Earth's mightiest heroes are fighting Loki and each other in The Avengers!

New Man of Steel set photos reveal a truly disheveled Superman. Andrew Niccol explains In Time's hidden commercial appeal. Ender's Game gets a release date, and Tintin's sequel gets a storyline. Plus good news for two sci-fi shows!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.

The Avengers

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige discusses the movie's ensemble approach:

As any fan of the Marvel team up knows, what happens when Marvel heroes team up? – They fight each other, then they fight together. We did not shy away from that direction….The best Avengers comics are when no-one is the leader. Joss has done a great job of making this a true ensemble picture – Loki and Fury are, if anything, true drivers of the story at points. And Jeremy Renner could steal the movie from everybody with his bow and arrow. We don't have to make this Iron Man and his amazing friends – Iron Man's a giant, giant part of the movie and when he comes in, people take notice, but this is an Avengers movie.

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Tom Hiddleston confirms that the shot of Loki in the trailer where he emerges from a portal, surrounded by military personnel, is in fact the character's first appearance in the film itself. He also says a line from Thor is crucial to explaining how he got there, considering he was last seen plummeting into a vast abyss:

"There's a line in 'Thor' I remember saying to Idris Elba's Heimdall, 'There are secret powers between worlds to which even you, with all your gifts, are blind.'"

[MTV Splash Page]


Man of Steel

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Here are some shirtless, barefoot photos of star Henry Cavill filming a green screen sequence with some rescue workers and a helicopter. [Socialite Life via ComingSoon.net]


The Dark Knight Rises

One of the extras playing a Gotham City SWAT officer posted on his Facebook that "the scene [he is] in is the largest fight scene EVER in a NYC production." There's nothing more to go on that that, but I guess we can expect a huge fight sequence, and the cops will be involved. [/Film]


Star Trek 2

When asked how they are getting back into character for the sequel, Chekov actor Anton Yelchin says he's rewatching the original series and the first movie to make sure he has the same feel for the character as he did before, while Zachary Quinto says a surprising amount of it is putting back on Mr. Spock's ears:

"I think figuring out the point at which we reenter the story will be informative and define a lot about how I prepare for it. There's a transformation that takes place as we get ready to start. And actually the physical part of it is pretty significant."

[MTV Movies Blog]


In Time

Director Andrew Niccol explains why this film appealed to the studios and was able to get a reasonably big budget, despite its out there premise:

If you're not going into a studio with a comic, or a sequel, or a remake, already life is going to be difficult for you. So to do what I often do is to have expensive, unconventional ideas, it makes life harder, because you can go into a studio with a conventional idea that's expensive, but don't go in with an unconventional idea that's expensive!

But you did that with this film.
Well, yes, but you can also go in and say no one in the cast is over 25 and there's a ticking clock in every scene. And then they don't even bother reading the script; they just sign.

"We love it! Here's $50 million dollars!"
[Laughs] Exactly! In an odd way, they are brilliant accountants because they know that's their audience who shows up at the movies. And if there is action involved in it and there's a literal ticking clock in every scene, yeah, it will work.

[Film School Rejects]


Tintin 2

Peter Jackson confirmed that he will direct the sequel as soon as he's finished with The Hobbit. Steven Spielberg elaborated:

[Sony and Paramount] were willing to do one movie with us and then give us the financial werewithal to develop a script, do all the visual storyboards and get it really in launch position. So we can launch pretty quickly on a second movie. The script is already written.

That script is reportedly by Anthony Horowitz, and it's an adaptation of the Tintin books Prisoners of the Sun and The Seven Crystal Balls. Spielberg also says they haven't yet discussed a third film, which if nothing else means we're a ways off from an official announcement.


Ender's Game

Summit Entertainment has given the movie a release date of March 15, 2013...so apparently this thing is really, actually happening at last. [Box Office Mojo]


Apocalypse 2388

Here's a description for a futuristic adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (famously adapted for the Vietnam War in Apocalypse Now):

APOCALYPSE 2388. Earth is on the brink of extinction. Legendary explorer KURTZ has been sent on a desperate last bid mission to scout an unknown planet on the far side of the universe. A planet that may sustain human life. But communication with Kurtz mysteriously ceases and rookie flight officer MARLOW is assigned the perilous task of completing the objective. Tracking Kurtz into the unknown he reaches it. A new earth. And a race of beings at the dawn of time. But Kurtz has his own plans for the new world and man's last hope for survival. And to achieve it he will take man to the only place that will protect paradise. Into darkness.

Earth's mightiest heroes are fighting Loki and each other in The Avengers!

The film is to be directed by The Haunting in Connecticut's Peter Cornwell from a script by Tony Giglio and Branden Morgan. There's also a piece of concept art to the left. [ComingSoon.net]


Doctor Who

The great Bill Bailey appeared on the BBC show Something for the Weekend, and he discussed his character in the Christmas special, describing Dorxil as a humanoid and "kind of a futuristic space parky." I'm not 100% sure what that last bit refers to, but he may well be referring to legendary British broadcaster Michael Parkinson..which suggests Dorxil is not going to be the most terrifying alien the Doctor has faced. That said, I might be misunderstanding - other possible interpretations are welcome in the comments. You can watch the video at the link. [Blogtor Who]


Fringe

Here's another promo for the next episode, "Novation." [Fringe Television]

Here's another entry in the "Where is Peter Bishop?" series, now helpfully titled "Here is Peter Bishop." [Fringe Television]


The Walking Dead

AMC has announced that the show will be back for a third season. There's no word yet on how many episodes are in the third season order, but thirteen seems like the most reasonable guess until we hear otherwise.


Terra Nova

Here are four sneak peeks for the next episode, "Bylaw." [Terra Nova TV]





Person of Interest

CBS has picked up the show for a full season. [E! Online]


Chuck

Angus Macfayden, who is probably best known for playing Robert the Bruce in Braveheart, has reportedly been cast as the show's final big bad. He will play Nick Quinn, "a former CIA agent who now runs a mercenary spy ring", which means he's pretty much like Chuck... except he only works for bad guys. [TV Line]


Once Upon a Time

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Here's a couple behind-the-scenes photos of True Blood's Kristin Bauer as the evil queen Maleficent. [EW]

Ginnifer Goodwin explains the relationship between Snow White and Prince Charming doesn't have the best of beginnings:

"Their relationship is so complicated. It was based in the beginning on real animosity and manipulation and selfishness."

[TV Line]


Supernatural

Here's a low quality promo for the next episode, "Slash Fiction."


American Horror Story

The upcoming "Halloween" two-parter will feature a major death. [TV Line]


The Vampire Diaries

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Here are some promo photos from episode eight, "Ordinary People." [SpoilerTV]


Additional reporting by Natalie Baaklini and Charlie Jane Anders.