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Runaways

by Brett White

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

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

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

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Melinda May

by Brett White

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

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

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Gotham

Well, that happened fast!

Hours after our comprehensive "Gotham Central" casting call went live, word spread that Fox has committed to a series order for "Gotham," centered on a young Gotham City detective named Jim Gordon before he ever met the shadowy Batman. So, clearly, MTV Splash Page is wholly responsible for "Gotham" happening. You're welcome.

Now that the "whose responsible this" question has been answered, let's address another question: who is going to play Gordon? That's a tough nut to crack, but we're giving it a shot after the break.

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by Brett White

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

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

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

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Djimon

by Brett White

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

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

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

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Coulson

by Paul Montgomery

Unabashedly earnest, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." offers the same unassuming charm of its most valuable asset, the still-beating heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson. Paired with Ming-Na Wen's steely, enigmatic Melinda May, the affable, competent Coulson leads an oddball crew of operatives weaving around the footfalls of giants. Coulson knows the way, but the transition of Marvel Studios from the big screen to network television isn't without its turbulence.

A New World

In a generous cameo as Agent Maria Hill, Cobie "Not-The-How-I-Met-The-Mama" Smulders posits that the Loki-led Chitauri assault on Manhattan—and the formation of the Avengers to halt it—marked the end of the world. Hill and her colleagues in the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement (breathe) and Logistics Division shepherd humanity through a new world where people can do the impossible, though no lifetime's consumption of comic book origin stories could possibly prepare them for it.

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Action Comics

by Brett White

Wednesday is new comic book day, which also means it's new potential-movie-source-material day. Here are all of the comics and collections out today starring the comic book characters from the movies and television shows of today, tomorrow and yesterday.

Of particular note this week: Angela comes calling in Guardians of the Galaxy #6, Bane causes trouble in Batman #23.4, and Marvel re-releases some classic superspy goodness with the Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. collection.

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Gotham Central

by Paul Montgomery

Yesterday we reported on Ed Brubaker's latest comments with regard to a "Gotham Central" television series, a project long sought by fans, studio execs and the book's creators. Despite all that interest and the heap of gauntlets tossed down by Disney and Marvel, the project has also been deferred for just as long thanks to Batman's loftier exploits in Hollywood and Christopher Nolan's desire to stay on message. With Nolan's trilogy on the shelf and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." launching this evening, fervor for a potential DC procedural has crested higher than ever.

Though Zack Snyder's fast-tracked "Superman vs. Batman" could put yet another damper on that "Gotham Central" green light, the hope of seeing Montoya, Allen, Sawyer and Driver on screen begs for speculation, especially in the afterglow of the Emmy Awards gala and the reminder that we bask in a golden age of television. The stars could yet align.

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X2

by Brett White

Mutants just can't get any respect.

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

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

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Clark Gregg

by Brett White

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

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

You can check out the entire interview after the jump.

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