Marvel vs. Capcom 3 gets Doom, Super Skrull, Chun-Li and Trish

Though the Comic-Con festivities don't technically kick off until tomorrow, Capcom's getting things startedearly with a batch of new character announcements for Marvel vs. Capcom 3. From the Marvel universe, iron-clad antagonist Doctor Doom will be making a nefarious appearance, along with the multifaceted Super Skrull. From Capcom's titles, the pint-sized powerhouse Chun-Li joins the fray, as does Devil May Cry's femme fatale, Trish.

Check out some gameplay footage featuring these new characters in the video posted after the jump, or catch a glimpse of some of their special abilities in the gallery below. Also, doesn't Super Skrull have like, every power ever? That hardly seems fair.    


Captain America and Thor movie concept art

Marvel Studios has just released some concept art for the upcoming Captain America and Thor films that we be available at Comic Con International later the week.  Check them and their official synopses out below.

 Captain America: The First Avenger (In Theaters, July 22, 2011)

"Captain America: The First Avenger" will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when  Steve Rogers  volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Directed by Joe Johnston and written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, "Captain America: The First Avenger" is based on characters developed by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. The film will be produced by Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige. Executive Producers on the project are Louis D'Esposito, Stan Lee and Marvel Studios' Chairman David Maisel. Paramount Pictures will distribute "Captain America: The First Avenger" worldwide.



 Thor (In Theaters, May 6, 2011)

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the epic adventure "Thor" spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

The screenplay for "Thor" was penned by Mark Protosevich as well as Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz, and Don Payne. Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige will produce the film. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, and Marvel Studio's Co-President, Louis D'Esposito, will executive produce.


6 Films That Comic-Con 2010 Could Make or Break

Some movies are going into this year’s Comic-Con as returning heroes (like Tron Legacy, which has been shown off to great effect for two years running) or sure things (like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which could have been conceived in a Comic-Con test tube), but there are several big films that have a lot to prove at the Con — and a lot to lose. Here are six properties that could go either way:

Just a few short months ago, Thor seemed to have everything going for it: a deep ensemble cast full of respected actors like Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman, a fresh face in Chris Hemsworth, and a name director in Kenneth Branagh (whose last attempt at genre filmmaking is probably best overlooked). Unfortunately, each overlit photo released or leaked from the production has shaken fanboy confidence in the picture, and now it’s time for the first look at footage to either dispel all doubts or confirm them.

The Green Hornet
Michel Gondry isn’t just a director that white people like — he’s an inventive talent and an intriguing choice for Sony to make to helm The Green Hornet. Still,that recent trailer didn’t exactly stick the landing, and the announcement that the film will be converted into 3D spooked fans who’ve had to put up with subpar visual conversions all year. To build buzz, expect Hornet to launch a full-scale charm offensive at the Con with full scenes screened and Seth Rogen holding court over Gondry and costar Jay Chou at the panel.

Sucker Punch
Zack Snyder’s follow-up to Watchmen could either be this year’s Kick-Ass — one of the smaller properties that turns into a buzz sensation at the Con — or it could give ammo to his detractors that claim Snyder is a one-trick, speed-ramping pony. At the very least, it should be interesting to see what the hell they’ve been making all this time, and I’d love to watch fanboys react to Carla Gugino’s musical number.

Green Lantern
Green Lantern hasn’t inspired the amount of chatter that Thor has, but the two comic book properties have followed similar trajectories: They put together good casts with a solid director at the helm (in this case, Casino Royale’s Martin Campbell), but the first released pictures were more head-scratching than awe-inspiring. Maybe that striated suit they’ve put on Ryan Reynolds will look better in actual footage, but how much will the still-shooting film have to show?

Captain America
The casting race for Captain America’s title role was a nail-biter, but since the film has settled into its shoot, buzz has cooled considerably. You’d never know this movie was coming out just two short months after the talked-about Thor, but maybe its underdog status will work in the Captain’s favor. Could Marvel show something that will make Captain America the sleeper hit in its Avengersarsenal?

The Avengers
And then there’s The Avengers itself. Joss Whedon is expected to be officially confirmed as the film’s writer-director at the Marvel panel, and it’s rumored that he’ll bring out the entire Avengers cast (if they can find a Hulk replacement in time, that is). Still, there’s a concern that Marvel may be putting the cart before the horse; after all, one of the Avengers heroes may be a phenomenon (Iron Man), but another has performed only so-so theatrically (The Hulk), and two of the crucial characters (Thor and Captain America) have yet to launch. One question I’ve got: Will there be any notable women in this cast besides Scarlett Johansson? Iron Man’s four-quadrant appeal owes quite a bit to the we-like-her-in-this Gwyneth Paltrow, but how far down the Avengers credit block will you have to go to find someone other than Robert Downey Jr. who can be counted on to draw in women? We’ll soon see.


Jennifer Aniston Allegedly Victim of Dangerous Stalker

 TMZ has learned ... Jennifer Aniston just got a restraining order against a man who was arrested after prowling around a place she frequents -- and the man had a sharp object, duct tape and is considered violent.

According to the docs,

 Jason Peyton

 was found on July 15, "laying-in-wait in a location he believes she frequents with a 'sharp object, a bag, a roll of duct tape and written messages about [Aniston]."

Aniston's lawyer says in the docs ... Peyton spent 8 days trying to find her and when he was taken into custody cops found carved messages in the paint of his car saying, "



According to the documents, obtained by TMZ, "Peyton is an obsessed, mentally ill and delusional stalker -- with a history of  and criminal stalking -- who drove cross-country in his delusional 'mission' to locate and marry [Aniston], with whom he believes he is in a relationship."

After being arrested, the 24-year-old Peyton was placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold. He is still being held. 

According to the restraining order, Peyton must stay 100 yards away from her home, places of work and vehicles.  Peyton must also stay clear of her employees, agents, managers and other reps.

The way cops found out Peyton was in L.A. looking for Aniston ... he left a note for his dad on June 25 in, stating he was going to California which his dad knew meant he was looking for Aniston. We're told ... ultimately, it was the mother who gave cops a heads up.

As for Peyton's violent past -- it includes stabbing himself and hitting his mother with a golf club.

Peyton, who has been institutionalized before, was ordered to take antipsychotic drugs but authorities say he stopped taking them in March.

Peyton believes he's related to OprahNelson MandelaJay-ZJennifer LopezCourteney CoxBill and Melinda GatesPresident George Bush (both of them) and Donald Trump.    

Conan shafted from Emmy telecast? Not exactly ...

Sixteen hours ago, one of Conan O'Brien's writers Tweeted that they received a dispatch saying their Emmy category would not be shown during NBC's primetime telecast.

"NOT 'NBC'  but someone with power has kicked us in the nuts again! ... wow, unbelievable!  but the powers that be has sent us an email saying that the category we are nominated for will not be televised this year! really?" wrote Deon Cole. 

The Tweet set off a couple outraged blog posts, with surely more to come, about how O'Brien is getting shafted from the Emmys, along with some darkly conspiratorial speculation. 

"How is this NOT something [Jay Leno is] orchestrating?" wrote one. 

Here's the deal. Cole's Tweet is perfectly accurate ... yet there's some key context missing. 

According to a TV Academy spokesperson, before last year's Emmys, the Academy and the guilds agreed that the writing and directing categories for  outstanding variety, musical or comedy (or "VCM") series would alternate each year from the primetime telecast to cut down on the show's length. Last year, the VCM writing/directing series slots were in the CBS telecast; this year they will move to the Creative Arts Awards, which will also be televised, on Saturday, Aug. 21. 

So, yes, the winner for outstanding VCM writing will not be presented live in primetime Emmys, a category for which O'Brien's "Tonight Show" is nominated.


The overall outstanding VCM series category (the big one, in other words) for which O'Brien is nominated, the one that drew all the headlines when the Emmy nominations were announced ... that is IN the Emmy telecast. 

So, really, no conspiracy. (And, frankly, no real story, either, but needed to kill time before ratings came out anyway).

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