X2

by Brett White

Mutants just can't get any respect.

Or, in reality, Marvel just can't get their rights back from Fox, meaning that any character first and foremost identified as an X-Man or X-villain won't be appearing on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." anytime soon, as explicitly stated by show-runners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

"We can't ever say 'mutant,'" revealed Tancharoen. We've known this would be the case ever since Marvel started building their Cinematic Universe while Fox simultaneously began repairing their X-Franchise a few years ago, but the inclusion of mutant Avengers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" might have given fans an ounce of hope that a certain clawed Canadian and his super-powered buds could pop up on the show. But that's not going to happen, and Jed Whedon revealed the creators behind "S.H.I.E.L.D." have a very specific list of characters they're allowed to use.

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Clark Gregg

by Brett White

With "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." only a few hours from premiering on ABC, the network has pulled out all of the stops to promote the Marvel Comics series. This new initiative has included what pretty much amounts to a takeover of "Good Morning America," with the GMA studio's exterior being covered in a massive "S.H.I.E.L.D." countdown clock. Yesterday the morning show aired a package showing off the super-spy drama's elaborate set, and today they brought Agent Coulson himself—Clark Gregg—on for an interview. But that's not all; Gregg pulled up in Lola, Coulson's signature vehicle, and pulled a total Beastie Boys move by entering the studio straight from the street.

During the interview, Gregg touched upon just what it is that makes Coulson so special. "There are so many characters in the world of Marvel superheroes, you know, that have these superpowers, and I think there's something to the character there to the character who doesn't have them that Joss Whedon grasped so magnificently," said Gregg. "He's the one who ends up having to front off with the bad guy because the superheroes are kind of divas in their fighting. He's a little bit like the stage manager at Lollapalooza who actually has to go out and try to do a solo."

You can check out the entire interview after the jump.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

by Brett White

It's been a little while since we checked in on the various internet rumblings surrounding next year's "Guardians of the Galaxy," and while no big announcements have been made, Comic Book Movie has brought a few new interesting updates to our attention. While there are no ferrets this time around, there is another cuddly creature involved with "Guardians."


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If you thought Chris Pratt was hard to imagine as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" hero Star-Lord, try this on for size: the part could have gone to Glenn Howerton of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" fame.

"I did audition recently for 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' to play the role Chris Pratt is playing," Howerton revealed in a recent interview with Zap2It. "And I know the director of that movie is supposedly a big 'Sunny' fan, which is cool."

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Terry Crews

by Brett White

If you're another die hard Luke Cage fan readying a petition to get "Expendables" star Terry Crews hired for the role, hold that thought. In a recent interview with Black Film, Crews discussed the superhero movie genre and whether or not he's ready to suit up alongside the Avengers, should Marvel come calling. Power Man fans, it does not look good.

"Well, first of all, I'm trying to take myself outta that running," admitted Crews. "Because everybody's like, 'I want to play this superhero character, that superhero character.' 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."

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by Brett White

If you're going to cause a lot of pain, you should at least know a thing or two about treating it. In this new TV spot for "Thor: The Dark World," new bad guy Malekith makes sure that Thor knows just what will and will not do anything to ease his pain. Incoming villain Christopher Eccleston nearly steals the show as the leader of the dark elves with his quick one-liner, which is a mighty feat indeed considering that this trailer is packed with notorious attention-hog Loki.

Malekith looks to be the villain to beat in Marvel's Phase Two, thanks to his terrifying look and Eccleston's cold and calculating delivery. As bad as Aldrich Killian was in "Iron Man 3," I'd have to say that Malekith is just a bit more evil. Don't believe me? Check out his character poster. That's some creepy stuff, right there. You can check out the whole TV spot below.

"Thor: The Dark World" opens on November 8th.

[via Super Hero Hype]

What do you think of this new "Thor: The Dark World" TV spot? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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SHIELD

by Brett White

After what feels like years of waiting (or actually just one year), the debut of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is a day away. Set your DVRs, invite your friends over, bust the S.H.I.E.L.D. shirt out of the closet and fly your "Coulson Lives" flags high, because there is some serious TV watching in your future. The internet has been going S.H.I.E.L.D. crazy lately, with wacky morning show segments and behind the scenes photos popping up at a rapid pace, but none of this will accurately prepare you for the awesomeness of "S.H.I.E.L.D."

With that in mind, here are the five things you should watch before plopping down on the couch for tomorrow's television event. You've got time, so make it count!

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer" short from "Captain America: The First Avenger"
Agent Coulson's second solo outing (following the previous Marvel One-Shot short film entitled "The Consultant") shows Clark Gregg in full on secret agent action as he thwarts a couple of ne'er do wells at a gas station. This was the first time we saw Coulson get dirty with some hand-to-hand combat, and boy does it contrast with his mild-mannered attitude. This is a reminder of what we could get every single week now that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is a reality.

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by Brett White

At this point we could max out an empty Blu-ray disc with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." interviews and behind-the-scenes looks, but so what? This latest one from "Good Morning America" may be morning-news-show-level goofy, but it does feature one of the most in-depth tours of the show's main location—the massive airplane nicknamed "The Bus."

We've seen the Bus before thanks to a bunch of candid photographs, but it really comes alive on video. ABC's Cameron Mathison also gets to talk with all six principle stars of the show, where he finds out what superpower Iain De Caestecker wants and just how much in common Chloe Bennet's Skye has with the hacker in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." We also get to see what happens when you touch Lola in a non-NYCC situation. Warning: Coulson doesn't like that.

What do you think of this "S.H.I.E.L.D." behind-the-scenes sneak peek? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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Gotham Central

by Brett White

The Marvel Universe makes its live action television debut tomorrow night as "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." parks its helicarrier on ABC's Tuesday night lineup. This is big news for Marvel, and the show's success could end up being good news for DC Comics as well.

See, Marvel isn't the only comic book company with material for a superhero-tinged procedural just waiting to be adapted. DC Comics has "Gotham Central," a series starring the day-to-day police-work done by the detectives in the Gotham City Police Department's Major Crimes Unit. Batman's not the star here—in fact he's mostly a nuisance that leads to a lot of paperwork—but many of his rogues show up with deadly ramifications for the officers involved. It's a beloved series, and "Gotham Central" co-writer Ed Brubaker has thoughts about a TV adaptation, as he revealed to USA Today

"The book is actually more popular now than when we were doing it," said Brubaker. "There's been talk of 'Gotham Central' on TV since when we were doing the comic even (in the mid-2000s). Everyone at Warner Bros. really loved it. ['Dark Knight' trilogy director] Chris Nolan after they did 'Birds of Prey' had asked them to just please not do any Batman-related stuff until he was done with his trilogy — looking at 'Birds of Prey,' you can see why. It was not the world's greatest pilot."

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Spidey Super Stories

by Ryan Rigley

With the trailer for the highly-anticipated "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel now officially attached to "Thor: The Dark World," Spidey fans all across the country have been making their own trailers in preparation for the actual thing. On that same note, last week, screenwriter Alex Kurtzman sat down with iamROGUE and talked briefly about the unanswered questions raised by "The Amazing Spider-Man" and how the sequel addresses them.

"It's interesting because the first movie asks all these questions and what I loved about it in so many ways is that it didn't answer them," explains Kurtzman. "The villains emerge from a lot of the unanswered questions at the end of that movie and none of them are random at all." Sounds like we've got a lot to be excited for in the "Amazing" sequel. While on the subject of Spider-Man, we thought it best to take a look back at Spidey's first live-action television debut: "Spidey Super Stories."

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