Surprise villain for The Avengers?

New toy gives away more than it ought to

Forget trailers, interviews and on-set photography… when it comes to getting the drop on the latest Hollywood blockbuster, examining your local toy shop is the way to go. Last week we reported on how a remote-controlled car had given away a first proper look at The Amazing Spider-Man’s Lizard, and this week, a new toy appears to have given away one of The Avengers’ biggest secrets.

Take a look at the following promotional blurb from HeroClix, manufacturers of the official line of Avengers action figures and see if you can spot anything surprising…

“Charging straight out of theaters and onto your tabletop, Marvel’s the Avengers Movie HeroClix set features heroes like Captain America and Thor as they battle the villainy of the Red Skull and Loki!”

The Red Skull? Well, that’s a new one on us! Last time we saw Hugo Weaving’s crimson-faced villain, he was vaporised by the power of the Cosmic Cube at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger.

However, as any Marvel fanboy will tell you, the Cosmic Cube’s weird, reality-altering energies can do all sorts to those they ensnare, including transporting someone through time and space…

We’re presuming HeroClix haven’t knocked up a Red Skull action figure just for the hell of it, so expect to see the Avengers facing off against more than just Loki when the film arrives in UK cinemas on 27 April 2012.

Is the Red Skull a good pick for The Avengers' antagonist? Tell us, below.


    • SiMan

      Jan 2nd 2012, 16:40

      I hope it is true. Hugo Weaving is a terrifically theatrical actor, especially playing a villain. I think he suits a superhero movie perfectly, but was not given enough to do in Captain America

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    • nkutzler

      Jan 2nd 2012, 16:56

      it could only be the comic book convenience that Red Skull was "transported" just a few years after Cap America was awakened.

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 3rd 2012, 14:05

      That would be sweet, a Red Skull and Loki tag team.

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    • HappyEmoness

      Jan 6th 2012, 6:06

      The Avengers comes out on my birthday. asdfghjkl

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    • FBSRowe

      Jan 6th 2012, 9:57

      Just checked Hugo Weavings filmography and it's stated he is down to star in the avengers as Red Skull.

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    • FBORed

      Jan 11th 2012, 16:42

      Erm..........he wasn't vaporized at the end of Captain America, it was clearly shown that he was transported through Ygdrasil to somewhere else - quite possibly to Jotunheim where Loki landed at the end of Thor. So it would make sense to bring him into The Avengers to team up with Loki.

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