Is Red Skull in The Avengers? We have an answer! (and some new pics)

If you, like us, have been wondering for weeks whether Loki (Tom Hiddleston) was going to have to share the "villain spotlight" with the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) in The Avengers, we have our answer. Plus, we also have three awesome new pics (and a magazine cover) to share with you. It's truly an awesome day to be an Avengers fan.

First things first:

For a few weeks now, there've been rumors and speculations that Captain America: The First Avenger villain the Red Skull would be appearing alongside Loki—and a still-unnamed-and-very-mysterious-army—to cause a lot of trouble for our favorite team of superheroes.

So is it true?

Speaking to Empire Magazine, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed some tantalizing tidbits regarding said mysterious army and the Red Skull :

"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."

"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!"

So there you have it: No Red Skull in The Avengers, and no Skrulls either. Are you guys disappointed, or relieved?

Joss Whedon's The Avengers will assemble in theaters on May 4, 2012.

(via Comic Book Movie and Flicks and Bits)

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