Splash Page http://splashpage.mtv.com Just another WordPress site Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:50:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 'Dr. Horrible 2' Was Killed By 'The Avengers' http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/11/01/dr-horrible-2-avengers/ http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/11/01/dr-horrible-2-avengers/#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:49:24 +0000 http://splashpage.mtv.com/?p=85632 horrible_singalong

By Tami Katzoff

2013 was supposed to be the year that a sequel to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” finally came together. Fans and participants alike were excited about it; Nathan Fillion, who starred in the 2008 internet musical alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day, had hinted that a sequel was forthcoming, if not imminent, and Maurissa Tancharoen, who crafted the film with the Brothers Whedon (her husband Jed and in-laws Zack and Joss) confirmed to MTV News in late 2012 that work was indeed being done.

But alas, it is not to be -- not in 2013 and highly unlikely in 2014. And you can put most of the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Avengers and their sequel.

“I think that all of us overestimated our multitasking abilities,” Zack Whedon told us. “It’s not on the front burner, unfortunately.” What is on the front burner is Joss’ second Avengers film and Jed and Maurissa’s work on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

“There was a time maybe about a year ago I guess, where it really felt like, ‘We’re gaining steam, this could happen in the spring, let’s do this,’” said Zack, whose own schedule is full with scripting the upcoming AMC drama “Halt & Catch Fire” and six-issue “Firefly” comic book series “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.” Songs for a sequel have been written by Maurissa and Jed -- “great songs,” according to Zack. “But there just was not enough time for each of the people involved to focus on it, and for all of us to get into a room together. So the second Avengers movie is going to swallow up any Dr. Horrible hopes for at least another year and a half.”

Yes, the chances of a sequel appearing in the foreseeable future are slim, but Zack Whedon hasn’t yet given up, and neither should we. “I really hope that we get to do it,” he said. “But it might be Dr. Horrible in a retirement home at that point.”

Think they should cancel "Avengers 2" for "Dr. Horrible 2"? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/11/01/dr-horrible-2-avengers/feed/ 0 By Tami Katzoff 2013 was supposed to be the year that a sequel to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” finally came together. Fans and participants alike were excited about it; Nathan Fillion, who starred in the 2008 internet musical alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day, had hinted that a sequel was forthcoming, if not imminent, and Maurissa Tancharoen, who crafted the film with the Brothers Whedon (her husband Jed and in-laws Zack and Joss) confirmed to MTV News in late 2012 that work was indeed being done. But alas, it is not to be -- not in 2013 and highly unlikely in 2014. And you can put most of the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Avengers and their sequel. “I think that all of us overestimated our multitasking abilities,” Zack Whedon told us. “It’s not on the front burner, unfortunately.” What is on the front burner is Joss’ second Avengers film and Jed and Maurissa’s work on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” “There was a time maybe about a year ago I guess, where it really felt like, ‘We’re gaining steam, this could happen in the spring, let’s do this,’” said Zack, whose own schedule is full with scripting the upcoming AMC drama “Halt & Catch Fire” and six-issue “Firefly” comic book series “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.” Songs for a sequel have been written by Maurissa and Jed -- “great songs,” according to Zack. “But there just was not enough time for each of the people involved to focus on it, and for all of us to get into a room together. So the second Avengers movie is going to swallow up any Dr. Horrible hopes for at least another year and a half.” Yes, the chances of a sequel appearing in the foreseeable future are slim, but Zack Whedon hasn’t yet given up, and neither should we. “I really hope that we get to do it,” he said. “But it might be Dr. Horrible in a retirement home at that point.” Think they should cancel "Avengers 2" for "Dr. Horrible 2"? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!]]> 11/1/13 9:49am EST
'Serenity': Zack Whedon Continues 'Firefly' With A Very Pregnant Zoe http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/31/serenity-whedon-comic-book/ http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/31/serenity-whedon-comic-book/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:00:37 +0000 http://splashpage.mtv.com/?p=85626 SERENLW-#2-FC-FNL-575-cropped

By Tami Katzoff

Browncoats (fans of Joss Whedon’s short-lived TV show “Firefly” and its feature film follow-up “Serenity”) have had reason to rejoice since Dark Horse Comics announced that the adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Co. will continue with a new six-issue comic series, “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.” What makes this even sweeter for fans is the choice of writer for the series: television scribe Zack Whedon... Also known as Joss’ little brother.

Most of the previously published Firefly/Serenity comics, including those scripted by Zack, focused on backstory, or events that occurred between the TV show and the film. “Leaves on the Wind” will be the first series to pick up the action right where “Serenity” left off. It commences roughly 39 weeks after the Serenity crew managed to give the big bad guys of the Alliance a sizeable butt-kicking, with a very pregnant Zoe (widow of lovably eccentric pilot Wash) triggering the crux of the story.

“The birth is imminent in the first issue,” Zack Whedon told MTV News when we caught up with him by phone. “The difficulties of childbirth sort of forced them to step out into the world a little bit when they’ve been trying to hide out and fly under the radar and not be seen or heard from, but because of Zoe and her pregnancy they’re forced to abandon that idea.”

The series’ title honors the recently departed Wash, who was fond of reciting “I am a leaf on the wind; watch how I soar” while in the pilot seat. It’s also an appropriate metaphor for what happens to the crew in this new series. “The nature of the story is that there are a lot of forces pushing them around and altering their path,” Zack Whedon said. “A leaf on the wind doesn’t have control over where it’s going and neither do they at this point. They’re sort of reacting to all these forces that are out of their control.”

Whedon revealed that fans will be introduced to a new Browncoat named Bea -- “a member of a new sort of resistance movement” -- as well as “a bunch of new evil people.” But the story will essentially focus on the core crew. “That’s why people are going to pick up this comic book, to revisit those characters, so I wanted to spend as much time with them as possible,” he said. “Finding a great moment for each of them is not easy but it’s something I’m trying to do.”

Though he wouldn’t elaborate on certain guy-girl relationships (like the ones involving Mal, Inara, Kaylee and Simon), Whedon did hint that there will be some sort of an evolution in that area. “I’m sort of excited about that aspect of it,” he said. “I think it might catch people off guard in a good way.”

Whedon is responsible for writing each of the six issues in the “Leaves on the Wind” series, but if the story extends beyond this initial run he won’t be involved. “Not that it isn’t pleasant,” he explained. “I really enjoy it, but just in the practicality of everyday life where I’m trying to work on material of my own, and I’m working on a television show, I have a day job. It means that finding the time to work on the comics is really difficult.” Whedon’s current day job is scripting the upcoming AMC drama “Halt & Catch Fire” starring Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy.

“My dream is that [Dark Horse] could arrange for a writer who knows the property and really cares about it, or a series of writers like that, to take over in six-issue chunks or ten-issue chunks or something like that,” Whedon said. “Each person who loves this universe could put their imprint on it and tell the kind of stories that they wanted to see, and I think that would be really cool.”

Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64—Leaves on the Wind #1, with artwork by Georges Jeanty and covers by Dan Dos Santos, is on sale January 29th. In the meantime, check out the cover to issue #2:

SERENLW #2 FC FNL

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http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/31/serenity-whedon-comic-book/feed/ 0 By Tami Katzoff Browncoats (fans of Joss Whedon’s short-lived TV show “Firefly” and its feature film follow-up “Serenity”) have had reason to rejoice since Dark Horse Comics announced that the adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Co. will continue with a new six-issue comic series, “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.” What makes this even sweeter for fans is the choice of writer for the series: television scribe Zack Whedon... Also known as Joss’ little brother. Most of the previously published Firefly/Serenity comics, including those scripted by Zack, focused on backstory, or events that occurred between the TV show and the film. “Leaves on the Wind” will be the first series to pick up the action right where “Serenity” left off. It commences roughly 39 weeks after the Serenity crew managed to give the big bad guys of the Alliance a sizeable butt-kicking, with a very pregnant Zoe (widow of lovably eccentric pilot Wash) triggering the crux of the story. “The birth is imminent in the first issue,” Zack Whedon told MTV News when we caught up with him by phone. “The difficulties of childbirth sort of forced them to step out into the world a little bit when they’ve been trying to hide out and fly under the radar and not be seen or heard from, but because of Zoe and her pregnancy they’re forced to abandon that idea.” The series’ title honors the recently departed Wash, who was fond of reciting “I am a leaf on the wind; watch how I soar” while in the pilot seat. It’s also an appropriate metaphor for what happens to the crew in this new series. “The nature of the story is that there are a lot of forces pushing them around and altering their path,” Zack Whedon said. “A leaf on the wind doesn’t have control over where it’s going and neither do they at this point. They’re sort of reacting to all these forces that are out of their control.” Whedon revealed that fans will be introduced to a new Browncoat named Bea -- “a member of a new sort of resistance movement” -- as well as “a bunch of new evil people.” But the story will essentially focus on the core crew. “That’s why people are going to pick up this comic book, to revisit those characters, so I wanted to spend as much time with them as possible,” he said. “Finding a great moment for each of them is not easy but it’s something I’m trying to do.” Though he wouldn’t elaborate on certain guy-girl relationships (like the ones involving Mal, Inara, Kaylee and Simon), Whedon did hint that there will be some sort of an evolution in that area. “I’m sort of excited about that aspect of it,” he said. “I think it might catch people off guard in a good way.” Whedon is responsible for writing each of the six issues in the “Leaves on the Wind” series, but if the story extends beyond this initial run he won’t be involved. “Not that it isn’t pleasant,” he explained. “I really enjoy it, but just in the practicality of everyday life where I’m trying to work on material of my own, and I’m working on a television show, I have a day job. It means that finding the time to work on the comics is really difficult.” Whedon’s current day job is scripting the upcoming AMC drama “Halt & Catch Fire” starring Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy. “My dream is that [Dark Horse] could arrange for a writer who knows the property and really cares about it, or a series of writers like that, to take over in six-issue chunks or ten-issue chunks or something like that,” Whedon said. “Each person who loves this universe could put their imprint on it and tell the kind of stories that they wanted to see, and I think that would be really cool.” Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64—Leaves on the Wind #1, with artwork by Georges Jeanty and covers by Dan Dos Santos, is on sale January 29th. In the meantime, check out the cover to issue #2: SERENLW #2 FC FNL]]> 10/31/13 4:00pm EST
'Arrow' Recap: Episode 2.04, "The Crucible" http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/31/arrow-recap-episode-2-04-the-crucible/ http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/31/arrow-recap-episode-2-04-the-crucible/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:08:06 +0000 http://splashpage.mtv.com/?p=85622 arrow-the-crucible-575

By Ryan Rigley

Surprises a plenty in last night's "Arrow" as we were finally told the true identity of the masked vigilante known as the Black Canary. Picking up the episode with a hilarious juxtaposition of Felicity stalling Isabel Rochev and Oliver beating up armed thugs, "Crucible" begins with the former Starling City socialite showing up to his own event a little too fashionably late.

As Oliver talks to Isabel about the city's terrible gun problem, the District Attorney chimes in stating that he already knows where all of these thugs are getting their military-grade weapons: a crime lord that calls himself "The Mayor."

Back at the Arrowcave, Oliver discusses the Black Canary with Felicity and Diggle. Felicity then points out that the Black Canary hasn't been following Oliver, but actually Laurel Lance who has been on a crazy drinking-binge since last week's episode.

With that, Oliver meets up with the Black Canary on a desolate rooftop and she reveals herself to be none other than Sarah Lance, Laurel's sister who apparently died during the shipwreck of the Queen's Gambit but, in fact, somehow survived.

The next day, Oliver meets with Isabel Rochev and Sebastian Blood over at Queen Consolidated. Oliver is apparently still dead-set on doing his part to help the Glades and make good of his family's name. Blood agrees to Oliver's proposed fundraiser, but Isabel does not. Oliver resolves to use what little he has left of his personal funds in getting together the benefit.

On the other side of town, the District Attorney asks Laurel out to dinner. As he tries to get to know his assistant a little better, Laurel downs one too many glasses of wine and decides that it's time for her to leave. Of course, she gets pulled over for driving under the influence which prompts the arresting officer to call in Laurel's father. Despite his concern, Laurel storms off resolving to take a cab home instead.

Discovering that the stolen weapons in the Mayor's possession belong to a subsidiary of Queen Consolidated, Felicity manages to turn on the tracking device at the bottom of the weapons crate allowing for Oliver to find the Mayor's hideout. However, before Oliver can make it out of Verdant he's stopped by both Sarah who tells him not to tell her family that she's alive. Then, he's stopped by Sarah's father who asks Oliver to talk to Sarah's sister, Laurel.

In a flashback, Oliver wakes up on a jail boat just off the coast of Lian Yu. One of the security guards approaches his cell, asking if Oliver how many people are with him and if they've found a grave site. Oliver doesn't respond, causing the guard to shoot him in the stomach.

After unsuccessfully confronting Laurel about her drinking problem, Oliver heads over to his fundraiser for the Glades. Oliver has a heart to heart with Blood while Roy Harper introduces Thea Queen to the Black Canary's associate, Sin. Suddenly, the Mayor bursts in on a huge track filled to the brim with armed men. They shoot up the place, with Oliver saving Blood's life and Roy saving Sin's life.

Later, as Roy and Thea watch over an unconscious Sin in the hospital, Oliver recruits the help of Sarah Lance in order to take down the Mayor and his men. In the middle of purchasing several brand new grenade launchers, Green Arrow and the Black Canary break up the negotiations. The Mayor shoots a grenade at Oliver but he's quick to shoot an arrow right back at it. Eventually, Black Canary manages to get the Mayor by the throat and easily subdues him.

The next day, Sebastian Blood thanks Oliver for saving his life. Oliver then suggests that Blood run for mayor, to which Blood politely declines. Meanwhile, Officer Lance talks to a help group about his growing concern for his daughter as she's seen drinking a lot of wine and taking a lot of pills on the other side of town.

Then, in a flashback, Oliver removes the bullet from his body with the tools provided to him by the prison's staff. With that, he's carried out of his cell and brought before none other than Sarah Lance!

So not only is Sarah alive and well, but she's also been running around Starling City as a masked crime fighter. Also, there's the fact that Oliver totally knew Sarah was alive after apparently seeing her on the island way after the events of the shipwreck. We may have been given a lot of information in last night's episode, but there are still plenty more answers left to be uncovered. Lest we forget the big reveal at the end of the episode with Sebastian Blood turning out to be the villain known as Brother Blood!

What did you think of "The Crucible"? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/31/arrow-recap-episode-2-04-the-crucible/feed/ 0 By Ryan Rigley Surprises a plenty in last night's "Arrow" as we were finally told the true identity of the masked vigilante known as the Black Canary. Picking up the episode with a hilarious juxtaposition of Felicity stalling Isabel Rochev and Oliver beating up armed thugs, "Crucible" begins with the former Starling City socialite showing up to his own event a little too fashionably late. As Oliver talks to Isabel about the city's terrible gun problem, the District Attorney chimes in stating that he already knows where all of these thugs are getting their military-grade weapons: a crime lord that calls himself "The Mayor." Back at the Arrowcave, Oliver discusses the Black Canary with Felicity and Diggle. Felicity then points out that the Black Canary hasn't been following Oliver, but actually Laurel Lance who has been on a crazy drinking-binge since last week's episode. With that, Oliver meets up with the Black Canary on a desolate rooftop and she reveals herself to be none other than Sarah Lance, Laurel's sister who apparently died during the shipwreck of the Queen's Gambit but, in fact, somehow survived. The next day, Oliver meets with Isabel Rochev and Sebastian Blood over at Queen Consolidated. Oliver is apparently still dead-set on doing his part to help the Glades and make good of his family's name. Blood agrees to Oliver's proposed fundraiser, but Isabel does not. Oliver resolves to use what little he has left of his personal funds in getting together the benefit. On the other side of town, the District Attorney asks Laurel out to dinner. As he tries to get to know his assistant a little better, Laurel downs one too many glasses of wine and decides that it's time for her to leave. Of course, she gets pulled over for driving under the influence which prompts the arresting officer to call in Laurel's father. Despite his concern, Laurel storms off resolving to take a cab home instead. Discovering that the stolen weapons in the Mayor's possession belong to a subsidiary of Queen Consolidated, Felicity manages to turn on the tracking device at the bottom of the weapons crate allowing for Oliver to find the Mayor's hideout. However, before Oliver can make it out of Verdant he's stopped by both Sarah who tells him not to tell her family that she's alive. Then, he's stopped by Sarah's father who asks Oliver to talk to Sarah's sister, Laurel. In a flashback, Oliver wakes up on a jail boat just off the coast of Lian Yu. One of the security guards approaches his cell, asking if Oliver how many people are with him and if they've found a grave site. Oliver doesn't respond, causing the guard to shoot him in the stomach. After unsuccessfully confronting Laurel about her drinking problem, Oliver heads over to his fundraiser for the Glades. Oliver has a heart to heart with Blood while Roy Harper introduces Thea Queen to the Black Canary's associate, Sin. Suddenly, the Mayor bursts in on a huge track filled to the brim with armed men. They shoot up the place, with Oliver saving Blood's life and Roy saving Sin's life. Later, as Roy and Thea watch over an unconscious Sin in the hospital, Oliver recruits the help of Sarah Lance in order to take down the Mayor and his men. In the middle of purchasing several brand new grenade launchers, Green Arrow and the Black Canary break up the negotiations. The Mayor shoots a grenade at Oliver but he's quick to shoot an arrow right back at it. Eventually, Black Canary manages to get the Mayor by the throat and easily subdues him. The next day, Sebastian Blood thanks Oliver for saving his life. Oliver then suggests that Blood run for mayor, to which Blood politely declines. Meanwhile, Officer Lance talks to a help group about his growing concern for his daughter as she's seen drinking a lot of wine and taking a lot of pills on the other side of town. Then, in a flashback, Oliver removes the bullet from his body with the tools provided to him by the prison's staff. With that, he's carried out of his cell and brought before none other than Sarah Lance! So not only is Sarah alive and well, but she's also been running around Starling City as a masked crime fighter. Also, there's the fact that Oliver totally knew Sarah was alive after apparently seeing her on the island way after the events of the shipwreck. We may have been given a lot of information in last night's episode, but there are still plenty more answers left to be uncovered. Lest we forget the big reveal at the end of the episode with Sebastian Blood turning out to be the villain known as Brother Blood! What did you think of "The Crucible"? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!]]> 10/31/13 12:08pm EST
'The Sandman: Overture': J.H. Williams III Explains Three Key Scenes http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/31/the-sandman-overture-j-h-williams-iii-interview/ http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/31/the-sandman-overture-j-h-williams-iii-interview/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:00:32 +0000 http://splashpage.mtv.com/?p=85615 sandman-overture-575

By Alex Zalben

Yesterday on the main page, we posted an in depth, but not very spoilery look at the making of the character Death in "The Sandman: Overture #1". Today, we're pleased to bring you a VERY spoilery look at three key moments in the issue, from artist J.H. Williams III. Reminder: spoilers. Also, go buy the book because it's superb:

MTV Splashpage: I loved the flowing nature of the book… I think other than the scene in Morpheus’ office, every page almost flowed into the next one. Was there any thought to making the whole issue one giant gatefold?

J.H. Williams III: [Laughs] I would love to do one gigantic gatefold, that would be tremendous. It’s funny you mention that because we had an issue of Promethea where we wanted to do that, and it may get published as a gatefold in a special issue of Prometha next year. But for Sandman, it would love to do that. When coming up with the way an issue moves, I’m always looking for ways for stuff to flow, and I really wanted to capture that fluidity on this story in particular.

Sandman is about dreams, and dreams have a fluidity to them – no matter how jarring the subject of the dream may be… At least my own experience with my own dreams. So I wanted to make it feel like you could move right through it, that it moves with ease. That was a very purposeful decision. Working in double page spreads, which I’m sure I annoy a lot of readers when I do that, but I can’t help but think in those terms…

In this story in particular, focusing on spreads, even though there’s several instances where you can focus on one half of the spread as a single page, and same with the other half; the way it moves still feels fluid. It was important to me to get that going in there.

MTV: Let’s talk about the spread set on the Corinthian’s teeth… I gotta be honest, I read that looking at the panels, and didn’t even realize it was his mouth until I unfocused my eyes and saw the negative space.

Williams: Everyone’s gonna read this stuff the way they want to read it, and I love the fact that you read it one way, and then you realized there’s something else going on here. I love that aspect of it. I always like doing things where people can not necessarily see everything right away. It always gives some sense of new discovery when you see things that way.

That scene was actually written as two separate pages, but I knew it was the only scene that dealt with the Corinthian on his own, and it was isolated from the scene before it, and the scene after it in a lot of ways. I kept thinking about teeth, and rows of teeth. And that scene, for longtime Sandman fans, they were going to be like, “Oh, that’s the Corinthian,” really excited to see that. I wanted to do something with the design that could speak to those long time readers, so when they see the piece, they’re gonna get it.

It’s a nod to what they know about the Corinthian. But for new readers who are going to be jumping in on this, who have not read Sandman before, I wanted to do something that – at first they’re not going to understand why, just that it makes it kind of sinister. And then when they discover more about the Corinthian, they’re just kind of going to go, “Oh!” I wasn’t sure if I should try it or not. I wasn’t even sure if I could pull off the piece as a spread like that. I wasn’t sure it was even possible, so I called Shelly Bond, my Editor, and I said, “I’ve got this idea, what do you think? Should I try it?” And she’s like, “Yes. Do that.” [Laughs] That’s how that developed.

MTV: How about the end of issue… What’s going on with Morpheus, and the Morphei?

Williams: At the end, Sandman is getting called by a force more powerful than him. It’s something that’s pulling him away from what he wants to focus on. He can’t resist it, he can only delay it. There’s the one page before we get to the very ending, where the panels make up his name… It’s the silent call, they’re tired of waiting on him. It demands his attention, so he gets pulled, sucked across the universe almost against his will.

When he arrives on the other side of the universe, he’s introduced to various Morpheuses from different realities, and different alien worlds. What challenged me about that was how can I represent them in a way that makes each one distinctly unique as characters? You’re not going to get to spend a lot of time with these versions of Morpheus, so what can I do with each one, with the art, so you look at them and imagine what they may be like in their own world?

So that’s why I treated each one with their own art style, to sell the distinctness of their characters without any of them actually having much to say. That was pretty challenging, and the result is pretty effective. That’s one of the scenes I felt like I could have given it more, but so far everyone who’s looked at seems pretty satisfied with what I did, so I can’t complain.

"The Sandman: Overture #1" is now in stores everywhere from Vertigo.

What was your fave part of "The Sandman: Overture"? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/31/the-sandman-overture-j-h-williams-iii-interview/feed/ 0 By Alex Zalben Yesterday on the main page, we posted an in depth, but not very spoilery look at the making of the character Death in "The Sandman: Overture #1". Today, we're pleased to bring you a VERY spoilery look at three key moments in the issue, from artist J.H. Williams III. Reminder: spoilers. Also, go buy the book because it's superb: MTV Splashpage: I loved the flowing nature of the book… I think other than the scene in Morpheus’ office, every page almost flowed into the next one. Was there any thought to making the whole issue one giant gatefold? J.H. Williams III: [Laughs] I would love to do one gigantic gatefold, that would be tremendous. It’s funny you mention that because we had an issue of Promethea where we wanted to do that, and it may get published as a gatefold in a special issue of Prometha next year. But for Sandman, it would love to do that. When coming up with the way an issue moves, I’m always looking for ways for stuff to flow, and I really wanted to capture that fluidity on this story in particular. Sandman is about dreams, and dreams have a fluidity to them – no matter how jarring the subject of the dream may be… At least my own experience with my own dreams. So I wanted to make it feel like you could move right through it, that it moves with ease. That was a very purposeful decision. Working in double page spreads, which I’m sure I annoy a lot of readers when I do that, but I can’t help but think in those terms… In this story in particular, focusing on spreads, even though there’s several instances where you can focus on one half of the spread as a single page, and same with the other half; the way it moves still feels fluid. It was important to me to get that going in there. MTV: Let’s talk about the spread set on the Corinthian’s teeth… I gotta be honest, I read that looking at the panels, and didn’t even realize it was his mouth until I unfocused my eyes and saw the negative space. Williams: Everyone’s gonna read this stuff the way they want to read it, and I love the fact that you read it one way, and then you realized there’s something else going on here. I love that aspect of it. I always like doing things where people can not necessarily see everything right away. It always gives some sense of new discovery when you see things that way. That scene was actually written as two separate pages, but I knew it was the only scene that dealt with the Corinthian on his own, and it was isolated from the scene before it, and the scene after it in a lot of ways. I kept thinking about teeth, and rows of teeth. And that scene, for longtime Sandman fans, they were going to be like, “Oh, that’s the Corinthian,” really excited to see that. I wanted to do something with the design that could speak to those long time readers, so when they see the piece, they’re gonna get it. It’s a nod to what they know about the Corinthian. But for new readers who are going to be jumping in on this, who have not read Sandman before, I wanted to do something that – at first they’re not going to understand why, just that it makes it kind of sinister. And then when they discover more about the Corinthian, they’re just kind of going to go, “Oh!” I wasn’t sure if I should try it or not. I wasn’t even sure if I could pull off the piece as a spread like that. I wasn’t sure it was even possible, so I called Shelly Bond, my Editor, and I said, “I’ve got this idea, what do you think? Should I try it?” And she’s like, “Yes. Do that.” [Laughs] That’s how that developed. MTV: How about the end of issue… What’s going on with Morpheus, and the Morphei? Williams: At the end, Sandman is getting called by a force more powerful than him. It’s something that’s pulling him away from what he wants to focus on. He can’t resist it, he can only delay it. There’s the one page before we get to the very ending, where the panels make up his name… It’s the silent call, they’re tired of waiting on him. It demands his attention, so he gets pulled, sucked across the universe almost against his will. When he arrives on the other side of the universe, he’s introduced to various Morpheuses from different realities, and different alien worlds. What challenged me about that was how can I represent them in a way that makes each one distinctly unique as characters? You’re not going to get to spend a lot of time with these versions of Morpheus, so what can I do with each one, with the art, so you look at them and imagine what they may be like in their own world? So that’s why I treated each one with their own art style, to sell the distinctness of their characters without any of them actually having much to say. That was pretty challenging, and the result is pretty effective. That’s one of the scenes I felt like I could have given it more, but so far everyone who’s looked at seems pretty satisfied with what I did, so I can’t complain. "The Sandman: Overture #1" is now in stores everywhere from Vertigo. What was your fave part of "The Sandman: Overture"? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!]]> 10/31/13 9:00am EST
'Arrow': Emily Bett Rickards On Olicity, Black Canary, And "Birds of Prey"? http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/30/arrow-emily-bett-rickards-birds-of-prey/ http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/30/arrow-emily-bett-rickards-birds-of-prey/#comments Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:47:36 +0000 http://splashpage.mtv.com/?p=85610 Arrow_2x04_Crucible__6-575

By Alex Zalben

Tonight on The CW's "Arrow," Oliver Queen and his team are put through the "Crucible," fighting a war on multiple fronts, while still trying to unravel the mystery of new hero Black Canary. In the middle? Oliver's trusty assistant/hacker Felicity Smoake, played by Emily Bett Rickards. In advance of tonight's episode, we chatted with Rickards on the phone about what's up with the Canary, whether there's a chance for Olicity, and if, maybe, we can see a little something called "Birds of Prey." Oh, and why Colton Haynes is amazing at Mortal Kombat:

MTV Splashpage: What’s coming up this week for Felicity Smoake?

Emily Bett Rickards: Felicity does a lot of dancing around and covering in this episode… There’s some teasing, and we get to see a lot of Isabelle interaction. And there’s her doing comedic jigs, covering up what they do during their nighttime activities! [Laughs]

MTV: You’re getting to do a ton more action this season, what’s that been like?

Rickards: What it does for Felicity is really make her an equal in the trio, because when she does put herself in danger, which happens quite a bit in season two, it’s only option, and because it’s what she believes is right. So having that is solidifying this is what we do, and having her strength come from that is important. That means action, that means stunts, that means danger, and that means life threatening situations.

MTV: What’s the most ridiculous stunt you’ve been thrown into so far?

Rickards: The one in episode one when Diggle and I are jumping out of that plane. David [Ramsey] and I are literally strapped together. I’m literally attached to David’s stomach and if you’ve ever met David Ramsey, he’s extremely tall, and extremely muscular. He’s huge! He’s a huge man. So I’m strapped to the front of him, and we’re jumping on to these gym mats that’ll probably four feet thick. I’m going face first into these mats. It was just so ridiculous, I had a laugh attack that day. I get them every so often, where I’m weeping. I’m always on the verge of laughing and crying. It was so bad that makeup was coming in to touch up, I’m laughing so hard, I can’t move, David’s attached to me… [Laughs]

MTV: I think I’m getting a sense of this anyway, but what’s your, David, and Stephen Amell’s relationship like off set?

Rickards: They’re both really great guys. I was in LA this weekend, reading the script on the plane, and it’s just really nice to work with people you like, and getting to know them too. It’s homey, going to work. David is just this calm, funny guy, and Stephen has this quirky personality… He’s got a lot of charisma, and very funny. They talk a lot about sports, so I don’t get in on that. [Laughs] I’m not educated in that, but I’m trying to be… They just like to laugh, and there’s nobody out there I dislike, if they like to laugh.

MTV: There’s a lot of Felicity/Oliver shippers out there, but things are going in a different direction this season. You three, including Diggle, are almost a makeshift family.

Rickards: The trio’s relationship does get stronger… We hit so many road-bumps, and we’re getting to know each other better. There’s all these things though. Diggle still has Deadshot out there, and we’ve Black Canary out there, which is throwing the whole team off. And Olivier is back at Queen Consolidated and Isabelle is there. Felicity is having to juggle being an assistant and working at Queen Consolidated. She doesn’t get to have the title, and not do that work. And then she has to fight the demons of Starling City at night with the two of them. And they have to stick together. You get to see them grow, and I don’t think Olicity is going to get lost too much, but there’s room Olicity, and there’s also room for that not to be. Sooo… We’ll see what happens there. [Laughs]

MTV: Could we ever see Felicity and Diggle get together, or would that be too weird?

Rickards: Oh yes, it’s called Dilicity, which is one of my favorite terms ever. I don’t know if that’s in the cards. I think they have a great relationship. It could happen. He’s really supportive. There’s a scene in season one where he has her training, and they’re friends, and have to support each other, too, because Oliver has all of these boundaries that only her and Diggle, they’re the only two that each other can talk to about that.

MTV: I swear I’ll get off of this in a minute, but does every single pairing on the show have some sort of name to it?

Rickards: I think they do, and once one does, all of them start to get out. It’s a chain reaction. But those two are my favorites.

MTV: Okay, back to the show for a sec: what does Canary bring to the mix?

Rickards: It’s having another player in town… An extremely dangerous individual who’s clearly extremely well trained, wherever she came from. The last time we saw someone who had an equivalent to that was Helena, and she created a lot of turmoil for us. And the fact that Canary provided aid for us in the last episode is kind of throws a curveball her way. The trio wonders, should we be worried, or… It creates a whole bunch of questions that are so unanswered. They’re going to have to figure them out, and it creates a lot of work.

MTV: I don’t know if you’re a fan of the comics, but after I saw the last episode with Canary in a clock-tower, I couldn’t help but think we were being set up for Birds of Prey, with Felicity as Oracle. Any chance that’s gonna happen?

Rickards: I don’t know… I’m just getting into the comics a lot more, I bought a whole bunch at Golden Apple. I don’t know if we’re going to get to see Felicity super-hero up. I don’t know anything about that. I’m not against it, but it would have to be earned.

MTV: What else do you want to tease?

Rickards: We have Mr. Barry Allen, Grant Gustin coming on to the show, which should be fun… Felicity and Barry, they match each other’s intellect, and they have to help each other out quite a bit. They’re flirty, fun, and you can look forward to a few more Olicity moments, and a lot more Felicity awkward moments… And some really good island stuff. Really great flashback work.

MTV: Last thing before I let you go, I noticed you were tweeting about playing Zelda…

Rickards: [Laughs] Oh my god, you saw that! Yeah, I’m still really mad, really upset. [Laughs]

MTV: That you can’t get Zelda for Xbox?

Rickards: I just have an Xbox, I don’t want to get a [Wii], and I just… You know… You know?

MTV: Are you a regular gamer?

Rickards: I started playing Xbox years ago, because I lived seven boys who played Left 4 Dead, all the time. In 2010, we all left the house we lived in… I started playing mortal Kombat, I was just playing that with my best friend Fanta. We’re friends with Colton [Haynes], so Colton comes over… Colton is the best Mortal Kombat player I’ve ever seen in my life! Fanta and I were under the impression that we would have to teach Colton to play Mortal Kombat. Colton comes over, and in four hours, I only beat him once! He knew every character… I’m still astonished. We were up until two in the morning playing Mortal Kombat last night, and I only beat him once.

MTV: I don’t know if you’ve played “Batman: Arkham Origins” yet…

Rickards: I just bought it yesterday!

MTV: Okay, mild spoiler, but when you’re walking around, you can see crates marked with “Queen Consolidated” on them.

Rickards: That’s unreal!

MTV: We were speculating that there could be an Arrow game that mixes TV and comics in the same way.

Rickards: That would be awesome…

MTV: Would you want to play as Felicity?

Rickards: I would like to play against myself in a video game, that would be kind of cool. I might want to be Canary or something if I’m playing the game.

“Arrow” is on The CW Wednesday nights at 8PM ET.

Should "Birds of Prey" show up on "Arrow"? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/30/arrow-emily-bett-rickards-birds-of-prey/feed/ 0 By Alex Zalben Tonight on The CW's "Arrow," Oliver Queen and his team are put through the "Crucible," fighting a war on multiple fronts, while still trying to unravel the mystery of new hero Black Canary. In the middle? Oliver's trusty assistant/hacker Felicity Smoake, played by Emily Bett Rickards. In advance of tonight's episode, we chatted with Rickards on the phone about what's up with the Canary, whether there's a chance for Olicity, and if, maybe, we can see a little something called "Birds of Prey." Oh, and why Colton Haynes is amazing at Mortal Kombat: MTV Splashpage: What’s coming up this week for Felicity Smoake? Emily Bett Rickards: Felicity does a lot of dancing around and covering in this episode… There’s some teasing, and we get to see a lot of Isabelle interaction. And there’s her doing comedic jigs, covering up what they do during their nighttime activities! [Laughs] MTV: You’re getting to do a ton more action this season, what’s that been like? Rickards: What it does for Felicity is really make her an equal in the trio, because when she does put herself in danger, which happens quite a bit in season two, it’s only option, and because it’s what she believes is right. So having that is solidifying this is what we do, and having her strength come from that is important. That means action, that means stunts, that means danger, and that means life threatening situations. MTV: What’s the most ridiculous stunt you’ve been thrown into so far? Rickards: The one in episode one when Diggle and I are jumping out of that plane. David [Ramsey] and I are literally strapped together. I’m literally attached to David’s stomach and if you’ve ever met David Ramsey, he’s extremely tall, and extremely muscular. He’s huge! He’s a huge man. So I’m strapped to the front of him, and we’re jumping on to these gym mats that’ll probably four feet thick. I’m going face first into these mats. It was just so ridiculous, I had a laugh attack that day. I get them every so often, where I’m weeping. I’m always on the verge of laughing and crying. It was so bad that makeup was coming in to touch up, I’m laughing so hard, I can’t move, David’s attached to me… [Laughs] MTV: I think I’m getting a sense of this anyway, but what’s your, David, and Stephen Amell’s relationship like off set? Rickards: They’re both really great guys. I was in LA this weekend, reading the script on the plane, and it’s just really nice to work with people you like, and getting to know them too. It’s homey, going to work. David is just this calm, funny guy, and Stephen has this quirky personality… He’s got a lot of charisma, and very funny. They talk a lot about sports, so I don’t get in on that. [Laughs] I’m not educated in that, but I’m trying to be… They just like to laugh, and there’s nobody out there I dislike, if they like to laugh. MTV: There’s a lot of Felicity/Oliver shippers out there, but things are going in a different direction this season. You three, including Diggle, are almost a makeshift family. Rickards: The trio’s relationship does get stronger… We hit so many road-bumps, and we’re getting to know each other better. There’s all these things though. Diggle still has Deadshot out there, and we’ve Black Canary out there, which is throwing the whole team off. And Olivier is back at Queen Consolidated and Isabelle is there. Felicity is having to juggle being an assistant and working at Queen Consolidated. She doesn’t get to have the title, and not do that work. And then she has to fight the demons of Starling City at night with the two of them. And they have to stick together. You get to see them grow, and I don’t think Olicity is going to get lost too much, but there’s room Olicity, and there’s also room for that not to be. Sooo… We’ll see what happens there. [Laughs] MTV: Could we ever see Felicity and Diggle get together, or would that be too weird? Rickards: Oh yes, it’s called Dilicity, which is one of my favorite terms ever. I don’t know if that’s in the cards. I think they have a great relationship. It could happen. He’s really supportive. There’s a scene in season one where he has her training, and they’re friends, and have to support each other, too, because Oliver has all of these boundaries that only her and Diggle, they’re the only two that each other can talk to about that. MTV: I swear I’ll get off of this in a minute, but does every single pairing on the show have some sort of name to it? Rickards: I think they do, and once one does, all of them start to get out. It’s a chain reaction. But those two are my favorites. MTV: Okay, back to the show for a sec: what does Canary bring to the mix? Rickards: It’s having another player in town… An extremely dangerous individual who’s clearly extremely well trained, wherever she came from. The last time we saw someone who had an equivalent to that was Helena, and she created a lot of turmoil for us. And the fact that Canary provided aid for us in the last episode is kind of throws a curveball her way. The trio wonders, should we be worried, or… It creates a whole bunch of questions that are so unanswered. They’re going to have to figure them out, and it creates a lot of work. MTV: I don’t know if you’re a fan of the comics, but after I saw the last episode with Canary in a clock-tower, I couldn’t help but think we were being set up for Birds of Prey, with Felicity as Oracle. Any chance that’s gonna happen? Rickards: I don’t know… I’m just getting into the comics a lot more, I bought a whole bunch at Golden Apple. I don’t know if we’re going to get to see Felicity super-hero up. I don’t know anything about that. I’m not against it, but it would have to be earned. MTV: What else do you want to tease? Rickards: We have Mr. Barry Allen, Grant Gustin coming on to the show, which should be fun… Felicity and Barry, they match each other’s intellect, and they have to help each other out quite a bit. They’re flirty, fun, and you can look forward to a few more Olicity moments, and a lot more Felicity awkward moments… And some really good island stuff. Really great flashback work. MTV: Last thing before I let you go, I noticed you were tweeting about playing Zelda… Rickards: [Laughs] Oh my god, you saw that! Yeah, I’m still really mad, really upset. [Laughs] MTV: That you can’t get Zelda for Xbox? Rickards: I just have an Xbox, I don’t want to get a [Wii], and I just… You know… You know? MTV: Are you a regular gamer? Rickards: I started playing Xbox years ago, because I lived seven boys who played Left 4 Dead, all the time. In 2010, we all left the house we lived in… I started playing mortal Kombat, I was just playing that with my best friend Fanta. We’re friends with Colton [Haynes], so Colton comes over… Colton is the best Mortal Kombat player I’ve ever seen in my life! Fanta and I were under the impression that we would have to teach Colton to play Mortal Kombat. Colton comes over, and in four hours, I only beat him once! He knew every character… I’m still astonished. We were up until two in the morning playing Mortal Kombat last night, and I only beat him once. MTV: I don’t know if you’ve played “Batman: Arkham Origins” yet… Rickards: I just bought it yesterday! MTV: Okay, mild spoiler, but when you’re walking around, you can see crates marked with “Queen Consolidated” on them. Rickards: That’s unreal! MTV: We were speculating that there could be an Arrow game that mixes TV and comics in the same way. Rickards: That would be awesome… MTV: Would you want to play as Felicity? Rickards: I would like to play against myself in a video game, that would be kind of cool. I might want to be Canary or something if I’m playing the game. “Arrow” is on The CW Wednesday nights at 8PM ET. Should "Birds of Prey" show up on "Arrow"? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!]]> 10/30/13 4:47pm EST
Will Ben Kingsley's Secret Marvel Project Reveal The Real Mandarin? http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/29/real-mandarin/ http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/29/real-mandarin/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:31:13 +0000 http://splashpage.mtv.com/?p=85607 Iron Man 3." According to the site, Kingsley will be […]]]> Mandarin_Hot_Toy

by Charles Webb

Alright, place this squarely in the "rumor" column, but Latino Review is claiming they have a scoop on Sir Ben Kingsley's role in an upcoming secret Marvel project - a role that undoes one of the most interesting things in this summer's "http://splashpage.mtv.com/tag/iron-man-3/ttp://splashpage.mtv.com/tag/iron-man-3/">Iron Man 3."

According to the site, Kingsley will be appearing in a new Marvel One-Shot which will reveal the true head of the Ten Rings and perennial Iron Man villain, the Mandarin.

So somehow, Kingsley's "Trevor" character - a drug-addled, hedonistic British actor hired by AIM to play act as a global terrorist - will bring the real version of the character into the Marvel universe.

Even if "Iron Man 3" director and co-writer Shane Black has publicly wondered aloud "Is it really worth it?" to revisit the character, the approach makes sense in a way for Marvel. Trevor effectively took one of Iron Man's most iconic (and problematic) villains off the board, leaving Tony Stark with a pretty shallow bench of heavies to face in subsequent, inevitable sequels.

The Mandarin in the comics was a resident of imperial China who came into possession of ten alien rings which granted him a variety of superpowers. As a brilliant scientist in his own rights, he made a dangerous foil for Tony, but his early iconography was ripped right from the same culturally-gross thinking that gave us Fu Manchu (i.e. thin-mustached villains in traditional garb, rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of subjugating the white man).
Plus, some "Iron Man" fans weren't exactly happy with the Trevor reveal, so to Marvel's way of thinking, this could be a win-win.

Black and co-writer Drew Pearce said in a recent Q&A that Marvel spent years attempting to make a cinematic version of the one-time Yellow Peril villain work, going so far as to tease him in the first film (before dropping the concept entirely for "Iron Man 2"). Maybe someone in the cinematic brain trust has cracked the character in a way that won't alienate the potentially large Chinese audience for a sequel.

That last bit is the most important part: if you'll recall, Disney/Marvel shot additional scenes for the Chinese release of "Iron Man 3" featuring a pair of name Chinese stars. All this in the hopes of increasing the film's reach in what is being seen as one of the most lucrative film markets in the world right now.

So if this rumor does pan out, we're curious to see precisely what kind of line Marvel and Disney are prepared to tread in order to keep the character "true" to his comics counterpart without killing their Chinese box office.

[Source: Latino Review]

Should Marvel attempt to undo The Mandarin? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/29/real-mandarin/feed/ 0 by Charles Webb Alright, place this squarely in the "rumor" column, but Latino Review is claiming they have a scoop on Sir Ben Kingsley's role in an upcoming secret Marvel project - a role that undoes one of the most interesting things in this summer's "http://splashpage.mtv.com/tag/iron-man-3/ttp://splashpage.mtv.com/tag/iron-man-3/">Iron Man 3." According to the site, Kingsley will be appearing in a new Marvel One-Shot which will reveal the true head of the Ten Rings and perennial Iron Man villain, the Mandarin. So somehow, Kingsley's "Trevor" character - a drug-addled, hedonistic British actor hired by AIM to play act as a global terrorist - will bring the real version of the character into the Marvel universe. Even if "Iron Man 3" director and co-writer Shane Black has publicly wondered aloud "Is it really worth it?" to revisit the character, the approach makes sense in a way for Marvel. Trevor effectively took one of Iron Man's most iconic (and problematic) villains off the board, leaving Tony Stark with a pretty shallow bench of heavies to face in subsequent, inevitable sequels. The Mandarin in the comics was a resident of imperial China who came into possession of ten alien rings which granted him a variety of superpowers. As a brilliant scientist in his own rights, he made a dangerous foil for Tony, but his early iconography was ripped right from the same culturally-gross thinking that gave us Fu Manchu (i.e. thin-mustached villains in traditional garb, rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of subjugating the white man). Plus, some "Iron Man" fans weren't exactly happy with the Trevor reveal, so to Marvel's way of thinking, this could be a win-win. Black and co-writer Drew Pearce said in a recent Q&A that Marvel spent years attempting to make a cinematic version of the one-time Yellow Peril villain work, going so far as to tease him in the first film (before dropping the concept entirely for "Iron Man 2"). Maybe someone in the cinematic brain trust has cracked the character in a way that won't alienate the potentially large Chinese audience for a sequel. That last bit is the most important part: if you'll recall, Disney/Marvel shot additional scenes for the Chinese release of "Iron Man 3" featuring a pair of name Chinese stars. All this in the hopes of increasing the film's reach in what is being seen as one of the most lucrative film markets in the world right now. So if this rumor does pan out, we're curious to see precisely what kind of line Marvel and Disney are prepared to tread in order to keep the character "true" to his comics counterpart without killing their Chinese box office. [Source: Latino Review] Should Marvel attempt to undo The Mandarin? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!]]> 10/29/13 2:31pm EST
Victoria Hand May Show Up On 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/28/victoria-hand-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d/ http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/28/victoria-hand-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:53:20 +0000 http://splashpage.mtv.com/?p=85600 victoria-hand-575

By Alex Zalben

Take this one with a grain of salt, but Latino Review - which according to their website, offers a Latin perspective on movies and pop culture - is reporting that Marvel Comics' character Victoria Hand may be coming to "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.":

On a boring Friday afternoon, while I wait for the latest Banksy piece to drop this afternoon here in New York City, we got word from our usual trusted sources that Saffron Burrows (Troy) got cast in Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD as Agent Victoria Hand.

If I can parse through their unique Latin perspective on this story for a moment - and move past the fact their source for this is themselves - it does make a lot of sense that Hand would show up on the program.

In the comics, Hand is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who ends up being Norman Osborn's right hand man when the Spidey villain takes over the Marvel Universe, and changes S.H.I.E.L.D. into a very similar organization called H.A.M.M.E.R. The running joke about H.A.M.M.E.R., by the way, is that no one knows what the acronym stands for... And I believe it still hasn't been revealed, even though the organization is defunct. Later, Hand ends up becoming a liaison for the more street-wise New Avengers, and redeems herself before dying.

Though I sincerely doubt we'll see H.A.M.M.E.R. or Norman Osborn even mentioned anywhere in AoS, Hand as a character is far more likely. Reason being, what AoS has been lacking so far is any sort of challenges. Sure, they've gone up against bad guys with superpowers, but they're an elite unit of a world-spanning organization with unlimited resources and money. Scrappy, they're not. Add in a nemesis inside S.H.I.E.L.D. like Hand, and you've got something that could make the Bus Gang's lives quite a bit harder.

One other note in Hand's favor? AoS has already had several characters show up with similar names to Marvel characters, but only tangentially relating to their comic book counterparts. Mike Peterson in the comics was Speedball's best friend; on the show, he was an Extremis-powered superhero played by J. August Richards. Scorch has been the name of several flamey individuals in the Marvel Comics, but the Scorch seen on last week's episode only used the name, and bits from each of the previous iterations. So Victoria Hand could absolutely show up, but have nearly no relation to her four-color namesake.

That said? Hand is a more recent character than Scorch and Peterson, and pretty well known in comic book lore. Chances are that if Hand does show up, it'll be at least a little like something like how she appeared on the page.

And whether she'll have the weirdo hair? We'll just have to wait and see... Meanwhile, we'll continue to offer a mermaid's perspective on pop culture.

[Via]

Do you want to see Hand on the show? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/28/victoria-hand-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d/feed/ 0 By Alex Zalben Take this one with a grain of salt, but Latino Review - which according to their website, offers a Latin perspective on movies and pop culture - is reporting that Marvel Comics' character Victoria Hand may be coming to "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.":
On a boring Friday afternoon, while I wait for the latest Banksy piece to drop this afternoon here in New York City, we got word from our usual trusted sources that Saffron Burrows (Troy) got cast in Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD as Agent Victoria Hand.
If I can parse through their unique Latin perspective on this story for a moment - and move past the fact their source for this is themselves - it does make a lot of sense that Hand would show up on the program. In the comics, Hand is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who ends up being Norman Osborn's right hand man when the Spidey villain takes over the Marvel Universe, and changes S.H.I.E.L.D. into a very similar organization called H.A.M.M.E.R. The running joke about H.A.M.M.E.R., by the way, is that no one knows what the acronym stands for... And I believe it still hasn't been revealed, even though the organization is defunct. Later, Hand ends up becoming a liaison for the more street-wise New Avengers, and redeems herself before dying. Though I sincerely doubt we'll see H.A.M.M.E.R. or Norman Osborn even mentioned anywhere in AoS, Hand as a character is far more likely. Reason being, what AoS has been lacking so far is any sort of challenges. Sure, they've gone up against bad guys with superpowers, but they're an elite unit of a world-spanning organization with unlimited resources and money. Scrappy, they're not. Add in a nemesis inside S.H.I.E.L.D. like Hand, and you've got something that could make the Bus Gang's lives quite a bit harder. One other note in Hand's favor? AoS has already had several characters show up with similar names to Marvel characters, but only tangentially relating to their comic book counterparts. Mike Peterson in the comics was Speedball's best friend; on the show, he was an Extremis-powered superhero played by J. August Richards. Scorch has been the name of several flamey individuals in the Marvel Comics, but the Scorch seen on last week's episode only used the name, and bits from each of the previous iterations. So Victoria Hand could absolutely show up, but have nearly no relation to her four-color namesake. That said? Hand is a more recent character than Scorch and Peterson, and pretty well known in comic book lore. Chances are that if Hand does show up, it'll be at least a little like something like how she appeared on the page. And whether she'll have the weirdo hair? We'll just have to wait and see... Meanwhile, we'll continue to offer a mermaid's perspective on pop culture. [Via] Do you want to see Hand on the show? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!]]>
10/28/13 2:53pm EST
'Walking Dead' Recap: Episode 4.02, "Isolation" http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/28/walking-dead-recap-episode-4-02-isolation/ http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/28/walking-dead-recap-episode-4-02-isolation/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:04:57 +0000 http://splashpage.mtv.com/?p=85595 THE-WALKING-DEAD-Season-4-Episode-3-Isolation-1

By Kat Rosenfield

Last week, one poor fellow named Patrick unleashed the double whammy of suck upon the community: first he dropped dead of a highly infectious, incredibly deadly flu, and then he walked dead into a bunk and ate somebody's bowels. The result: many people bitten, many more infected, and no telling who will be next to die.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

With twelve people dead in last week's walker infestation, and the killer flu tearing its way through the remaining population, the graveyard in the prison yard is filling up fast — and they'll need to dig at least two more graves for the charred corpses of Karen and David, who were mysteriously murdered and then burned by persons unknown. Tyreese, who's still reeling from having discovered the bodies, undergoes some serious character development before the opening credits even roll: gone is the big cuddly love-muffin from the first two episodes, and in his place is a panting, furious madman who looks ready to rip someone's face off. When Rick tells him to calm down, it's all over. Fists fly, other fists fly back, and the grieving Tyreese ends up on the ground with a bloodied face — while Rick ends up with a crisis of conscience over having lost his shizz, again.

The next half hour or so is basically a montage of people falling ill: everyone who was on the block that was decimated by zombies last week has been infected, plus the doctor, Sasha, Glenn, and Lizzie (the girl who couldn't knife her dad in "Infected".) With people coughing, sweating, and arbitrarily spraying blood from various orifices, the council decides to keep the sick people isolated on a single cell-block, and to put the vulnerable kids into quarantine in a separate building. Things aren't looking good, but as Beth says to Maggie, "We don't get to get upset."

While a group prepares to go out in search of elusive antibiotics (there's a veterinary college 50 miles away that the desperate survivors of the zombie apocalypse might have forgotten to ransack) Hershel is caught by Carl making a secret, sneak trip to the forest. The ensuing confrontation is like watching a ponytailed amputee Santa Claus facing off against the world's smallest serial killing cowboy — basically, weird — and Hershel reluctantly lets Carl come along, though he's obviously nervous about giving the trigger-happy tween a chance to use his gun. But when they come across two walkers in the woods, Carl obeys orders and doesn't shoot. So… progress?

Meanwhile, Tyreese joins Daryl, Michonne, and Bob Stookey as they ready the car for the trip to the veterinary school. (Looks like "The Walking Dead" has heard all the jokes about its dismal track record for keeping its non-whites alive and is actually now just messing with us; prior to now, sending three black characters into zombie-infested territory would have been a clear signal that someone was about to die.) Daryl informs Michonne that he knows she's been looking for the Governor, but needs to accept that the trail has gone cold — thanks for the exposition, Daryl! — and then there's a brief moment of excitement when he turns on the radio and there's a human voice briefly audible between the bursts of static. What was it saying? We may never know: a moment later, the car skids to a stop as the camera rises up and pans over the veritable horde of walkers that stands between the travelers and their destination. It's our heroes' cue to pile out of the car and start hacking/slicing/shooting their way to safety, but Tyreese isn't moving… and then, Tyreese is moving, and more specifically, he's cracking open the skulls of zombie after zombie with a hammer, screaming with grief and rage. The group is forced to leave him behind (at which point we were practically apoplectic, because OH NO THEY DID NOT JUST LEAVE TYREESE TO DIE OFF-SCREEN), but not to worry: he catches up to them later, covered in brain-splatter and looking thoroughly worn out.

And back at the prison, we've got two men on a mission: Hershel is bringing the natural flu remedy he found in the woods to the folks in the sick bay, and Rick is doing a little detective work out in the yard where the burned corpses were found. A handprint on the door seems to give him pause — and we cut to Carol, who's slipped out beyond the fence to clear the clogged hose that's stopped their water supply. She manages to fix the problem, but not without drawing the attention of some hungry walker; fortunately, Rick shows up and helps her to cut her way through the undead to safety. And why? Oh, come on. You know why.

"Is there anything you wouldn't do for the people here?" he asks.
"No," she says.
"Did you kill Karen and David?" he asks.
And Carol, cool as anything, says, "Yes."

So, mystery solved: Carol the mercenary sweetheart murdered and incinerated Karen and David in the hopes of containing the infection — and she doesn't seem particularly sorry, either.

Was Carol right to do what she did? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/28/walking-dead-recap-episode-4-02-isolation/feed/ 0 By Kat Rosenfield Last week, one poor fellow named Patrick unleashed the double whammy of suck upon the community: first he dropped dead of a highly infectious, incredibly deadly flu, and then he walked dead into a bunk and ate somebody's bowels. The result: many people bitten, many more infected, and no telling who will be next to die. SPOILERS AHEAD. With twelve people dead in last week's walker infestation, and the killer flu tearing its way through the remaining population, the graveyard in the prison yard is filling up fast — and they'll need to dig at least two more graves for the charred corpses of Karen and David, who were mysteriously murdered and then burned by persons unknown. Tyreese, who's still reeling from having discovered the bodies, undergoes some serious character development before the opening credits even roll: gone is the big cuddly love-muffin from the first two episodes, and in his place is a panting, furious madman who looks ready to rip someone's face off. When Rick tells him to calm down, it's all over. Fists fly, other fists fly back, and the grieving Tyreese ends up on the ground with a bloodied face — while Rick ends up with a crisis of conscience over having lost his shizz, again. The next half hour or so is basically a montage of people falling ill: everyone who was on the block that was decimated by zombies last week has been infected, plus the doctor, Sasha, Glenn, and Lizzie (the girl who couldn't knife her dad in "Infected".) With people coughing, sweating, and arbitrarily spraying blood from various orifices, the council decides to keep the sick people isolated on a single cell-block, and to put the vulnerable kids into quarantine in a separate building. Things aren't looking good, but as Beth says to Maggie, "We don't get to get upset." While a group prepares to go out in search of elusive antibiotics (there's a veterinary college 50 miles away that the desperate survivors of the zombie apocalypse might have forgotten to ransack) Hershel is caught by Carl making a secret, sneak trip to the forest. The ensuing confrontation is like watching a ponytailed amputee Santa Claus facing off against the world's smallest serial killing cowboy — basically, weird — and Hershel reluctantly lets Carl come along, though he's obviously nervous about giving the trigger-happy tween a chance to use his gun. But when they come across two walkers in the woods, Carl obeys orders and doesn't shoot. So… progress? Meanwhile, Tyreese joins Daryl, Michonne, and Bob Stookey as they ready the car for the trip to the veterinary school. (Looks like "The Walking Dead" has heard all the jokes about its dismal track record for keeping its non-whites alive and is actually now just messing with us; prior to now, sending three black characters into zombie-infested territory would have been a clear signal that someone was about to die.) Daryl informs Michonne that he knows she's been looking for the Governor, but needs to accept that the trail has gone cold — thanks for the exposition, Daryl! — and then there's a brief moment of excitement when he turns on the radio and there's a human voice briefly audible between the bursts of static. What was it saying? We may never know: a moment later, the car skids to a stop as the camera rises up and pans over the veritable horde of walkers that stands between the travelers and their destination. It's our heroes' cue to pile out of the car and start hacking/slicing/shooting their way to safety, but Tyreese isn't moving… and then, Tyreese is moving, and more specifically, he's cracking open the skulls of zombie after zombie with a hammer, screaming with grief and rage. The group is forced to leave him behind (at which point we were practically apoplectic, because OH NO THEY DID NOT JUST LEAVE TYREESE TO DIE OFF-SCREEN), but not to worry: he catches up to them later, covered in brain-splatter and looking thoroughly worn out. And back at the prison, we've got two men on a mission: Hershel is bringing the natural flu remedy he found in the woods to the folks in the sick bay, and Rick is doing a little detective work out in the yard where the burned corpses were found. A handprint on the door seems to give him pause — and we cut to Carol, who's slipped out beyond the fence to clear the clogged hose that's stopped their water supply. She manages to fix the problem, but not without drawing the attention of some hungry walker; fortunately, Rick shows up and helps her to cut her way through the undead to safety. And why? Oh, come on. You know why. "Is there anything you wouldn't do for the people here?" he asks. "No," she says. "Did you kill Karen and David?" he asks. And Carol, cool as anything, says, "Yes." So, mystery solved: Carol the mercenary sweetheart murdered and incinerated Karen and David in the hopes of containing the infection — and she doesn't seem particularly sorry, either. Was Carol right to do what she did? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!]]> 10/28/13 10:04am EST
'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Teases Hobgoblin And Venom's Wife http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/25/amazing-spider-man-2-teases-hobgoblin-and-venoms-wife/ http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/25/amazing-spider-man-2-teases-hobgoblin-and-venoms-wife/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:00:24 +0000 http://splashpage.mtv.com/?p=85591 hobgoblin-575

By Charles Webb

The 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' is leaving the door open for at least two more villains, thanks to a recent post on the film's Daily Bugle Tumblr.

The latest post focuses on the upcoming trial of Dr. Curt Connors, AKA the Lizard, with the Rhys Ifans character catching a few charges for his alter ego's rampage through New York in the first film.

The lawyer defending Connors for his attempted lizardization of New York without a license is defense attorney Anne Weying who fans might know as the ex-wife of Eddie Brock, the disgraced journalist and high top fade enthusiast who would one day become Venom.

Weying would, herself end up with a symbiote makeover as the murderous She-Venom after being shot and bonding with the alien suit in the 90's miniseries, "Venom: Sinner Take All." She wasn't the ego-driven lunatic that her ex was, but nonetheless racked up the body count as She-Venom

Also: the Hobgoblin is being teased! Or at least, the Sony marketing wants us to think he is. The byline for the the latest story is by Ned Leeds, a Bugle reporter who is set up to take the fall as the Hobgoblin by the original incarnation of that villain, Roderick Kingsley.

In the comics, poor Ned led the patsy's life, first brainwashed by the first Hobgoblin to wear the mask and hood (because it's always good to have a second set of prints on your crime-doing stuff). Leeds would later get tangled up with the Kingpin before being murdered in Berlin.

These are all, of course, long-range teases, theoretically, as "Amazing Spider-Man 2" (and 3, and 4) writers Orci and Kurtzman presumably continue to hammer out where all of the villains fit into Peter Parker's increasingly complicated life.

"Amazing Spider-Man 2" will be in theaters May 2nd, 2014.

What do you think about the potential villain line-up for ASM2? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/25/amazing-spider-man-2-teases-hobgoblin-and-venoms-wife/feed/ 0 By Charles Webb The 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' is leaving the door open for at least two more villains, thanks to a recent post on the film's Daily Bugle Tumblr. The latest post focuses on the upcoming trial of Dr. Curt Connors, AKA the Lizard, with the Rhys Ifans character catching a few charges for his alter ego's rampage through New York in the first film. The lawyer defending Connors for his attempted lizardization of New York without a license is defense attorney Anne Weying who fans might know as the ex-wife of Eddie Brock, the disgraced journalist and high top fade enthusiast who would one day become Venom. Weying would, herself end up with a symbiote makeover as the murderous She-Venom after being shot and bonding with the alien suit in the 90's miniseries, "Venom: Sinner Take All." She wasn't the ego-driven lunatic that her ex was, but nonetheless racked up the body count as She-Venom Also: the Hobgoblin is being teased! Or at least, the Sony marketing wants us to think he is. The byline for the the latest story is by Ned Leeds, a Bugle reporter who is set up to take the fall as the Hobgoblin by the original incarnation of that villain, Roderick Kingsley. In the comics, poor Ned led the patsy's life, first brainwashed by the first Hobgoblin to wear the mask and hood (because it's always good to have a second set of prints on your crime-doing stuff). Leeds would later get tangled up with the Kingpin before being murdered in Berlin. These are all, of course, long-range teases, theoretically, as "Amazing Spider-Man 2" (and 3, and 4) writers Orci and Kurtzman presumably continue to hammer out where all of the villains fit into Peter Parker's increasingly complicated life. "Amazing Spider-Man 2" will be in theaters May 2nd, 2014. What do you think about the potential villain line-up for ASM2? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!]]> 10/25/13 4:00pm EST
'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Photo May Tease Cyclops' Return http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/25/x-men-days-of-future-past-cyclops-returns/ http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/25/x-men-days-of-future-past-cyclops-returns/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:45:02 +0000 http://splashpage.mtv.com/?p=85583 jennifer-lawrence-x-men-575

By Alex Zalben

Does a new set photo from "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" tease the return of James Marsden's Cyclops? Well... Maybe. But let's explain why, or why not, a quick shot of a clapboard could indicate yet another X-Man getting resurrected from the dead in the movie universe.

As just posted on the mothership, there's new pictures of the X-sequel, including a sexy shot of Wolverine riddled with bullet holes, and an even sexier shot of Professor X and Magneto playing some groovy chess in the 1970's. But what caught our eye was a behind-the-scenes picture of Jennifer Lawrence (sans Mystique make-up) holding a clapboard for the movie.

Two important details pop out, if you stop looking at Jennifer Lawrence's radiant smile for just one frickin' second and zoom in on the clapboard:

x-men-clapboard

First, there's the notation "HK Project," which is the codename for the production. Easter Eggs! Second, and way more importantly, look at the line-up of X-Men pictured on the clapboard. That's Professor X, Storm, Cyclops, Magneto, Mystique, Rogue, and Wolverine. And sure, it's an image taken from this poster for the first movie:

MPW-34135

...But the choice of X-Men, given there's ten on the poster, and only seven on the clapboard is potentially significant, right? We know that every single one of the characters pictured on the clapboard are coming back for the Mutant sequel, except James Marsden's Cyclops, who died in "X-Men: The Last Stand." Except, Professor X also died in "The Last Stand," and he's coming back.

Yes, Bryan Singer has an explanation for that, and why Cyclops can't come back the same way. But: time travel. Science Fiction. Mutants. These are three entirely valid reasons and ways you could bring Cyclops back in "Days of Future Past."

Are we saying Marsden will have a full blown role in the sequel? Heck no, the movie is overstuffed as is. But given this little easter egg, we'd be shocked if he doesn't make a "surprise" cameo. You can't have a time travel movie without a few things changing, and Cyclops showing up, alive and well at the end of DoFP would be a great end to the movie, and a welcome return.

Regardless, stay tuned, as we may know more when the full trailer hits on October 29th.

Do you think Cyclops should come back for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past?" Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/10/25/x-men-days-of-future-past-cyclops-returns/feed/ 0 jennifer-lawrence-x-men-575 By Alex Zalben Does a new set photo from "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" tease the return of James Marsden's Cyclops? Well... Maybe. But let's explain why, or why not, a quick shot of a clapboard could indicate yet another X-Man getting resurrected from the dead in the movie universe. As just posted on the mothership, there's new pictures of the X-sequel, including a sexy shot of Wolverine riddled with bullet holes, and an even sexier shot of Professor X and Magneto playing some groovy chess in the 1970's. But what caught our eye was a behind-the-scenes picture of Jennifer Lawrence (sans Mystique make-up) holding a clapboard for the movie. Two important details pop out, if you stop looking at Jennifer Lawrence's radiant smile for just one frickin' second and zoom in on the clapboard: x-men-clapboard First, there's the notation "HK Project," which is the codename for the production. Easter Eggs! Second, and way more importantly, look at the line-up of X-Men pictured on the clapboard. That's Professor X, Storm, Cyclops, Magneto, Mystique, Rogue, and Wolverine. And sure, it's an image taken from this poster for the first movie: MPW-34135 ...But the choice of X-Men, given there's ten on the poster, and only seven on the clapboard is potentially significant, right? We know that every single one of the characters pictured on the clapboard are coming back for the Mutant sequel, except James Marsden's Cyclops, who died in "X-Men: The Last Stand." Except, Professor X also died in "The Last Stand," and he's coming back. Yes, Bryan Singer has an explanation for that, and why Cyclops can't come back the same way. But: time travel. Science Fiction. Mutants. These are three entirely valid reasons and ways you could bring Cyclops back in "Days of Future Past." Are we saying Marsden will have a full blown role in the sequel? Heck no, the movie is overstuffed as is. But given this little easter egg, we'd be shocked if he doesn't make a "surprise" cameo. You can't have a time travel movie without a few things changing, and Cyclops showing up, alive and well at the end of DoFP would be a great end to the movie, and a welcome return. Regardless, stay tuned, as we may know more when the full trailer hits on October 29th. Do you think Cyclops should come back for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past?" Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!]]> 10/25/13 1:45pm EST