For several years, we have been treated with many rumors as to who may be the villain in the big screen debut of Marvel Comics superhero team-up The Avengers, now the latest batch of set photos hint even further at a rumored villain/villains from months back…SPOILER WARNING!
A user over at the Superhero Hype Forums has gotten some awesome shots of Chris Evans as Captain America, in the midst of a cluttered and destroyed set in Cleveland (which is currently standing in for New York City). Amidst these awesome Cap shots, we also glimpse director Joss Whedon on set, and something else far more intriguing.
A man who is working on set is holding what we can only assume is some type of alien weaponry. This further hints at one of the rumored alien races from the Marvel Universe, Skrull or Kree, being the villain in The Avengers (most likely the Skrulls, who have been rumored for close to a year by multiple sources). Though it is still speculation, we may also have out first look at a man doing the motion capture for one of the Skrulls, which will be digitally inserted later in the films production.
Though it is still not confirmation, we may have a better idea at the threat so hinted at by Nick Fury ever since the first Iron Man movie’s after credit scene began to roll. For anyone not familiar with the Skrulls, here is a description of them from Marvel’s official website; The Skrulls are an extraterrestrial humanoid race who have created a vast interstellar empire, the oldest known empire still in existence, within the Andromeda Galaxy. The Skrull-race began on the planet Skrullos in the Drox System hundreds of millions of years ago. While the Skrulls were still in their early stages of evolutionary development, the Celestials, a star-spanning race of genetic engineers, landed on Skrullos and selected a number of natives upon whom to experiment. With one sample group, they affected a series of genes related to longevity, and created Skrullian Eternals. With another, they tested for genetic stability and diversity, and created Skrullian Deviants. In a third group, they implanted a gene series which would enable rapid benevolent mutation under the right conditions when the species matured. This group, its genetic modifications latent, remained the Skrullian “Normals”. After performing their genetic diversification, the Celestials left. The Deviant branch of the race, developing powers of mimicry, began to dominate the planet and eventually eradicated both the Eternal and Normal branches of the species (this is in marked contrast with the human race, another subject of Celestial experimentation, where the Normal branch continued to dominate the species).
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)