We know from the trailers and everything else we've heard that Loki seems to be the central antagonist of The Avengers, but hey, what of those photos of a ship and some kind of otherworldly gun? Remember those? What about those, guys? Those are clearly some kind of alien devices, so they probably belong to some Marvel universe aliens--like the evil alien Skrulls or something, right, nerds? SO WE THOUGHT. But speaking to Empire, Marvel's Kevin Feige has clarified that not only is it not the Skrull, it's not even aliens, maybe. Unless it's aliens. Said Feige:
"Who said they were aliens?" [Feige] 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."
Also, Red Skull isn't the alien villain, in case you thought that was the case, as the interview continued:
"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 the second villain is... dated technology humor?
Whatever. Here's some new photos of Nick Fury, Captain America, and Hawkeye and Black Widow clearly having that awkward "right, I know, but if it turns out, you know, you ARE somehow... you'd, umm, get the abortion, right?" talk. I guess that was the only way to go more real than Dark Knight.