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Here’s what “The Avengers” game could’ve looked like


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THQ’s been having a rough year. The Hollywood-based game publisher’s seen some expensive flameouts recently, with their internally-developed hardcore AAA games like “Homefront” and Red Faction Underground getting critically blasted and under-performing in terms of sales.

But, THQ also does a brisk business in licensed video games and playable experiences based on properties like Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” and Pixar’s “Cars” bring in waves of cash. The company’s recently stated that they’re going to be backing away from such titles and closed many of the studios tasked with creating them. One of the casualties appears to have been an “Avengers” game that was being worked on by THQ’s now-defunct Australian studio.

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The game looks to have been a co-operative first-person experience with each of the main characters getting unique moves and finishers in combat against the shape-shifting Skrull aliens. The footage in the clip is pre-alpha, meaning that there was still a ways yet for the game to go.

Marvel’s video game fortunes at present lie in the hands of many companies, by virtue of a complex network of deals signed before the company’s acquisition by Disney in 2010. So, Activision puts out “Spider-Man” and “X-Men” games while Sega just released titles based on the “Thor” and “Captain America” movies, along with the two “Iron Man” games they’ve already made. The cancellation of work on the THQ “Avengers” game puts the ball back in Marvel’s court.

The obvious solution would be to let Disney’s video game development division have at it, but the Mouse House also recently closed down the studios–the Black Rock that made “Pure” and “Split/Second” and the Revolution dev studio that made last year’s “Tron” game–who’d be best able to execute on such a title. What will most likely happen is that they’ll take proposals from other developers eager for a crack at Marvel’s premier super-team and go with the most compelling one. However, that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to make a new “Avengers” game from scratch, what with the Joss Whedon-directed tentpole due out next summer. The other scenario is that an “Avengers” game may not happen at all. What I’d like to see is a title based on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes that happens in a movie off-year, which would get a longer development cycle and rise or fall on its own merits.

Do you think that Marvel should push ahead with an “Avengers” game for next year? Let us know in the comments 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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