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Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige explain “The Avengers” post-credits scene

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As you probably know by now, “The Avengers” ends with two post-credit scenes. In one of them, we’re introduced to one of the most badass Marvel villains of all: Thanos.

The Mad Titan does little more than smirk after the leader of the Chitauri tells him that “to attack Earth would be to court death,” but die-hard Marvel fans know that this foreshadows great things to come. For a great rundown on just who Thanos is, you should check out Devin Faraci’s write-up over at Badass Digest, but for now suffice it to say that he is a Big Bad in love with the humanoid embodiment of Death.

During an interview with /Film at “The Avengers” press conference, Joss Whedon revealed that even he was surprised that Marvel let him tease Thanos so early on in the “Avengers” game.

“He for me is the most powerful and fascinating Marvel villain. He’s the great grand daddy of the badasses and he’s in love with death and I just think that’s so cute,” Whedon said. “Somebody had to be in control and had to be behind Loki’s work and I was like ‘It’s got to be Thanos.’ And they said ‘Okay’ and I’m like ‘Oh my God!'”

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige hinted that there probably wouldn’t be a Thanos payoff until “Guardians of the Galaxy” or “The Avengers 2,” but they liked the way that his introduction would hype fans who are in the know and get the ones who aren’t asking questions.

“All you need is five percent of the audience to be vocal enough that it starts to spread and Nick Fury was the same way. That really spread. So I think Thanos will be the same way,” Feige said. “During the premiere last night there were two guys behind me, I don’t know who they were, when Thanos turned around they went ‘Oh my God, it’s that… What’s his name? I can’t remember his name, but he’s that… Oh my God.’ So you know clearly in the way it’s presented, it’s somebody important, so ‘ask somebody.'”

Talk about a great way to sell comic books! He also added that he and the rest of the folks at Marvel told Whedon the basic premise they wanted for “Avengers,” but let him take the reins on how to deal with it.

“I wanted to get cosmic and did with ‘Thor’ and told him that we wanted it to be aliens, that a portal opens in New York and aliens pour out, because the Cosmic Cube opened a portal,” Feige said. “Who they were, what they were, and how they interacted was all Joss and Joss is a huge fan of Thanos.”

At least Thanos’s introduction seems like a great way to guarantee that Whedon will be back to play around with the character more in “The Avengers 2,” which will likely hit theaters sometime around 2015.

Are you glad Whedon introduced Thanos? 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 IFC.com

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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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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…