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Who is the villain in 'Thor 2'? Marvel Studios head says...

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We know that Mads Mikkelsen is in serious talks to play the villain in Thor 2. So the question becomes: Just which villain will he be playing? Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has ruled out at least one serious possibility. (SPOILER ALERT for anyone who still hasn’t seen Avengers.) In a new interview, Brit film magazine Empire asks Feige about the possibility of a Thor 2 appearance by Thanos, the death-obsessed demigod who was pulling Loki’s strings in The Avengers. After indicating that Thanos will be saved for the future (Avengers 2, perhaps), he promised: “There will be a major new villain [in Thor 2]. A major, major new antagonist…”

In the comic books, Thor has typically faced three species of villains: evil Asgardians, earthlings infected by Loki’s magic, or near-omnipotent superbeings. Feige hinted at the nature of that antagonist by talking a bit about the overall feel of the sequel: “We’re going to see the other side of Asgard. It’s not all polished and golden in this film.” Feige’s hint about the movie’s setting implies that the baddie in Thor 2 will be from the “other side of Asgard.” When reached by EW, Marvel Studios declined further comment on the nature of Thor 2‘s villain or setting. But speaking as a Thor scholar, I think there’s only one character that Mads Mikkelsen could possibly be playing…(Theory Alert!) READ FULL STORY

Check out the cover of 'Avengers' No. 1 with the cast of the movie

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Marvel first debuted their all-star superteam in Avengers No. 1 almost 50 years ago. Today, the team hits the big screen in a geektastic bonanza that’s on track to become one of the biggest blockbusters ever. Of course, the superheroes in the movie look quite a bit different from the original characters. Back in 1963, Iron Man was still wearing a bright robo-suit that made him look like Mr. Clean combined with a Yellow Submarine. Hulk wasn’t as hulking — he was wrestler size, not truck size. Thor had yet to discover facial hair. Captain America was nowhere in sight. And the team was filled out by a pair of diminutive superheroes — supersmart Ant-Man and supersassy Wasp — who have yet to appear on screen. READ FULL STORY

'Dark Knight Rises,' 'Avengers,' and the great superhero showdown of 2012

It isn’t hyperbole to say that this summer will witness the release of the two biggest superhero movies ever made. This Friday, Marvel Studios will finally bring its madcap five-year plan to fruition with the release of The Avengers, a mega-sequel action bonanza. But, as my colleague Adam B. Vary points out, moviegoers who see The Avengers this weekend will be treated to a preview for a very different comic book film: The Dark Knight Rises, the concluding chapter of Christopher Nolan’s bleak epoch-defining Batman trilogy. It’s not just that The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises offer different perspectives on the superhero genre. The two movies are diametrically opposed down to the microscopic level. READ FULL STORY

Which Avenger is your favorite? -- POLL

As we continue to count down to the release of The Avengers on Friday (and as our Avengers Files series nears its end), there’s something we need to address before the alien-smashing superhero espionage madness begins. It’s the perennial quandary, but frankly, we need to know: which Avenger is the best?
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Avengers Files: Evolution of Nick Fury

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Unsure who Black Widow is? Having trouble deciphering the Hulk’s roar? Can’t tell the difference between Iron Man and the Iron Giant? In anticipation of the release of The Avengers on May 4, EW’s team of super geeks is here to help guide you through the mythos with our seven-part series of superhero primers, the recently declassified “Avengers Files.” It doesn’t matter if you’re a comic book connoisseur or a Nick Fury newbie — follow along this week as we deconstruct Earth’s mightiest heroes and pose the question: Which Avenger is the mightiest?

Name: Nicholas Joseph Fury

First comic appearance: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May 10, 1963), created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

First movie appearance: Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., a 1998 made-for-television movie. In terms of the modern Marvel movie franchises, Fury has popped up in most of them: Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). READ FULL STORY

Avengers Files: Everything you need to know about Thor

Unsure who Black Widow is? Having trouble deciphering the Hulk’s roar? Can’t tell the difference between Hawkeye and Katniss? In anticipation of the release of The Avengers on May 4, EW’s team of super geeks is here to help guide you through the mythos with our seven-part series of superhero primers, the recently declassified “Avengers Files.” It doesn’t matter if you’re a comic book connoisseur or a Nick Fury newbie — follow along this week as we deconstruct Earth’s mightiest heroes and pose the question: Which Avenger is the mightiest?

Name: Thor, God of Thunder

First comic appearance: Journey into Mystery #83 (August 10, 1962), created by Stan Lee, written by Larry Lieber, and pencilled by Jack Kirby.

First movie appearance: Thor (2011); $181 million domestic, $449.3 million worldwide READ FULL STORY

Avengers Files: Deconstructing Iron Man

Unsure who Black Widow is? Having trouble deciphering the Hulk’s roar? Can’t tell the difference between Hawkeye and Katniss? In anticipation of the release of The Avengers on May 4, EW’s team of super geeks is here to help guide you through the mythos with our seven-part series of superhero primers, the recently declassified “Avengers Files.” It doesn’t matter if you’re a comic book connoisseur or a Nick Fury newbie — follow along this week as we deconstruct Earth’s mightiest heroes and pose the question: Which Avenger is the mightiest?

Name: Iron Man/Tony Stark

First comic appearance: Tales of Suspense #39 (March 10, 1963), created by Stan Lee, written by Larry Lieber, and designed by Don Heck and Jack Kirby

First movie appearance: Iron Man (2008); $318.4 million domestic, $585.1 million worldwide

Portrayed by: Save for an array of voice actors that have brought the metallic toon to life, Robert Downey, Jr. was the first thesp to bring Iron Man to the tough, non-pixelated reality of live-action.

Origin story: After a car crash killed both of his parents, brilliant engineer Tony Stark inherited Stark Industries. During a military field test, a land mine exploded and sent a piece of shrapnel into Stark’s chest, lodging somewhere near his heart. While Stark was held prisoner at a terrorist camp and instructed by his captives to construct advanced weapons, he instead worked with his cellmate to manufacture a magnetic chest plate that prevented the shrapnel from ever reaching his heart. At the same time, Stark built a crude battlesuit — the first Iron Man armor, replete with unrefined weaponry and basic defenses — that he used to break out of captivity and return home. READ FULL STORY

Marvel superheroes are coming to Madame Tussauds -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

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Just in time for a summer movie season that will witness the release of The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, wax museum Madame Tussauds New York is opening up an interactive Marvel Super Heroes Experience, which will feature horrifyingly realistic wax figures of The Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. As part of the experience, attendees will get to wield Thor’s hammer Mjolnir — and that sound you hear is my ten-year-old self squealing with joy. In celebration of this big event, Madame Tussauds shared an exclusive photo of Spidey, Hulky, and Irony preparing to invade Manhattan. Click on the image below for a full-sized picture, and let the debate begin: Has their version of Hulk been sufficiently Ruffalized? READ FULL STORY

'Entertainment Geekly': EW's geek podcast tackles 'Game of Thrones,' 'Saga,' and 'The Hunger Games'

On this week’s episode of Entertainment Geekly — our new podcast devoted to all things science fiction, fantasy, and generally weird in an awesome way — Jeff Jensen and I tackle a couple of fantasy-themed projects, including the return of HBO’s Game of Thrones and the debut of Brian K. Vaughan’s new comic series, Saga.

There’s also a brief tangent on the release of the hotly unanticipated remake-sequel Wrath of the Titans, followed by a lengthy conversation about The Hunger Games. Having not read the books, Jeff enjoyed the movie and thinks it could be a game changer for Hollywood. I was a fan of the books — and a wanna-be philosophy major — so I think the film missed the whole point Suzanne Collins was trying to make. Bloodshed ensues. Actually, no, we just talk out our differences. Clearly, Jeff and I both play Paragon in Mass Effect, and if you understand what that means, you’re a total nerd and my soulmate. Listen below! READ FULL STORY

'Entertainment Geekly': A fan and a newbie talk about 'The Hunger Games' on EW's new podcast

The Hunger Games is indisputably the first big movie of 2012. Based on the beloved, bleak YA novel by Suzanne Collins — which led into even bleaker, somewhat less beloved sequels — the film has already earned $19.2 million at the midnight box office, a record for a non-sequel. But what, exactly, does the film’s success mean? What is it about Collins’ book that is so captivating in our modern age — and does the movie have the same power?

That’s the main subject of the first episode of our new weekly podcast, Entertainment Geekly, local geek guru Jeff “Doc” Jensen and I will be chatting obsessively about all things geek. Other topics today include tonight’s thrilling episode of Fringe, the much-loathed conclusion to the Mass Effect videogame franchise, and the teaser for Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. We hope you enjoy listening! READ FULL STORY

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