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“S.H.I.E.L.D.” will take place after “The Avengers”


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With Joss Whedon hard at work prepping to shoot the pilot for “S.H.I.E.L.D.” and casting already finalized for the project, it seems like it’s the right time to start talking about what the upcoming ABC series is about.

ABC President Paul Lee opened up a bit the top-secret project to IGN. He confirmed that it’s not going to be a prequel to “The Avengers,” even though Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson will be a part of the project.

“There is no question that it is part of the Marvel Universe. In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York,” he said.

Beyond Gregg, there aren’t any other confirmed returning characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though it seems like a fair assumption that Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill could make appearances if they so desire. Lee teased how “S.H.I.E.L.D.” will fit in alongside the rest of the MCU films.

“This is S.H.I.E.L.D. They’re following their own particular stories,” he said. “There are characters in it, Coulson, who clearly come from ‘Avengers.’ So it’s part of the world, but we’re going to be very, very careful that we don’t tread on the toes of the features and build a whole new world. And that’s what Joss Whedon does better than anybody else. He’s built a world for us.

“S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Brett Dalton as Agent Grant, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Ming Na as Agent Melinda May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons and Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz. It will likely debut on ABC in the fall if it gets picked up to series.

How would you like to see “S.H.I.E.L.D.” fit into the MCU? 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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