A few days ago I reported on an IMDb listing of Cobie Smulders playing Marie Hill/Anelle, a Skrull character, in the new Avengers movie. I was promptly met with a chorus of people denouncing IMDb for being about as reliable as a chocolate teapot when it comes to pre-release info about films. Well, you make a good point, as anyone can contribute to IMDb, although all contributions of information undergo moderation before they are allowed to go live.
However, there's no smoke without fire, and things are getting a little hot under the collar.
Some leaked artwork and footage sent to Eurogamer from a recently canned tie-in Avengers game by THQ has revealed the Avengers fighting, you guessed it, Skrulls. The footage was leaked by a THQ animator who was recently laid off when THQ's Australian outpost was closed down. Another illustrator has included concept art from "an Avengers game pitch a few months back". The footage is below, so watch it quick before it gets torn down.
The thing that strikes me most is how sad it is that this game isn't going ahead. The footage looks great!
This is just the latest in a series of clues that have slowly been eroding away any doubt that the Skrulls will appear in The Avengers. Rumours started back in 2009 when Devin Faraci spoke with producer Kevin Feige at Comic Con.
'Will the Skrulls be the villain in The Avengers?' I asked.
Feige gave me one of those looks he's good at giving and just said, 'We do own them.' [Chud.com]
I guess we'll find out when the film is released in May 2012. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon and stars Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr. and Jeremy Renner.
Thanks to Little Bleeder Michael for the tip.
Update: As we suspected, Marvel swooped in less than 24 hours after the video went live and had it removed. For those who didn't see it, it showed: Thor getting into a tussle with an oversized Skrull; a female Skrull who may or may not have been Anelle; Hawkeye just running around being Hawkeye; Captain America and Thor using their shield and hammer to break their way through doors. And a mouse, for some reason.