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Joss Whedon wasn’t responsible for “The Avengers” most tragic scene


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Just as a warning, major spoilers are about to follow if you have yet to see “The Avengers.”

You know how a certain someone dies in “The Avengers”? Well, apparently it wasn’t Joss Whedon‘s fault.

The fan-favorite director has become infamous for killing off his characters in his projects. Wash in “Firefly.” Spike, Buffy’s mom, and like a million other people in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Penny in “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” Kitty Pryde in “The Astonishing X-Men.” The list goes on.

But the one death he’s not to blame for is spoiler alert Agent Phil Coulson. That’s all Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige’s fault.

“In our first meeting Kevin Feige said, this is what we’re gonna do and I said, ‘Oh but you have to go out there and tell everybody that it was your idea because this is going to get me so much shit. Because they are all going to be like, “Oh he did it again!”‘” Whedon said in a new interview with io9.

He continued, “It was stipulated from the beginning, and I completely agree that it was the right thing to do, and so did Clark. Who said in the early days, when I was busy apologizing for it, ‘In a movie like this, with what’s going on if there isn’t some toll, it’s just irresponsible story telling.'”

It’s funny that Whedon knows his own persona, because several people did make comments to me prior to seeing “The Avengers” that were along the lines of, “Of course someone dies, it’s a Joss Whedon movie.” Even if Whedon isn’t to blame for the death of Phil Coulson (which I agree was definitely necessary to the movie), he at least gave it an appropriately affective Whedon emotional punch to the gut. Coulson’s final action! Those Captain America trading cards! Whedon might not have been the man to say Coulson had to go, but at least he sent him off in a fine style.

Did you think Whedon was the one to decide Coulson must die? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and 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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