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Comic Strip: ‘Captain America 2,’ the Future of the Marvel Universe, and New DC TV Details

Captain America 2 Comic Strip
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ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, NBC's 'Constantine' TV series reveals some tantalizing details, 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' builds the path to 'Avengers 2,' and a young Riddler journeys to FOX's 'Gotham.'

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The Comic That Secretly Influences ‘Captain America 2′ (And May Pave the Way For Marvel’s Entire Future)

Captain America 2 Secret Warriors
Marvel

As its title implies, 'Captain America 2' is largely inspired by Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting's celebrated, Eisner-award winning comic book storyline "The Winter Soldier." Although ultimately very different from what transpires in the big screen version, the broad strokes remain the same: Steve Rogers finds himself hunting, and being hunted by, a ruthless assassin who may or may not be his supposedly dead best friend, Bucky Barnes.

The movie uses Brubaker's Captain America run to fuel the first half of the film and provide an antagonist who can serve as an emotionally hard-hitting threat to the star-spangled Avenger. However, while it's the most obvious, it's not the only Marvel comic run heavily quoted in the film. There's another acclaimed comic series that not only informs the biggest twists of 'Captain America 2,' but suggests what crazy new direction the Marvel cinematic universe is heading toward on both the big and small screens.

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Who Are Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver? Everything You Need to Know About the Twins of ‘Avengers 2′

Avengers 2 Scarlet Witch Quicksilver Set photos
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After watching the 'Captain America 2' post-credits scenes, one of which introduced Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as "the twins" (aka Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver), one viewer exclaimed, "Am I supposed to know who they are?" Dedicated Marvel fans across the globe are no doubt rolling their eyes over what, to them, seems obvious, but it still happened.

It's easy to forget how even though Marvel's comic book universe has gone mainstream, thanks to the 'Avengers' movies, there's still a percentage of casual viewers who are only just grasping the surface of the MCU (for newbs, that stands for "Marvel Cinematic Universe") and are blissfully unaware of its implications. While we've provided primers for the uninitiated for such figures as Ultron and the Guardians of the Galaxy, we now turn our attention to the two new superheroes joining 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron.'

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Comic Strip: A Baby-Faced Jim Gordon, an Amazing Spider-Man and One Confident Winter Solider

Comic Strip 03/31/14
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ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' officially reaches the "overwhelming" stage of its hype machine, 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' casts a bunch of new characters, and FOX unveils our first look at Jim Gordon in 'Gotham.'

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‘The Avengers 2′: Here’s Our First Glimpse of Captain America’s New Costume

Avengers 2 Captain America Set
YouTube

There are two reasons why superheroes tend to change their costumes every time a sequel rolls around: (A) it gives the filmmakers a chance to put their own unique stamp on them, and (B) it means they can release a new action figure. Thanks to video from the set of 'The Avengers 2,' we've already seen what Hawkeye's new outfit looks like and received our first look at the costumes for the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, but today brings a look at Captain America's new getup.

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‘Avengers 2′ Director Joss Whedon Apologizes in Advance for Blowing Up Seoul

Avengers 2 Seoul Set Apology
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We've already seen the destruction Joss Whedon brought to Aosta, Italy, in filming the highly anticipated 'Avengers 2,' so we can't wait to see what's in store for Seoul, South Korea.

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‘Avengers 2′ First Look: Set Photos Reveal Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

Avengers 2 Scarlet Witch Quicksilver Set photos
Getty Images

Earlier today, we got our first look at the set of 'The Avengers 2' on location in Aosta, Italy, where Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Jeremy Renner are filming some major action sequences for the highly anticipated 2015 film. Now, how would you like to get up close with Hawkeye and "The Twins" in these revealing new photos from the set?

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‘The Avengers 2′ Set Video Reveals Major Action for Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

The Avengers

'The Avengers 2' only recently begun filming, but images and footage from the set have already begun making their way online, in addition to the first concept art of what will become newcomers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. If you're 100% spoilerphobic, you'll want to stop here, but if you're ravenous for any tidbits about Marvel's upcoming epic, today is your lucky day.

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Comic Strip: ‘Avengers 2′ First Look at The Twins, New ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Footage, and More

Comic Strip 3-19-2014
Marvel/Sony/Marvel

After a brief hiatus, ScreenCrush is back with the Comic Strip, a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Marvel revealed the first exciting looks at 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' and new looks at 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' while DC and Warner Bros. TV are ready to unleash a 'Flash'y new slate of shows.

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‘Avengers 2′ First Look: Concept Art Reveals Epic Hulkbuster Battle, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

Avengers 2 Preview
Marvel Studios, ABC

'Avengers 2' doesn't come out until next summer and hasn't started filming with its star-studded cast yet, but ABC pre-empted Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' tonight to bring us 'Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe,' a one-hour special on Marvel Studios, which concluded with a never-before-seen sneak peek of the upcoming superhero sequel.

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