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Marvel short film “Item 47” will star Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford

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As “The Avengers” ushers in the Marvel cinematic universe “phase two” era, so will its home video release introduce us to a whole new world of Marvel one-shot short films. The Blu-ray, which hits stores on September 25, has a new one-shot called “Item 47,” but it’s not as short as its two predecessors.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer” and “The Consultant,” the previous two one-shots, starred Clark Gregg and ran about four minutes in length. But with Gregg’s Agent Coulson unfortunately gone from the Marvel universe, it gave the studio a chance to experiment with their tried-and-true formula.

Enter “Item 47.” Entertainment Weekly reports that this short will run about 12 minutes in length and stars Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford, both newcomers to the Marvel universe. They are two normal people who find a discarded weapon (the titular Item 47) from the Chitauri invasion that occurred in “The Avengers” and go off on a Bonnie and Clyde-style adventure while two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (played by “The Avenger’s” Maximiliano Hernandez and “Lost’s” Titus Welliver) try to stop them. Caplan and Bradford’s characters are appropriately named Benny and Claire.

“The world is topsy-turvy now. There’s been an alien invasion, and things are crazy,” Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito — who also directed the film — tells EW. “So when this gun ­literally fell into their lap, this is a sign: We’re going to rob a few banks, we’re going to buy a boat, we’re going to the Caribbean, and all our problems will be solved.”

If “Item 47,” which will be shown during Comic-Con next week, is deemed a success, it could mean some very exciting things in the future of Marvel short films. D’Esposito teased that the company plans to include a short with every future Marvel home video release, and that some of them could feature a few of the 8,000 Marvel characters who aren’t quite ready to have their own feature film. Of course, that has its drawbacks too.

“Let’s say we wanted to introduce Ant-Man [in a short], and that would mean we have to cast him prior to having a filmmaker. That’s difficult and something we wouldn’t want to do,” D’Esposito said.

For now, we’re just excited about “Item 47,” which will likely hit the web before its September 25 release date. We’ll let Marvel iron out all the kinks in the meantime.

Are you looking forward to a “phase two” of Marvel short films? 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…