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Five things we’d like to see in Marvel movies after “The Avengers”

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Now that “The Avengers” is a bona fide hit for Marvel Studios, the next question naturally becomes, “What’s next?”

We already know that “Iron Man 3” will be the next installment of Marvel’s rapidly growing cinematic universe, but along with sequels for “Captain America” and “Thor,” there are a few more elements I’d like to see added to the Marvel movie canon.

In no particular order, here are the top five things I’d like to see in Marvel’s cinematic future:

1. A new Hulk solo movie

After two mediocre films featuring Marvel’s green goliath in the space of five years, no one expected that he’d be the character we’d want to see more of after “The Avengers” — but that’s the case. Whether the credit goes to “Avengers” co-writers Joss Whedon and Zak Penn or Mark Ruffalo’s take on Bruce Banner, the end result is that the latest version of Hulk is the best we’ve seen on the big screen so far. Not only did we get some character development from both Banner and his monstrous alter ego, but “The Avengers” managed to expertly blend brutal action and clever humor whenever the character smashed his way into a scene.

I have a feeling I’m not alone in wanting to see more of this particular take on Hulk, so here’s hoping we get it in the near future.

2. The original Avengers, assembled

I loved the modern-day spin on how the Avengers came together, but the absence of some of the team’s best-known members in the comics world — including some of the team’s founders — was felt acutely by fans of the team’s comic-book counterpart. Over the course of the next few films and into “The Avengers” sequel, I’d love to see some of the other major players in Avengers canon be introduced to the cinematic universe, like Hank “Ant-Man” Pym (who’s likely to be introduced in Edgar Wright’s upcoming “Ant-Man” movie), Janet “Wasp” Van Dyne, and even some of the later members, like Vision.

3. Welcome to Avengers Mansion

The notion of a mansion in Manhattan where all the Avengers hang out might be a little quaint in the modern era, but there’s something to be said for what we learn about the team’s members when they not only save the world together, but live together, too. One of the most interesting parts of growing up with Avengers comics was seeing how the team lived, loved, and fought like housemates are prone to do when they were living in the confines of Avengers Mansion, and there was nothing more humanizing than to see these superheroes eating breakfast together (or shawarma) or playing a board game in their down time.

While we don’t need to see the classic Avengers Mansion make the transition to the big screen, it would be nice to see some element that gives us that human, personal side of these larger-than-life heroes.

4. A team is only as strong as its enemies

Sure, we’ve seen two big Marvel villains make the jump from page to screen with Loki and Red Skull, but what about some of the other, more frequent foes the team has faced in the Avengers comics? First and foremost on the list would likely be Ultron, the killer android created by founding member (in the comics, at least) Hank Pym. Ultron’s introduction could easily be paired with the arrival of Hank Pym in the Marvel movie-verse, with the latter introduced in the upcoming “Ant-Man” movie — possibly while working on a secret invention that will end up becoming Ultron.

If Marvel wants to go for broke, bring in fan-favorite villains like the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror or my personal favorite, M.O.D.O.K. We’ve already seen Arnim Zola (played by Toby Jones) in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” so it shouldn’t be too difficult to bring that character into the fold, either. Of course, the post-credits scene hints at a villain from the cosmic side of the Marvel universe, but that doesn’t mean any of the aforementioned bad guys are entirely off the table. After all, anything is possible in comics… and comic book movies.

5. Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

We’re six movies into Marvel’s cinematic universe, and we still don’t know all that much about Nick Fury, the head honcho of S.H.I.E.L.D. Given the character’s rich history in Marvel’s comics, it would be nice to see some of that back story emerge in Marvel’s live-action world, too. Sure, the Sam Jackson version of Nick Fury is significantly different than the original, cigar-chomping version of the character, but that doesn’t mean there are any fewer stories to tell. If the studio mines some of the old, noir-style spy stories from the character’s past and gives us a look at Nick Fury’s early years with S.H.I.E.L.D., we’ll have yet another character to cheer for the next time the Avengers assemble on the big screen.

What would you like to see in the next round of Marvel movies? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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

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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

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Comfy Clothes

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



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The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

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Colin the Chicken

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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