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“The Avengers” trailer: from Bruce Banner to the Skrulls, here are five questions it leaves us asking

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Just in time for New York Comic Con, the first trailer for “The Avengers” has finally arrived online, offering audiences their first look at Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the rest of Marvel’s cinematic superheroes sharing the same screen.

And while the new trailer gave us lots of explosions, some snappy dialogue, and a good look at the film’s villain, Loki, there were a number of lingering questions it didn’t answer. Back in August, I suggested 10 questions that we’d like to see answered in “The Avengers.” With that in mind, here are five things we’re still wondering after watching “The Avengers” trailer.


101111_avengers1.jpgWherefore art thou, Skrulls?

Rumors about the shape-shifting alien Skrulls appearing in “The Avengers” have been circulating for more than a year now, and they gained considerable support when those leaked photos of Captain America and Thor fighting actors in motion-capture suits appeared online. While the new trailer does show soldiers and police firing into the air at an unknown threat, there’s no sign of aliens (other than Thor and Loki, that is) anywhere to be found in the new footage. In fact, the scenes of urban carnage that had many people thinking the Skrulls would lay siege to New York City appear to have been caused by Loki — or maybe that’s what the trickster god and the studio wants us to think.


101111_avengers3.jpgWho’s leading who?

One of the most entertaining parts of the new trailer is a brief scene featuring Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) trying to insult Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). His attempt at shaming the man in the Iron Man armor falls short (fyi: never get into a battle of wits with Tony Stark), leaving us asking the same questions about who’s the real captain of the Avengers team. Will Captain America follow suit with his comics counterpart and lead the team, or will Iron Man’s box-office pull mean that Tony Stark will be the one to assemble the Avengers?


101111_avengers4.jpgIs Bruce Banner in control?

We get a few glimpses of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in the new trailer, including an early shot of him trying to get a grip on his rage, and a later scene in which Tony Stark makes fun of his tendency to Hulk-out when the mood’s right (also not the greatest idea). We also get an ever-so-brief look at the green goliath himself, though the context of his roaring appearance isn’t explained. So, given Tony’s playful attitude toward Bruce, does the doctor have his inner demon under control? If so, that’s a pretty powerful weapon to have on the side of The Avengers.


101111_avengers5.jpgWhy does everyone hate Cap?

The antagonistic relationship between Captain America and Iron Man was a given, but the trailer also reveals a bit of brawling between Cap and Thor, too. So what did the star-spangled Avenger do to get on everyone’s bad side this time? Comic books are famous for having superheroes, meet, brawl, and then realize that they’re on the same side, so will “The Avengers” follow suit?


101111_avengers.jpgWill Clint Barton get snubbed?

Of all the characters to appear in the trailer, expert marksman Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), received the least amount of screen time. Given how much we saw of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), should Hawkeye fans be worried about their favorite archer getting short-shrifted in the film? Hawkeye was a late addition to the “Thor” movie, and only appeared in a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo, but many attributed that to the timing of Renner joining the Marvel movie-verse family. While the sight of Hawkeye snapping his bow into place and pulling a few nifty moves in a street battle should have his fans cheering, I can’t help wondering if the time we see him in the trailer is in proportion to his role in the film. Here’s hoping that’s not the case, as Marvel’s world could use as much of the Avengers’ archer as possible.

What questions do you still have about “The Avengers” after seeing the trailer? Chime in 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.