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Will “Ant-Man” be the third Marvel film released in 2014?


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Marvel might have rolled out some of Edgar Wright’s test footage for “Ant-Man” during the studio’s Comic-Con panel Saturday, but that doesn’t mean the movie is officially on their release schedule. In fact, the film still hasn’t been greenlit, though that might change soon based on the positive audience response during the Hall H panel.

The implication of that is that “Ant-Man” is not one of Marvel’s two unannounced movies, one of which we already know is “Guardians of the Galaxy.” So where will “Ant-Man” fit into the studio’s release schedule if it is to be made? Collider might have received the answer from Marvel co-president Louis D’Esposito during an interview with him while he was promoting the one shot “Item 47.”

“That might be an opportunity where we do a third film, depending on [Wright’s] schedule when he finishes ‘World’s End,'” D’Esposito said. “But he’s such a competent filmmaker; the script is in great shape. The test will prove a lot of things on the visual effects front: how do we handle the shrinking, obviously, and the scale issues, because when he’s small he’s a half-inch. So we’re gonna work that out, maybe that’s when we do a third film.”

Marvel has been pretty strict about their two-movies-a-year policy, so putting up a third could open up a whole new can of worms. D’Esposito goes on to elaborate that Marvel is considering giving lesser-known Marvel characters their time in the spotlight in lower budget, R-rated projects. It’s unclear whether those characters would eventually have a role to play in movies like “The Avengers 2,” but at least it would bring them into the cinematic universe.

The studio has previously said they could make a similar effort with their one shot short films, and there’s a good chance that Marvel will deem it too costly to make as many movies as D’Esposito is suggesting. Still, Marvel is dominating the Hollywood box office right now, and now would be the perfect time for them to start experimenting. We would love to see Wright put forth an R-rated, low budget, comedic version of “Ant-Man.” In fact, that would fit perfectly with his style.

Would you like to see “Ant-Man” vary in tone from the other Marvel movies out right now? 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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