We still have a hell of a long way to go until Joss Whedon's Avengers film hits the big screen, but it's always fun to talk about and speculate what we might see in the movie.
As you know, the film will bring together Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and S.H.I.E.L.D., to do battle with an evil villain, but who will be that villain? We've heard rumors in the past that The Hulk and Loki might end up taking on The Avengers. Now it looks like there is some interesting information to back up these claims.
Gregory Littley, the guy who revealed that the first official THOR teaser would debut via Yahoo, says the following,
The Hulk will be a villain in #Avengers... but the main baddie is Loki.
I wouldn't be surprised if this was actually the case. After all, it's the storyline from Stan Lee's original Avengers comic. Here's the original story.
The first adventure features the Asgardian trickster god Loki, who seeks revenge against his adopted brother Thor. Using an illusion, Loki tricks the Hulk into destroying a railroad track, after that he then diverts a radio call by Rick Jones for help to Thor, whom Loki hopes will battle the Hulk. Unknown to Loki, the radio call is also answered by Ant-Man, the Wasp and Iron Man. After an initial misunderstanding, the heroes unite and defeat Loki. Ant-Man states the five work well together and suggests they form a combined team — with the Wasp naming the group "the Avengers" because it sounded "dramatic" (Ironically, occasional "post-modern" commentary questions exactly what the Avengers are supposed to be "avenging," not realizing the name was, as noted, chosen simply because it sounded good.). The original members are known as the "founding members" and are responsible for the name of the team and for carrying out the team's charter. As a result, their wishes regarding the direction of the team are given additional weight and deference. Although he was not actually there are the group's formation, Captain America (Steve Rogers) is considered a founder by the charter since he joined only weeks after the team initially formed and served with the Avengers before its first true recruitment drive and roster change.
The Avengers will have an all-star cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, and Clark Gregg. The Avengers is set to be unleashed on the world on May 4th 2012 in 3D. And filming is scheduled to start early next year.