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Marvel Hammers Us With New ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Stills and Plot Details
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Thor: The Dark World

Even in the Marvel Universe, when you’re an ageless Norse god of thunder who can ride the lightning like no one’s business and call a living heavy metal album cover home, you can still tick off your girlfriend.

“Thor still has lot of explaining to do, and a lot of making up,” said Chris Hemsworth, the star of Thor: The Dark World, the next movie in Marvel Studios’ Phase Two line-up following next month’s Iron Man 3. “Even demigods end up in the doghouse, mate. So none of us is safe.”

Speaking to Bryan Alexander of USA Today, Hemsworth and Marvel’s president of production Kevin Feige discussed some modest details of the plot of the Alan Taylor-directed sequel – mostly regarding the relationship between the mighty Thor and his earthbound sweetheart Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), whom he was forced to abandon at the end of the first movie.

As you see in the still below, Portman’s character gets to spend a little time with Thor in Asgard when events on her home planet insist.

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Make Mine Merle! Michael Rooker Is Now One Of The ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’
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Michael Rooker

In the greatest, and somehow most obvious, comic movie casting news since Arnold Schwarzenegger was announced as Mr. Freeze (Sarcasm folks), Michael Rooker has signed on to co-star in James Gunn‘s star-spanning Marvel superhero epic Guardians of the Galaxy. Before you say, “Oh he has to be playing a villain” stop right there and read on! The mighty Rook will be playing the role of Yondu Udonta. Those of you familiar with the character will know that Yondu is a member of the team. He is a Guardian.

So there you go. Michael Rooker, who has played both heroes and villains in his colorful acting career, has joined the Marvel Movie Universe, and best of all he’s playing one of the good guys. The character of Yondu is described as “a game hunter of a primitive tribe native to Centauri IV, the first planet system to be colonized outside of the Sun’s solar system” who bands together with other intergalactic fugitives to form the titular team.

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MAJOR SPOILER: ‘Iron Man 3’ Post-Credits Cameo Possibly Revealed
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Part of the fun of following the developing of each Marvel Studios movie is wondering what amazing surprises would go into their now customary post-credits scene. The first Iron Man paved the way with Samuel L. Jackson’s appearance as Nick Fury to recruit Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in “the Avenger Initiative” at the very end, while The Avengers simultaneously closed out Phase One and kicked Phase Two into high gear with the revelation that the cosmic evil pulling the strings the whole time was none other than Thanos, one of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful and fearsome villains. That last scene was inserted into the middle of the end credits, so if you stuck around until its final seconds you got to see the Avengers themselves chowing down on a shawarma dinner – a scene filmed only days before the movie’s theatrical debut.

Iron Man 3 held its premiere over the weekend in Paris and according to a source at Latino Review, the Shane Black-directed sequel continues Marvel’s proud tradition of closing their films out in surprising fashion.

READ NO FURTHER IF YOU WANT TO AVOID A MAJOR SPOILER!

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‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ Are Leading The Pack In Marvel Films’ Phase 3
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Dr. Strange

I think it has been enough time for all of us to come back down to Earth after taking the magical carpet ride that was The Avengers this past summer. The second phase of Marvel Films’ master plan to conquer the world of comic book blockbusters and make DC Comics their simpering puppet is well under way with Iron Man 3 first out of the gate in May, Thor: The Dark World in production now with a release set for this November, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy fast approaching the start of filming in anticipation of their theatrical bows next year, and The Avengers 2…. well I’m sure the production offices are open and someone’s paying the electric and water bills.

Obviously people are now looking to the future and the elusive Phase 3 of the Mighty Marvel Movie Universe to see what the studio that is reaping the riches from bringing their four-color classics to the big screen the way they were meant to be seen has in store for us once The Avengers 2 inevitably reduces us all to quivering nerd puddles come May 2015. The only title in Phase 3 that has been announced so far is Ant-Man, which has Edgar Wright sitting pretty in the director’s chair and his frequent collaborator (and writer and director of 2011’s awesome sci-fi adventure Attack the Block) Joe Cornish co-writing the script with Wright.

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The Future Of The Fantastic Four
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If you’re a fan of the Marvel universe, then you’re probably already aware of the big news in the world of the Fantastic Four: In Fantastic Four #587, which was released on January 25, one of the four died.

Now, another superhero has stepped in to join the team, which has been renamed and recostumed, and will debut in a new series simply called FF by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting.

Continuing reading to find out who’s a part of this new superhero match-up and to see an image of the new team in their new costumes.

And obviously… SPOILERS…

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Get An Early Look At ‘The Death of Spider-Man’
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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 157The Death of Spider-Man begins in the issues of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates in February.

Marvel is really touting this story as a major game changer for the Ultimate Marvel Universe. Having Spider-Man dead will certainly cause some changes, but will we have this same old story as we’ve had so many times before when heroes die? You know the story: wannabe heroes come out of the woodwork to try and fill the shoes of the fallen hero often even taking his identity. If that’s what the fallout of Spidey’s death, well, that’ll just be boring.

At any rate Marvel has released an image of the variant cover art for issue 157 of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man set for release in April. This is the final issue of the story arc. This variant art was done by Ed McGuiness, who’s currently back on the Hulk series. Check out the cover art below and share your thoughts.

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7 Characters From ‘The Office’ Who Could Play Marvel Superheroes
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When GoDfather Dave3 suggested yesterday that the best Hulk of all might be Rainn Wilson, I immediately thought of a giant green Dwight K. Schrute from The Office. Terrified yet?

Of course, Dave3 meant the actor, but I like to pretend that Wilson and Schrute are one and the same. And I can see his point. Wilson’s proven himself convincing as both an ubernerd and a frustrated ball of rage. But why stop there? John Krasinski, a.k.a. Jim Halpert, was once considered for the role of Captain America, after all.

Below are a few other Dunder-Mifflinites who could step into roles within the Marvel universe.

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Marvel Creating Their Own MMORPG (Again)?
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A new Marvel MMORPG is in the works, according to job listings seeking developers for the project that’s officially titled Marvel Universe Online.

This is the first specific mention of a “616” universe game since plans to create a Marvel MMO got scrapped in 2008 and subsequently turned into Champions Online from Cryptic Studios.

News of a new Mighty Marvel MMO shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. It’s obvious that the organization has wanted to get into the MMO business for quite some time. The development company who published the job listing, Gargantuan Studios, is part of a Gazillion Entertainment who signed a 10-year deal to produce Marvel video games back in March.

Being an avid [Twitter] follower of several Marvel editorial staff members, I don’t recall a specific reference of this new MMO project either. However, since the development team isn’t even place, it’s possible that most of the initial groundwork wouldn’t be discussed in detail anyway.

Warren Ellis-plotted battle raids are one step closer to reality.

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