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Fox willing to let “Daredevil” return to Marvel to keep “Fantastic Four”


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It turns out that Marvel might not be getting any “Fantastic Four” characters back any time soon after all.

Let’s backtrack a bit. Yesterday Variety posted a report saying that “The Grey” director Joe Carnahan is being eyed to direct Fox’s planned “Daredevil” reboot, though the studio has to get the flick shooting before October 10 before the rights to the comic book character revert back to Marvel. The trade explained that a deal could be put in place that allows Fox to have more time with the character if the studio lends Marvel the rights to the “Fantastic Four” universe — namely Galactus and the Silver Surfer.

It sounded like a good deal to us, but Fox isn’t having it. Now Deadline is reporting that insiders at Fox are denying that any swapping of characters will be taking place. In fact, Deadline describes Fox as being “lukewarm” about rebooting the franchise, and would rather let Disney and Marvel get the rights to Daredevil back than have to share Fantastic Four characters. There is the option of Disney co-financing Carnahan’s take on “Daredevil,” but yesterday Variety said his version is a “Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70s thriller,” which isn’t quite Disney’s shtick.

While we would love to see Galactus pop up in the Marvel cinematic universe, it really doesn’t make sense for Fox to trade off any “Fantastic Four” characters. Josh Trank is already on hand to reboot that franchise, while “Daredevil” has been stuck in the mud for years now. Either way, it seems like Marvel is going to be getting something back. It seems doubtful that Fox will be able to get “Daredevil” off the ground in the next two months, meaning Marvel will at least return him to the fold. And who knows, maybe several years down the road the studio can end up getting “Fantastic Four” back as well, giving Marvel enough time to sneak Galactus into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three.

Would you rather Marvel had control over Daredevil or the Fantastic Four? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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.

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Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

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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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