"Our goal with the show was to focus on regular people in a superhero world," Jed Whedon, executive producer for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." explains. With the emergence of a billionaire in a weaponized suit of armor, a literal god running around, and an alien invasion nearly leveling New York, the world is a little different for the men and women of the Marvel live-action universe. In this world, Whedon says, powers become problems for those without, and lead to some people who'll do anything to get the abilities of a Hulk or Thor.

For the first time in seven years, there's a live-action television show set in the Marvel universe on TV, and this time, it's based on a very deliberate, universe-building approach to bringing the world of superheroes to new and old fans alike. With the premiere of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" only a few weeks out (the pilot debuts on September 24 on ABC), I spoke with showrunners and executive producers Jeph Loeb("Heroes," "Lost," "Smallville"), Maurissa Tancharoen ("Dollhouse"), Jeffrey Bell ("Alias," "Angel"), and Jed Whedon ("Sparacus: Gods of the Arena") about bringing the Marvel cinematic universe to the small screen, and S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mission post-New York.



Each week, Matt Wilson, co-host of the War Rocket Ajax podcast and author of the brand new Supervillain Field Manual, examines a major comic news item and reviews a few selections among the week's comic book releases.

If you read the comics Internet at all (and by virtue of the fact you're reading this column, I'd say the chances of that are pretty good), you probably know that yesterday would have been Jack Kirby's 96th birthday. You also don't need me to tell you just how important Jack Kirby was to comics. Plenty of people have already done that.

I may not even have to tell you about how Kirby, the guiding force behind most of the Marvel characters who appaeared in the movie "The Avengers," never got much more than standard freelance rates for his work at Marvel. He was refused his own original art when he wouldn't sign a highly restrictive contract. His family is still fighting Marvel and Disney over copyrights, though they've suffered some major blows of late.

Kirby and his family's struggles have been well documented over the years. But here are some stories you may not have heard: Read More...

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Summer has come and passed, and many punk bands are settling in for their upcoming month-long naps. But, get this - that doesn't matter, because it's time for another Daily Geek, telling you all the things you didn't know you needed to know.



This is how it's done.

There's a lot of baggage that comes with any big Marvel mutant event.  There's a lot of history and continuity to deal with, there's a long lineage of huge earth-shattering X-crossovers to live up to, and there's a lot of tropes that are, by the very nature of the proceedings, bound to crop up.  Cyclops will get dour and self-important, Wolverine will act tough, Storm will be conflicted, there'll be a lot of emotional dialogue and at least one big old-fashioned fight scene.

Going into 'X-Men: Battle of the Atom' #1, Brian Bendis is well aware of that, and manages to simultaneously play to all those expectations while standing them on their head.  Last year, he rejiggered mutant continuity when he launched All-New X-Men, a title that [SPOILER] brought the original Lee/Kirby quintet of X-Men into the present day to fight alongside their modern counterparts.  And in this issue, he uses those same elements to create wonderful new twists on the familiar X-family dynamics, while using his keen grasp of storytelling structure to pull in his audience and make sure they're invested in the madness to come.

The book kicks off with a quick intro, hinting at what's about to ensue, and building suspense.  Then, there's a recap page to bring us up to speed with what's going on in the X-Men books (SPOILER: mutants and regular humans don't always get along), and immediately thereafter we're launched full speed into the main story. Read More...

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by Katherine Erlikh

Welcome back to the Daily Geek! I hope you've all made good life choices yesterday, but if you didn't it's okay - we can just turn those into trees. After all, there are no such things as mistakes, there are only happy accidents.



Jack Kirby is probably the single most important figure in the development of american comic books.  His career spanned seven decades, and though he is best-known for his work on super-hero titles, he defied simple categorization and worked in nearly every style of comic: horror, science fiction, romance, comedy, fantasy, funny animal, crime, war, western, and probably some others that I'm forgetting.

He didn't just define a single genre: he constantly defined (and re-defined) the entire comics medium, right up until his death in 1994.  So, in honor of his 96th birthday on August 28th, we here at MTV Geek have assembled A Week Of Jack Kirby, a series of posts celebrating the life, work and inspiration of the man that Stan Lee dubbed simply 'The King'.

Today, we kick things off with Jack Kirby's Ten Greatest Character Designs!  (Well, okay…  Maybe not greatest.  But a completely subjective selection of incredible candidates.  On another day, I could choose a completely different top ten list.) Read More...


Each week, Matt Wilson, co-host of the War Rocket Ajax podcast and author of the Supervillain Field Manual, examines a major comic news item and reviews a few comics among the week's comic book releases.

As you've probably heard, Grant Morrison went on Kevin Smith's Batman podcast recently and said the end of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's "Batman: The Killing Joke" quite obviously depicts Batman reaching out and snapping the Joker's neck, killing him.



Big news breaking over the internet today, that "Midnight Meat Train's" Bradley Cooper has been offered the role of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. While we're excited that Cooper is finally getting his big break, it looks like - given this possibly leaked concept art - that Cooper has been in the running for a while:


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by Katherine Erlikh

Another day, another Daily Geek roundup! We hope that you've been staying well and avoiding all wheat and wheat by-products.



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By Matt D. Wilson

Each week, Matt Wilson, co-host of the War Rocket Ajax podcast and author of the Supervillain Field Manual, examines a major comic news item and picks a few winners and one loser among the week's comic book releases.

The past week saw two high-profile creators make their departures from books at the two major publishers. One was a writer, the other an artist; one was at Marvel, the other at DC. And they could not have been handled more differently.



Welcome to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull-List! Each week, we look at the best new releases to hit comic shops, and point you at the books you should be reading. 

This week, we have picks from Monkeybrain, Marvel, Titan, Panelvision, Image, and Boom!


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Simon Pegg, longtime collaborator and friend of "Ant-Man" director Edgar Wright, has been on fans' shortlist of actors they'd like to see portray Hank Pym (or Scott Lang) in the upcoming flick. There's been no solid info on the casting front until earlier today, when Pegg tweeted the above image during his visit to the Marvel officies. He IS pointing at Ant-Man, isn't he?



If you think you’re excited about next year’s timey-wimey mutant blockbuster “X:Men: Days of Future Past,” starring two generations of X-Men, just imagine how Chris Claremont feels.



Back in 1976, Bill Mantlo helped create breakout "Guardians of the Galaxy" character Rocket Raccoon.

Today, this comics great could really use your help.



Marvel Comics announced today that Matt Fraction will be exiting as writer of both "Fantastic Four" and its sister title "FF", in order to better focus on the upcoming "Inhumanity" event and the ongoing "Inhumans" title that will spin out of that storyline.


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