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“The Avengers” meets “Friends” in hilarious new mash-up

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When thinking of other pop culture staples to mash up with “The Avengers,” “Friends” isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. But boy does it work.

One clever YouTuber has grabbed scenes of all our favorite Marvel superhero actors from a variety of their films, and edited them together in the “Friends” opening sequence style. Sure, we’re excited for the May 4 release of “The Avengers,” but now we sort of wish an “Avengers: The Sitcom” was in the works as well. Hey, if anyone would be able to pull that off, it would be Joss Whedon.

“The Avengers” — both actual film and fake sitcom — stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. The film its theaters in 57 days, but who’s counting?

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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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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“The Avengers” trailer explodes online with superhero brawls and high-flying action

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Marvel Studios has released a brand new trailer for “The Avengers,” the upcoming superhero team-up film that brings Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk together on the same screen.

Debuting at Apple Movies, the new trailer confirms what fans have expected all along: that the mix of big powers and even bigger egos might not bode well for the teamwork component of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but it will mean an explosive, action-packed experience for audiences.

Along with showing Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America engaging in a three-way brawl, the trailer also featured a nice scene that begins with Iron Man pursuing some of those still-unidentified invaders through the sky, only to be shot down and subsequently snatched out of mid-air by Hulk. Apparently, Marvel’s jade giant will learn the value of cooperation at some point during the film.

The trailer also includes a nice look at the return of Loki and the destruction that follows in his wake, as we’re treated to a number of shots of New York City under attack and the Avengers attempting to turn the tide.

“The Avengers” hits theaters May 4. Keep an eye on IFC.com for more analysis of the new trailer!

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