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Ten moments in “The Avengers” trailer that are worth a closer look

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You have to hand it to the Marvel Studios team. They managed to pack a lot into the new, two-minute trailer for “The Avengers.”

From superhero-on-superhero brawls to impressive shots of Iron Man, Thor, and the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes flying through the sky as they attempt to save the world from Loki and his still-unidentified minions, there’s a lot to absorb in this preview of what’s sure to be one of the year’s biggest releases.

Nevertheless, we’ve managed to come up with the ten key scenes you should be focusing on when you give the trailer another look, as they have a lot to say about what we can expect when “The Avengers” hits theaters May 4.


The First Avenger

When S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) tells Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) that “It’s time” around the 0:19 mark in the trailer, you’ll notice a familiar character standing just behind him. That’s Captain America himself, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). Since this scene appears to occur before the team is assembled, it makes sense to assume that Cap really will be “The First Avenger,” and the films will break from their source material by having him be the first member of the superhero team. (In the comics world, the initial roster of The Avengers consisted of Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor, and Hulk.)


Iron Man’s Open House

In the comics world, Stark Tower has been a regular (though occasionally destroyed and rebuilt) element of the Manhattan skyline, but this is our first look at the tower in the Marvel movie-verse. Around the 0:48 mark, we see that Iron Man has clearly made a home for himself in the tower, but what remains to be seen is if the Avengers will also make it one of their bases of operation. According to comics history, The Avengers occupied one of the lesser towers in the Stark Tower Complex, so it will be interesting to see whether this will be true in the movies, too.


Maria Hill, I Presume?

One of the high-profile castings that hasn’t received much attention in the “Avengers” trailers so far is the portrayal of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill by actress Cobie Smulders. In the comics world, Hill is a major player in the S.H.I.E.L.D. hierarchy, and even served as Nick Fury’s replacement for a while. There have been lots of rumors surrounding the character’s movie-verse counterpart, and we get our first good look at Smulders in character right around the 1:04 mark.


Three-Way Brawl

No secrets or rumors to ponder here — this moment is important just because it lets us know that there will indeed be some superhero-vs-superhero action in the film. Between the shot of Iron Man kicking Thor and the one of Thor bringing the hammer down on Captain America, there’s a good chance the brawls between the good guys will be just as (if not more) exciting than their fights with the bad guys.


A Cosmic Cube Sighting?

This could be a little too far of a leap, but we couldn’t help noticing the blue hue of the crystal in Loki’s staff around the 1:21 mark. Thanks to the post-credit scene in “Thor,” we know the trickster god has his eye on the mysterious power source last seen in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and we know that it exudes a blue field of energy when in use — so it doesn’t seem implausible that Loki has managed to capture some element of that power in the cane we see in the trailer. What do you think? Are we off-base?

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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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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…