Who Else Besides Loki Will Menace The Avengers? Find Out! SPOILERS

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If you’re a daily reader of this site, or heck, any movie site, then you probably already know that Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” won’t be fighting The Hulk in their first big screen outing (as they did in the comics), but instead will be facing the menace of Loki, Thor’s evil adopted brother.

This has been officially confirmed when Marvel released their “Avengers” press release at the start of production last month, with Tom Hiddleston prominently mentioned as returning, and there was that “Thor” easter egg scene to drive the point home in case you didn’t believe it. Yes, Loki will continue to menace Thor and the Avengers.

And of course, there were those rumors that the alien race known as the Skrulls would be invading Earth in “The Avengers”. Forget about it, it’s not a rumor — it’s pretty much true. At least, I haven’t heard/read anyone refuting this bit yet. From everything I’ve read, the Skrulls will indeed be attempting an invasion of the planet, as they are keen to do in the Marvel Universe. No word, though, on whether they’ll be making use of their shape-shifting abilities, but that seems likely given that it’s one of their biggest weapons.

But wait! There is actually a THIRD villain!

Latino Review, who have been pretty damn solid with their “Avengers” sources thus far, has another major news about yet another “Avengers” villain. I have to admit, you sort of saw this one coming given all the clues from “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger”.

The other villain that the Avengers will have to contend with, besides the Skrulls invasion and Loki manipulating everything in the background?

How about THANOS.

Oh come on, when you saw the Infinity Gauntlet sitting in Odin’s chamber, you sort of knew, right? Plus, the Cosmic Cube will play a huge role in the Red Skull’s schemes in “Captain America”. When cosmic weapons are involved, Thanos of Titan is usually smack dab in the middle of it.

More about Thanos from Wikipedia for the uninitiated:

Debuting in the Bronze Age of comic books, the character has featured in over three decades of Marvel continuity and a self-titled series. The character’s name is a derivation of Thanatos, the personification of death and mortality in Greek mythology. One of his more prominent storylines to date—the Infinity Gauntlet series—portrayed him as a mad cosmic tyrant bent on slaying half of all sentiences existing then in Marvel’s multiverse in order to appease the Marvel Universe’s actual (and more powerful) embodied personification of Death in an attempt to win its love. Thanos has consistently recurred as a powerful villain, and has been featured across nearly Marvel’s entire product line, including animated television series; arcade and video games; toys and trading cards.

If you’ve never read the “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline by Jim Starlin, you’re missing out on some insanely good cosmic storytelling. Unfortunately, they couldn’t leave well enough alone, and it was followed by a bunch of lame sequels, but hey, that’s comic books for ya.

LR wouldn’t say how Thanos figures into “The Avengers”, just that he does. But given that the movie is already stuffed with villains (the Skrulls invasion itself should take up a huge chunk of the storyline), Thanos may not have all that big of a role … THIS time around. Who knows in a sequel?

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  • Eagle Eye

    Not a bad choice, just don’t cram too many people into it!!

  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    awesome, I want giant-man and wasp to be in it though

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Sorry. Get over it, not gonna happen unless they take Ant Man’s movie away. Edgar Wright has already said his script doesn’t fit the universe.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    I say make Loki and Thanos puppet masters. Thanos wants something either the Guantlet or the Cube and Loki knows where it is and how to get it (no Destroyer protecting vault now) and they make a deal. Thanos will get Skrulls to invade and Loki willl tell Tthanos where to find the artifacts. Zonly thing about Thanos is I hope they keep his obssession with death and that his only real reason for wanting power is to impress death or finaly die himself.

    • Juggernaut

      Yeah I see it going similarly. However, I could see the exchange between Loki and Thanos happening more as an after credits scene. That would set up either a sequel to the Avengers or even have him pop up in another Avengers members solo films or even a new character (I don’t know if Marvel still aquires the rights to Silver Surfer?!). I just think that with Loki, The Skrulls AND Thanos we may run into a Spider-Man 3 situation!!!

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Or could be like TDK. I think Loki n Thanos can only be background like villains manipulating things for now unless they use Thanos as the actual big bad and the Skrulls are like cannon fodder for the Avengers.

        Sent on the go.