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By Ryan Rigley

Taking place a few months after the events of the season one finale, last night's "Arrow," entitled "City of Heroes," starts off with what you assume is a flashback but is then revealed to be present day Oliver Queen running through the dense forests of Lian Yu. Apparently, he has not taken the death of his best friend, Tommy Merlyn, well at all. Never the less, Diggle and Felicity somehow manage to find Oliver on this mysterious island in the middle of nowhere and successfully persuade him to come back to Starling City.

In the wake of Malcolm Merlyn's wrath, the Glade lies in ruin with the percentage of homeless people in Starling City now at an all time high. Not to mention the hundreds of people that were killed during the season finale. Returning to his hometown, Oliver makes one thing perfectly clear; he's not back to be the hood. He's back to protect his family and Queen Consolidated.

At Club Verdant, which is now apparently owned by the youngest member of the Queen family, Thea and Roy make out passionately in a dimly lit room. Apparently, Roy has been playing vigilante since last we saw him. Then, Oliver walks in. Thea explains to her brother that she will not be visiting their mother, Moira, at the Iron Heights prison because she thinks of her as a murderer and a liar.

On the other side of town, Laurel attends a classy press conference with her new boss, the district at tourney. Suddenly, the mayor of Starling City is shot dead on live television. Laurel manages to defend herself against the masked gunmen who have dubbed themselves "The Hoods" thanks to a number of self defense classes. Oliver shows up, having seen Laurel on the news, and the two talk about Tommy and how hooking up with each other was a mistake.

The next day, Oliver pays Queen Consolidated a visit and sits down with the Vice President of rival company Stellmore International, Isabel Rochev. Isabel begins explaining to Oliver that they each share 45% of Queen Consolidated stock, with the remaining 10% being put up for sale the following day. Oliver realizes that he doesn't have enough money to buy the 10% of stock required to win back the company. Suddenly, the Hoods barge in and attempt to assassinate Oliver Queen.

Successfully evading his would-be assassins, Oliver heads over to Iron Heights to seek business advice from his dear old mother. Moira advises Oliver not to trust Isabel. Meanwhile, at Club Verdant, the Hoods shoot up a crowded dance floor and hold Thea Queen at gunpoint. Roy attempts to save his girlfriend, but Thea is taken before he can do anything to stop them. Read More...

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by Alex Zalben

Earlier today, we posted an extensive interview with "The Walking Dead" Producer Gale Anne Hurd up on MTV News, but left out a little bit that should be pretty exciting to fans of the comic book. For those of you worried that the show has moved too far afield, worry no more. Talking about season four, Hurd had this to say:

"We'll actually have episodes in this season that fans of the comic book will very much identify with, recognize, and hopefully appreciate. But since we are divergent tracks... We have characters that don't exist in the comic book, there are characters who have been killed off who are still alive in the comic book, there's no way it can be the comic book come to life, nor did Robert Kirkman want to do that since the very beginning. But there certainly are touchstones from the comic book that fans will recognize this season."

Which begs the question: what storylines, or issues could the show possibly adapt at this point? Potential spoilers, but here are some storylines we might see coming up.

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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!

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Walking Dead

by Brett White

There's no time to rest in the "Walking Dead" universe, because even if the zombies have backed off a bit, there are always ruthless humans like the Governor just waiting to make life after the zombie apocalypse a living hell. In a new interview with Collider, "Walking Dead" executive producers Greg Nicotero and Gale Anne Hurd revealed that the upcoming season will lean heavily towards zombie threats following season three's more human drama.

"By the end of last season, the walker threats fell to the wayside," Nicotero told Collider. "What was really, really important to [incoming showrunner] Scott Gimple and I was keeping that threat relevant. It's like a terrorist attack. As soon as you stop thinking about it, or you don't remember that it's there, it hits you. You're the most vulnerable when you're the most comfortable and you think everything is fine. You can see, in the first two episodes, that we've put our characters in situations where they can't see it coming. I think that's exciting because no matter how prepared they think they are and no matter how good of killers they are, in terms of the walkers, they can never be prepared for that, and it's important."

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by Brett White

Let's be honest for a second: every promo for "Arrow's" second season has been just okay at best. That's not to say they haven't made us excited for the show's return, but they haven't upped the stakes. All that has changed with the latest promo for the season two premiere, "City of Heroes."

The minute long spot makes a pretty convincing argument for giving the cast and crew of "Arrow" some big screen money and allowing them to put Oliver Queen in a feature film, because this looks nearly Christopher Nolan-level good. This clip has everything: racing motorcycles, flipping cars, machine guns, angry protesters, passionate embraces, graveyard visits, parachutes, pleas for helps, solemn vows, a Black Canary, and so much broken glass. This looks bigger than television, to be perfectly honest, and we now have our fingers crossed that the new episodes deliver on this hefty promise.

"Arrow" returns to the CW on Wednesday, October 9th.

[via Comic Book Movie]

What do you think of the new "Arrow" TV spot? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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Skye

by Brett White

Rising Tide may be the name of the Anonymous-esque online organization determined to out any and all instances of superhuman activity on ABC's new TV show "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," but it turns out the name hits a little too close to home for one real world volunteer group. And by "close to home" I mean right on top of it.

The real Rising Tide, a group dedicated to work on climate change issues whose membership spans four continents, isn't too keen on being associated with a fictional group on a pretty popular TV show. The group has hoped to distance itself from the Marvel Comics group by issuing a statement on its website.

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Constantine

by Ryan Rigley

While Marvel Studios might be killing it in the feature films department, Warner Bros. and DC have their sights set on conquering the small screen. Last week, two new DC comics-inspired TV series were announced including "Gotham" on Fox, and "Constantine" on NBC. This, of course, would be in addition to the already successful "Arrow" series on the CW as well as the planned "Flash" spin-off series.

Known for his vulgarity and constant chain-smoking, John Constantine is certainly an odd choice for prime time television. However, with shows like "Supernatural" and "Grimm" still going strong, we think "Constantine" has a great chance of being another occult mystery-solving masterpiece. That said, here's a look at five supernatural entities that we hope to see on the "Constantine" series!

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Jimmy Jean-Louis

by Brett White

It looks like Dr. Anthony Ivo will have a playmate during "Arrow" season two. Comic Book Resources announced today that "Heroes" alum Jimmy Jean-Louis has signed on to play a character mysteriously named the Captain in multiple episodes of the show's sophomore season.

So far all we really know about the Captain is that he keeps some relatively nefarious company; the character is linked to Dr. Anthony Ivo, who will be played by Dylan Neal on the show. But CBR's announcement confirms that Dr. Ivo's most famous creation, the power-replicating android called Amazo, will be included in the show in some capacity.

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SHIELD

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." got backed up by some heavy firepower this week, when Samuel L. Jackson made his first appearance on the show as the agency's director, Nick Fury. Jackson's arrival is big news for "S.H.I.E.L.D." and Marvel fans — but for the actor himself, it's nothing new.

"I'm still playing the same guy, it's the same process," the actor nonchalantly said in a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, talking about his surprise "S.H.I.E.L.D." cameo. "I just show up and they turn the cameras on and we do it."

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by Alex Zalben

If you guys like graphs and discussions of television ratings, boy are you in for a treat. The viewership numbers for the second episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." have been released, and the internets have exploded into gloom and doom – mainly because the unsupportable record-breaking numbers from the first week fell by as much as 30% in week two.

Specifically, the show was down from 11.9 million viewers in week one, to 8.4 million viewers in week two. And yes, that means that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will be cancelled in a week, we should start sending fish tanks to ABC to protest, and hope doesn't exist anymore. But is it really the end of Marvel television, or just a blip? To figure it out, we made a graph. That's right: a graph.

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