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Joss Whedon officially back to direct and write “The Avengers 2”


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Joss Whedon is uncertain no more. The director is signed and sealed to both write and direct “The Avengers 2,” which will likely be due out in theaters at some point in 2015. Now everyone who saw “The Avengers” can breathe a huge sigh of relief.

The news came on the Walt Disney Investors Conference Call, where Disney announced Whedon’s big return. But they weren’t done with the awesome news yet. It’s almost more exciting (almost!) that Whedon will also be returning to television with a live-action TV series set that will air on ABC and be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Whedon had taken a break from television following the cancellation of “Dollhouse” and went on to turn to film for “The Avengers.” We’re glad it’s Marvel who brought him back to television, a studio that is well aware of Whedon’s talents and should give him the spotlight he needs to make a great TV series people actually watch while it’s on TV. (RIP, “Firefly”…)

It’s unclear what characters from the Marvel universe the TV series will focus on, but somehow we doubt it’s going to be the main Avengers (though how cool would it be if they did make a cameo appearance every once in a while). That means it likely will include some second or third tier superheroes who wouldn’t warrant their own films, but could thrive on television. And since the Marvel comic book universe is so big, it would be easy to rotate in or out characters if a certain one isn’t working. Consider us sold on this project already.

Back in May when “The Avengers” had just been released, Whedon had admitted that he felt he needed some time away from the Marvel universe before committing to another film.

“You know, I’m very torn,” Whedon told The Los Angeles Times. “It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it. But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool.”

We’re glad you’re back, Joss.

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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

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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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