Despite images of CGI-suit wearing motion-capture guys, the photo leaks from The Avengers set did little to confirm one way or the other who exactly the superhero mash-up team would be facing-off against next summer. Unofficial details on the film's script sparked what have become on-going rumors as to the identity of The Avengers' villains - something we even discussed in the first episode of the Screen Rant Underground podcast.
However, thanks to mock-ups for a, now cancelled, Avengers video game tie-in, we have further evidence to corroborate prior speculation - as well as a first-look at how the nefarious enemies might appear in the film.
While there's no way of knowing whether or not the characters in question will appear as they were modeled in the game - not to mention whether or not they are for sure in the film - coupled with prior reports, it's becoming increasingly likely that we're on the right track. That said, as we’ve previously warned, pre-release details, especially images, can contain MILD to MEDIUM SPOILERS for The Avengers. If you are attempting to avoid spoilers altogether, please be advised to turn away now – you have been WARNED.
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Anyone who has been following the film will no doubt recognize the characters facing off against Thor in these early concept images as the Skrulls - and possibly an updated take-on the Super Skrulls. There are a couple different versions of the larger enemy types as well as female Skrull - which would certainly be interesting to see depicted in the final film. The source article reports that the images are from a mock-up video of the hulking brutes in action but copyright infringement forced the video's removal. Should the footage appear online again, we'll make sure to update our post.
Most likely, the images confirm that Loki's "army" will actually be comprised of an invading Skrull force but, until we hear official confirmation, it's still impossible to say for sure. Video game tie-ins often include comic-book favorite boss characters that do not appear in the film (such as Scorpion in Spider-Man: The Movie or Ulik in Thor: God of Thunder) - however, the fact that the Skrulls are so prominently featured in the early-stage development of the game definitely indicates that they were going to be a major focus in the title.
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The Avengers hit theaters on May 4, 2012.