We know a few things about production on The Avengers. The stars: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk). The director: Joss Whedon. Depiction of Hulk: motion capture. Iron Man’s armor: new. But we’re still painting in broad strokes. More ought to surface as Marvel Studios gears up to shoot in April 2011.
For instance, it was rumored in May that the Skrulls and the Kree would team to be the formidable and double extraterrestrial antagonistic force in The Avengers. That notion has been confirmed by an unlikely local source close to the New Mexico production. Hit the jump for more, including how the Skrulls and the Kree might interact with our heroes.
“The Avengers script will blend Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger story lines as the Avengers battle with two alien races, the Skrulls and the Kree.”
There is no mention of how this information was obtained, but it’s not unreasonable.
The Skrulls/Kree rumor of May suggested that the Skrulls, allied with the Kree, would brainwash Hulk to fight the Avengers. A cool idea, to be sure — one that creates a conflict deep enough for the foundation of a necessarily ambitious superhero movie.
None of this is fact, yet, but I hope it will be in the next couple months.
Background on the Skrulls:
The Skrulls are an extraterrestrial humanoid race who have created a vast interstellar empire, the oldest known empire still in existence, within the Andromeda Galaxy.. A Skrull can mentally cause the unstable molecules that comprise his or her body to become pliant, enabling him or her to assume other forms through muscular expansion and contraction. Once a new shape has been assumed (human, animal, alien), it takes a conscious act of will to assume another form or revert to natural.. Although the Skrulls became aware of Earth (due to its nearness to a natural warp-space access point) eons ago, it was not until recent times that they considered Earth’s threat. Their first regular surveillances of Earth began in the 1930s. To date most of the Skrulls’ excursions to Earth have been extremely small-scale, with no more than a handful of soldier-infiltrators being dispatched at any given time. It is not yet known how the death of the current ruling family will affect official policy toward Earth or the government of the empire in general. [Marvel]
And the Kree:
The Kree is an extraterrestrial humanoid race who have created a vast empire in the Greater Magellanic Cloud and have, on certain occasions, trafficked with the beings of Earth. The Kree race began on the planet Hala in the Pama system long before the first mammals appeared on Earth. The original Kree had blue-colored skin (later generations interbred with genetically-compatible aliens to produce the pink-skinned second race). Outwardly humanoid to a large degree, Kree bodies are adapted to environmental characteristics on Hala that are un-Earth-like: notably, higher gravity and higher nitrogen content in the atmosphere. Although the Kree cannot breathe Earth’s atmosphere without special apparatus, their denser bodies afford them about twice the average human being’s strength and endurance. Despite their physical superiority and relatively advanced technology, the Kree race has reached the pinnacle of their evolutionary development. [Marvel]