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LAFF: Derek Luke teases that Gabe Jones “could be a spy” in “Captain America 2”


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With “Captain America 2” making the jump to the present day, the fate of his Howling Commandos remains unknown. The squad was a major part of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” but they might not fit as well in Cap’s world sixty five years in the future.

That being said, Derek Luke wasn’t so quick to write off his Commando, Gabe Jones, when IFC caught up with him at the Los Angeles Film Festival red carpet for “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” In fact, he seemed to think that he would be back for a second go at the Marvel Universe.

“I don’t know, but I figure if Captain can go to the future, so can I,” he teased. “I’m optimistic. I’ve been hearing calls about it, so we’ll hear what they’re going to do.”

Even after his time in the Howling Commandos, Jones goes on to have a big role in the Marvel comic books. We mentioned that to Luke, and he said we were thinking in the right direction.

“He has a huge role, and here’s the thing is that he could be a different character, actually. He could be a spy. That’s all I’m going to say,” Luke teased with a smile.

Let the speculation begin.

Jones was a pretty important character in the Marvel comic books, especially when it comes to S.H.I.E.L.D. As a former underling to Nick Fury in World War II, Jones went on to virtually become the S.H.I.E.L.D. leader’s second-in-command once the secret organization was formed. So assuming that happens in the Marvel movie universe as well, we can start to guess how Luke would work as a character who looks the same as Jones but is actually a spy.

It could be that “Captain America 2” will deal with the Deltite storyline from the comics, which would explain some of Luke’s cryptic quotes. The sentient Life Model Decoy androids slowly infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. during one storyline by taking on the personas of some of its agents, eventually managing to label Fury as a traitor and expel him from the organization. Though Jones was not one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. members who was killed and replaced in the comics, that could be changed for the movie.

Of course, if Jones and Fury are so close in the Marvel cinematic universe, why wouldn’t Fury have reintroduced him and Captain America to one another once the latter was discovered frozen in the Arctic in “The Avengers”? Then again, “The Avengers” had a shoddy explanation for why Thor wasn’t able to go see Jane during the movie as well, so that seems like an easy plot hole to be ignored.

But this does seem to fit with what we’ve heard of “Captain America 2’s” plot so far. The flick will pick up where “The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers “continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world.” Considering the fact that the new movie will likely be S.H.I.E.L.D. heavy, the Deltite storyline doesn’t seem so far off. Kevin Feige elaborated “Captain America 2’s” premise in an interview last month.

“Cap, who is stuck in the modern day with no friends or family, there will be some revelations of who is still alive from his days in WWII, but S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury are kind of his confidants right now,” he said. “So of all these movies, ‘Captain America 2′ will be most closely associated with ‘Avengers.’”

“Captain America 2” will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. It’s due in theaters on April 4, 2014.

Would you like to see Luke return for “Captain America 2”? Who do you think he could be playing? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.


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.


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…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

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.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.