What's the one thing that we can always count on when a new superhero movies comes out? New toys. Yes, as the wise old Yogurt says in Mel Brooks' Spaceballs, it's all about merchandising.
Luckily for fans, the result of this merchandising extravaganza is that secrets from the movie occasionally slip out before the release date. Recently, some images of new toys based on The Avengers hit the web, revealing a familiar-looking alien villain.
A few weeks ago, Marvel Studios' President of Production Kevin Feige definitively stated that the Skrulls would not be the villains in the film and that they wouldn't be setting up a Kree-Skrull war. But at the recent Jakks Pacific Toy Fair, MTV Geek! found something called the "The Avengers Mighty Battle Skill and Strategy Game," which featured figurines that look uncannily like the Skrulls.
So what's the deal? Is Feige yanking our chain? When you see images like these, as well as the images from the canceled Avengers tie-in game, it becomes hard to dismiss the idea that the Skrulls aren't in the movie. Or rather that something extremely similar to the Skrulls isn't in the movie. And that's where things get interesting.
During the recent Avengers Super Bowl commercial, we got a brief sneak peek at Loki's army and in a subsequent poll, we asked Screen Rant readers to share their thoughts about who they might be. The overwhelming response from readers was that the villains were the Chitauri, otherwise known as the Ultimate Marvel Universe versions of the Skrulls.
Is it possible that when Feige says the Skrulls won't be in The Avengers, he's talking about the traditional Marvel Skrulls from Earth-616 and not the Chitauri from Earth-1610? Check out the pictures below and decide for yourself.
As some commenters will undoubtedly point out, the fact that this is a tie-in product means any and all theories related to the Skrulls and/or Chitauri must be taken with a grain of salt. Since games are meant to expand on the the movie, it's not uncommon that they feature additional villains from within the comic universe.
However, the number of times that we've seen images like this pop up in advance of The Avengers, not to mention the set photos and trailer footage that we've seen so far, makes me really think that the Chitauri version of the Skrulls will be the villains in the film. If it looks like a Skrull, and it smells like a Skrull, then it's a Skrull. Right?
What do you think? Do these images confirm your suspicions about the Skrulls or do you still think The Avengers will be facing someone else?
The Avengers opens in theaters on May 4, 2012.