Rumor: The Avengers Will Be Fighting Off Skrulls Come 2012?
There's a new unconfirmed rumor going around, from ComicBookMovie, revealing some potential villain(s) in the upcoming The Avengers movie. I don't want to dwell on it too much, because a) I don't really want to reveal any big spoilers for a movie that is at least two years out, and b) this is such a very early rumor, it's almost all speculation and anything could happen with the script by the time they start shooting (remember, Joss Whedon still isn't even officially attached as director). That said, the rumor states that The Avengers will battle the shape-shifting alien race known as the Skrulls, which appeared in The Ultimates comics.
CBM says that they've confirmed with "two other sources close to the production" that the Skrulls will be one of the main villains in the movie. Of course, there's also a rumor that Loki (who begins his big screen reign in Kenneth Branagh's Thor next summer) will appear in The Avengers and he may even "gain control over" the Hulk and cause him to unleash his fury; Hulk was the big villain in Vol. 1 of The Ultimates comic series. And beyond that, they say that another alien race called the Kree will have a presence as "Earthly allies." So we've got at least two alien races, potentially an evil Norse god, and a bunch of superheroes all in one epic comic book movie coming up in 2012, or at least that's what early sources are reporting nowdays.
For those who don't know, the Skrulls are green-skinned reptilian humanoids with large pointed ears. They are known for genetic and molecular instability, and genetic diversity, due to "Celestial experimentation." I referenced The Ultimates earlier because every decision Marvel has made regarding The Avengers movie so far, including the characters that will be in it, have been the same as in The Ultimates. It seems like they're trying to replicate that storyline in the movie, which is why there are rumors about Hulk and the Skrulls. But with Whedon rewriting the script, you never know what will happen. Will the Skrulls be good villains?