Now that 2012 is upon us, movie fans and comic book fanboys alike are going to be getting downright giddy over the fact that Marvel’s superhero team-up film, The Avengers, is (finally) going to hit theaters.

Despite multiple rumors and set photos/videos leaking onto the Internet, Marvel Studios has by and large done a good job of keeping Avengers plot details shrouded in secrecy. But now, it seems that a major detail of the film may have been spoiled – and the culprits, once again, are toys.


Just days after an Amazing Spider-Man toyline seemingly revealed what The Lizard looks like in that film, we get word  that a HeroClix press release for an upcoming NCEA Avengers toyline may have in fact described a bit more than it was supposed to. Check out the product announcement below:

“Charging straight out of theaters and onto your tabletop, Marvel’s the Avengers Movie HeroClix set features heroes like Captain America and Thor as they battle the villainy of the Red Skull and Loki! Each Counter-Top display includes standard one-figure boosters as well as new three-figure “Team Packs”! Team Packs are designed with strong thematic undertones – play a Hydra force or defend freedom with a S.H.I.E.L.D. team pack!”

hugo weaving as red skull in the film The Avengers Surprise Villain Revealed by Toyline?

Of course, that little blurb has led several websites to conclude that Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) is in fact a secondary villain in The Avengers movie – working alongside Thor’s evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who has been openly touted as the primary antagonist. It has long been speculated that The Avengers would boast more than one villain, but up until now, most of that speculation has been focused on extraterrestrial threats like The Skrulls or The Kree, or even cosmic tyrant Thanos.  The Avengers teaser trailer and some spoilerish set photos only further implied that the superhero team would indeed be facing a threat from the stars.

We last saw Red Skull in the climatic moments of Captain America: The First Avenger, when the HYDRA commander was seemingly vaporized by the power of the Cosmic Cube, whose energies he sought to harness as a weapon. Any Marvel comics fan can tell you that, in the comics, the cube’s reality-altering energies can do, well, anything – including transporting a certain villain through time and space. In the past, Red Skull has used the energies of the Cosmic Cube to both antagonize Captain America and present a cosmic-level threat to the entire Marvel Universe, so The Avengers movie would really be honoring the Marvel Cannon by telling such a story.

red skull with comic book cosmic cube The Avengers Surprise Villain Revealed by Toyline?

So, was this blurb in the toyline press release just that, a blurb? Or will we actually be seeing Red Skull in The Avengers – possibly commanding an armada of alien invaders while working in conjunction with Loki? At this point we can only further speculate, but if all of this (or any portion of it) is true, then we are going to see The Avengers facing a threat that is truly worthy of their assembling.

The Avengers will be in theaters on May 4, 2012.

Sources: Cinecomincs via THR, Moviehole

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