‘The Avengers’ Aliens — A List of (Un)usual Suspects

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There’s been much discussion and debate regarding the so-called “aliens” of The Avengers – otherwise known as Loki’s army – which we’ve so far seen only glimpses of via trailers and TV spots. Initial speculation almost exclusively revolved around Marvel’s most famous aliens, the Skrulls and the Kree, but both of those races were nixed by producer Kevin Feige and director Joss Whedon.

In the most recent TV spot, entitled “Head Count,” we got our best, clearest look at the aliens yet.

Check out the gifs below, courtesy of Superhero Hype:

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Unfortunately, the glimpses have done little to narrow down our list of alien suspects – and have, perhaps, even extended it a bit.


Ord/The Breakworld Aliens

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In a webisode of Marvel’s The Watcher, a Lego representative referred to a bad guy in The Avengers as the alien horde (at the 3:50 mark) – but many a comic book fan thought he said “alien Ord.”

Ord was an alien from Breakworld, created by Joss Whedon, that showed up in his acclaimed run on Astonishing X-Men, so it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibility that Whedon would use Ord’s race as secondary bad guys in his own film. Not likely, of course, but totally possible.


The Badoon

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The Badoon are an obscure reptilian race of alien conquerors, older than both the Skrulls and the Kree. That’s just a vague enough back-story to work with what we’ve seen of the aliens in The Avengers, who have a slightly greenish hue and lizard-like eyes.


Beta Ray Bill/The Korbinites

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The alien in the (above) picture certainly has a horse-face quality about him, which immediately brings to mind fan-favorite Beta Ray Bill – the first non-Norse character to be deemed worthy of picking up Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir.  Bill was a member of the Korbinite alien race, so is it possible that these creatures are the Korbinites, thus leading to the introduction of Beta Ray in Thor 2?

The only problem with that theory is that Bill was the only member of the race to have a horse-face – the rest of the Korbinites were essentially orange humanoids. Still, one presumes that, for simplicity’s sake, the filmmakers would drop that aspect of the character’s back-story and make all the Korbinites horse-faces.


The Sons of the Muspell

This was a theory put forth by Brendon Connelly of Bleeding Cool and, frankly, it’s one that has a lot of merit. In Walt Simonson’s Surtur Saga storyline, during his run on Thor, The Sons of Muspell (demons from Muspellheim – one of the Nine Worlds in Norse mythology) were transported into New York City via a portal near the top of the Empire State Building. They then proceeded to attack the city, as Marvel supervillains are known to do.

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The images in the comic book are certainly reminiscent of what we’ve seen in the trailers for The Avengers. Now, you might be saying: “But if these creatures are from Norse mythology, doesn’t that make them not aliens – thus disqualifying them from a list of alien suspects?”

Well, if you watched Thor, then you know there’s no real difference between aliens and the Norse mythological beings of the Marvel movie universe. Thor himself is an alien. With a horse. (An alien horse?) So, too, would these Sons of Muspell be aliens, if indeed they’re in The Avengers.


Is that Thanos’ head-gear?

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Internet speculators have already commented on the resemblance between the alien’s head-gear (up top) and Thanos the Mad Titan’s head-gear (above). While the alien looks nothing like Thanos in any other respect and is almost definitely not the Avatar of Death himself, could these aliens be tied to him somehow?

After all, there has been many a rumor about Thanos’ connection to the forthcoming Avengers film — and the Cosmic Cube in particular. His famed Infinity Gauntlet even made an appearance in Thor.



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Arguably, if these aliens aren’t the Skrulls, they could still be the Ultimate universe versions of the Skrulls, A.K.A. the Chitauri — right? But remember what Joss Whedon said about the aliens in question:

“The Skrulls – they can shape change. That’s a whole thing. I’ve already got Loki. He’s got magic. Once you got magic along with your Iron Man and your Black Widow – it’s a real juggling act.”

Hence, throwing shape-changing aliens into the mix would be way too much for one film. So if these aliens do end up being called the Chitauri, then they’ll be a Chitauri that doesn’t shape-change, and therefore a Chitauri in name only.


Honestly, I’ve no idea who these aliens are. If I had to guess, I’d put money on either the Badoon – who look and act vaguely enough like the creatures we’ve seen onscreen – or the Sons of Muspell – who have essentially done the things in the comic books that we’ve already seen in the trailers (plus, they tie directly into Loki’s background). Of course, there’s always the possibility that these aliens have been made up specifically for the film and have no connection to any preexisting characters.

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Frankly, whatever/whomever these aliens are revealed to be, I think fans are going to be disappointed. Not with the movie itself, obviously, but specifically with the alien reveal. It’s becoming more and more apparent that whatever race Joss Whedon and company are using, it’s going to be obscure to all but Marvel’s most ardent fans, and maybe not even then.

But what do you think, Screen Ranters? Which of these alien options – or any options we missed – are going to appear in The Avengers, in your opinion? Let us know in the comments and the poll below:

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The Avengers hits theaters May 4th, 2012.


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Source: Superhero Hype & Bleeding Cool

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  1. I don’t know who these aliens are but I hope the main villains turn out to be great.

  2. as a hardened marvel fan my personal choices would either be the minions of thanos or the korbinites. but in all honesty I think the badoon are most likely. correct me if Im wrong, but I think that they’re the enemy that the avengers faced in the second issue of their first series (loki being the first).

    theres also the possibility that these things are residents of one of the nine realms (dark elves maybe?). might not seem likely but that giant snake thing seems to very similar to the midguard serpent

  3. The Avengers:aliens rocks wow!

  4. as a longtime hardcore marvel fan im confused, they look like nothing ive ever seen, not disir (wraith like, different appearances)
    not demons of muspelhem ( no fire on bodies,sons of muspelheim had different appearances and a lot of them were fire demons )
    i would prefer them to be members of thanos’s army of mercenaries he commanded back in the day.
    but im afraid joss wheedon will just ignore all this and bring in a generic alien army to provide some cannon fodder for the avengers heavy hitters.
    the thanos option would be ideal as it would open the path to thanos and maybe the cosmic aspect of the marvel universe.
    the generic bad guy option would be uninspired, lazy and not give anything to the fans.

    • they didn’t spend all that money to go generic. hopefully

  5. im hoping its either atlanteans or minons of thanos.i think its probably minions of thanos mainly because there has been loads of rumors about him and his army appearing in the film for quite some time now.

  6. and also the infinty gauntlet appeared at comic con which ads more fuel to the fire of the army being thanos and his minions

    • This is mentioned in the very article you’re commenting on. It wasn’t just at comic-con, it was in the movie Thor.

  7. Personally I don’t care who the army is. Kree, Skrulls or even the Turok-Han. They were never the point of this movie. It was always, at least in my opinion, about the coming together of the team. The army is just a catalyst. It would be good if they were part of the Marvel Universe, but even if they were sone generic made up force, it doesn’t worry me. That’s not why I’ll be there opening day April 25th.

    • I couldnt have said it better myself. I wont be there till May 4th but I’ll be there for the opening show regardless of who these aliens might be.

  8. The Avengers movie will be great, no matter what. But i am disappointed there are no Skrulls in this, and I really have seen no rel evidence of Thanos, either. Hey, for Avengers #2, let’s add Thanos and Skrulls, Ultron, Kang, and Mandarin to the mix, and on the good guy side, the regular Avengers rom #1, plus add Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, and Goliath (Hank Pym, blue/yellow cool costume)! And make it about a 3 hour long movie. Now that would indeed be a slobberknocker supreme!

    • too much for one movie, it wont happen. not with that many new characters anyway.

  9. I still like the Annihilis wave…. just cause.

    and no before you post it they are not owned by Fox, Sony or my great aunt.

  10. This whole article made me smile:-). Good stuff..

  11. Personally I think they’re magical dingleberrys from Lindsey Lohans’s vaaag!!!

  12. Personally I hope it’s the Sons of Muspell, but that’s mostly because that was my theory from the beginning…a previously-unseen (in the films) race from one of the nine realms. I may be the resident Marvel nerd but it still feels good when I get a conclusion right. We’ll see. Whatever race it ends up being, they will be badass.

  13. What about the dispus

  14. “Composite character” aliens. A combination of 3 or so alien races. Never to be named on film. Just… “an alien horde”. A film maker’s way to have fewer characters.

  15. I think the alien race are White Martians.

  16. Is’t that the Skrull headgear from Super Invasion?

  17. Sorry, Secret Invasion.

  18. Loki works with/for Thanos but Thanos only makes a brief appearance at the end of the movie (post-credit scene, maybe). That would set him up as the bad guy for Avengers 2. Very possible, me thinks.

  19. At the end of Thor Loki fell into a wormhole that would have sent him somewhere across the galaxy. Where he could have easily met any random alien race.

    The Badoon would fit him perfectly. Easy to manipulate for someone of his power and very aggressive and warlike. And with them being fairly obscure to most readers its much easier to have them do whatever you want without angering fans.

    Plus you have the giant Alligator Ship. Very reptilian in design along with the body language of the infantry being so animalistic.

  20. They look like the dark elves of Svartalfheim to me. They have the head gear and chainmail to be norse. The giant snake is Jörmungandr the world serpent. All of this is straight from norse mythology and an easy step from Loki since Jörmungandr is Loki’s son. Agree or disagree?

    • They’re not. It’s already been revealed who they are, from people who have seen the film.

  21. it’s the chitauri. Loki says it in the movie. tho aside from that it seems to have nothing to do with the comics chitauri.

    • This isn’t the Avengers Spoiler discussion.

  22. No spoilers, but there is an additional scene about halfway through the ending credits. If you stay to watch that, it’s pretty frikken clear who they are. Not everything Joss Whedon touches turns to gold, but he definitely knocked this film out of the park. Can’t wait to see it again… and again… until the next one comes out.

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  24. In my opinion there the minions of Thanos, because *SPOILER* part way through the credits, it show a clip where you see a small alien talking to a bigger alien, and at the end of the conversation it zoom into the bigger aliens face witch strongly resembles, if it isn’t the face of Thanos.

    • No offense dude, but it is painstakingly obvious that it is Thanos, that’s tge whole point of the credit cookie, to give us a quick introduction of the surprise character, much like the first Iron Man did with Nick Fury. And while the aliens are technically his minions I suppose, they are referred to as the Chitauri at least twice in the movie.

  25. thor litteraly said at one poin “he has an alien army called the chitari”