Comic-Con: Feige Hints at The Invaders in Captain America?
by Alex Billington
July 28, 2009
Yet another bit of exciting news coming out of Comic-Con that will have hardcore Marvel fanboys reeling with excitement. A few days back, we ran article with a quote from Marvel's Kevin Feige that included a basic list of who we could expect to see in The Avengers movie - but let's take a step back. One year before The Avengers hits theaters, we'll be seeing The First Avenger: Captain America, which will be set in WWII and is being directed by Joe Johnston. This comes from CHUD, where they drop a few hints about the potential appearance of two groups in Captain America: The Invaders (good guys) and Hydra (bad guys).
"Setting it in the Marvel version of WWII is going to open it up [to an international audience] in a big way. It'll actually end up being our most diverse and our most international film. In terms of the cast there's a group that [Cap] works with that will have an opportunity for much more international casting."
When asked straight up if we'd see The Invaders in the movie, Feige's answers was a coy "I don't know." At a future point in their interview at Comic-Con, he also "namedropped" the villainous organization called Hydra, a technologically advanced secret terrorist group that often fought against SHEILD and Captain America. However, Hydra was never active in the comics until after WWII, so therefore they'd be messing with the canon a bit too much if they were to introduce them in this movie. However, this could be a subtle hint at who we could see as a villain in The Avengers movie - since I highly doubt it's going to be the Hulk.
As for The Invaders, they were a group of WWII superheroes first created in 1975 by Roy Thomas. In addition to Cap and Bucky, the Invaders consisted of other various characters like the Human Torch, Toro, Namor the Sub-Mariner, the Blazing Skull, and the Silver Scorpion. I think it would be smart for them to actually put a group like this in Captain America, because it allows them to cast international actors (like Feige said) and give us a taste of what a powerful team like the Avengers will be like. And for non-comic book fans, this is a good way to get them ready for what we'll be seeing in 2012 - an epic Avengers movie.