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Marvel Unveils Avengers Set Pic, Confirms Hiddleston Will Appear

Just as it seemed we’d zeroed in on the main villain(s) for the Joss Whedon-directed Avengers, Marvel has thrown another curve.

Earlier this month Thor co-star Tom Hiddleston suggested he wouldn’t be appearing in the ensemble superhero film, moving suspicion from Loki back to the alien Kree and Skrulls. But this morning Marvel announced production had officially begun on The AvengersWhedon beat the studio to the punch on Sunday — in the process confirming that Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgård will be reprising their Thor roles.

So the god of mischief will be a villain in The Avengers, although not necessarily the villain. (A very spoiler-y account of the post-credit scene from Thor may provide a little more insight.)

The studio also released the first photo from the set, featuring the cast’s chairs lined up in front of the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo.

Hiddleston and Skarsgård join stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson. Cobie Smulders also appears in the film, which is shooting at at Albuquerque Studios in New Mexico and other locations throughout the state before moving to New York and Cleveland.

The Avengers opens on May 4, 2012.


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  • Vijinand

    Oh my god!!! I can’t help but geek out over this! I can’t believe they’re actually making this!

  • dayfan

    Wow, you can tell this film is about the early days of the Avengers, ’cause in the comics they have much better chairs.

  • Jacob

    I think that’s those are the chairs for the actors…

  • Lewis4510

    Maybe Loki will set in motion a chain of events that leads to an invasion by an alien race. Since the Skrulls made thier first appearance in the FF comic it’s unlikely they’ll be used given the current rights issues between Fox and Marvel/Disney.

  • Bobken

    oh my……

  • Nicolasgomez_14

    This is not a pic, this is EPIC, hahaha!!

  • Jacob

    oh me….

  • Grant

    Kevin Feige has said that Marvel still owns the Skrulls license.

  • Grant

    Marvels owns the Skrulls and Fox owns Super Skrull.

  • Steve

    Having seen Thor and the post credits sequence, I’m very pleased to see Hiddleston is in The Avengers after all. As long as we don’t just see a supervillain team-up of all the heroes’ big enemies, I’d like something a little less straightforward than that, and it rarely makes sense or works well (Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, Spider-Man 3, X-Men 3… granted those are all bad movies in their own right).

  • Stanmcconnell86

    Surely, Natalie Portman should be in this movie. I can’t see how it would work without her.

  • SQuigley316

    I feel Hulk’s chair should be bigger

  • Jacob

    Why? Something in Thor? Or just because? (please no spoilers)

  • Anonymous

    Looks a bit Roger Corman. I must have faith, though.

  • Mitch_crane83

    Umm those chairs are for the actors, not the actual characters