Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Four New S.H.I.E.L.D. Members Added

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, next year's unfrozen super-soldier sequel will have more than its fair share of new faces to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, it looks like four more have jumped on board, including an alumnus from Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. (Sacrilege?) According to Twitch, actors, (pictured left to right) Chin Han, Jenny Agutter, Alan Dale and Bernard White have been cast as new members of S.H.I.E.L.D. working under Robert Redford's character, Alexander Pierce.

While much of the film's details are still under wraps, Redford's Agent Alexander Pierce has recently been the focus of rumors and speculation after the actor may have accidentally revealed that there is more to the character than we were meant to believe. Of course, the aspect surrounding who Piece may or may not actually be has not been confirmed in any form. However, what is known, is that Pierce will be portrayed as a high-ranking official in S.H.I.E.L.D. The four additions to the team will be working directly under the dubious dignitary. That is the extent of the info at this point in time.

For Chin Han, who, in The Dark Knight, famously fell victim to the Joker's literal effort to "watch the world burn," is also coming off another DC Comics stint on TV's Arrow. He now takes his first stab at a Marvel property. Jenny Agutter, who has been consistently visible in television and film for decades, may be best remembered as the barely-clothed romantic interest in Logan's Run. However, she has actually already been in the MCU with a small role as a World Security Council member in The Avengers. Alan Dale is also a ubiquitously-working veteran actor, who you may have seen recently in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and stints on several TV shows like Entourage, The Killing, and Lost. Bernard White also possesses a vast resume of film and TV appearances going back to the early 80's. While sporadic TV stints seem to be his forte, he has also been seen in prominent films like The Matrix Revolutions and City of Angels.

The newfound foursome now join an already-impressive cast headlined by Chris Evans' juiced justice-bringer consisting of Robert Redford, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Toby Jones, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, UFC champion, Georges St-Pierre, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, and Sebastian Stan as Cap's unfrozen friend-turned-foe in the titular Winter Soldier.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier showcases more "shields" than it knows what to do with when it hits theaters on April 4, 2014.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Whoopi Goldberg Is Channel 6 Boss?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues its Michael Bay-produced reboot effort with the addition of a recognizable cast member as a (somewhat) recognizable character. According to a report surfacing on ComicBookMovie, Academy Award-winning actress and The View co-host, Whoopi Goldberg has been cast as the perpetually irate boss of Megan Fox's April O'Neil at Channel 6 News.

Photographs surfaced recently showing Goldberg leaving the New York set of TMNT, wearing a large, seemingly-electrified wig. However, CBM's source has apparently come across the identity of Goldberg's character, revealing her to be Bernadette Thompson, who is described as "an editor at Channel 6 News." The character (should the news prove legit,) would without a doubt be a nod to a character from the 1987-1996 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, Burne Thompson, the stout, shouting male boss of TV reporter, April O'Neil. Interestingly enough, this character would not be the first nod to the classic cartoon, since comedic actor, and star of the newly-resurgent Arrested Development, Will Arnett is already on board as April's cowardly, conniving colleague, Vernon Fenwick. In fact, one of the more memorable inter-character dynamics on the classic show depicted Vernon sycophantically hanging around Burne, constantly trying to curry favor for any kind of journalistic advantage over his competition with April. It may be the case that this dynamic could be mirrored in the film between Arnett's Vernon and Goldberg's gender-swapped "Bernadette" character.

This, along with several of the other nods to the vintage show which a generation grew up watching could be taken as another sign of goodwill from Michael Bay and director, Jonathan Liebesman after the film's disastrous P.R. debut when Bay implied that the Turtles would be "aliens." The comment set the Internet into an unquenchable blaze of hate, and had seemingly lost the purists before a single scene was shot. Now that the movie is in production, things aren't looking quite so bleak and even the Turtles co-creator and initial naysayer, Kevin Eastman has gone on record regarding Michael Bay's handling of his franchise saying that, "He’s been nothing but amazingly respectful." In fact, Bay has recently stated that he "misspoke" in the "aliens" comment and affirmed that the fearsome foursome would NOT be aliens.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (a purist-centered title that also came as a result of drama,) is set to bust out of a septic-saturated sewer to hit theaters on June 6, 2014.


Guardians Of The Galaxy: Glenn Close Becomes Galactic Authority

Guardians of the Galaxy, next summer's first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe's cosmic theater may have, appropriately enough, made a casting addition that's way out there. According to Deadline, the one and only Glenn Close will be joining the Marvel super-team who work in the "Big Chill" of space. **Checks calendar to see if it's April 1**

It looks like the rapacious ruffians of space had better keep their pet rabbits safe and sound because the veteran actress will reportedly play a yet-to-be-identified character holding "a leadership role in the Nova Corp." In the Marvel Comic Book Universe, the Nova Corps are the equivalent of DC Comics' Green Lantern Corps who fill the role of an intergalactic police and militia force. Originating from the planet, Xandar, their distinctly-uniformed members utilize a virtually unlimited power from a cosmic energy called the Nova Force. (To varying degrees depending on their rank in the Corps.) The most prominent member of this group was human, Richard Rider, the very first one introduced to us back in 1976 who (like Green Lantern,) simply went by his organization's name "Nova." He's been a member of The New Warriors and is an occasional ally of the Guardians of the Galaxy team.

Now, it seems that we not only have the news that the prominent dramatic film actress and current star of TV's Damages, Glenn Close will join the cast, but also learn in the process that the Nova Corps will be introduced in the film. It will be interesting to see what side of Close's acting chops she utilizes in this leadership role. Will she be the play the proverbial tough old bird? Or will she be presented to us as a type of cosmic Cruella De Vil? Perhaps she may regale us with a bit of Fatal Attraction-esque crazy?

Regardless, the whole Nova Corps aspect is certainly a sign that Guardians could be one of the most sprawling and important entries in the MCU as it makes the ever-critical expansion into the extraterrestrial side of Marvel Comics. For Close, she now joins a cast headed by Chris Pratt's Star-Lord consisting of Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Ophelia Lovibond, Enzo Cilenti, and apparently, John C. Reilly.

Guardians of the Galaxy chews out rookie space cops with a "Jagged Edge" when it hits theaters on August 1, 2014.


Transformers 4: Comic Relief Added, First Look At Optimus Prime, More

Transformers 4 continues work on director, Michael Bay's next world-wrecking robotic rampage. Not only has the film procured another cast member with the talents of comedian, T.J. Miller, but photos (the very first from the film) showing some of Autobot characters in their vehicle form have been released. -- And yes, one of those Autobots is Optimus Prime!

Miller, who is currently on the new Fox sitcom, The Goodwin Games, has also been seen in films such as She's Out of My League, Cloverfield, Unstoppable, and was the voice of Tuffnut in How to Train Your Dragon. However, this role in Transformers 4 could be his most prominent since, according to The Wrap, Miller's character will be buddying-up with the film's main protagonist played by Mark Wahlberg.

"Miller will play a blue-collar mechanic who is a longtime friend of Wahlberg's character."

Translation: He's the hero's wacky, one-liner-dropping, best buddy and the film's comic relief. Miller will now join Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, and Bingbing Li in what will surely be an unmitigated orgy of explosions and giant robots wrecking our cities just for good measure.

...And speaking of those giant robots who like cause explosions and wreck our cities, the very first photos from the film have been released. With production having started near the border of Arizona and Utah, a majestic desert backdrop provides the perfect setting for the unveiling of three Autobot vehicles, most notably, the newest version of the benevolent big rig himself, Optimus Prime...who is covered in flames. Because flames make things look badass...apparently.

Transformers 4 tries its best to keep you chuckling while the world ignites in a whirlwind of robotic rage...and flame decals when it hits theaters on June 27, 2014. Check out the photos of the Autobot vehicles below!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Set Photos With A Suited-Up Rhino

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 appears to be in the process of shooting what we could assume will be an epic battle. While the film's shoot has proven to be photo-friendly, the latest crop to make their online debut seems to have let the cat out of the bag when it comes to the transformation actor, Paul Giamatti will undergo for his villainous role as The Rhino. -- And giving director, Marc Webb the benefit of the doubt, we must assume that it's far from the final product.

Shooting on New York's Park Avenue, the latest spate of set photos show, amongst other things, Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man teaming up with a costume-cloned kiddie identified as Jorge Vegas and a mind-blowing leap courtesy of Garfield's Spidey stunt double. However, the giant pachyderm in the proverbial room would have to be the shots of Paul Giamatti doing some acting work in a bizarre gigantic wheeled contraption wearing what looks to be a robotic shoulder piece exposing only his head. From this, it certainly does appear that Giamatti's version of fortune-deprived Russian thug, Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino will make his super-villainous turn courtesy of an Iron-Monger-esque giant robotic suit, presumably completed via CGI. It should be a somewhat analogous proximation to his comic book counterpart who became permanently bonded to a super-durable, strength-endowing armor through a radioactive experiment.

Yes, these shots of Giamatti look ridiculous, but with a little post-production digital TLC, it should look every bit the cataclysmic showdown it was surely meant to become. Much of the villain's signature aesthetics, including (hopefully) the key component of the Rhino's horn should be present by the time we get to the final product. However, with Jaime Foxx's Electro also set to shoot sparks at Spidey, as well as Chris Cooper's Norman Osborn making his villainous debut, you can bet that this battle is but one leg of a miscreant marathon that 'ole Webhead will have to run.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will have a version of Rhino eligible to park in handicap spaces when it hits theaters on May 2, 2014. Check out some of the new photos below!

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: Quicksilver Added, Controversy Ensues

X-Men: Days of Future Past has added yet another team member to its mutant clown car of a cast. Director, Bryan Singer's latest film-related announcement on Twitter would be used to welcome actor, Evan Peters to the cast for his role as Pietro Maximoff, aka mutant speedster, Quicksilver. And yes, you read that correctly. Quicksilver: The same character who, with his sister, Scarlet Witch, was all but set to hop aboard the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015 for Joss Whedon's The Avengers 2. -- SCANDALOUS!

The news is undoubtedly good for Peters, who you may have seen on American Horror Story and in a supporting role in another underrated comic book film adaptation, Kick-Ass. However, his recent fortune has been eclipsed by the controversial nature of his role; an aspect that Singer seemed to tease.

"Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver."

Singer would eventually delete the Avengers-acknowledging tweet, replacing it with a less-provocative version, but it does seems that there's more than a bit of gamesmanship happening between Fox and Marvel Studios when it comes to the cultivation of characters from the pages of Marvel Comics to the big screen. In fact, a recent report by HitFix claims that Quicksilver's only scene in Days of Future Past is a speedster-centric sequence that Singer feels only works with the character. Conversely, Joss Whedon reportedly had (and maybe still does have) BIG plans for Quicksilver and his sister in The Avengers 2, which are apparently quite relevant to the still-developing plot. The move to bring the character into the comically-crowded Days, which we don't know was the idea of Fox or Singer himself, has unleashed a flood of fan backlash, bringing to light the flimsy legal loopholes to which each side of this issue must abide if they are to use the characters.

So, who is right or wrong in this puzzling battle over a character that...well, not too many people really cared about until the studios started fighting over him?

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Timecop Reboot Split-Kicks Into Gear At Universal

Timecop, the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle which remains his high-grossing most critically-acclaimed film is getting the reboot treatment. 

The original film, which was based off an anthology title, Time Cop published by Dark Horse Comics, was a favorite amongst action/sci-fi fans for its rather original concept. Van Damme played Max Walker, an agent with the TEC (Time Enforcement Agency) who tackles the forces of a corrupt politician (Ron Silver) using the quantum coaster to "Biff Tannen" some funds by safe stock market bets in the past and also to threaten his enemies with the specter of nonexistence. The film showcased Jean-Claude dispatching baddies in peak form with split-centric moves, as well as Ferris Beuller's girlfriend (Mia Sara) looking extremely arousing as the resident love-interest whose death the time-touring tin man must prevent. Sure, the 1994 film may not have been thinking too much about its own longevity when its plot only gave the invention of time travel a scant 10 year window with its "future" setting of 2004, but it is generally hailed as the deepest performance of Van Damme's (normally berated) acting career.

At the same time, Timecop, while a popular franchise in its day, spawning a 1997-1998 TV series and a 2003 straight-to-DVD sequel, has hardly been relevant in recent years, so expectations from moviegoers are probably little to none. As a result, you should probably expect this new film to carry very little resemblance to the Van Damme film, probably looking to expand on its time-bending premise far beyond the few periods visited in the 1994 film.

In keeping with the idea of this reboot effort distinguishing itself, it seems that it will also move forward sans the "Muscles from Brussels" himself. The Hollywood Reporter states that Van Damme is not involved with the project. Of course, that is certainly subject to change and a cameo of some kind would seem the proper thing to do, if anything, for the sake of legacy. While no substantive release window has been revealed, a supposed "re-imagining of the concept" is currently out for writers. Producer, Marc Shmuger has been added via Universal's Global Produce banner working alongside fellow producer Tom McNulty.

So, while Timecop certainly isn't a property brimming with a vocal fanbase rabidly demanding its immediate return under threats of civil disobedience and hunger strikes, it appears that (for some reason,) it will nevertheless be the next property to get the now-common reboot treatment.


Man Of Steel: Action-Packed New Trailer With Plenty Of Zod Smack Talk

Man of Steel has dropped another massive montage of intense of action that it calls a "trailer." Clearly, Henry Cavill's Superman is destined to face even more Earth-shattering insanity at the hands of his powerful enemies than we could have fathomed. We knew he'd be busting some heads, but we never thought he'd be swimming in a sea of skulls. 

It seems that just when you think you've got a handle on the movie, it goes and releases yet another trailer that redefines your perceptions. With the sound backdrop of Michael Shannon's General Zod giving the people of Earth his insidious ultimatum, we get the explanation for the whole "You Are Not Alone" viral campaign for the film that started last month with various static-filled video snippets of Zod's threats. However, in this trailer, the dangers go far beyond the specter of vids with horrible bandwidth. Indeed, we see firsthand the potential apocalyptic implications that Zod and his escaped Kryptonian criminal cohorts like first-time-speaking Faora (Antje Traue) are bringing to our big blue pearl. -- And it's a hell of a lot worse than the White House-squatting, black ABBA jumpsuit-sporting, kneel-fetishist trio of precursors we saw in Superman II.

The film has definitely created a thematic strategy with its various trailers and TV spots with each one giving fans a different aspect of the film. Make no mistake, this one is focusing on the lengths of lunacy to which Zod will go to get his perceived vengeance against his former jailer, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) through his space-orphaned super-son. While it's doubtful that even if there was someone on Earth willing to snitch out freaking Superman, it wouldn't make much difference since the fight will clearly come straight back to him in the form of a mid-air supersonic right hook!

Man of Steel harvests Superman's tears to grow giant-sized crops at theaters on June 14. Check out the new trailer below!

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The Wolverine: New Trailer Finds Things To Live For

The Wolverine has unleashed another beserker-rage-rocking trailer. Chock full of new unmitigated violence focusing on Wolverine fighting and killing stuff, the underlying drama still manages to push through the gratuitous gall.

It seems that Wolverine has been spending his time camping in the wilderness with a big bushy beard (and possibly drinking his own pee) looking like some kind of tortured, but more handsome Grizzly Adams. Unfortunately, even there, he can't escape from constant torturous dreams about the events which occurred in this film's chronological predecessor, X-Men: The Last Stand. (Yeah, we're all still trying to get over that movie.) For Logan, these dreams focus on his late would-be love, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) who he had to "put down" like some kind of Dark Phoenix Old Yeller in the aforementioned franchise debaser of a film. Indeed, the beautiful Jean seems to be the focus of his dreams, which are wet for a different reason these days: From the blood that he shed.

The mourning and regret over that incident seems to have left our hero willing to embrace the end, in spite of his indestructible skeleton and mutant healing powers saying otherwise. (Of course, he could always just toss himself into a volcano, but whatever.) Thankfully (maybe), a man whose life he saved ages ago could have a way to undo nature's ultimate buff and let him finally rest. Of course, it's never that simple and it seems that Logan soon finds himself embroiled amongst an intricate drama involving another one of his former loves, Mariko Yashida (Tao Okamoto) involving ninjas, a weirdish sexy assassin, arranged marriages with gangsters, sultry serpentine mutant vixens, and his classic comic book nemesis, The Silver Samurai...who, for some unknown reason, is FREAKING HUGE.

The Wolverine makes the most out of eternity when it hits theaters on July 26.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: First Look At Jennifer Lawrence As Mystique

X-Men: Days of Future Past has probably given the Internet a gift with the latest sneak-peak-tweet from director, Bryan Singer. This time, we get a our first look (quite a look, actually,) at Jennifer Lawrence reprising her role as Raven Darkhölme, aka Mystique. -- And she's naked...technically.

When Lawrence played the role in 2011's X-Men: First Class, her character was a youthful, capricious shapeshifter, who made the effort to appear human and blend in with the norms; something she felt necessary to be accepted by not only humanity, but perhaps by her childhood friend, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy.) Well, by the end of that film, she embraced her inner-angst, making the not-too-subtle satirical declaration, "mutant and proud" and displayed her natural blue-scale-strewn form. Now, she's seen sans clothing, similar to the ass-kicking, acrobatic version played by Rebecca Romijn in the later-set original X-Men Trilogy.

While it's difficult to tell what role she'll have in this time-bending bonanza, Singer's tweet describes Lawrence's Mystique as "vengeful." It's a rather curious description since First Class only ended with her defection to the group of militant mutants led by Michael Fassbender's Magneto and didn't seem to leave her character in a particularly bitter place. However, as some may recall in 2006' X-Men: The Last Stand, Romijn's version of the character was certainly left with plenty to be vengeful about when it came to Ian McKellen's Magneto, who pretty much tossed her under the proverbial bus after she was accidentally "cured" of her mutantism. -- A few aspects which begs a question: Since there are no reports of Romijn returning, is Lawrence seen here playing the Mystique of 1973 OR the contemporary clothe-less counterpart? Perhaps, she's playing both?

X-Men: Days of Future Past takes the "girl on fire" and douses her flames with cooling blue body paint when it hits theaters on July 18, 2014. Check out the full photo of Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique below...which also happens to show her "below." -- Don't worry, it's work-safe, but it's an image that will probably stick around in your head for at least the rest of the day.

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The Avengers 2: Is Jeremy Renner OUT As Hawkeye?

The Avengers 2 may be far from fleshed out, but a recent rumor seems to imply that it could be heading to theaters without its ace archer, Hawkeye...at least the one played by Jeremy Renner.

According to a report by ComicBookMovie's "The Daily Superhero," one of their "Hollywood sources" claims that the chances of Renner returning to reprise his role as the purple-clad Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye are "the tiniest." It seems that critical comments made by Renner last year expressing disappointment over the way his Hawkeye character was handled could very well have soured his relationship with Marvel Studios or current maestro of The Avengers franchise, Joss Whedon. As Renner told Total Film back in August of 2012:

"For 90% of the movie, I'm not the character I signed on to play," says Renner, before homing in on the decision to have Hawkeye brainwashed by Loki from the get-go. "It's kind of a vacancy. [He's] not even a bad guy, because there's not really a consciousness to him."

Adding: "To take away who that character is and just have him be this robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses... I was limited, you know what I mean? I was a terminator in a way. Fun stunts. But is there any sort of emotional content or thought process? No."

Now, nearly a year after those comments were made, we do have a timeline for Marvel Studio's "Phase Two" of films, which just kicked off with Iron Man 3, continuing with Thor: The Dark World on November 8, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, and culminating with The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015. However, by the time we get to that grand stage where Hawkeye could once again shine, the field of potential team members will likely be rotated with the introduction of new S.H.I.E.L.D. members in the lead-up films. In fact, next year's Captain America sequel will introduce new primary characters like Emily VanCamp's "Sharon Carter/Agent 13" and Anthony Mackie's "Sam Wilson/The Falcon." Plus, with the addition of signature Avengers members, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver looking solid for The Avengers 2, there may not be enough elbow room for Hawkeye to maneuver his bow.

All of these things, coupled with an apparently unhappy cast member with plenty of other cinematic options do not add up to good chances of a return. In fact, the report speculates that there's a greater chance that Hawkeye could be recast and possibly integrated into the television offshoot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premieres this fall on ABC. The recasting of a major character like this would hardly be unprecedented, just ask Terrence Howard, who lost his role as James Rhodes/War Machine to Don Cheadle after some behind-the-scenes drama. Of course, the even bigger, greener example would be the exit of Edward Norton as the MCU's version of Bruce Banner/The Hulk, making way for Mark Ruffalo's reinvention of the character in The Avengers last year. (And in a post-credits cameo in Iron Man 3...for what that scene was worth, anyway.)

At this point, we're dealing with nothing but rumors, but it is true that Renner's Hawkeye, who had a promising debut in 2011's Thor, was kind of disappointing in The Avengers. However, it's difficult to imagine that the creative minds would let some comments by the actor be the sole reason to 86 a major character from the biggest North American box-office opening weekend performer of all-time. It may be the case that it all depends on the feasibility of keeping Hawkeye in the lineup of the mega-team super-sequel without the detrimental crowding. At the moment, that fate rests in the hands of Joss Whedon, who is currently hammering out the script.



Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Releases A New Full-Length Trailer

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues its tour-de-tease today with the ultimate culmination: The full-length trailer for the series. 

Clocking in at 2:48, this is a true substantive look at this fall's new Marvel Cinematic Universe spinoff featuring a new team of superhero-sighting suits keeping the world safe from incursions from the powerful elements of the unknown. This time, we get a look at things from the perspective of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) a S.H.I.E.L.D. (or as he dutifully reminds us, "Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division") agent who's about to receive one hell of a clearance upgrade and is surprised to learn its primary perk: Getting to work under the (presumed) dead in Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). And with that, the brief mystery of Level 7 is revealed.

On another front, a well-meaning, but pesky hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet) tries to protect the latest super-powered blip on the radar (J. August Richards,) from becoming the next thing to be mysteriously whisked away by the seemingly shadowy government agency, when she finds herself getting nabbed...and then recruited. (Richards' character is rumored to be Elvin Haliday, aka "Rage" from Marvel's The New Warriors.)

With the action samples proving intense as promised, we're also properly introduced to teammates, tech/gizmo guy, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), biochemist, Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), and the ass-kicking airborne pilot, Agent Melinda May (Ming Na-Wen).

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes a self-note to never tell Agent Coulson there's no way when it hits TV this fall on its scheduled time of Tuesdays, 8pm on ABC. Check out the full trailer below!

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is wasting little time with its hype machine and has unleashed yet another teasing sneak peak promo clip.

Apparently, even with the new images and debut footage that hit over the weekend, plus today's unveiling of new photos, they must have felt that fans just weren't left ravenous enough. Now, a second, albeit extremely brief promo clip has surfaced showing some new footage which, above all else, tells us that with S.H.I.E.L.D., a fireplace is never just a fireplace.

As the clip concludes, Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson welcomes us to "Level 7." -- Likely a moniker that's somehow attached to his small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. specialists with whom he'll be investigating weird cases set throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. -- Just on the small screen. Indeed, the folks at Marvel and ABC have scattered the breadcrumbs and we are just following the trail and desperately gobbling every little bit of it up as we move towards the show's debut.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tells us what "Level 7" means when it hits TV this fall on its scheduled time of Tuesdays, 8pm on ABC.

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals New Photos From The Pilot

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already made itself one of the most anticipated television shows of all time. Just after getting the debut teaser promo, ABC has officially released a trio of new stills from this fall's pilot episode.

While they hardly unveil any substantive answers, they do provide an interesting look at the show. In fact, one photo shows Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson in an interrogation room sitting across a table from Chloe Bennet's quirky computer hacker, "Skye" with Brett Dalton's "Agent Grant Ward" looking on menacingly; a scene which seemingly implies that the Skye character is the quintessential noob in this story. It could very well be the case that the pilot's plot involves her stumbling into some dangerous circumstances which eventually leads to her joining the team. -- So, I guess that's a slight reveal of sorts.

Further solidifying the central nature of Bennet's Skye character, is another photo set behind a glass wall with the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo prominently displayed showing Agent Coulson staring ominously at Skye, almost unsure of what to make of her. We're still somewhat far away from any serious plot details getting out, but, as evidenced by the third photo, The Avengers director, Joss Whedon has stepped behind the camera to make sure this TV offshoot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes swimmingly.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets a pass for now on using the now-clichéd television trend of cute hacker chicks when it appears sometime this fall on its scheduled time of Tuesdays, 8pm on ABC. Check out the new photos below!

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: New Photo With Wolverine And Beast

X-Men: Days of Future Past continues its tweet-tastic reveals with its second successive look by director, Bryan Singer at the 1973 segment of the time-bending sequel, this time with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Nicholas Hoult's Beast.

Just last week we got our first look at James McAvoy's younger version of Professor Charles Xavier in his oddly-futuristic wheelchair, dressed as the long-lost Festrunk Brother. (After all, he is a "wild and crazy GUY!") However, this brief visit to 1973 (as confirmed by Singer's tweet) actually raises a lot more questions besides the obvious "what were they smoking when they picked those outfits?"

Discerning fans of the X-Men film series will note a number paradoxes in this new photo which has the potential to collapse the universe quicker than The Ghostbusters crossing their proton streams. By all that we know, Hoult's younger version of Beast never met Wolverine and certainly never did so in the X-Mansion, where the photo appears to take place. Also, anyone who saw 2011's X-Men: First Class knows that Beast, in a failed attempt to "cure" his mutantism, accidentally accelerated his mutation and permanently transformed into the big blue furball we all know and love. Even an earlier twit-pic from Singer shows an older version of Hoult's Beast in full blue beastial glory set for this film. -- Yet, here he is, supposedly 10 years after the events of First Class, looking like he fell into a vat of Nair. (An explanation we may not want to dismiss.)

There are a number of potential theories, the easiest of which to grasp, is that the time-traveling aspect of the film, which speculation points to centering on the character, Bishop, will give the timeline of the original X-Men Trilogy and First Class a MAJOR overhaul. (Which is probably a good thing, especially after how X-Men: The Last Stand turned out.) This could also mean that the Wolverine we're seeing is not the Wolverine from 1973, but rather, the contemporary one, gone back in time. (Especially if we are to presume that 1973 Wolverine has yet to get the adamantium skeleton/claws treatment, becoming Weapon X.)

X-Men: Days of Future Past does its best to contradict canon and confuse the hell out you when it hits theaters on July 18, 2014.


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