THE AVENGERS Cover Latest Issue of Empire Magazine; New Images and Info Unveiled

     January 23, 2012

This month’s issue of Empire Magazine features a healthy dose of The Avengers to whet fans’ appetite, as characters from the film grace four separate covers. We’re a little over three months away from the film’s release, and Marvel seems to be ramping up the final stages of their marketing campaign. The covers give us new looks at Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and a gun-wielding Scarlett Johansson. The Empire issue contains a set visit report for the superhero pic, and Tom Hiddleston teased a bit of what to expect from the villain Loki:

“He knows who he is now, and what his powers are. In order for The Avengers to come together, Loki has to be more menacing, and all of his malevolence is founded in a completely delusional dream.”

Plot details are still scarce for the film, but we know that Loki isn’t the sole source of villainy in the pic. President of Marvel Studios production Kevin Feige set the record straight with Empire regarding what villains we will and won’t see in The Avengers. Hit the jump to see what he had to say, and to check out the covers and images. The Avengers opens in 3D on May 4th.

kevin_feigeSpeaking with Empire Magazine, Kevin Feige was asked about Loki’s army in the film:

“Who said they were aliens?… It’s not Skrulls, I’ve been clear about that. Beyond that, we want to hide it. The identity of the alien race is not impactful. It exists in the comic books, but we’re not setting up the Kree-Skrull war or anything like that.”

Interesting stuff, as rumors have been swirling about the Skrulls’ inclusion in the film for quite some time. Feige also touched upon whether or not we’ll see Red Skull in The Avengers:

“Was [Red] Skull vaporised at the end of [Captain America: The First Avengers], or thrust into another realm? That remains to be seen. It would be fun to see Skull in future, but he’s not in this one.”

While I wasn’t necessarily expecting Red Skull to pop up in The Avengers, it’s nice to know that the door is still open for him to possibly return down the road. Anyway, make of Feige’s comments what you will, and head to the comments section to speculate away.

Covers courtesy of Empire Online.





Image scans courtesy of ComingSoon:




  • EV M

    Marvel are really coming up short. Who knows what’s going on behind the scenes, but the marketing effort on AVENGERS has been perfunctory and weak.

    The painted character mural they unveiled was beautiful and effective, but I’ve yet to see it at my local multiplex in any form.

    The teaser posters I have seen have been uninspired, with no sense of the event that this movie should be for the audience. We’ve gotten one trailer that arrived months ago, and didn’t even feature all of our heroes.

    The movie’s barely more than three months off, and these magazine covers from Britain are all we’re getting, besides some surreptitious snapshots of prototype toys. Our first look at Hulk in three dimensions shouldn’t come from his action figure.

    • TheAllenRoberts

      I couldn’t agree with you more… The trailer from October was awesome but quite honestly the hype from the trailer didn’t last… My guess is Disney will put a NEW FULL length trailer in front of John Carter or the Hunger Games to remind people that were only weeks away…

      • Jeff

        Or the Super Bowl.

  • Al

    Those looks sweet. I like the character sets that BLT & Associates did. Although not as cool as these magazine covers… The Film Informant gave them a 7.1/10, I wonder what they will give these magazine covers…

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  • Rukia

    Horrible once again. The studio decided to pair Hawkeye and Black Widow because they would have nothing to do otherwise. All of the posters and magazine covers for this film are pathetic. Clearly geared towards the 16 and under crowd.

    What do the Burger King toys look like? We are all dying to know!

  • Ed Teach

    Its HULK drawing me into seeing this film mostly! I wanna see him done properly!

    And why does Downey Jnrs hair look like a bearded Cliff Richard? He looked better in the first film. Here he’s in danger of becoming Steven Segal!

  • Liam_H

    All these posters/covers look exactly the same, I mean we’ve been looking at the same images for like 4 months. And still Downey’s head looks like his head was photoshopped on there.

    • Armando

      I think the suit is CGI. I’m not entirely sure though. Might be half and half. Perhaps that’s why he looks photoshopped

  • Kevin

    Hawkeye continues to look like a friend of Dorothy.

  • Her brother

    There is no Scarlett Johansson original exist.

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  • Lance

    Someone please Photoshop the Iron Man cover so it looks like Tony Stark is making jazz hands.

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