Concept Art Of THE AVENGERS’ Quinjet; Plus: When Will We See The Baddies?

Take a look at what the Avengers fly in, and discuss the missing antagonists. 

Hey look, a Quinjet! One of my favorite things about the comic book Avengers is that they have their own weird spacejet, and I love that it's called the Quinjet. I don't even know why it's called that, and I'm a huge comic book nerd. It just sounds cool, and that's good enough for me.

The movie Avengers will be riding around in one of them, and a Russian site has this concept art. It recalls classic Quinjet designs well enough. I'm pleased.

After the picture some spoilery talk about the foes in The Avengers. 

The Avengers comes out in about five months, but we have seen hide nor hair of the bad guys working with Loki. We've seen footage of Cap and Thor battling them, and pictures of Cap and Thor surrounded by them... but there's no them in there. The marketing campaign for the film has kept them really, really off-screen.

My sources close to Marvel revealed years ago that there would be Skrulls in the movie; Marvel Studios prez Kevin Feige told me personally that while Fox has The Super Skrull, Marvel owns The Skrull Empire. Well, it turns out that either he was jumping the gun or someone in legal didn't want to test the difference between those two concepts, and the aliens in The Avengers have been rebranded as something else, as well as redesigned. 

Part of the delay is the fact that the aliens are being created digitally; they were played on set by guys in mocap suits. But it's weird looking at some of the footage and images released so far and knowing that the shots will likely look different in the finished film - ie, something will be making those cars explode, and Cap and Thor will be actually battling something. 

Of course the question becomes do you WANT to see the aliens? The fanboy culture of all spoilers all the time has morphed into a truly spoilerphobic culture, and even the smallest details - like the design of the main antagonist in a blockbuster - are now considered spoilers. Personally I want to see them, because I want to get a sense of the scope of the movie. So far The Avengers feels small to me, and I want to be convinced that it's a huge, sprawling epic.

My guess? We'll see some alien footage in a Super Bowl ad. I don't know that The Avengers will have a Super Bowl spot, but it makes sense.