For over a year now we’ve been hearing rumors that the shape-shifting alien race known as The Skrulls would be the primary villains in Marvel’s The Avengers movie. However, since that initial rumor surfaced, conflicting reports have come in about how the Skrulls would be implemented into the story of The Avengers’ formation. The two most consistent rumors have been that either Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and/or The Skrulls’ hated enemy – the alien race known as The Kree – would be involved in the epic conflict that threatens Earth and assembles its mightiest heroes together.
Today we have more evidence suggesting that The Avengers will use the legendary Kree/Skrull war as its conflict, with Earth and its superheroes caught in the middle. This “evidence” comes our way via Before the Trailer, which tracked down an open casting call to New Mexico residents to be extras in The Avengers movie. We already know that the film is shooting in New Mexico, so the casting call for extras in that area certainly makes sense.
Check out the alleged call sheet for yourselves:
As many New Mexico local residents as possible will be cast.
• This is a PAID job.
• No experience working as an extra or actor is required.
• All ages and types are needed, but must be 18+ to attend.
• Will accept non-returnable photos of kids that can obtain work permit.
• Come to the open casting call well groomed, and well dressed.
• Please bring a pen and photo ID.
• Photos will be taken at NO CHARGE at the open casting call.
• NO PHONE CALLS to the casting call venue.
“The Avengers” Extras Casting Coordinator
1000 Flower Street
Glendale, CA 91201
Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson – Black Widow
Chris Evans – Captain America
Chris Hemsworth – Thor
Don Cheadle – War Machine
Jeremy Renner – Hawkeye
Tom Hiddleston – Loki
Mark Ruffalo/Lou Ferrigno – The Hulk
Clark Gregg – S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson
Samuel L. Jackson – S.H.I.E.L.D. Director General Nick Fury
A superhero team called “The Avengers” do battle against two separate alien extraterrestrial humanoid life forms. The Avengers are a superhero team, consisting of a group of Marvel Comics heroes aka “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”. The aliens that The Avengers will fight are called “The Kree” and “Skrulls”. These two extraterrestrial races become embroiled in a war for ages that ultimately makes its way to Earth, and the Avengers unite to intervene with all their power and might combined.
We’ve known for awhile that Mark Ruffalo will being doing motion-capture to create The Hulk in The Avengers movie, and that Lou Ferrigno would be providing the voice of the Jade Giant, so that’s not a revelation. Still, there are a few things to discuss here:
Firstly, there’s the issue of the Kree/Skull war. I recently wrote a piece talking about The Skrulls and Loki being The Avengers villains, in which I laid down a few opinions about why such a combination would be good not only for The Avengers but for the expanding Marvel Movie Universe as a whole. The bottom line is this: having an extraterrestrial threat, combined with Loki using the “Cosmic Cubes” to point the alien threat at Earth, perfectly utilizes all the characters and plot threads that Marvel has been building in their respective films. It also leaves the door wide open for the future of Marvel’s Movie Universe.
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