Word starting hitting Twitter that some collected artwork from renowned storyboard artist Martin Asbury featured a potential bit of juicy insight for any fans of Marvel Studios’ upcoming film, Captain America: The First Avenger.

The claim being made is that Asbury’s storyboards for Captain America may depict one of the big battle sequences in the film. After a little bit of examination, however, we suspect it could be more than that.

It goes without saying (but must yet be said) that what we are about to discuss here are considered POTENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA SPOILERS!!! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

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If you’re still with us, we’ll post a couple of the storyboards below and discuss what they mean.

The sequence depicted in Asbury’s gallery is one in which Captain America (Chris Evans) is boarding a large bomber plane in order to confront The Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). The Skull’s goons attack, Cap fights his way to the cockpit of the plane, and that’s where things get too weird to merely write this one off as a rumor. A couple of observations:

  1. When Cap approaches The Skull, the villain is in some sort of trance, being bathed in a “screaming light.” This light is directly referenced as emanating from The Cosmic Cube.
  2. The Light from the Cube gives The Skull freaky otherworldly visions. There’s direct reference made to him seeing “The Nine Realms.”
  3. The storyboards end with the cube “overloading” and blasting a hole through the top of the bomber jet.

Check out a couple of Martin Asbury’s storboards for yourself:

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Now, there are some obvious but nonetheless juicy tidbits to talk about:

The cube revealing “The Nine Realms” to The Skull is a clear and direct reference to Thor and the Asgardian universe. This connection only furthers the assertion that threads are being woven in these lead-in films to make the threat that brings The Avengers together one related to Marvel Cosmic Universe – including rumors of villains like The Skrulls, Loki and even Thanos possibly appearing in The Avengers.

Secondly, anyone who has read a Captain America comic book of recent years (see: The Ultimates) or seen the character’s origin story on Marvel’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon (which is clearly influenced by the Marvel Movies) knows that this bomber plane (and/or rocket) showdown isn’t just AN action scene in the Cap origin story – it’s the climatic action scene. The battle upon this plane is the moment when Steve Rogers meets his destiny by being frozen in suspended animation, only to being revived in present day, which we already know is the epilogue of Captain America: The First Avenger, when Captain America meets Nick Fury and joins The Avengers initiative.

At this point let me remind you that this is ALL JUST SPECULATION – even though the artwork by Asbury is official (it appears on his official website). At one point in time, Asbury was asked to draw this sequence for the film – we DON’T know if this particular sequence depicted in the art made it into the finished film, or if this scene occurs where I speculate it does (at the climax of the film). However, a shot from the Captain America trailer (at 2:04) certainly proves that the giant bomber plane is in the film.

The Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) wielding the Cosmic Cube.

If I am on the money, this scene could be the explanation of how Steve Rogers’ time-jumping experience occurs (The Cube energy “freezes him in time” or transports him through it). It ALSO opens the door for The Red Skull to be jumped through time, making the character (and Hugo Weaving) available for later Captain America sequels, or other Marvel Movies – which would answer how Cap’s WWII battles against The Skull (which span a lot of years in the comics) could all be lumped into one movie.

Furthermore, having Cap discovered in present day WITH The Cosmic Cube would also explain just where Nick Fury got it when he presented it to Dr. Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) during the Thor after-credits scene (which was directed by Captain America story contributor and Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon) – thereby tying the The First Avengers‘ present-day scenes to Thor, which is already tied to events in Iron Man 2, which is itself tied to the events depicted in The Incredible Hulk.

Finally, all this info in the storyboards directly correlates to some other First Avenger plot info that recently hit the rumor mill, including the following:

  • Cap is found in present day frozen inside the remains of a giant bomber plane.
  • Red Skull uses The Cosmic Cube to power a variety of futuristic weapons – including a giant bomber plane targeting U.S. Cities.

Is all this making sense? What do you think of this potential SPOILERIFIC artwork from Martin Asbury?

Captain America: The First Avenger will be in theaters on July 22nd

The Avengers will be in theaters on May 4th, 2012.

Source: Martin Asbury official Website via Advanced Dark