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New images and villain teases for Marvel's The Avengers

Jan. 23, 2012by:

This morning saw a slew of new promo pieces for Marvel’s THE AVENGERS and some new information regarding the film’s villain(s). First up is a five, count em,’ FIVE covers for the new issue of Empire, all of which are rather…meh, to me, and I’m a huge fan of THE AVENGERS, both in film and comic form.  I realize you can’t supply new photos for every venue, but it feels like we’ve seen these poses and photos before already.

As for the villains of THE AVENGERS, Marvel’s Kevin Fiege had this to say, when speaking to Empire:

"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 impactful. It exists in the comic books, but we're not setting up the Kree-Skrull war or anything like that."

They also addressed the possibility of the Red Skull making an appearance in the film:

"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." (Joss) 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!"

Some interesting tidbits there. The Skrulls debunked? The Red Skull debunked, but then not? Sounds like a lot of deflection to me. We’ve heard everything from seeing the infamous Thanos to guest appearances from Spider-Man, so there’s a lot swirling around out there. The good news is that the wait is just about three months away to find out for sure.

The magazine also features a few new photos, which showcase some of the less explosive moments from the film. Who doesn’t want to pay millions of dollars to have superheroes have a heart-to-heart? In all seriousness, though, it’s good to see that moments like that will exist, because we all know what happens when you’re all show (coughTransformerscough).

Another interesting set of promo images comes courtesy of the Chinese new year. Yes, you heard me right. These “red cards” are being handed out in Chinese movie theaters as part of their celebration, which features more of those pesky “same ol’” images, but also a slightly better look at the Hulk, who seems to be a hybrid of both of the Hulk films.

Expect more promo items to continue to roll out from Marvel's THE AVENGERS in the next few months, hopefully with less bland photoshop, as it ends all speculation of villains on May 4th, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: What villain do you HOPE is in The Avengers? I'm pulling for Thanos, myself.
Source: Empire

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5:17AM on 01/24/2012
Ultron to me is playing it safe which is meh. Besides, didn't Hank Pym help create Ultron, and we all know he's not in the movie.
Ultron to me is playing it safe which is meh. Besides, didn't Hank Pym help create Ultron, and we all know he's not in the movie.
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3:36AM on 01/24/2012
something else that would be nice, and that might just be the nerd in me, but building up Ultron for a villain over 2 movies and then BAM badass Ultron in Avengers 3.
something else that would be nice, and that might just be the nerd in me, but building up Ultron for a villain over 2 movies and then BAM badass Ultron in Avengers 3.
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3:35AM on 01/24/2012
kudos to all involved with this movie for being able to keep the identity of the villainS a secret. Would be cool if they were able to keep it a secret till the first showing.
It's nice to go see movies and be surprised. A thing that is harder and harder these days.

Tidbit: I wouldn't mind seeing Thanos too. But I'd rather only have Loki with some "lesser" villainous "helpers" and have a great cameo at the end to set up the sequel.
kudos to all involved with this movie for being able to keep the identity of the villainS a secret. Would be cool if they were able to keep it a secret till the first showing.
It's nice to go see movies and be surprised. A thing that is harder and harder these days.

Tidbit: I wouldn't mind seeing Thanos too. But I'd rather only have Loki with some "lesser" villainous "helpers" and have a great cameo at the end to set up the sequel.
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1:09AM on 01/24/2012
Empire knows there are suckers like me in the world that will buy all five covers...

Are the Frost Giants going to attack earth then? Or, are they just going to call them Chatari instead of Skrulls?
Empire knows there are suckers like me in the world that will buy all five covers...

Are the Frost Giants going to attack earth then? Or, are they just going to call them Chatari instead of Skrulls?
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9:31PM on 01/23/2012

Namor

I going outside the box, only because I would geek out, Namor could be the "villain"
I going outside the box, only because I would geek out, Namor could be the "villain"
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8:24PM on 01/23/2012
If fanboys had their way it would be the Shi'ar or Thanos. Can you imagine Gladiator vs Thor? We all know it will be someone more mainstream like Ultron or Enchantress.
If fanboys had their way it would be the Shi'ar or Thanos. Can you imagine Gladiator vs Thor? We all know it will be someone more mainstream like Ultron or Enchantress.
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7:50PM on 01/23/2012

Red skull would never work with Loki...

I really doubt Red Skull would work with Loki. He may be in it as a cameo, or a flashback. I am still holding hopes high for Skrull.
I swear if its something like more frost giants or whatever we have seen before I will be pissed.
I really doubt Red Skull would work with Loki. He may be in it as a cameo, or a flashback. I am still holding hopes high for Skrull.
I swear if its something like more frost giants or whatever we have seen before I will be pissed.
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5:54PM on 01/23/2012
I'm sure some toy line will reveal the enemies to us like they usually do.

I read somewhere they were being referred to as the redacted whatever that is.
I'm sure some toy line will reveal the enemies to us like they usually do.

I read somewhere they were being referred to as the redacted whatever that is.
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5:33PM on 01/23/2012
Single covers are great but the cover with the group is horrible, but either way I am definitely looking forward to this movie.
Single covers are great but the cover with the group is horrible, but either way I am definitely looking forward to this movie.
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5:00PM on 01/23/2012

Aliens

I'm thinking The Shi'ar, or The Inhumans...although neither are really considered villains...although I could see them being perceived as such early on. The Shi'ar would be a nice touch, because of their connection with The Kree.
I'm thinking The Shi'ar, or The Inhumans...although neither are really considered villains...although I could see them being perceived as such early on. The Shi'ar would be a nice touch, because of their connection with The Kree.
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2:11PM on 01/23/2012
Black Widow's is awesome. Looks straight out of a comic. And what other alien races are in the Marvel-verse? I am thinking of the Brood and nothing else is coming to me . . .
Black Widow's is awesome. Looks straight out of a comic. And what other alien races are in the Marvel-verse? I am thinking of the Brood and nothing else is coming to me . . .
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2:24PM on 01/23/2012
Black Widow's what is awesome?
Black Widow's what is awesome?
2:44PM on 01/23/2012
I'm guessing, Black Widow's cover is awesome.
I'm guessing, Black Widow's cover is awesome.
3:45PM on 01/23/2012
I don't see the Brood being in it. Those were mainly an X-men problem. Maybe some type of Atlantis type of deal. They did have Hydra in Captain America, even though it appeared to be a different organization than in the comics.
I don't see the Brood being in it. Those were mainly an X-men problem. Maybe some type of Atlantis type of deal. They did have Hydra in Captain America, even though it appeared to be a different organization than in the comics.
3:45PM on 01/23/2012
I was thinking that, but it's just her holding a gun so I don't see how only that one looks straight out of a comic since the other ones are basically the same style.
I was thinking that, but it's just her holding a gun so I don't see how only that one looks straight out of a comic since the other ones are basically the same style.
4:58PM on 01/23/2012
I'm thinking The Shi'ar, or The Inhumans...although neither are really considered villains...although I could see them being perceived as suck early on. The Shi'ar would be a nice touch, because of their connection with The Kree.
I'm thinking The Shi'ar, or The Inhumans...although neither are really considered villains...although I could see them being perceived as suck early on. The Shi'ar would be a nice touch, because of their connection with The Kree.
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1:41PM on 01/23/2012
Looking forward to this, very much

Nice covers, confused about Iron Man's reactor shape... and Wish there was a Hulk cover, Poor guy always gets left out
Looking forward to this, very much

Nice covers, confused about Iron Man's reactor shape... and Wish there was a Hulk cover, Poor guy always gets left out
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1:12PM on 01/23/2012
Seriously, this movie is going to be legen....wait for it DARY!
Seriously, this movie is going to be legen....wait for it DARY!
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3:51PM on 01/23/2012
You should have had a few periods before you said DARY because we weren't waiting for it with the way you wrote it.
You should have had a few periods before you said DARY because we weren't waiting for it with the way you wrote it.
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1:06PM on 01/23/2012

Tidbit

It won't be Thanos unless they make him suck like they did to Dr Doom in the FF movies. He's more of "the whole marvel universe comes out to fight" kind of villain, or at least with the Infinity Gauntlet he is, heh.
It won't be Thanos unless they make him suck like they did to Dr Doom in the FF movies. He's more of "the whole marvel universe comes out to fight" kind of villain, or at least with the Infinity Gauntlet he is, heh.
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3:50PM on 01/23/2012
Thanos was only like that with the infinity gems. Otherwise he was comparable to Doom or The Mandarin. The worst travesty heaped upon a villain was the FF movie version of Galactus. I still have yet to see that movie because I refuse to give them ANY monet for turning him into a giant cloud.
Thanos was only like that with the infinity gems. Otherwise he was comparable to Doom or The Mandarin. The worst travesty heaped upon a villain was the FF movie version of Galactus. I still have yet to see that movie because I refuse to give them ANY monet for turning him into a giant cloud.
12:31PM on 01/23/2012

good

i'm happy with Red Skull and Loki being main villains again. They dont need to introduce a ton of pointless characters.
i'm happy with Red Skull and Loki being main villains again. They dont need to introduce a ton of pointless characters.
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11:49AM on 01/23/2012
i like these covers, i never buy magazines, but if this has a mini avengers poster inside, ill buy it. also, i doubt spiderman will be in the avengers, don't Fox own the spidy film rights?
i like these covers, i never buy magazines, but if this has a mini avengers poster inside, ill buy it. also, i doubt spiderman will be in the avengers, don't Fox own the spidy film rights?
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1:38PM on 01/23/2012
Im sure its Sony who owns Spidey
Im sure its Sony who owns Spidey
2:48PM on 01/23/2012
Check out this link for the Spidey rumor. Hard to swallow for me...which is probably why it's a rumor. If true, would be epic, but very doubtful that it is.
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Check out this link for the Spidey rumor. Hard to swallow for me...which is probably why it's a rumor. If true, would be epic, but very doubtful that it is.
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9:04PM on 01/23/2012
yes, sony my mistake. i checked out the link and I would go with it being just a big typo, but if they do go with a cameo, i'd hope to see Tobey don the suit once more
yes, sony my mistake. i checked out the link and I would go with it being just a big typo, but if they do go with a cameo, i'd hope to see Tobey don the suit once more
11:54PM on 01/23/2012
Yeeeeaaaah, you won't be seeing Tobey, I'd bet my Captain America premium format figure on that one. Andrew Garfield? Better chance, if Sony and Marvel have struck a deal.
Yeeeeaaaah, you won't be seeing Tobey, I'd bet my Captain America premium format figure on that one. Andrew Garfield? Better chance, if Sony and Marvel have struck a deal.
11:32AM on 01/23/2012
Too bad there's no Hawkeye cover. Extra tidbit: maybe Red Skull has the Infinity Gauntlet. Awesome crossover!
Too bad there's no Hawkeye cover. Extra tidbit: maybe Red Skull has the Infinity Gauntlet. Awesome crossover!
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8:52PM on 01/23/2012
i think its because Jeremy Renner is already on the cover
i think its because Jeremy Renner is already on the cover
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11:29AM on 01/23/2012
Not bad covers. But I guess Iron Man went back to the circle reactor on his chest. Didn't the first posters have it as the triangle like in IM2? I don't really care either way, just thought it was interesting.
Not bad covers. But I guess Iron Man went back to the circle reactor on his chest. Didn't the first posters have it as the triangle like in IM2? I don't really care either way, just thought it was interesting.
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11:37AM on 01/23/2012
that is a very good point about the reactor form factor in the chest, i sure hope they don´t go back on the story...
that is a very good point about the reactor form factor in the chest, i sure hope they don´t go back on the story...
11:43AM on 01/23/2012
You got a point. But from the look of Iron Man's armor, it looks different from Iron Man 1 armor. The horseshoe-shape curve makes it look different. New armor, perhaps?
You got a point. But from the look of Iron Man's armor, it looks different from Iron Man 1 armor. The horseshoe-shape curve makes it look different. New armor, perhaps?
12:32PM on 01/23/2012
They're not going back, watch the trailer, the triangular reactor is in it.
They're not going back, watch the trailer, the triangular reactor is in it.
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