More Explosive Avengers Set Footage; New Sources Further Debunk The Skrulls!
IGN Movies have posted a story sharing their thoughts on the involvement of the long rumored alien race, the Skrulls, in The Avengers. While they speculate that the Chitauri are the most likely candidates, I found the first part of their report most interesting. With filming close to coming to an end, the only thing we so far know about the mysterious alien invaders is that they're going to be entirely CGI (several actors wielding strange weaponry on the Cleveland set proved this) and aligned with Loki.
In another couple of set videos, we see a scene being put together which will eventually feature Iron Man being thrown into a truck, not to mention some reliable sources further debunking the Skrulls...
Sources tell IGN that the Skrulls are not in the film.
Smart money is on Loki's allies being the Chitauri, the Ultimate Universe's version of the Skrulls (or one version, anyway). This isn't a new theory. Less cheesy than the scaly-faced green guys from mainstream Marvel, the Chitauri are nonetheless an advanced inter-dimensional race of shape-shifters who also happen to be pretty scary. They even first showed up fighting Cap during World War II as the secret power foundation behind the Nazis! And they are known by many names across the galaxy, including "Skrull."
If this is the direction Marvel's going with these characters, it would track with their other films' tendency to straddle both mainstream Marvel and the Ultimate universe, cherry-picking the best aspects of each. Plus, it probably helps them avoid any sticky legal issues they might have with Fox, since the classic Skrulls are kind of the domain of the Fantastic Four (who, of course, remain safely ensconced in Tom Rothman's version of the Baxter Building).
Meanwhile, we have a couple of new set videos from the last few hours of filming in Cleveland yesterday. The first contains what will eventually be Iron Man being thrown into a truck, while the other features yet another series of explosions.
So, is it or is it not the Skrulls?! At this rate, we're going to have to wait until next year to find out! Be sure to share your thoughts on that and the above set footage in the usual place.
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Ramanoff/Black Widow
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
RELEASE DATE: May 4th, 2012. (US)
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