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Robert Downey Jr. in talks for “The Avengers 2” and “3”


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Robert Downey Jr. is currently without a contract at Marvel, and the studio is looking to do whatever it can to change that.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Marvel is currently in negotiations to lock Downey down for “The Avengers 2” and “The Avengers 3.” Not on the docket is “Iron Man 4,” as it’s unclear if Downey would be interested in returning for another standalone film or if Marvel has a fourth “Iron Man” installments in its sights for Phase 3. Considering the success of “Iron Man 3,” the studio likely wouldn’t turn Downey down, but it also seems like president Kevin Feige is interested in bringing new superheroes into the fray.

Meanwhile Deadline is reporting that Marvel could have some trouble locking down the rest of the actors in “The Avengers 2” as well. While Downey made good with a $50 million payday from “The Avengers,” the rest of the cast earned significantly less and they are now looking for a bit of a raise. Marvel is currently negotiating the return of all of its stars, and hopefully we’ll have news soon about who is coming back and who will be sitting “The Avengers 2” out.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 currently consists of “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Those films star Downey, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and a slew of Marvel newcomers, but fortunately they aren’t the only Avengers to make appearances in the films. Mark Ruffalo has a surprise appearance at the end of “Iron Man 3,” and Scarlett Johansson has already been seen filming on the set of “The Winter Soldier.”

“The Avengers 2” is due in theaters on May 1, 2015. Its ensemble follow-up, “The Avengers 3,” doesn’t yet have a release date, but THR speculates that it won’t come out before 2017.

Would you like to see RDJ return in “The Avengers 2” and “3”? Will you be heartbroken if there’s no “Iron Man 4”? 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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