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“The Avengers” set photo roundup: Explosions, villains, and guns, oh my!

“The Avengers” set photo roundup: Explosions, villains, and guns, oh my! (photo)

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The Avengers may be Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the Marvel Comics universe, but here in the real world, they’re more like Earth’s Most Photographed Heroes.

Over the last few weeks, it feels like next summer’s two biggest films have been engaging in an unofficial media war, with photos and video from the set of both “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises” finding their way online at a frantic pace. While we detailed some of the big reveals to occur in the Batman movie-verse last week, it’s now time to turn our attention to “The Avengers” for a roundup of the recent on-set coverage the film has received.

The “Avengers” set-photo shenanigans first kicked into high gear last week, when we got an explosive introduction to the Cleveland set of the film. The first batch of photos and video were light on the superheroes but heavy on the massive balls of flame and background actors running for their lives. (One of the video clips is posted below.)

That’s not to say the photos were completely devoid of superhero sightings, though, as Chris Evans popped up in a few shots sans Captain America uniform.

And while the first set of photos showcased some effects-driven explosions, the next set of shots from Cleveland created an online explosion of chatter about the film. While we won’t go into spoiler-filled detail, the images and video recorded around the film’s set prompted some serious speculation about the enemies that Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the rest of the Avengers must team up to fight.

These photos also included some new shots of Chris Evans in costume, battling the aforementioned bad guys in his new red, white, and blue suit.

Click through if you want all the spoiler-tastic details, but remember: you’ve been warned!

Finally, near the end of the week, we were back to the big explosions on the set of “The Avengers,” as new photos and footage revealed a military unit’s assault on unseen foes. With Clevelend playing the role of New York City in the film, it’s safe to assume that the Big Apple is going to take quite a beating when “The Avengers” hits theaters in 2012.

Of course, even with all of the recent reveals, there’s still a lot we don’t know about Joss Whedon’s upcoming film that puts all of the Marvel Studios superheroes on one screen. Late last week, we offered up a list of 10 questions we’re hoping to have answered in Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster.

At the rate photos and video are finding their way online, though, it’s starting to look like we might not actually need to wait until 2012 to have our questions answered.

What have been some of the most interesting “Avengers” photos and video for you? Chime in 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

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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

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

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