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“Spider-Man: Edge of Time” Swings Both Ways

“Spider-Man: Edge of Time” Swings Both Ways (photo)

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Any good superhero creation eventually accrues a certain amount of interpretative flexibility around its core mythos. Different puzzle pieces from an origin, a modus operandi or a supporting cast can be removed, replaced or shuffled around to create new stories or whole new offshoots. One great example is Mark Millar’s “Red Son,” a story where the rocket carrying a baby Kal-El lands in Stalin-era Russia and Superman becomes the Comrade of Steel. It’s got familiar elements seen through a fractured lens and entertains in a new way.

Spider-Man’s got his share of variants, too, and last year’s “Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions” video game combined Spider-Man Noir, Ultimate Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 (along with the mainline Amazing Spider-Man) into one big reality-hopping adventure that got well-reviewed by critics and gamers alike. Activision’s just announced a sequel of sorts in the form of “Spider-Man: End of Time.” It’ll focus on just two Spider-Men–Amazing and 2099–in a game that travels up and down the timestream. The main feature of the game is a mechanic where things you do in one time period affect the other one. This kind of linear causality could be a great hook but, as most nerds know, time travel’s the cause of many a headache for heroes, villains and fans alike.

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But, the talents of Peter David–co-creator of Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man of 2099–should help out in that regard. David’s a revered and respected comics writer and novelist, with beloved runs on Hulk, Aquaman and various X-Men titles to his credit. David’s great at trocky plotlines and one of the best writers of characterization and ensemble casts in comics, so the dialogue should pop. Developer Beenox is returning after their successful take on “Shattered Dimensions” and, hopefully, players will get to see how the Montreal studio’s sharpened their skills in the new Spidey outing. Expect to play “Spider-Man: Edge of Time” this fall.

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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

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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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