Ultron

We're not quite at the "Age of Ultron" yet, but how about a sneak peek to tide you over?

Comic-Con attendees caught an early look at Earth's mightiest robot when Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios unveiled a very preliminary "Avengers: Age of Ultron" teaser. The footage centered on Iron Man's iconic helmet as it's pounded by unknown forces, ultimately turning it into Ultron's unforgettable visage.

Now, that footage is online, and ready for your viewing pleasure. Check out the "Age of Ultron" teaser below.

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Locke and Key

FROM MTV GEEK

Even though "Locke & Key's" life as a major motion picture is just now beginning, its time as a comic book is coming to a close. The IDW Publishing series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez about a family falling prey to the darkly mysterious Keyhouse and it's supernatural inhabitants hasamassed a legion of devoted followers—followers that Universal hopes will follow the film to the big screen. "Locke & Key" is still in development over at Universal, but producer Alex Kurtzman teased that the project has a new writer on board.

Now MTV Geek has painstakingly documented the comic book's final days, as one chapter of its existence ends. In their two-part video series, MTV Geek interviews the creative team and editor Chris Ryall about the comic in part one, and then travels to Miami to watch as Hill and Rodriguez work together in person for the first time in part two. It's worth a watch for devoted "Locke & Key" fans, but a word of warning for those of you that have yet to pick up book one—there are spoilers a-plenty in the videos, so watch at your own risk!

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Runaways

by Brett White

Bad news, "Runaways" fans. It looks like the feature film adaptation starring Marvel's youngest and coolest kids won't leapfrog into theaters anytime soon. And, just like in the source material, it's all because of adults—specifically the Avengers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the big-screen success of "Marvel's the Avengers" has halted any film not closely tied to the Avengers brand. Even having a script by "Iron Man 3" screenwriter Drew Pearce hasn't helped, as he revealed on the Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith podcast.

"We were really close to being made, and then this movie started to happen called 'The Avengers,'" said Pearce. "Oddly, it pulled focus from the unheard-of brand 'Runaways,' and it really did kind of consume the Marvel Cinematic Universe." But even with this focus on the Avengers, surely there's some way to work this ragtag group of super-kids—all of whom are the children of super-villains fighting to right their wrongs—in somewhere.

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Melinda May

by Brett White

Agent Coulson's crack team of damaged-yet-relatable super-spies scored ABC the highest rated network drama debut in four years. A whopping 11.9 million viewers tuned in to "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on ABC last night. To put that in perspective, "Arrow's" season one debut last year on the CW only scored 4.14 million viewers, while "The Walking Dead's" season three premiere just scored an impressive 10.87 million, just shy of "S.H.I.E.L.D." Unlike both of those shows, however, "S.H.I.E.L.D." airs on heavy-hitting network ABC, unlike the relatively upstart CW and cable channel AMC.

So far the only real competition the Marvel drama has for 2013-2014 ratings glory is NBC's "The Blacklist," the show that stars upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" bad guy James Spader. That show scored 12.6 million viewers, sure, but it only nabbed a 3.8 rating and a 10 share, while "S.H.I.E.L.D." hit a high of 4.6/14.

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by Brett White

To hammer home the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Thor: The Dark World" unveiled an "Avengers"-centric trailer during the premiere episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." In it, Thor finally has to face the ramifications of returning to Midgard without so much as a phone call to Jane Foster. The trailer's filled out with footage we've seen before, including the ol' Loki slap, but it all seems even more epic—maybe because it debuted hot on the heels of one of "S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" act breaks.

We do get a few new bits of footage, including what looks like Heimdall scaling an invisible mountain and Thor busting out some mid-air hammer poundage on an unknown foe. Listen, unknown foe, you're really going to need to see a doctor after getting slammed on the head by Mjolnir. That's definitely not something two Tylenol will cure. You can check out the full trailer below.

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

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Djimon

by Brett White

He may be suiting up as Korath the Pursuer in "Guardians of the Galaxy," but Djimon Hounsou has his fingers crossed that he'll be called on to play more than just a Kree warrior for Marvel Studios.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, the Academy Award nominee made his intentions very clear: he wants to play Black Panther.

"It would be an honour to be T'Challa," said Hounsou. "It would have to be done right, given the history of that character and that comic."

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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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Man of Steel

by Brett White

It's been a few months since "Man of Steel" opened in theaters and crushed the box office along with the expectations of a vocal section of Superman super-fans. That third act left a lot of fans divided, as it's dark finale stood in stark contrast to last summer's more upbeat "Avengers."

Director Zack Snyder has addressed the film's love affair with falling buildings, and now screenwriter David Goyer has offered up his take on the other controversial element found in the film's final moments. I'll go on and put it after the jump, for the half dozen of you that haven't seen the film yet and are still avoiding spoilers.

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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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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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