With Empire Magazine's March issue dedicated to the highly-anticipated launch of Marvel's The Avengers, we have some more cover images of the heroes to pass around. An interesting sidepiece with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige discussing the villains of the May 4th release. Despite the wide-spread rumors across the web, the Skrulls will not be the ones wrecking havoc on S.H.I.E.L.D. in the upcoming film.
"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."
When asked whether Red Skull is truly dead, Feige left the door open for the character to return but clarified that he won't be in Marvel's The Avengers as well.
"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." 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!"