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“The Avengers” trailer: from Bruce Banner to the Skrulls, here are five questions it leaves us asking

“The Avengers” trailer: from Bruce Banner to the Skrulls, here are five questions it leaves us asking (photo)

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Just in time for New York Comic Con, the first trailer for “The Avengers” has finally arrived online, offering audiences their first look at Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the rest of Marvel’s cinematic superheroes sharing the same screen.

And while the new trailer gave us lots of explosions, some snappy dialogue, and a good look at the film’s villain, Loki, there were a number of lingering questions it didn’t answer. Back in August, I suggested 10 questions that we’d like to see answered in “The Avengers.” With that in mind, here are five things we’re still wondering after watching “The Avengers” trailer.


101111_avengers1.jpgWherefore art thou, Skrulls?

Rumors about the shape-shifting alien Skrulls appearing in “The Avengers” have been circulating for more than a year now, and they gained considerable support when those leaked photos of Captain America and Thor fighting actors in motion-capture suits appeared online. While the new trailer does show soldiers and police firing into the air at an unknown threat, there’s no sign of aliens (other than Thor and Loki, that is) anywhere to be found in the new footage. In fact, the scenes of urban carnage that had many people thinking the Skrulls would lay siege to New York City appear to have been caused by Loki — or maybe that’s what the trickster god and the studio wants us to think.


101111_avengers3.jpgWho’s leading who?

One of the most entertaining parts of the new trailer is a brief scene featuring Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) trying to insult Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). His attempt at shaming the man in the Iron Man armor falls short (fyi: never get into a battle of wits with Tony Stark), leaving us asking the same questions about who’s the real captain of the Avengers team. Will Captain America follow suit with his comics counterpart and lead the team, or will Iron Man’s box-office pull mean that Tony Stark will be the one to assemble the Avengers?


101111_avengers4.jpgIs Bruce Banner in control?

We get a few glimpses of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in the new trailer, including an early shot of him trying to get a grip on his rage, and a later scene in which Tony Stark makes fun of his tendency to Hulk-out when the mood’s right (also not the greatest idea). We also get an ever-so-brief look at the green goliath himself, though the context of his roaring appearance isn’t explained. So, given Tony’s playful attitude toward Bruce, does the doctor have his inner demon under control? If so, that’s a pretty powerful weapon to have on the side of The Avengers.


101111_avengers5.jpgWhy does everyone hate Cap?

The antagonistic relationship between Captain America and Iron Man was a given, but the trailer also reveals a bit of brawling between Cap and Thor, too. So what did the star-spangled Avenger do to get on everyone’s bad side this time? Comic books are famous for having superheroes, meet, brawl, and then realize that they’re on the same side, so will “The Avengers” follow suit?


101111_avengers.jpgWill Clint Barton get snubbed?

Of all the characters to appear in the trailer, expert marksman Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), received the least amount of screen time. Given how much we saw of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), should Hawkeye fans be worried about their favorite archer getting short-shrifted in the film? Hawkeye was a late addition to the “Thor” movie, and only appeared in a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo, but many attributed that to the timing of Renner joining the Marvel movie-verse family. While the sight of Hawkeye snapping his bow into place and pulling a few nifty moves in a street battle should have his fans cheering, I can’t help wondering if the time we see him in the trailer is in proportion to his role in the film. Here’s hoping that’s not the case, as Marvel’s world could use as much of the Avengers’ archer as possible.

What questions do you still have about “The Avengers” after seeing the trailer? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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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.

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…