Now that the first two trailers for "The Wolverine" have been released, we all have a better idea about just what specific type of trouble Logan will be getting up to during his stay in Japan. The film's plot seems to center around Wolverine's desire to give up on life after the loss of Jean Grey, a desire that leads him straight into the clutches of Shingen Yashida, Viper and the Silver Samurai. These characters have become mainstays of Wolverine's solo exploits in the Marvel Comics, and the glimpses we got of each character makes me think the film will adhere close to their comic book counterparts. With that in mind, Splash Page has compiled a list of the comic book story lines that seem to provide inspiration for this summer's film.
"Uncanny X-Men" #118-119 (1979)
Wolverine's ties to Japan originated in this two-part story, by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, that finds the X-Men in the midst of an epic journey from Antarctica back to New York City. Wolverine first meets Mariko Yashida, falling in love with her almost immediately. Storm even notes how much calmer he's become since meeting her. All the love stuff is interrupted by an earthquake caused by the super villain Moses Magnum, who wants to sink Japan unless he's named absolute ruler of the country. The battle is well fought and leaves the X-Men with one fewer member.
The fine folks over at MTV Geek have all the details on two popular existing board games that are getting the zombie makeover. New editions of both Risk and Monopoly, with suitable amounts of gore thrown in to fully "Walking Dead"-ify them, will be hitting stores this September.
"We’re extremely excited to be working with USAopoly and Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics in what promises to be two great games that are destined to be bestsellers for retailers," said Bill Schanes, Diamond’s VP-Purchasing. Who thought that family game night could also prepare you for a possible zombie apocalypse?
For a close-up look at these board games (but not too close, protect yourself), head on over to MTV Geek.
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First up, the bad news: there is a noticeable lack of AC/DC on the "Iron Man 3" soundtrack. I guess the people behind the album figured that nothing could top the show-stopping inclusion of "Shoot To Thrill" in "Marvel's the Avengers" (one of the best moments in a film comprised entirely of best moments).
The good news is that this album has a healthy mix of selections from indie rock and alternative bands, including critical darlings Passion Pit and hot band Neon Trees. Check out the full tracklist and album art below.
A new installment of the Disney Channel's "Stars on the Set" giving us a behind-the-scenes look at "Iron Man 3" has popped up online and in addition to a few new shots from the film and a healthy dose of on-set footage, the clip provides us with a character we have yet to see in any trailer. His name is Harley, he's a kid, and he's there to help Iron Man out.
"When Iron Man crash lands in the small town of Rose Hill," says host Roshon Fegan, "he finds an unlikely ally in a kid named Harley who helps him get back on his feet." Check out the whole clip below before it disappears.
The world of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" grows larger every day, and now that world includes B.J. Novak, most known for his role as Ryan Howard on NBC's "The Office." Director Marc Webb teased the actor's involvement via Twitter. Check out the complete tweet below.
If you want to keep yourself spoiler-free for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," then stay far, far away from this post. No, seriously. Keep walking. Nothing to see here.
Anyone still left with us? Good. The folks over at Comic Book Movie got some major scoops about the upcoming Marc Webb movie. Keep in mind that this news (obviously) is not officially confirmed, so there's a chance it might not pan out exactly as CBM states.
Don't be alarmed! The 2013 MTV Movie Awards are fast approaching, not a zombie apocalypse. But this new promo for the awards show does zombify attending celebs like Emma Watson and Seth Rogen and performer Selena Gomez. Even host Rebel Wilson can't escape the plague spreading in this teaser. Check out the "Walking Dead"-style clip below.
MTV's Josh Horowitz got some face time with Hugh Jackman, the man behind the mutant. The actor opened up on a number of buzz worthy items from "The Wolverine's" first trailer, including how important a certain red-haired superhero will be to the film.
"There's no doubt that the most important relationship in his life is — we've seen through the movies — is his relationship with Jean Grey. Yes, we saw her die at the end of 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' but in this movie, she has a presence, which I think is vital to the movie, particularly for him confronting the most difficult thing within himself."
To hear more about Viper, the dizzying bullet train fight and Jackman's longtime passion for this story, check out the video below or the full story over on MTV News.
As if there weren't enough psychotic justice-seekers roaming the streets of Starling City, last night's episode of "Arrow" introduced us to another crazed vigilante inspired by Oliver Queen's hooded heroics. "Salvation" begins with a news report about John Nickel, one of the wealthiest real estate developers in the city and also one of the dirtiest. Hooding up, Oliver heads over to Nickel's penthouse only to find that he's been kidnapped by a madman who calls himself the Savior.
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.