I Don’t Care What They Say, Those Are Skrulls in The Avengers

As we’ve reported earlier, the cat is finally out of the bag about those mysterious aliens from The Avengers, and it turns out that they’re none other than the Ultimate Universe’s Chitauri. Now, if you’re not familiar with these shape shifting beasties, then allow me to fill you in.  

Back in 2002 Mark Millar introduced the world to a brand new version of Marvel’s most beloved superhero team with The Ultimates, a darker, trendier, grittier version of The Avengers. Well, it just so happens that Millar wanted to pit our heroes against an invading alien horde, and he decided the Skrulls would be the perfect extra-terrestrials for the job, but he didn’t really like the name “Skrull“. So, he swapped that with the term “Chitauri“, revamped their history (as is expected for any Ultimate Universe version of a character or, in this case, race), and threw them into an epic battle with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s resident superhero group.

But… people tend to forget that the Chitauri are, in fact, still Skrulls!!! So when folks like Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige publicly declare that those galaxy hopping creeps won’t play a role in their film, one would naturally dismiss the Chitauri as well, but they obviously didn’t.  Now that we all know about the aliens, though, Joss Whedon has been forced to do some damage control. Check out this comment from a recent press conference (thanks to our friends at CBM for the transcript)…

“The alien race are the Chitauri — or a version of them — because they are not one of the key races and they don’t have a storied history. That wasn’t the point. I know this debate will go on long after I’m dead. I would say it was the KreeSkrull race.”

As you can see, Whedon is sticking to his guns on this one, but I don’t care! The villains in The Avengers are still Skrulls in my book.

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  • Caio

    Millar later retconned the Chitauri as being only a faction inside the Skrulls. See the arc “President Thor” in the Ultimate FF series (issues 27-29)

    • Steve Lemlek

      I remember that storyline. I was mindlessly reading Fantastic Four for a while there, and when that storyline came along, I had to go back and read the past 12 issues to make sure I didn’t miss any clues.

      BUT… I consider that bit of retconning a cop out. And still… that just re-confirms that the Chitauri are Skrulls. Maybe not the name for the entire race, but still a subset of them.