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Adapt This: “The Avengers: Kree-Skrull War”

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With Hollywood turning more of its attention to the world of graphic novels for inspiration, I’ll cast the spotlight on a new comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of some “Adapt This” columns, you’ll also find thoughts from various comic creators and other industry experts about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.


This Week’s Book: The Avengers: Kree-Skrull War by Roy Thomas (w), Sal Buscema (a), Neal Adams (a), and John Buscema (a)

The Premise: The Avengers find themselves caught up in a war between two alien races that spills over to Earth, forcing the heroes to fight a war on three fronts — battling the aliens, the frightened people they’re sworn to protect, and the differences between their own values. As the team’s members try to rally and unite against their common foe, their allegiance is questioned when they attempt to protect one of their own, who just happens to be a member of one of the alien races at war.

The Pitch: With all the buzz surrounding “The Avengers” right now, it makes sense to look at some of the existing stories that could serve as the basis for future films. This early-’70s story arc is widely regarded as one of the best ever written for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and allowed some heavy political and social issues of the time to be viewed through the lens of the Marvel Comics universe.

While the details of the story would need to be heavily reworked with regard to the team’s roster and the main characters in order to bring it more in line with Marvel’s cinematic universe, there’s no reason the fundamental themes and questions raised by “Kree-Skrull War” couldn’t make the transition with a modern-era update.

The easiest way of doing so would be to present the war as a conflict between Thor’s people and one of the other alien races revealed in the franchise so far (the Frost Giants or Chitauri, perhaps), and the rest of the pieces should fall into place. However, with an unspecified number of years and at least three movies between now and the start of filming for the “Avengers” sequel, there’s ample time to introduce a few new alien races to the mix such as the Kree or Skrulls. “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon has already proven he can pull off the alien-invasion angle, so upping the ante with two new alien races seems like a natural step.

With a film based on “Kree-Skrull War,” there’s also a nice opportunity to develop the characters of some of the chief players in the Avengers — especially Iron Man, Captain America, and Nick Fury. The story offers some nice “Civil War”-like potential in the way Iron Man and Captain America react to both the alien threat and the way the Avengers’ role in dealing with the aliens is perceived by the public.

For example, Captain America wouldn’t seem too far off-base to side with the government and take a wartime view on engaging both the aliens and each race’s respective allies here on Earth. Iron Man, on the other hand, would seem a natural fit for the opposing viewpoint, and take a skeptical view on the rights sacrificed by a frightened public and their government. And much like the comic-book arc, Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. would find themselves caught in the middle of the controversy, torn between their obligations to the government and The Avengers team they helped create.

The Closing Argument: While the post-credits scene in “The Avengers” hints at taking the next chapter in a different direction, adapting “Kree-Skrull War” offers a chance to give all of the same action and effects-driven adventure elements a backbone in serious, real-world issues. Bringing a story like this into the Avengers universe feels like a natural evolution of the over-arching Marvel movie-verse narrative, with the first chapter of “The Avengers” serving as an introduction, and the next chapter looking at how the team functions together over the long term and the way it’s perceived by the rest of the world (and in this case, the universe).


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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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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…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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