New <i>Avengers</i> Set Photos Seem To Confirm Film's Major Menace

If, after all the rumors and clues, doubts still remain about the identity of the major threat featured in The Avengers, these photos from the Cleveland set of the Marvel film will erase them. Needless to say, potentially major spoilers follow!

The shots come courtesy of Metromix Cleveland, which has an extensive gallery of images from the production, many of which cover sequences we saw earlier in the week. But the entertainment weekly also caught a chair on set for Iron Man director Jon Favreau -- we're running that below as a visual buffer to the spoilers -- and, well, see for yourself below ...

As you can see, the three photos reveal a crashed space craft, with an actor covered in motion-caption sensors playing a dead or wounded alien, seemingly cementing the involvement of the shape-shifting Skrulls in a threat big enough to require the U.S. military, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the assembled Avengers.

Rumblings about the Skrulls, or even the Kree-Skrull War, date back to at least summer 2009, but gained a foothold in December 2010 when a New Mexico newspaper reported the alien races would battle the alien races in the Marvel film. Despite the studio's effort to downplay the article, the rumors have persisted until this week, when the first actual evidence began to emerge from the Cleveland set.

Presumably the crashed craft was part of Monday afternoon's "strafing scene" that, through the magic of CGI, will eventually feature a score of similar car-sized attackers emanating from an enormous spaceship hovering above a building. How the Skrulls relate to Tom Hiddleston's Loki remains to be seen, but the actor has been spotted on set.

Directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgård. It opens opens May 4, 2012.

(via The Daily Blam!)

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