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New Avengers Set Photos Seem To Confirm Film’s Major Menace

If, after all the rumors and clues, doubts still remain about the identity of the major threat featured in The Avengers, these photos from the Cleveland set of the Marvel film will erase them. Needless to say, potentially major spoilers follow!

The shots come courtesy of Metromix Cleveland, which has an extensive gallery of images from the production, many of which cover sequences we saw earlier in the week. But the entertainment weekly also caught a chair on set for Iron Man director Jon Favreau — we’re running that below as a visual buffer to the spoilers — and, well, see for yourself below …

As you can see, the three photos reveal a crashed space craft, with an actor covered in motion-caption sensors playing a dead or wounded alien, seemingly cementing the involvement of the shape-shifting Skrulls in a threat big enough to require the U.S. military, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the assembled Avengers.

Rumblings about the Skrulls, or even the Kree-Skrull War, date back to at least summer 2009, but gained a foothold in December 2010 when a New Mexico newspaper reported the alien races would battle the alien races in the Marvel film. Despite the studio’s effort to downplay the article, the rumors have persisted until this week, when the first actual evidence began to emerge from the Cleveland set.

Presumably the crashed craft was part of Monday afternoon’s “strafing scene” that, through the magic of CGI, will eventually feature a score of similar car-sized attackers emanating from an enormous spaceship hovering above a building. How the Skrulls relate to Tom Hiddleston’s Loki remains to be seen, but the actor has been spotted on set.

Directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgård. It opens opens May 4, 2012.

(via The Daily Blam!)


  • Mythos

    Truth be told, I’m a bit disappointed they’re going with aliens so soon. Despite everything, the mythology was somewhat realistic (as soon as you bought the idea that Asgardians are real, that is) and was being steadily built; now they’re bringing Skrulls into the mix.

    Any chance that these might actually be Asgardians from a rebel faction? No?

  • lbeezle

    It’ll be okay guy.

    They had to come up with a threat that would be big enough to yield the need for these heroes to gather.

    Inb4 it’s really Ultron.

  • Acres1602

    looks like Modok

  • Bosstah

    I hope it’s Thanos.

  • Mike

    Agreed. Iron Man and Hulk were for the most part grounded in reality, but as soon as you introduce the Asgardians as aliens, it opens up a whole new world. I’m fine with it being Skrulls, though if they introduce the Kree as well, I don’t know if there’s enough room in a movie for all that. 

  • Johndespirito

    It’s probably Skrulls coming to take the cosmic cube, Loki probably promises it to them or something now that he found out about it after the Thor credits.

  • I_Captain Blanco

    Yeah, I would think the Cosmic Cube *has* to figure in there somewhere, or they wouldn’t have taken such pains to introduce it in THOR and then deal with it in CAPTAIN AMERICA.

  • Anonymous

    This could be very awesome. I’m going to stay very positive about this flick!

  • Nick Borelli


  • Operarob1

    Based on the way that “CGI Guy” is laying on the craft, I’m thinkin these are actually attack skiffs similar to the Goblin Glider with a warrior riding on top with a weapon. It’s a very “Marvel Way” of alian visualization that really hasen’t been done anywhere else.

    Very Cool! 

  • Coryjameson

    I like the Avengers as a concept in terms of the comic book series – despite the long dark reign of the supremely UN-talented Brian Bendis. I think the movie has a chance to be very cool though.

    One mistake Marvel Studios has made was making the Cosmic Cube a part of the Thor mythos. Despite the marketing team’s protestations to the contrary, Thor feels like a magical genre. Everything about the movie felt like magical fantasy AND NOT SCIENCE FICTION.

    If anything, the Kree and/or the Skrulls should have been the creators of the Cosmic Cube. This would have kept the concept firmly in science fiction territory.

    Secondly, Mark Ruffalo was a HORRIBLE CHOICE for Bruce Banner. If the goal for the Avengers movie was to somewhat match the ULTIMATES comic book series (volumes 1 and 2), then they should have gone with a much more mousier looking actor. Therefore, when the Hulk makes his initial appearances, the humor from Ultimates volume 1 Issue 5 remains intact. OR when Captain America manipulates the Hulk into attacking the Skrull alien invasion fleet by saying the Skrulls thinks the Hulk is gay. If Bruce Banner is already relatively hunky (Mark Ruffalo), it’s just not funny at all.

  • Bo

    I love this… I hope it is both the Kree and Skrull. It could expand further the Marvel Movie Universe with Captain Marvel…  So much can be done in the Marvel Movie Universe !!

  • Marquis de Sade

    Dude, the ain’t The Dark Knight, it’s The Avengers. If you’re gonna put all of these ICONIC characters together, you might as well SWING FOR THE FENCES…Especially with a reported budget of over 260 million. The last thing Disney and Marvel want is another “SUPERMAN RETURNS” debacle.

    As fanboys, we’re livin’ in BLESSED times – We’re gettin’ a big budget live action AVENGERS movie that’s directed by JOSS WHEDON!

  • Marquis de Sade

    Oooops! *THIS AIN’T* (sorry, typo)

  • Mark J. Hayman

    My initial reaction to utilising both Loki and the Skrulls was that they’d use Loki as a framing device for forming the team as an homage to the comic (which is wtill possible given it’s a Whedon joint), but I’m now having doubts.  Since the film is taking a more “Ultimates” approach to the team (apart from the eyepatchingly obvious), having the Chitauri, I mean Skrulls, as their inaugeral World’s Mightiest Villain(s) stands to reason.  At least with Whedon at the helm the story should avoid the many narrative pitfalls of the anime pseudo-adaptation, which is NOT to say that I think this is in any way going to have a direct correlation to the Millar/Hitch story.  In cany case, if it’s one tenth the film Serenity was it will long stand as the high-water mark for the genre.  Or it will die in editing.

  • 2509

    Tron guy?

  • Fury

    someone on another forum suggested that thing looks like one of Kang’s scarab fighters from Avengers: EMH…

  • kalorama

    I’d actually prefer Kang to the Kree/Skrull. 

  • Mark J. Hayman

    Kang + Ultron = Avengers 2!

  • Len1

    Mythos, I understand your argument, but I have to disagree nontheless. You have a problem with Skrulls but not Asgardians? I dont see how one is more grounded in reality than the other.

  • Cforshaw67220

    There is no evidence of Skrulls, and the weapons the CGI guys were using on some of the pictures looked like something Marvel Boy used during his mini-series. Chances are they are doing something around the Kree/Skrull war… or not. These pictures show nothing conclusive at this point. 

  • kluu

    I think it might be A.I.M.

  • fififty

    I think this movie will be similar to Ultimates Vol 1. if it’s Skrulls. The Ultimates fought the Chitauri, who their leader said also go by the name “Skrulls”.

    This also falls in line with the Ultimate Avengers Movies. Part 1 & 2 featured the Chitauri/Skrulls.

    Nothing to do with Kree/Skrull war just because of Skrulls.

  • Scientific Exorcist

    “Truth be told, I’m a bit disappointed they’re going with aliens so soon. Despite everything, the mythology was somewhat realistic (as soon as you bought the idea that Asgardians are real, that is) ”

    You know aliens aren’t necessarily unrealistic.You must never seen District 9.

  • Jeremy

    I’ll reserve my thoughts on Ruffalo as Banner until I see the movie.  I completely agree with you on Bendis, though.  The Avengers have been under the thumb of a man who has no idea how to write them for nearly a decade now.  I’m disappointed to see the younger generation know only a world where
    Spider-Man and Wolverine are proper members of the Avengers roster.  I’m happy Marvel is going with the “traditional” concept of the Avengers, mixed with a healthy dose of “The Ultimates.”

  • Viki

    The problem with that thought set is that…you actually think Mark Ruffalo is hunky? 

    WTH….I’d rather take Edward Norton back.

  • Bg_boomer

    For a sec I thought it was Abin Sur and Hal