L.D. team compare? Read More...

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By Alex Zalben

Earlier this week, we posted an extensive interview with "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, and Jeph Loeb... But left a few little bits out. First, and most important? That the hologram projectors on the show are razor hot: Read More...

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By Charles Webb

Fans wondering what might be next for Sony's "Amazing Spider-Man" films would do well to keep an eye on their fake "Daily Bugle" site, where the studio appears to be teasing the next phase of villains for the steadily expanding film series. That next year's "Amazing Spider-Man 2" will provide the launchpad for some kind of Sinister Six story has been one of the (likely intentional) worst-kept secrets of that film, but thanks to the "Bugle," we might have some hints as to what bad guys will be joining Electro and the Rhino on the villainous super group. Read More...

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We're big fans of composer Bear McCreary around here, from his work on "Battlestar Galactica," "Da Vinci's Demons," and more. So how does the prolific musician put together the score for a show like "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."? Not like this. Not like this: Read More...

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By Alex Zalben

This is pure speculation on my part, based on a pair of "Z"s in a recently released "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." title, but are we headed for our first super-villain team-up? Potential spoilers for the series past this point:

As just announced, episode 6 of AoS will feature Titus Welliver, reprising his role as Agent Blake from the Marvel One-Shot short, "Item 47." We don't know a lot more about the episode, except it's called "FZZT." That title alone, though, suggests a few things:

- Looks like we'll finally get a Fitz focused episode, though we imagine things aren't going so well for our little tech nerd.

- That title sure reminds us of Hulk villain Zzzax.

...Which, mind you, is a pretty tenuous connection to make, but here's more fuel for the fire: Zzzax, a being made out of pure electricity, teamed up fellow villain Graviton in the comics to take down the West Coast Avengers. And as we all know, Graviton, aka Dr. Franklin Hall, made his debut in last week's episode of AoS.

Furthermore, in the comics, Graviton assembled a team to represent the four fundamental forces of the Unified Field Theory: Gravity; Electricity; Weak; and Strong. Which yes, is the nerdiest possible reason for assembling a super-villain team, but come on: science.

So we've already met Graviton. We may meet Zzzax in episode six. Can the other two, Quantum and Half-Life, be far behind?

We'll just have to stay tuned...

What villains do you want to see on 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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By Charles Webb

Last night, sources at Variety revealed some of the frontrunners for the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot which appears to be slowly but surely coming together at Fox, with "Game of Thrones'" Jon Snow, Kit Harington possibly snagging the lead role of Reed Richards.

In fact, it seems like Fox has their eye on a Fantastic Three with several young up-and-comers being eyed for the roles of Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, the Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, and the Human Torch/Johnny Storm with no immediate word on who'll be filling the rocky shoes/feet/whatever of the Thing/Ben Grimm.

Reed Richards, depending on whether your comics canon is regular Marvel or Ultimate-ized, is alternately a brilliant scientist who convinces his pilot best friend, girlfriend, and her little brother to join him on a rocket ship where they're all bathed with cosmic rays granting them super powers, or, in the Ultimate universe, a child prodigy who creates a teleportation device which goes awry, transforming his friends in the process. Read More...

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By Alex Zalben

We’ve been eagerly anticipating the Punisher fan film “The Dead Can’t Be Distracted” since it was announced a few months ago. But now, after a cease and desist letter from Marvel, it looks like the film will never see the light of day. And even more importantly and portentously, what does this mean for the future of fan films – and the future of Punisher on the big screen?

That’s a lot of questions, but first a bit of history. In a five page long open letter on his website, creator Mike Pecci extensively runs through the production, development, and eventual demise of “The Dead Can’t Be Distracted.” It’s a fascinating read full of a lot of tech info on filming, and even a few shots and a screen test. In fact, given that Marvel wrote a cease and desist stating: Read More...

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Night Man

by Ryan Rigley

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." may be the latest comic book series to hit the small screen, but it's certainly not the first. Almost as old as comic books themselves, comic book TV series have become a mainstay of current popular culture. With a number of television shows based on both Marvel and DC comics, it's hard to imagine a TV series based on any other comic book publishing company.

One might think that Malibu Comics' "Night Man" didn't fit the Marvel/DC bill when his TV series debuted in the late '90s, but that was not the case! Marvel Comics acquired Malibu in 1994, and began crossing Night Man over with popular Marvel superheroes like Thor, Wolverine, and even Gambit. Surprisingly enough, Night Man even got his own TV series a year after his comic book was canceled!



Punisher Iron Man 3

by Brett White

Ever since Marvel reacquired he film rights for characters like the Punisher, Daredevil, Blade and Ghost Rider, fans of the street-level heroes have been clamoring for their big screen return and integration into the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. But could Marvel have planted the seeds for their return already?

Screen Crush tweeted the above screen cap from "Iron Man 3," pointing out the somewhat familiar skull painted behind the kneeling Ben Kingsley. I gotta admit, I'm not personally convinced this is an intentional Punisher reference, as one could call pretty much any stylized skull an homage to Frank Castle. But there are a few other Marvel Easter Eggs that I'm surprised have gone unnoticed. Check them out after the jump!


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