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by Brett White

"Arrow" had a lot of tricks up its sleeve in its first season. Grounded setting? Believable take on Oliver Queen? A well-paced dual narrative? An explosive season finale? Thanks to all of those things, "Arrow" became one of the biggest breakout hits on network television in recent memory.

Now "Arrow's" coming back for seconds, and they're bringing a lot of friends from the DC Universe with them. The Flash is set to appear, as is Black Canary, and China White will make a return appearance as well. "Arrow's" world is expanding, there will be double the big bads, and there's also that super team that keeps getting hinted at.

Today, producer Marc Guggenheim revealed via Twitter yet another DCU reference lined up for season 2. Check it out after the jump.

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by Brett White

Jamie Foxx has been hyping up his "Amazing Spider-Man 2" co-star Dane DeHaan for a while now, urging everybody to "watch out" for him. Now the actor dubbed "dope" by Mr. Foxx—which means a lot coming from the Duke of Dope himself—has spoken to Comic Book Resource's Todd Gilchrist about taking on the role of Harry Osborn in the Spidey sequel.

The actor, who broke out thanks to 2012's found footage super film "Chronicle," spoke about taking on a character with a rich history both onscreen—where he was played for three films by James Franco—and in the comics.

"I think what this version of Spider-Man does is it takes the Spider-Man characters and puts them in modern culture," said DeHaan. "So I started to look at Harry as, how does a person like this exist in modern day culture—and to me, he's a trust fund baby. He grew up in New York City and he uses his wealth to hide his problems, like he almost uses his wealth to buy happiness. And I think there's a big hipster trust-fund baby culture that kind of fits right into that world. So that was kind of my way in, or start in that world."

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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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X-Men

by Brett White

When "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer held a question and answer session at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, he brought the X-Film footage that was screened at San Diego Comic-Con International with him. Now, with the internet being the internet, a low-quality version of that footage has leaked. You can check it out—and if not the video, then at least the description—after the jump.

Of course, I will throw up a spoiler warning for those of you not wanting to know what happens... in the upcoming trailer. Hey, I know everyone's definition of a spoiler is different, so, jump at your own risk!

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Bryan Cranston is the danger. He is the one who knocks. And pretty soon, he might be knocking on Superman's door.

El Mayimbe at Latino-Review.com tweeted some very obvious clues that the "Breaking Bad" star is the man Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. want to play Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel — the same film that puts Kal-El on the Caped Crusader's radar.

Read El Mayimbe's tweets below:

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by Brett White

A new profile on Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige over at Wired dives pretty deep into the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from its humble beginnings at the first Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2006, up through to the present. The piece even drops a big bombshell: Feige has the Marvel movies planned out all the way through to 2021.

And we thought those reserved dates in 2016 and 2017 were forward thinking. "I could arguably say what we're planning for the year 2021," said Feige. "Will that happen? I don't know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening."

But, as the article points out, it all depends on next year's out-there space epic—"Guardians of the Galaxy"—being a bona fide hit.

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Evan Peters Quicksilver

by Brett White

When director Bryan Singer revealed that Evan Peters had joined the cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" as Quicksilver, even if Joss Whedon had called dibs on the hero for "Avengers: Age of Ultron," he revealed that he had an action sequence in mind that begged for the speedster's involvement. Judging by one of Singer's latest tweets, it looks like they've started shooting that action sequence. And oh yeah, it's fast.

Check out the full tweet and set photo after the jump!

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Coulson

by Brett White

Few characters have taken on a life of their own quite in the same way that Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson has—and even fewer have received as meaningful send-offs as the one the everyman received during last summer's "Marvel's the Avengers." But that wasn't the end of Coulson's story—even if Clark Gregg believed it to be for a few months!

The character will return to the land of the living this fall in ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," where Gregg will team-up with a number of new agents—including those played by Ming-Na Wen and Brett Dalton. MTV News' Josh Horowitz got to interview all three actors during San Diego Comic-Con, where Gregg got to go into detail about how he said goodbye to his character.

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Reeve Carney is only five weeks away from hanging up his tights as the leading man in Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark." September 15 marks his final performance after first hitting the stage as the legendary comic book hero in 2011. Carney has confirmed that he's ready to pursue a new project, but holds his star-making run in the show close to his heart.

"I loved the show so much. I'm so grateful to everyone involved from the onset up until now and I never would have desired to leave," Carney, who appears alongside Taylor Swift in the VMA-nominated "I Knew You Were Trouble" video, told MTV News.

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Thor

by Brett White

Hello there, "Thor: The Dark World," we've really missed you around these parts! While next year's Marvel movies have been hogging the spotlight recently, what with their tease-filled interviews and cool TwitPics, we've been anxiously awaiting another trailer from the realm of Asgard. Lo and behold, one hath journeyed far.

Marvel just unleashed a new "Thor: The Dark World" trailer as part of YouTube's Geek Week, and we've rounded up fourteen of the many, many must-see moments from it.

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» Every now and then Loki uses his powers for redecorating. Gotta keep the prison cell fresh!

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» This shot reveals that Loki isn't locked up alone, as it kinda seemed was the case from the previous trailer. Now I'm kinda interested in watching an "Oz"-style drama set in an Asgardian prison!

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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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