If it's crap ... We'll tell you
During an interview at this years SXSW Festival - at which he debuted his film 'The Cabin in the Woods' to a much-delighted crowd - director Joss Whedon confronted the growing rumors that the alien race seen in the trailers and marketing materials for the upcoming Marvel film 'The Avengers' were in fact the well-known shapeshifting race known as The Skrulls.
In order to finally resolve the mystery, Whedon joked:
"It’s the Vulcans... I know we’re going to get a lot of emails about that one."
When the laughter died down, he continued:
"I will say only this: It is not the Kree or the Skrulls. Those two aliens are Marvel mainstays and have enormous backstories... 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] 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."
So there you go, fans. All your scouring for clues and long, heavily researched explanations for why it HAS to be the Skrulls or the Kree has officially been debunked by the man himself. Beyond the simple justification to not overly complicate the already interwoven plot, there also may be another, even more basic explanation: current speculation is that legal rights to use "The Skrulls" lie within the film rights for The Fantastic Four (they were originally FF villains), rights that were sold by Marvel to 21st Century Fox sometime around 1997. Without owning the rights to use them in a film, they may have simply chosen to create a wholly unique alien race for the anticipated crossover film (and would also explain why they can still use the Skrulls and Kree in their toylines and merchandising tie-ins).
So what do you think, Spillios? Have they created a whole new race specifically for the film? Or are they using one of the lesser known alien races in Marvel history? Could they be warriors from another one of Thor's Nine Realms? Post a comment below and let us know!