The inclusion of The Kree in The Avengers is not only something I find to be in line with my own personal desires for this movie, it’s also a logical move on Marvel’s part.
We know that Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, has already talked about future movies involving the Marvel Cosmic Universe, with the space-hopping squad known as “The Guardians of the Galaxy” getting specific mention.
Any real Marvel fan knows that there are already traces of the Marvel Cosmic Universe leaking into the Marvel Movie Universe – specifically the inclusion of the “Cosmic Cubes” in both Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor. These Cosmic Cubes were cornerstones of many early Marvel Cosmic stories, and encompass characters and storylines that fans have been lobbying to see in a movie at some point (Thanos, anyone?).
We also have some rumors floating around that point to The Avengers using some of its supporting characters as foundations for Marvel Cosmic heroes – characters like S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives Carol Danvers and/or Wendell Vaughn, who, in the comics, become the cosmically-powered heroes Ms. Marvel and Quasar, respectively. The key to Ms. Marvel and Quasar’s powers is that they both stem from encounters with Kree technology (see where this is going?).
There’s also the obvious fact that an encounter with the Kree race would be the perfect way to introduce iconic Marvel superhero Captain Marvel (a Kree warrior living on Earth as a spy) into the Marvel Movie continuity. All of these heroes – Ms. Marvel, Quasar, Captain Marvel – could also be featured in Guardians of the Galaxy movie, with someone like Thanos serving as the villain.
Finally, we know already that in the movie version of Thor, the Thunder God’s home, Asgard, is being treated more like an alien world than a mystical land of Norse deities, and that subsequently other extraterrestrial tribes like The Inhumans may get their own films. The Inhumans are super-powered beings created by (you guessed it) The Kree Empire – so again, breaking open the space barrier in The Avengers movie by featuring The Kree/Skull War seems like the logical step.
Of course, fans get a little bit worried when they hear that so many characters and/or stories are being fitted into one film: there is always a danger that the overlapping plot threads and over-crowding of characters can divert a movie’s focus (see: Iron Man 2). However, this Avengers movie could incorporate most of the rumors we’ve heard and still function pretty well. Here’s a quick speculative look on how it would fit together:
- Capturing Bruce Banner/The Hulk could be the mission that initially brings The Avengers together.
- Loki could plot from on high and use the Cosmic Cube(s) to bring the Kree/Skrull war to Earth.
- The Kree and Skrulls already have spies on Earth, leading to S.H.I.E.L.D. having to track them down.
- The Avengers defend Earth against the alien hordes, and Kree/Skrull presence on Earth is exposed.
- Loki is defeated and/or steps back to wait for another chance to strike (sequels!).
- In the aftermath, several people are effected by the alien technology, giving rise to cosmically-powered heroes and villains.
- The encounter also brings the awareness of a vast universe of alien beings and mystical forces (The Inhumans, Dr. Strange, etc…).
So again, this whole alien war / Loki plot scenario is a win for me – and it’s also a plan I can see Marvel hatching in order to extend their movie universe through the year 2017, as has been previously discussed. At this point, we’re really just waiting on a “yay” or “nay” confirmation from the studio itself about whether or not The Avengers will play out this way.
The Avengers will be in theaters on May 4, 2012.
Source: Before the Trailer