The 109th annual American International Toy Fair kicks off next Monday in New York, so you can expect to see a lot of movie-related paraphernalia here. Right off the bat we’ve got some images of a “skill & strategy” game tie-in for The Avengers. It features four of our favorite heroes battling against a familiar enemy (hint: not Tom Hiddleston’s Loki). To see just who that enemy is, you’ll have to hit the jump. While it may not prove anything as far as Joss Whedon’s The Avengers plot line is concerned, this merchandise coupled with last weekend’s Super Bowl ad makes for a compelling case. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner. The Avengers opens in IMAX 3D on May 4th. Hit the jump to check out the toys.
[POSSIBLE SPOILER] For the uninitiated, it looks like the little pink baddies are none other than the shape-shifting Skrulls. The alien race had a nasty habit of mimicking superheroes and causing all sorts of havoc. Could be a nice plot addition to an assembled team of heroes who are already a bit wary of each other. Then again, the presence of the Skrulls in these images could be as baseless as the absence of Nick Fury, Hawkeye and Black Widow from the box. Make of it what you will. Check out previous toy posts for The Avengers here and here.You can check out all the shots of the The Avengers board game below (via Idle Hands and MTV):
Here’s the official synopsis for The Avengers:
Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”–the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012. In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.