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Comic-Con: Marvel unveils “Avengers” posters showcasing Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner

Comic-Con: Marvel unveils “Avengers” posters showcasing Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner (photo)

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Those lucky fans attending the San Diego Comic-Con now have the opportunity to snag two exclusive posters depicting Black Widow (as played by Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (as played by Jeremy Renner) as they will appear in “The Avengers,” Marvel’s 2012 summer blockbuster from director Joss Whedon. Both characters have already been featured in background roles in “Iron Man 2” and “Thor” respectively, but “The Avengers” will finally bring them in to the main arena of superhero action.

Long-time fans of the Avengers should not be disappointed by the way either character has turned out. Marvel has a pretty decent track record of transitioning their characters from illustration to live-action, and these two heroes appear to be no exception.

Black Widow has been depicted pretty close to her comic book counterpart in the Marvel Movie Universe. Natasha Romanova has usually worn a form-hugging one-piece jumpsuit with her signature wrist gauntlets (which could give Batman’s utility belt a run for its money), taking on super-villains and master spies with her fiery red mane and her plunging neckline. Originally introduced as an Iron Man villain who was turned to the side of good, Black Widow has been an ally to Captain America and Wolverine, hopelessly in love with Daredevil, the ass-kicking chick on every team short of the X-Men and was most recently shacking up with long suffering sidekick (and short-lived Captain America replacement) Bucky Barnes.

Johansson’s commitment to keeping her locks dyed and her zipper at dangerously accurate levels is to be commended and appreciated by fanboys everywhere.

Hawkeye on the other hand, has been realized closer to his depiction in Mark Millar’s (“Kick-Ass,” “Wanted”) 2000 Avengers reboot in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe. Introduced in the pages of “Tales of Suspense” in 1964 (also as an Iron Man villain…seriously, folks hate that guy), Clint “Hawkeye” Barton was a carnival performer duped by his mentor in to taking on the Crimson Avenger so they could steal the cash box. A few Mea Culpas later and Hawkeye was fighting alongside Captain America, hooking up with half the women in the Marvel Universe and was even tapped to lead the first spin-off effort when the Avengers added a West Coast team. Then he got married, lost in time, divorced and then blown up saving the Earth. But it all worked out in the end.

Much how Wolverine’s trademark yellow spandex outfit didn’t quite make its way to the big-screen, Hawkeye’s classic carnival-inspired costume has been replaced by the sleek covert-ops battle suit created by artist Bryan Hitch when Hawkeye was re-introduced as a veteran sniper in Millar’s “The Ultimates” run. Honestly, I don’t think anyone is mourning the loss of the tunic or the flared domino mask, most especially Jeremy Renner.

How do you think Black Widow and Hawkeye turned out? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.