Iron Man Armored Adventures

by Ryan Rigley

Tony Stark may have blown up all of my Iron Man armors at the end of "Iron Man 3," but that certainly doesn't mean that he won't be Iron Man anymore. In fact, quite the contrary as Marvel Studios' co-president Louis D'Esposito tells it in a recent interview with IGN. "It's hard for me to say what he's doing [in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'], what his emotional mindset is, but you can see where it was where we left it at the end of 'Iron Man 3," states D'Esposito. "He's in love with Pepper, he's made a grand gesture to blow up the suits at that point — but in the end, he couldn't help himself. He'll go back to tinkering. That's what he does."

D'Esposito goes on to comment on the fact that connectivity plays an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perhaps shedding some light on the whole Jarvis/Ultron theory. While it's obvious that everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is connected, there are still some very recent Marvel TV properties that have nothing to do with the film continuity. For example, 2009's "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" depicts Tony Stark and Pepper Pots as rowdy teenagers!

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Wolverine

by Brett White

With the surprisingly solid "The Wolverine" out of the way, all eyes are on now focused on next year's "X-Men: Days of Future Past"—the first superhero film with the potential to rival "Marvel's the Avengers" in terms of scale and scope. The film bridges the gap between the original X-Men films and the recent, retro "X-Men: First Class," with original stars like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen appearing alongside their younger counterparts James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.

The film also marks original director Bryan Singer's return to the fray after a decade away following 2003's "X2: X-Men United." This bodes well for the film—at least Hugh Jackman thinks so. In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, Jackman praised Singer for pretty much creating the modern day superhero genre—and even indirectly inspired Christopher Nolan to begin the Dark Knight trilogy!

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Captain Marvel

by Brett White

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding Captain Marvel today, thanks to two news stories that popped up pretty much back to back. First, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito revealed that Marvel Studios is very much aware of the groundswell of support for a Carol Danvers film. Then Katee Sackhoff revealed that there are mysterious talks going on between her and Disney, Marvel's parent company. We're closing out the week with a lot of Captain Marvel news that could be premature, but that's just fine with me.

It goes without saying that Katee Sackhoff would be a dream casting for Captain Marvel. She looks the part, she can act the part, she has built-in cred thanks to kicking ass as Starbuck on "Battlestar Galactica," and pretty much everyone seems to love her for the part. But. What if it doesn't work out? If the perfect person for the part isn't available, who would don Cap's blue and red tights? And going for the second choice can work out; after all, Scarlett Johansson only became Black Widow after Emily Blunt pulled out of "Iron Man 2" due to a scheduling conflict. So with that in mind, here are five worthy runners-up to Katee Sackhoff.

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Jarvis

by Brett White

If you want to live a little bit more like Tony Stark, but don't want all of the pesky attention from the media and super villains, then this is the app for you. Marvel has announced that they are releasing a JARVIS app for iOS devices to tie-in with "Iron Man 3's" Blu-ray release.

JARVIS, voiced again by actor Paul Bettany, will act as "Iron Man 3's" second screen experience, allowing users to pull up all 42 of Tony Stark's armors via the Armor Gallery and giving them access to exclusive content. The app even allows viewers to control the Blu-ray through a built-in remote or—in true Tony Stark fashion—with their voice.

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Agent Carter

by Brett White

Man, Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D'Esposito sure is making the rounds. In a new interview with Collider, D'Esposito talks in-depth about his new short film appearing on the "Iron Man 3" Blu-ray, "Agent Carter." The short film features Hayley Atwell's return as Peggy Carter, the character she originated in "Captain America: The First Avenger."

"[Hayley Atwell] had seen [previous Marvel One-Shot short film] 'Item 47' and liked it very much," said D'Esposito. "She had read the script that we had developed, and she really loves the character, so she was on board. She also liked the fact that she got to show off some of her skill sets, that weren't shown in the previous film. And we got to see her fight. I think everybody has a little bit of an action hero in them and wants to show it off. So, with that combination, she said yes."

And now that Atwell's said yes to one more adventure with Peggy, D'Esposito realizes that there may be a need to tell more stories with the secret agent.

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Katee Sackhoff Captain Marvel

by Brett White

That sound you're hearing is the sound of pretty much every single Marvel Comics fan crossing their fingers, because we now have reason to believe that Marvel Studios has approached Katee Sackhoff to appear as Captain Marvel.

Okay, that is a bit of a leap, but Katee Sackhoff playing Carol Danvers is about as perfect a casting as Patrick Stewart as Professor X, so we're gonna talk about anything that gets this closer to being a reality. In truth, Comic Book Movie is reporting that Sackhoff appeared on the Schmoes Know Podcast and mentioned that "there's been some stuff going on" between herself and Disney, mostly "a lot of checking of availability for the first quarter of next year."

So get your speculation-engines fired up!

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Iron Man

Tony Stark is a man without a suit of armor, based on the ending of "Iron Man 3." But getting geared up for another "Avengers" sequel won't be a problem for ol' Shellhead, according to Marvel Studios' co-president Louis D'Esposito.

"It's hard for me to say what he's doing [in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'], what his emotional mindset is, but you can see where it was where we left it at the end of 'Iron Man 3,'" D'Esposito teased during an interview with IGN. "He's in love with Pepper, he's made a grand gesture to blow up the suits at that point — but in the end, he couldn't help himself. He'll go back to tinkering. That's what he does."

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Captain Marvel

Is a "Captain Marvel" movie on the way? That's certainly the hope of many fans, and Marvel Studios' co-president Louis D'Esposito makes it sound like a realistic possibility in a new interview with Superhero Hype.

"There's obviously a drumbeat that is banging louder and louder that we want a female leader superhero," said D'Esposito, who directed Marvel's "Agent Carter" short film. "We have strong female characters in our films from Black Widow to Pepper Potts to Peggy Carter and you never know. Maybe there's an offshoot film with one of them. Or Captain Marvel, you know?"

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by Brett White

If you weren't aware, we're a big fan of "Batman '66" around these parts. Thanks to the show's constant presence in reruns on networks like Nick @ Nite and TV Land, the retro adventures of the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder hold a special place in this here editor's heart—so this stop motion reimagining does as well.

Filmmaker Kyle Roberts, who you may remember from his incredible stop motion animated "X-Men" credits, turned his attention towards Adam West's Batman using the newly-released action figures. On top of that, the opening credits feature a wraparound inspired by "The Dark Knight Rises." Yes, that's two vastly different Bat-flavors in one great video! Check out the animated opening credits below, and if you need a reminder of what the series' original credits looked like, then check out the Comics On TV entry on "Batman '66"! And no, the original credits did not feature Shaggy, Zorak, and Spock.

[via Comics Alliance]

What do you think of this "Batman '66" reimagining? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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Secret Service

by Brett White

Variety just broke the news that "Secret Service"—the latest adaptation of a Mark Millar creation—has found its female lead. Director Matthew Vaughn, who's going for the comic book movie trifecta following directing "Kick-Ass" and "X-Men: First Class," has enlisted Sophie Cookson to serve as the female lead in the upcoming England-set spy film.

Cookson's an unknown actress, with "Secret Service" most likely set to be her big screen debut following a few UK television projects ("Unknown Heart" and "Moonfleet") scheduled to debut later this year. She joins the cast alongside equally-unknown-in-the-States leading man Taron Egerton. Variety makes a point, though, that Vaughn has a knack for finding big talent before their breakthroughs, citing "Kick-Ass'" Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Moretz as examples.

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Cover Artist

Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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