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Comic-Con: Marvel unveils “Avengers” posters showcasing Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner

Comic-Con: Marvel unveils “Avengers” posters showcasing Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner (photo)

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Those lucky fans attending the San Diego Comic-Con now have the opportunity to snag two exclusive posters depicting Black Widow (as played by Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (as played by Jeremy Renner) as they will appear in “The Avengers,” Marvel’s 2012 summer blockbuster from director Joss Whedon. Both characters have already been featured in background roles in “Iron Man 2” and “Thor” respectively, but “The Avengers” will finally bring them in to the main arena of superhero action.

Long-time fans of the Avengers should not be disappointed by the way either character has turned out. Marvel has a pretty decent track record of transitioning their characters from illustration to live-action, and these two heroes appear to be no exception.

Black Widow has been depicted pretty close to her comic book counterpart in the Marvel Movie Universe. Natasha Romanova has usually worn a form-hugging one-piece jumpsuit with her signature wrist gauntlets (which could give Batman’s utility belt a run for its money), taking on super-villains and master spies with her fiery red mane and her plunging neckline. Originally introduced as an Iron Man villain who was turned to the side of good, Black Widow has been an ally to Captain America and Wolverine, hopelessly in love with Daredevil, the ass-kicking chick on every team short of the X-Men and was most recently shacking up with long suffering sidekick (and short-lived Captain America replacement) Bucky Barnes.

Johansson’s commitment to keeping her locks dyed and her zipper at dangerously accurate levels is to be commended and appreciated by fanboys everywhere.

Hawkeye on the other hand, has been realized closer to his depiction in Mark Millar’s (“Kick-Ass,” “Wanted”) 2000 Avengers reboot in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe. Introduced in the pages of “Tales of Suspense” in 1964 (also as an Iron Man villain…seriously, folks hate that guy), Clint “Hawkeye” Barton was a carnival performer duped by his mentor in to taking on the Crimson Avenger so they could steal the cash box. A few Mea Culpas later and Hawkeye was fighting alongside Captain America, hooking up with half the women in the Marvel Universe and was even tapped to lead the first spin-off effort when the Avengers added a West Coast team. Then he got married, lost in time, divorced and then blown up saving the Earth. But it all worked out in the end.

Much how Wolverine’s trademark yellow spandex outfit didn’t quite make its way to the big-screen, Hawkeye’s classic carnival-inspired costume has been replaced by the sleek covert-ops battle suit created by artist Bryan Hitch when Hawkeye was re-introduced as a veteran sniper in Millar’s “The Ultimates” run. Honestly, I don’t think anyone is mourning the loss of the tunic or the flared domino mask, most especially Jeremy Renner.

How do you think Black Widow and Hawkeye turned out? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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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