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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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Thor Season One

by Brett White

Wednesday is new comic book day, which also means it's new potential-movie-source-material day. Here are all of the comics and collections out today starring the comic book characters from the movies and television shows of today, tomorrow and yesterday.

Of particular note this week: Jock takes over creative duties on Savage Wolverine, get to know Thor from the start with Thor: Season One, and the coolest writers and artists in the business take a shot at Batman in Batman Black and White #2.

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Bolivar Trask

by Brett White

You can't always get what you want, as Peter Dinklage learned with his role in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Or... did he?

The actor recently told Entertainment Weekly that he didn't want to play a bad guy in the next Marvel mutant movie, which turned out to be exactly the role he landed when he signed on to play Sentinel-inventor Bolivar Trask.

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Wolverine

by Brett White

While "The Wolverine" was just a modest success at the box office here in the States, the film pulled in an impressive $372M worldwide and, must like Logan's healing factor, repaired a lot of the damage inflicted upon the character by "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." With everyone's favorite Canadian mutant back in fighting shape, the well-received film properly prepped Wolverine for his starring role in next year's "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Now fans can check out the action they may have missed on Blu-ray and DVD when "The Wolverine" is released on December 3rd. A ton of special features play the Yukio to the Blu-ray's Wolverine, but fans will have to choose their release wisely. While both the Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray will include an alternate ending, a set tour of "X-Men: Days of Future Past," trailers, a featurette called "The Path of the Ronin," and a partner app for a second screen experience, only the 3D Blu-ray will included the "Unleashed Extended Edition" and director James Magnold's commentary.

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Evan Peters

by Brett White

It seems like only yesterday that "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer sent the tweet that changed the landscape of the comic book movie world. It's somehow been four months since we first learned that there will be two different versions of the super-speedster Quicksilver in two different Marvel movies from two different movie studios and, therefore, two different cinematic universes. Marvel Studios' Quicksilver remains to be cast, although Aaron Taylor-Johnson was the frontrunner, but Fox already has theirs with Evan Peters. The actor spoke to IGN about being the first man to play Quicksilver.

"Well, my character can't be in The Avengers," said Peters. "It's going to be a different one. It won't be me, it'll be someone else. But yeah, I didn't focus too much on it. I mean, what an amazing opportunity to be a part of X-Men. I'm gonna try to do the best job that I can and not let anyone down. That was pretty much where I was at with it. I just thought it was really cool to be a part of all the special effects stuff and the movies that I grew up loving. It's awesome."

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Mark Ruffalo

by Paul Montgomery

Though Mark Ruffalo's world-weary Bruce Banner appeared as recently as the post-credits coda to this summer's "Iron Man 3," his not-to-jolly green counterpart the Hulk last surfaced in "Marvel's The Avengers." Little over a calendar year, but for those audience members that went berserk for the green behemoth, it feels like a lifetime since Ruffalo got to cut loose. The pang of that absence is only accentuated by the reluctance of Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige to, ahem, greenlight a new solo feature for the character or even entertain the possibility. It's understandable given the Hulk's accumulated false starts with Eric Bana in 2003 and Edward Norton in 2008, but should the big guy be relegated to team-ups in Whedon's "Avengers" films, or does he deserve another shot in some hypothetical feature we'll call "The Indestructible Hulk"?

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Graviton Big Hero 6

by Paul Montgomery

It should come as no surprise that Marvel Entertainment's growing presence on page and screen means more time reading scripts and memos for Joe Quesada. Marvel's ever airborne Chief Creative Officer recently sat down with Comic Book Resources to discuss his newly evolved role and how his roots in comic production prepared him for the breakneck pace of a weekly television series like "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Says Quesada: "I enjoy the fact that during the course of the week—almost on a daily basis—I'm reading something that's coming from the 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' writing or production crew. Sometimes it's a brief on an episode or the latest draft of a script or a rough cut of a future episode or the dailies, which come, well, daily. Whatever it is that I'm getting, there's a constant flow of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' stuff in my inbox. I love that grind and that pressure. It reminds me of my comics roots. It's what I know and very much the way I learned to do things in a creative environment."

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Enchantress

By Alex Zalben

Though fandom doesn't quite seem to be suffering from Loki fatigue as of yet, Marvel Studios is taking a step back. The Prince of Lies won't appear in "Avengers: Age of Spader," according to writer/director Joss Whedon. And given his prominence in "Thor: The Dark World," chances are Loki won't necessarily be front and center in a possible "Thor 3." If that happens though, Tom Hiddleston has a plan: get him a girlfriend.

In the comics, Enchantress has sometimes filled that role. She's an Asgardian sorceress who, you know, allies with Loki because they both wear green. So with that in mind, who could play Amora in the not-yet-greenlit "Thor 3"? True, this is territory we've walked before, but the Marvel Universe has come a long way since 2012. Hit the jump for our ideas, our really, really good ideas.

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Loki

by Brett White

So far we've seen a lot more of Menacing Loki than Charming Loki in "Thor: The Dark World's" TV spots and trailers, what with the god of mischief being public enemy number one following the events of "The Avengers." But while Loki may still be sporting some shackles in the new footage found in these two TV spots, he's also proven that he's capable of setting up jokes and knocking them down.

Both TV spots really hammer home the "Avengers" connection, with one touting the "return of an Avenger" and the other claiming that last year's blockbuster of blockbusters was "just the beginning." With all of the non-Iron Man solo films pulling in considerably less money than the rest of Marvel Studios' output, it makes sense that the company would try to tie the film as closely as possible to "Avengers." The strategy might have paid off with "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which benefited from being so heavily marketed as a continuation of "Avengers."

You can check out both TV spots after the jump!

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Blade

by Ryan Rigley

Terrible news for Luke Cage fans last week as Terry Crews has officially taken himself out of the running for Marvel's Power Man. "Everybody's like, 'I want to play this superhero character, that superhero character,'" Crews states in a recent interview with Black Film. "I'd rather make up my own. Make a brand new one, you know. 'Blade' was basically a failed character. That comic book didn't do very well."

While it is a shame to hear that Crews is uninterested in portraying Luke Cage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he does have a point as far as "Blade's" non-movie endeavors go. Although the vampire hunter has been the star of several ongoing comic series in the past, he never really took off until the "Blade" movie was released back in 1998, which went on to spawn two sequel films and even a live-action TV series. But to prove Crews' right, those two successful films led to a dud of a third film and this short-lived series from Spike TV.

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