Joss Whedon's THE AVENGERS Might Feature a Vampire!

It looks like Joss Whedon’s The Avengers just might end up featuring a vampire! The highly-anticipated film is currently in post production, and the full credits have been released on IMDb. Nuke The Fridge noticed the inclusion of a vampire among the cast, which makes us wonder how a vampire fits into the story? Could Whedon be giving an amusing nod to Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

There has been some speculation that the vampire could actually be Marvel’s “The Living Vampire”, the anti-hero/villain Morbius. If this is true, does that mean that Morbius will be a ally or an adversary? Since the character will be showing up in the end credits, does that mean the character will appear in the likely sequel?

The vamp will be played by actor/stuntman J.J. Perry. He has worked with Whedon on Angel, Serenity, and Firefly.  I am interested in seeing this movie even more now. What are your thoughts on this news?
Here is the full cast:

Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark (Iron Man)
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner (The Hulk)
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton (Hawkeye)
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (The Black Widow)
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers (Captain America)
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Samuel L. Jackson as Col. Nick Fury
Paul Bettany as Jarvis (voice)
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
Amanda Righetti as Sharon Carter
Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Erik Selvig
Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill
Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Lou Ferrigno as The Incredible Hulk (voice)
Jenny Agutter as Female council member
Joseph M. Abbott as Businessman (uncredited)
Logan Bennett as SHIELD Agent (uncredited)
Bob Kaye as Bridge SHIELD Agent (uncredited)
Darren Kendrick as Frost Giant Sentry (uncredited)
Frank Powers as SHIELD Agent (uncredited)
Alicia Sixtos as Female Bridge-Tech (uncredited)
J.J. Perry as Vampire in Post-Credits Scenes (uncredited)
Naeem Uzimann as Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)

The Avengers arrives in theaters on May 4th, 2012.
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