Sunday, March 4, 2012

Avengers: Loki's Army Race?

At the end of the 2nd Avengers trailer, Loki claims to have an army. In the most recent trailer, we get a few glimpses at the army. In neither trailer are we told who the army is, of what race the army is composed. I would like to pull together a few resources upon which we may base speculative answers to this question: What is Loki's army?



First, let's meet our contestants. This page offers eight possibilities:

Skrulls
Frost Giants
Badoons
Annihilus and His Minions
Knights of Wundagore
Sons of Muspell
Atlanteans
Alpha Cenaurians

The page briefly summarizes the pros and cons for each race. If we ignore the Frost Giants as "too predictable" since they were the villains in Thor, then the strongest cases can be made for Atlanteans or Sons of Muspell:

Atlanteans:
There were at least three hints at Atlantis in Iron Man 2:

1) The Oracle Dome.
2) S.H.I.E.L.D. 'Target Map' includes Namor's 'Fortress of Solitude'.
3) Vanko's workshop wall: 'Atlantis Discovered' News clipping.

The problem is that Atlantis may be reserved for the Iron Man franchise, rather than have it bleed over into Avengers. Some speculate that Iron Man 3 might be a retelling of the Demon in a Bottle storyline, so Marvel may be saving Namor / Atlantis for this film, rather than spoil it in Avengers.

Sons of Muspell:
This page compares the attack scenes from the Avengers trailer with pages from an old Thor comic. Some of the attack scenes are quite similar, but a few pages from a Thor comic seems to not be evidence enough for a strong conclusion.

I'd like to offer another piece of evidence that I think throws the 8 possibilities listed above into question: the package art for the Avengers LEGO sets:




As we see in these images, the members of Loki's army are silver and gold. They are also unnamed on the box art. If Loki's army were composed of a known race from the Marvel universe, presumably they would be named on the LEGO sets.

That's all the "evidence" I've found pertaining to this very important question. So, what do you think? And before you go with the token 'SKRULLS!' response, know that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said they are not Skrulls, even though they're probably Skrulls.

84 comments:

_J_ said...

I mostly want to know what the big roboty Decepticon Snake Thing is at the end of the 2nd trailer.

Some forums have discussed the possibility of it being The Midgard Serpent, but that's usually more of a snake / dragon thing than a robot.

Roscoe said...

There's a Avengers Board Game coming out that CLEARLY has Skrulls as enemy tokens.. but.. gold and and silver armor guys? Ain't Skrulls.

Really, there's not much to go on for any of these. At least, no more than for going with modified Space Phantoms, Chitauri (the sorta-skrulls used in Ultimates, which the movies take from at points), or Mindless Ones from Dormammu's Dark Dimension. Or any other racial group.

I've heard some guess they were going to be Kree soldiers based on the same blue-ish tint of skin that gives some people Atlanteans or Frost Giants. But.. So far? We've nothing to really go on, especially when you consider translating something to film.

Roscoe said...

Could be an attempt at Jormungandr.. sure. Could also be Fin Fang Foom.

Though I'd riot, in his scaly name, at the theater if so.

Honestly, I suspect we need more of a skeleton plot to guess at these things, otherwise we're pulling names outta a hat.

Roscoe said...

http://io9.com/5884373/has-the-avengers-board-game-revealed-the-movies-enemy-soldiers

Avengers Board Game link. Though.. in typing this.. People at the initial link argue against Annihilus minons on grounds they might be tied up with the FF.. but.. Skrulls are EQUALLY resonant with the First Family. I mean.. Super Skrull's THEIR villian, and Reed DID turn them into cows in their first appearance.

Namor would seem to be more of a Captain America thing to me, but Demon in a Bottle is still a good call..

Badoon are a little used cosmic thing that were SUPPOSED to be the next big threat in Marvel Cosmic, but never were.. that's the only reason they're showing up here.

Wundagore? Alpha Cenaruians? meh. both sometimes fun, but.. nothing that I'd see a blockbuster movie trying to use.

Thing is.. I can't really see any classic stories to draw on that map to this (the Muspell one seems to inform some of the action shots, but.. ) so. I 'unno.

_J_ said...

If that guy hadn't said it wasn't Skrulls, I'd assume the villians were Skrulls. It's weird that the enemies in the board game would be Skrulls if the movie doesn't include Skrulls.

Roscoe said...

Not that weird.. tie-in games? great place to go for more breadth, bring in movie fans to comics fold.

And with Kree-Skrull War being a classic, Secret Invasion being sorta recent, Disney's Avengers going into a Secret Invasion riff that might lead to a Kree-Skrull war series of eps?

It's not without a certain kind of logic.

_J_ said...

"Not that weird.. tie-in games? great place to go for more breadth, bring in movie fans to comics fold."

That...I can understand.

Trying to think of a comparison to make.

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