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Kevin Feige says they’ll continue the Marvel movies “James Bond”-style

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Breathe a sigh of relief: Marvel doesn’t have plans to reboot any of their “Avengers” characters’ storylines once the actor playing them departs the franchise.

That being said, don’t expect the storyline to end just because someone doesn’t want to stick with the series. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently chatted with Badass Digest about the plan for future Marvel movies, and he said that they’ll probably try to continue on with the character like the “007” movies do with James Bond.

“I think Bond is a good example,” Feige said. “Let’s put it this way: I hope [Robert] Downey [Jr.] makes a lot of movies for us as Stark. If and when he doesn’t, and I’m still here making these movies, we don’t take him to Afghanistan and have him wounded again. I think we James Bond it.”

It’s an interesting decision to make, and one we’ve already seen Marvel do before. When they wouldn’t/couldn’t bring Edward Norton back to play the Hulk in “Avengers,” they replaced him with Mark Ruffalo and kept on doing as they were doing.

Considering comic book iterations of characters change just about every time a new writer or artist comes on board, this isn’t such a strange decision. But that doesn’t mean that Marvel is going to go out of its way to boot the actors they started with.

“I think [the character] can age with the actor, if the actor stays with it,” Feige said.

Speaking of reboots, prequels and other ways to reenergize a series, Feige said he has seen “The Amazing Spider-Man” and loved it. He thinks that the terminology behind the film might turn some audiences off to it, and that’s a shame.

“I think the term reboot has got to go. I think it’s like after the ‘Star Wars’ movies nobody likes the idea of prequels, and reboots have turned into the same thing,” he said. “It means ‘Oh they’ve run out of ideas! It’s bad.’ I’ve seen ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.’ It’s awesome. It’s totally fresh and unique.”

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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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