While rumors have been running rampart that "The Avengers" will feature secret alien villains, director Joss Whedon has made it clear that the movie will include neither Skrulls nor Kree. When attending the screening for "The Cabin in the Woods" at the 2012 SXSW festival on Saturday, December 10, the filmmaker explained why both creatures were not picked as the nemeses in addition to Loki.
The "Buffy and the Vampire Slayer" creator stated as quoted by Entertainment Weekly, "I will say only this: It is not the Kree or the Skrulls." He explained, "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."
When he was urged to answer who exactly are the extraterrestrial beings Loki recruits to help him conquer the Earth, Whedon jokingly said, "It's the Vulcans." He added, "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."
Asked why he always plays coy about the identity of the possible alien villains in "Avengers", he responded, "What's probably happening is that I just said something that Marvel didn't want me to. It's weird to be fired so late!"
Though the Skrulls and Kree will not be included in the upcoming film, the New York-born moviemaker guaranteed the movie will not be a disappointment with Loki serving as the main antagonist. "The Skrulls, they can shape change. That's a whole thing. I've already got Loki. He's got magic," he said. "Once you got magic along with your Iron Man and your Black Widow, it's a real juggling act."
During the discussion, Whedon also shared his experience in helming the first mega-budgeted movie in his career. He opened up, "When you can have everything, everybody wants to give you everything, and then it's very hard to make things feel real. To make things feel lived in. So we had to work hard at taking the big budget out of the movie. Too much Scrooge is not a good thing. We have to think more creatively about cutting the budget and limiting ourselves."
"The Avengers" will arrive in the U.S. theaters on May 4. Lining up in the cast ensemble are such actors as Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson.