Joss Whedon confirms the Skrulls will not be in The Avengers

One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Marvel’s mega superhero crossover still is the identity of the invading alien race. For awhile now many have been speculating over just who or what these aliens might be. Could the race be the Skrull, the Kree, the Annihilus or the Phalanx? Recently, Avengers director Joss Whedon attended the SXSW event in Austin, Texas, and was able to knock off a few names on the list.

“It’s the Vulcans, I don’t know a lot about the Marvel universe, and I thought there were Vulcans. I know we’re going to get a lot of emails about that one.”

Obviously, he was joking, but he did let the audience know who would not be facing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes this May.

“I will say only this: It is not the Kree or the Skrulls. Those two aliens are Marvel mainstays and have enormous back-stories. They have a big life of their own that just could not be contained in a film where I already had seven movie stars.”

“The Skrulls — they can shape change. That’s a whole thing. I’ve already got Loki. He’s got magic. Once you got magic along with your Iron Man and your Black Widow — it’s a real juggling act.”

Joss Whedon also said that Marvel may not want him revealing this information. But with all the speculation, he wanted to clear the air so that no one was disappointed when they finally saw the film. While hopefully this will put the rumor to rest, it can not be denied that there was a lot of evidence pointing to the Skrulls.

Last year, early test footage of an Avengers video game developed by THQ was leaked on the internet. The leaked footage and concept art showed the Skrull as one of the main villains of the video game. The material was leaked by a former THQ employee who worked as an animator on the video game, but unfortunately, the game was scrapped.

Recently, MTV Geek got an early look at a Avengers board game at the 2012 Toy Fair. The board game featured distinctive Skrull pieces for the game. The evidence definitely speaks for itself, but Marvel’s head honcho, Kevin Feige, was actually the first to deny the rumor awhile back.

According to Badass Digest, the Marvel Studios‘ CEO revealed that Fox Entertainment owned the rights to Super Skrull, a property they would likely use in their Fantastic Four franchise. Marvel still owns the Skrull as a race itself, but source close to the production says that Marvel isn’t willing to chance the distinction between the two for a lawsuit.

So there you have it, no Skrulls and no Kree. Disappointed? You still have two other Marvel alien races to choose from. Either way, The Avengers assemble May 4th.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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