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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: Read More...

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Terry Crews

by Brett White

Just a little over a week after preemptively taking himself out of the running for Luke Cage in a future Marvel movie, "Expendables" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews has now preemptively put himself into the running for two other Marvel characters: Thing and Colossus. Apparently Crews is a big fan of heroes that require extensive makeup and/or CGI.

While speaking to Newsarama about his debut as the voice of Blade on tomorrow's "Ultimate Spider-Man Halloween Special," the subject of big screen superheros came up.

"One character I always thought I could play is the Thing from Fantastic Four," revealed Crews. "Another character I've always loved as a fan is Colossus. If there was a way to make that happen that worked, I would love to be Colossus."

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Fantastic Four X-Men

by Brett White

Mark Millar, Fox's creative consultant on all things Marvel, revealed yesterday that the company's big two franchises—X-Men and Fantastic Four—may be on a collision course. The big name comic book writer said, "Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other's movies." With Fox seemingly building their own universe in the style of Marvel Studios' Marvel Cinematic Universe, one has to wonder how the two teams will interact with each other.

The most obvious place to look to learn how Marvel's mutants interact with Marvel's first family has to be the comics, where a few team-ups—and clashes—have taken place over the past few decades. After the jump, we take a look at four such stories and examine how they could work as Fox's Marvel Universe expands on the big screen.

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by Brett White

The upcoming issue of SFX has an interview with Fox creative consultant Mark Millar, which they've teased with a very juicy soundbite. Millar says that, following in the grand tradition of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Avengers mega-franchise, Fox will go a similar route with the two Marvel Comics properties it has hold of: X-Men and Fantastic Four.

"Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other's movies," says Millar. "I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in 'Iron Man.' Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool—and I expect we will see more of that."

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Birds of Prey

by Brett White

There's a movie opening up this weekend that I am next level excited for, and it's one that I've been waiting to see for months. It's called "The Heat," and it looks to be the female buddy-cop movie that the world has needed for decades now. The cast is great (Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy? Come on!). Paul Feig, the director, helmed both "Bridesmaids" and "Freaks and Geeks." It was written by Katie Dippold, who served as a staff writer on "Parks and Recreation" after coming up with one of my favorite Upright Citizens Brigade Theater improv teams, Reuben Williams. I'm stoked for this movie.

But I can't write about it on Splash Page, because it's not a comic book movie! But why can't a movie like "The Heat" be a comic book movie? Women are finally starting to get their due in superhero films, with Black Widow, Catwoman, Pepper Potts and Lois Lane stealing every scene they were in. It's time for Hollywood to recognize the need for female-driven films, especially female buddy films. Here are five female hero teams and pairings just begging to be brought to the big screen, "Heat"-style.

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This all-female team is one of the rare new ideas from the past two decades to become absolutely integral to a big two comic book company. "Birds of Prey," which sprang forth from a partnership between Oracle (formerly Batgirl) and Black Canary, has expanded its roster to include ass-kickers like Huntress and Lady Blackhawk. The series has amassed an incredibly devoted fanbase thanks to fan-favorite writer Gail Simone's spot-on portrayal of female camaraderie. There's already been a TV series, yeah, but it's time for a movie.

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X-Men

You won't be surprised by this, but there's an ebb and flow to the pre-movie hype cycle. For every trailer and press photo released, there's a week or two of dead air in which nothing more is massaged out of a project — especially one like "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which is at least a year and a half away from being released and hasn't started filming.

But, there was some burn in the regular X-Men comics world, which announced the launch of a new title simply titled "X-Men" that will solely feature the adventures of an all-female X-team, of which there are plenty. It got me thinking about the roster of the team — Storm, Psylocke, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey and Jubilee — and whether they would function if introduced into the X-filmverse, and whether we might be able to expect their eventual coming. If you’ll indulge me in a little thought exercise...

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The first time I watched a movie on a high-definition television, I thought I was going insane. The run time was the same, but everything seemed to be moving quicker and more unnaturally than the normal DVD and VHS speeds I was accustomed to. But when I pointed it out to a friend, he said he didn’t notice anything, leaving me alone with my conspiracy.

As it turns out, I wasn’t going blind. The pace I noticed was a result of higher frame rate, which has gained some mainstream attention now that "The Hobbit," filmed at 48 frames per second over the typical 24, has been released. Peter Jackson’s decision to up the technology for the trilogy has been controversial, inasmuch as reviews have been mixed and you can still see the regular frame rate at most theaters. (It continues to make a lot of money, though.)

What’s notable to us is that Bryan Singer, director of "X-Men: Days of Future Past," is apparently a big fan of the technique. At the "Hobbit" premiere, he Tweeted: "Just saw #Hobbit. Having some serious frame rate envy. Amazing and involving. Loved it!"

Which would seem to beg the question of whether Singer will ape the technique for when "Days of Future Past" begins filming, now that Jackson’s broken the ice for other directors.

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X-Men

Any comic book fan who grew up in the 1990s very likely remembers the "X-Men" cartoon on Fox. Even if you can't recall every single episode, chances are that you can at least remember the show's opening and theme song.

If that's the case, then today's your lucky day: filmmaker Kyle Roberts has recreated the "X-Men" opening using action figures. It's tremendous. Take a look below!

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Bear with me for a paragraph as I talk about something completely unrelated to X-Men... but was anyone else a little bummed out by the first lengthy trailer released for “Man of Steel”?

Excessive slo-mo, platitude-stuffed voiceover, a color palette ripped from a goth portfolio, very obvious aspirations to be Serious. We should all blame Christopher Nolan, it seems, because the success he had with creating a dark, insular vision for Batman has so obviously influenced where DC wants to go with Superman, and not simply because he’s an executive producer on the film. In their search for a filmmaker to adapt one of the most beloved American icons, Warner Bros. went with Zack Snyder, who once scored a slo-motion sex scene to Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah.” Yeah, this is going to turn out great!

It got me thinking: Why, for the most part, have the Marvel movies been able to avoid the pressure of such tonal dourness?

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X-Men

by Ryan Rigley

To me, my holiday shoppers! Are you having trouble finding the perfect gift for that special mutant in your life? Has Cerebro been helping you locate fellow mutants but not helping you locate presents? Well, don't you fret! We here at MTV Splash Page have just the thing for all of your uncanny holiday troubles: our "X-Men" gift guide!

Whether you were born with optic blasts in your eyeballs, telekinetic powers, or even an incredible healing factor, there's quite literally something on our list for everyone. Provided, of course, that you either possess an X-gene or simply love the X-Men.

Ranging everywhere from comic books to DVDs, our "X-Men" holiday presents are absolutely guaranteed to further the pro-mutant movement. Hell, even the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants would love to receive these gifts. After all, mutants are people too; just with more superpowers.

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