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“The Avengers” cast offers insights into their superhero characters

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A new “The Avengers” trailer headed to the web today and an awesome new poster premiered yesterday, so it should come as no surprise that we’re sort of in the middle of “Avengers” mayhem right now. The flick won’t hit theaters until May 4, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll stop analyzing every word the cast says about the project in anticipation of its release.

Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly just offered us a lot of words. The magazine posted some snippets of their interviews with six of the movie’s main stars talking about their characters in “The Avengers.” No big surprises here, but plenty worth talking about.

Robert Downey Jr. discussed how he is trying to find balance between the Tony Stark that we all met and loved in the “Iron Man” movies and the one who is part of a team in “The Avengers.” He expressed his excitement that the project ended up coming together.

“‘Avengers’ has always been this kind of hovering [thing]. Is it really possible? I just think that it was an incredibly ambitious notion, and looking back at Marvel and their fledgling years, they always had a vision of this… although not entirely accurately,” he said with a laugh. “In one teaser I say, ‘I’m putting a team together,’ and in the other one I’m like, ‘What do you mean I can’t join the team?’ But aside from that, it kind of really tracks through.”

Mark Ruffalo then went on to tease the role Bruce Banner plays in the movie considering we haven’t seen him back since “The Incredible Hulk” days. “[Banner] starts like he’s sober in a weird way. He’s started a whole new life when we find him, and it’s cool,” Ruffalo said. That doesn’t last for long though.

“The rage is something that is like going on a binger — you wake up after a blackout and you did all this fucked up shit,” Ruffalo said. “Oh God, what did I do? And so we were talking about it like that, actually.”

Banner isn’t the only character to be shellshocked by his new surroundings. Captain America, who will be the central character in “The Avengers,” wakes up in the present after last being alive in World War II and doesn’t make the transition too well at first.

“Who does he have in the world? Nobody,” Chris Evans said. “Rogers is kind of defined by is his morals and values. In the ’40s there was much more of value on those things. Things are a little more impersonal these days. It just lends itself to his sense of isolation.”

Thor seems to have taken the adjustment in stride, though.

“There’s a maturity to the character because of the journey he went on, certainly. He was a petulant sort of kid at the beginning of ‘Thor,’ and by the end of it hopefully you walk away thinking that he is matured and there was a grounded quality to him that wasn’t there before,” Chris Hemsworth said. “He’s not quite the odd one out as much as he was in ‘Thor.’ These guys … one of them wears an iron suit, one of them turns into a big, green monster. They all have these crazy personalities, and alter egos. They’re misfits, and that’s how they fit, in a funny way.”

But what about the two non-superhero Avengers? Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson both opened up about how their human characters are set apart from the rest of the bunch.

“I’m on such the periphery,” Renner said. “By nature of being a sniper on top of a building, the behavior of a sniper is a loner. He gets a call and comes and does his thing.”

“The Widow has no time for romance. She’s a lover of all things. She has a love/hate relationship with I think everyone she meets in some way,” Johansson said. “Part of what makes her sexy is she takes no prisoners. You wouldn’t grab her for a big old bear hug.”

Are you excited for “The Avengers”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…