While speaking to Empire (via ComicBookMovie) Marvel’s Kevin Feige again puts to rest the rumors of the Skrulls being the alien race that makes up Loki’s secret army in The Avengers. He gives the impression that they could either be from the nine realms or something else entirely. When the Leviathan was revealed it had been rumored we very well could be seeing Atlantians make up Loki’s army. I believe Marvel would be smart to save for the Skrulls for something like Guardians of the Galaxy or even an Avengers sequel.
“Who said they were aliens?” he teases. Beings from the Nine Realms, then, ventures Empire? “Closer…It’s not Skrulls, I’ve been clear about that. Beyond that, we want to hide it. The identity of the alien race is not imapctful. It exists in the comic books, but we’re not setting up the Kree-Skrull war or anything like that.”
“Was Skull vaporised at the end of the movie, or thrust into another realm?” asks Feige. “That remains to be seen. It would be fun to see Skull in future, but he’s not in this one.” Whedon though is a little more circumspect when Empire confronts him. “I do have a comment on that,” he says, before pulling a move worthy of Loki himself. “It’s…oh, you’re breaking up!”
One of the most interesting things about the Avengers trailer is that we don’t ever see what is causing all the destruction in New York City. During the Avengers’ Cleavland shoot there was a mystery scene code named Leviathan. Could it refer to the space ship of Loki’s army or an actual giant monster the reeks havoc on the city? We’ve been hearing lots of rumors that the Skrulls are in fact Loki’s army in question but it has yet to be confirmed by the studio, director or the cast. There is also the possibility that the Atlantians (Namor the Sub-Mariner) could be involved as the Leviathan is a sea monster. A Leviathan monster doesn’t sound out of the question considering the cosmic and magic themes used in previous films. Fin Fang Foom has been brought up by ComicBookMovie as the possible identity of the monstrous creature.
Foom is best known as the giant dragon-like villain of Iron Man. Hulk and Thor have also gone up against him in the comics. He was briefly spotted in Iron Man 2 on a billboard as an Easter egg. It’s unlikely that we would see the character in Iron Man 3 since there’s been talk that future films will be more grounded. Avengers on the other hand is a perfect place to bring in creatures like Foom into the picture. Since he could be called out of the other realms, outer space or with magic pulled out of the billboard into reality by Loki. While I think Avengers is a great film to use Foom Marvel Studios’ isn’t known for overloading their movies with villains. I also don’t think Whedon is looking to have his own “Release The Kraken!” moment.
We’ve been hearing a bit on the progress of Thor 2 but nothing concerning villains or new characters. It’s been reported that we could see the cast of Asgardians double. So that means we could see at least six new characters in the sequel. One character that’s been knocked around since Iron Man 2 is Scarlet Witch.
Yes, in the comics she is a mutant and the daughter of Magneto. However, she’s been more active in The Avengers and West Coast Avengers comics and has magic based powers. This might exclude her from the X-Men/Fox deal and that she very well show up in Marvel Studios’ films. Previously director Jon Favreau had Scarlett Johansson in mind for the part when Witch was originally included in Iron Man 2. Emily Blunt vacated the Black Widow role which was filled by Johansson leading to the character to be cut from the film. I don’t think Kevin Feige would have even allowed Jon to play with the idea unless they actually have control of the character. I could see the studio making Witch an Asgardian since it’s a good way to reinvent the character for the screen.
It wouldn’t be the first time Marvel has reinvented a character to fit their Cinematic Universe. Bucky Barnes, Black Widow, Whiplash, Justin Hammer, Jane Foster and Thor have all had their characters retooled to fit the films so it wouldn’t be shocking to see it happen again. My thought is that Scarlet could end up being one of the many new Asgardians in Thor 2. Thor’s rogues gallery is full and colorful his group of cohorts is somewhat unbalanced. The amount of villains out weights the group of allies and friends, considering the scale of this fantasy world. We should expect characters like Balder (The Brave), Amora (The Enchantress), Skurge (The Executioner) and Brunhilde (Valkyrie) but the impression I get is that we could see the studio give us even more. Scarlet is also a prolific member of the Avengers so she could make an excellent addition to the mostly male lineup.
If I had to choose someone to play the heroine it would be Ruth Wilson who is best known from the BBC series Luther and The Prisoner mini-series. She’s also attached for the female lead in Disney’s The Lone Ranger alongside Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.
JustJared has posted new Avengers set images. I haven’t been posting many of the Avengers set photos mainly because a majority of them are spoiler filled. These new ones are more costume based and show off the looks of Hawkeye and Black Widow.
One of the Captain America scenes that went over my head during the end was the appearance of actress Amanda Righetti (Friday The 13th, Mentalist, Role Models) as a SHIELD agent. This likely means that Amanda is playing Sharon Carter in Avengers considering her stunning resemblance to Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter. It would also make sense considering Sharon could explain what happened to Peggy along with developing a relationship that would flow into Cap 2. The other possible SHIELD agents include Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel) and Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine.