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If Loki Isn’t In The Avengers, Does That Mean Kree And Skrulls Are?

While the question of which enemy Superman will face in Man of Steel was put to rest on Sunday, another big superhero-movie mystery remains: Who’s the villain in The Avengers?

Rumors began as far back as July 2009 that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes would become embroiled in a conflict between the militaristic Kree and the shapefshifting Skrulls, whose histories are intertwined with the major players in the Marvel Universe. The speculation reached a fevered pitch last December, when a New Mexico newspaper reported the Joss Whedon-directed Avengers would pit the team against the two alien racesa claim that Marvel sort of dismissed.

Attention then seemed to focus on the Incredible Hulk and/or Loki, in a storyline perhaps inspired by Marvel’s The Avengers #1. But in a sizzle reel shown last week at CinemaCon, Mark Ruffalo reportedly indicated the Hulk will be a hero rather than the catalyst that brings the team together.

That leaves us with the god of mischief, right? Not so fast.

The Daily Blam! reports that, at Kapow! Comic Con in London, Thor co-star Tom Hiddleston “hinted strongly that he is not slated to be making an appearance in The Avengers, contrary to recent rumblings Loki will be the focus of the superhero film’s troubles.”

Of course, that could just be a feint (after all, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder at one point characterized Zod’s inclusion as “just a rumor”) But it’s looking more likely that the Avengers are heading toward an old-fashioned intergalactic brawl — the kind of large-scale action a lot of fans were hoping for.

The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg. It opens on May 4, 2012.


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  • Farson89

    I was kinda hoping the Kree/Skrull conflict on earth would somehow be caused by Loki, but I can live without Loki being in this movie.

  • Anonymous

    I’m of two minds about it. On the one hand, since there’s never a guarantee that a movie will get to have sequels, you want to cram as much of the mythos in it as you can- without making an absurd mess, of course.

    On the other, the *whole* point of building up to this movie over several years was to get to see how the plotlines would intertwine. The fans of the Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America movies may or may not overlap, but you want to please as many as you can. At the very least, the story needs to deal with the resurrection of Cap (and his adaptation to living in the present), Tony helping set up SHIELD, and Thor and the Hulk fighting.

    (And if they can introduce Ant-Man and the Wasp- possibly as SHIELD scientists that later get their own movie- so much the better.)

  • 2000filmfan

    It’s amazing what a power idea the Avengers project is in comics and comic book movies and cinema. With this project Marvel is at the forefront of so many cutting edge notions of what live action adventure will be in the present and near future. Without the Avengers there would be no notion of:

    1. Shared Universes in Comics
    2. A scheduled JLA movie would not have returned
    3. Whether single films should impact adventure in group assemblies

    Though the Avengers already have filming dates planned, I think we’re going to have to wait and see how Thor and Captain America work out to know what we will be able to expect from the genre. In the meanwhile let’s not overlook how some new ideas about the individual films may affect our notions of these individual characters. Will Thor fly in a convincing manner? Is Captain America better understood as a Holocaust hero?