A Whole Bunch of 'The Avengers' Images Leave Hulk Out

Monday, 23 January 2012 09:11 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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A Whole Bunch of 'The Avengers' Images Leave Hulk Out

Believe it or not, boys and girls, the biggest effort from Marvel Studios is just three full months away.  The Avengers, a fanboy dream if ever there's been one, drops in 3D on May 4th, meaning you've got time to get your hands on some Rogue 3D Eyewear before Iron Man, Thor, Captain American, and the Incredible Hulk battle Loki and...somebody else.  Marvel honcho Kevin Feige has some thoughts on that somebody else in the latest issue of Empire.  not only that, but several variant covers for the issue feature the different members of the superhero squad, except for poor, misunderstood Hulk.  Bruce Banner is also left out of a handful of photos from the magazine.

We know that Loki, the Thor villain played by Tom Hiddleston, summons an army to besiege Earth, and rumors have long suggested that this army will shapeshifting extraterrestrials the Skrulls“  Feige, always happy to play coy, commented, "Who said they were aliens?… 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.”

Feige was a bit more straightforward in addressing the rumor that Hugo Weaving's Red Skull would make an appearance, saying, "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."

And now, here are the covers.  The first is exclusively for subscribers, while the other four are variants for everyone to get in on.

The good folks at Coming Soon went ahead and scanned the images from the magazine, as well.  Again, you won't see a bit of Hulk or Dr. Bruce Banner.

So we've got yet more photographic evidence that Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson are in The Avengers.  Also in the film are Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg, and Cobie Smulders, too.  Joss Whedon writes and directs, with post-production rumbling along for a May 4th release date.

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