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FROM SPLASH PAGE: Today's live "Avatar" Q&A with director James Cameron and stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana is over, but for those who made sure to check it out (and if you didn't, don't worry — we'll have it on the site soon) you might have noticed something with an interesting comics angle popping up throughout the show.

Check out Worthington's shirt:

Yes, that's a t-shirt featuring Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers, being sported by the "Avatar" actor.

Continue reading Sam Worthington And 'The Avengers'... Is There Something We Should Know?

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: Okay, so we're probably a long time away from developing a power source like the one powering Tony Stark's armor in "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2," but according to recent reports, we might be closer than you think to developing a version of "smart" armor like the one protecting Iron Man and War Machine.

According to Discovery News, scientists at a U.S. miltary facility in Michigan are currently researching applications for "piezoelectric" armor that can not only detect the size of bullets shot at it, but also identify the damage inflicted and generate small amounts of electricity in response. All of this could potentially allow for a similar heads-up display of the armor's current level of damage, weak points and various other conditions Tony Stark is alerted to while wearing the Iron Man armor.

"As a kid, everyone played those video games that showed you how much armor you had left as a percentage bar," said John Wray, a contractor for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. "That's exactly what we're working on here and more."

Continue reading With Real-Life Iron Man Armor On The Way, Is War Machine Next?

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: As we approach the end of the year, it's nice to know we have a lot to look forward to in 2010 — at least as far as comic book movies go.

From "The Losers" and "Kick-Ass" in April to "Red" and "The Green Hornet" closing out the year, there's quite a bit going on next year with adaptations of comic book properties — including a few projects that don't have release dates yet. While the May arrival of "Iron Man 2" seems like a no-brainer for next year's most anticipated film, I have a sneaking suspicion that some of the other films with significant buzz around them (like "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World," for example) have fans eagerly anticipating the end of '09 and the beginning of the next movie cycle.

So, what has you most excited for the onset of 2010 films? Is it the all-star cast of "Red"? Josh Brolin and Megan Fox doing a grim and gritty turn in "Jonah Hex"? The "Twilight"-meets-"True Blood" casting of "Priest"? Now's your chance to let us know what you're itching to know more about and finally see in theaters next year.

Continue reading [POLL] Which 2010 Comic Book Movie Has You Most Excited?

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: Last month, writer Jane Espenson capped her run on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight" with one heck of a cliffhanger. Fans had already seen [SPOILER ALERT] much of the slayer's forces wiped out in an epic war with the mysterious villain Twilight, and in the final scene of issue #30, a groggy Buffy suddenly finding herself suspended in the air.

In fact, you could almost hear the collective fanbase exclaiming, "Waitaminute... Buffy's flying?"

That's why we tracked down Espenson to get some explanation of her final issue's big WTF moment, and get some thoughts on her run with the celebrated series and where Joss whedon plans to take it when he jumps on as writer of the upcoming Willow one-shot "Goddesses and Monsters" and issue #31, "Turbulence."

Continue reading Jane Espenson Weighs In On Her 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' #30 Cliffhanger And Story Arc

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: It's been a big day for new images on the 'Net, but the biggest thus far just arrived online. Not only is the first official "Iron Man 2" poster now available online, but the image also gives us the first official look at War Machine!

The new poster debuted exclusively at Yahoo Movies, and features both the familiar (though slightly upgraded) Iron Man armor, as well as the War Machine armor destined to be worn by Don Cheadle's character, James "Rhodey" Rhodes. It also offers the simple tagline "2" instead of the film's full title.

For those who weren't able to attend this year's "Iron Man 2" panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, this is the first official look at War Machine — and fans will be happy to note how similar it looks to its comic book counterpart (even down to the shoulder-mounted weaponry).

Continue reading 'Iron Man 2' Poster Arrives With First Look At War Machine!

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: Last week, we explained why "Deadpool" and "Green Lantern" actor Ryan Reynolds is one of the actors we're thankful for this year around MTV HQ. In fact, he's the actor we're most thankful for this year — and not just because he shared more details with us about the pair of upcoming, much-anticipated comic book movies he's starring in soon. (Though that was certainly an added bonus!)

After offering up some thoughts about Green Lantern's costume, Reynolds told MTV News that the scenes in which Hal Jordan isn't in costume will likely be the most memorable from the film — much like Robert Downey Jr.'s time spent out of Tony Stark's armor in "Iron Man."

"I think you walk away from this first film, and the moments that you remember and the moments that mean so much to you, not unlike 'Iron Man,' are the moments where the guy's not in the suit," said Reynolds.

Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Reynolds Says 'Green Lantern' Won't Be A 'Labored Origin Story'

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: If you're anything like me, there are very few deals enticing enough to brave the Black Friday crowds at various retailers. (In fact, the image at right is what comes to mind when I think about what awaits me at stores' Black Friday sales.) Heck, with the amount of Cyber Monday offers flying around the 'Net today, you no longer have to leave your desk to snag a good price on various comics and comics-related swag.

After spending the first half of the day crawling through the Interwebs and getting suggestions from Splash Page readers about their favorite Cyber Monday comics deals, I've compiled a list of some of the most notable deals I've discovered from the comics side of Cyber Monday madness. From best-selling comics and comic book collections to digital comics, movies, games and assorted merch, it's great to be a comics fan this Cyber Monday.

Continue reading Cyber Monday Comics Roundup: Deals From Around The Interwebs

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Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

With "Ninja Assassin" hitting theaters this week, it seemed the perfect time to put the spotlight on one my favorite masterpiece of sick-day cinema: 1985's "American Ninja." Read More...

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: Sure, Anne Hathaway is the latest in a long line of rumored contenders for the role of Black Cat in "Spider-Man 4" (even though there's no confirmation the character is even in the film), but does anyone remember another rumor from a few years back that cast an entirely different actress in the role?

Well, even if you didn't remember the pre-"Spider-Man 3" rumor that had "Dollhouse" actress Eliza Dushku playing cat burglar Felicia Hardy, we did — and we asked her about it when she dropped by Splash Page HQ a while back.

"Don't you love the Internet and the fans out there?" Dushku laughed when MTV Movies Editor Josh Horowitz asked if she'd seen the fan-made "Spider-Man 4" posters with her as Black Cat. "They do it up!"

Continue reading 'Spider-Man 4' Black Cat Casting: What About Eliza Dushku?

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: A while back, the third "Batman" movie seemed to be the subject of new casting rumors every day — from Michael Caine's assertion that Johnny Depp would play The Riddler to a British tabloid's "scoop" that Shia LaBeouf would play Robin. Nowadays, though, "Spider-Man 4" has been receiving the lion's share of casting rumors, including quite a few that have popped up, circulated widely and subsequently been debunked within the last week.

Last week, many blogs echoed an anonymous rumor that Rachel McAdams would play Black Cat, only to have the actress dismiss the casting report this week. The dust had barely settled, whoever, when another Black Cat rumor hit the 'Net — this time, featuring Julia Stiles.

So, now we find ourselves wondering which one of these rumors you'd like to see become official. Is it one of the Black Cat rumors or something else entirely? What about Dylan Baker's potential return as The Lizard or Bruce Campbell's "meaty" cameo?

Continue reading Which 'Spider-Man 4' Rumor Do You Wish Were True?

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