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Ten moments in “The Avengers” trailer that are worth a closer look

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You have to hand it to the Marvel Studios team. They managed to pack a lot into the new, two-minute trailer for “The Avengers.”

From superhero-on-superhero brawls to impressive shots of Iron Man, Thor, and the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes flying through the sky as they attempt to save the world from Loki and his still-unidentified minions, there’s a lot to absorb in this preview of what’s sure to be one of the year’s biggest releases.

Nevertheless, we’ve managed to come up with the ten key scenes you should be focusing on when you give the trailer another look, as they have a lot to say about what we can expect when “The Avengers” hits theaters May 4.


The First Avenger

When S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) tells Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) that “It’s time” around the 0:19 mark in the trailer, you’ll notice a familiar character standing just behind him. That’s Captain America himself, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). Since this scene appears to occur before the team is assembled, it makes sense to assume that Cap really will be “The First Avenger,” and the films will break from their source material by having him be the first member of the superhero team. (In the comics world, the initial roster of The Avengers consisted of Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor, and Hulk.)


Iron Man’s Open House

In the comics world, Stark Tower has been a regular (though occasionally destroyed and rebuilt) element of the Manhattan skyline, but this is our first look at the tower in the Marvel movie-verse. Around the 0:48 mark, we see that Iron Man has clearly made a home for himself in the tower, but what remains to be seen is if the Avengers will also make it one of their bases of operation. According to comics history, The Avengers occupied one of the lesser towers in the Stark Tower Complex, so it will be interesting to see whether this will be true in the movies, too.


Maria Hill, I Presume?

One of the high-profile castings that hasn’t received much attention in the “Avengers” trailers so far is the portrayal of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill by actress Cobie Smulders. In the comics world, Hill is a major player in the S.H.I.E.L.D. hierarchy, and even served as Nick Fury’s replacement for a while. There have been lots of rumors surrounding the character’s movie-verse counterpart, and we get our first good look at Smulders in character right around the 1:04 mark.


Three-Way Brawl

No secrets or rumors to ponder here — this moment is important just because it lets us know that there will indeed be some superhero-vs-superhero action in the film. Between the shot of Iron Man kicking Thor and the one of Thor bringing the hammer down on Captain America, there’s a good chance the brawls between the good guys will be just as (if not more) exciting than their fights with the bad guys.


A Cosmic Cube Sighting?

This could be a little too far of a leap, but we couldn’t help noticing the blue hue of the crystal in Loki’s staff around the 1:21 mark. Thanks to the post-credit scene in “Thor,” we know the trickster god has his eye on the mysterious power source last seen in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and we know that it exudes a blue field of energy when in use — so it doesn’t seem implausible that Loki has managed to capture some element of that power in the cane we see in the trailer. What do you think? Are we off-base?

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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