While we reported last Wednesday that Marvel Studios will be shooting the majority of The Avengers in New Mexico next year, that news hit local Albuquerque papers on Friday. With it however, may have also come the ultimate confirmation about the film's story: who the villains will be!
There has long been speculation about the Skrulls playing the part of the featured villains in The Avengers, from casting rumors for characters of the alien races, the Kree and Skrulls, to Marvel President Kevin Feige confirming that they own the rights to the Skrulls and that using them against their best superheroes in The Avengers is certainly a possibility.
An Albuquerque resident sent in images from the Albuquerque Journal article on the subject to our friends at Ain't It Cool News who posted the images and quote online.
"'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."
The story then went on to list the impressive cast members and their respective roles but we don't know where the Albuquerque Journal nabbed this rather important info from.
If we play with the idea that this is true, and I believe the Skrulls (or a variation of them) will play a part in The Avengers movie series, then we can start to theorize on what storylines from the comics may be drawn from for The Avengers script. To date, the Marvel Studios movies have been heavily influenced by the Ultimate Universe line of Marvel Comics and coincidence or not the first volume of "The Ultimates" pits the Ultimate version of The Avengers against an alien race of shapeshifters known as the Chitauri (The Ultimate version of The Skrulls).
The history between The Skrulls and The Kree goes back hundreds of thousands of years and Earth has long been involved as a strategic location between the two space-faring races, and their war comes to Earth when The Avengers get involved.
If you live in New Mexico, be on the look out come April 2011 for a glimpse of Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg or Samuel L. Jackson in costume fighting Loki, the Skrulls or whatever villains play a part in the first Avengers installment.
Thor opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.