By Robbie Graham Silver Screen Saucers
Marvel’sThe Avengershas previewed to high praise from critics, currently scoring an impressive 96%at RottenTomatoes.com.
Empire Magazine calls the movie “A joyous blendof heroism and humour that raises the stakes even as it maintains a firm gripon what makes the individual heroes tick.” Empire does have some minorcomplaints about The Avengers, however. One of which is that:
“The alien army… are very throwaway,bland types who serve as little more than intergalactic cannon-fodder. Yes,they’re from the Marvel universe (we won’t name them, but they’re not who hasbeen rumoured [the Skrulls]), but they display very little in the way of unique abilities.”
Empire’s unwillingness toname the alien race matters not, though, as the movie’s director, Joss Whedon, spilled the beans himself at a pressconference earlier this month, revealing that “Thealien race are the Chitauri — or a version of them.”
|Chitauri attack in Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
“a shapeshifting alien species who haveattempted to conquer the Earth, most notably during World War II and again inthe early 21st century… The Chitauri were ableto mimic human form and absorb human knowledge, apparently by ingesting thebodies or brains of the humans they imitated.”
The Marvel Database further states of theChitauri “claim to be part of ‘the immune system of the Universe’, wiping outdisorder and free will wherever they find it.”
Interestingly in the context of UFOlogical conspiracytheory, when in their true form, the Chitauri “appear to be large, andreptilian.” They prefer to “act behind the scenes, mimicking and influencingthe social and military methods of the species they are currently infiltrating.For example, they aided the Nazis in their attempt at world conquest byproviding them with the technology to create a nuclear bomb carried by an intercontinentalballistic missile.”
Naturally, for the UFO buff, this calls to mind theoriessurrounding alleged reptilian beings described in numerous abduction accounts,and also the popular idea that these “reptoids” have long played a hidden partin humanity’s political affairs.
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It is notable that the Chitauri have also attempted toquietly conquer Earth using “long-term methods of manipulation such aswill-inhibiting drugs in many nations’ water supplies, influencing the media,and R.F.I.D. (Radio-frequency identification) microchips to be implanted in schoolchildren,among other means.”
How much of the Chitauri’s comic book mythology hasactually been incorporated into the upcoming Avengers movie remains tobe seen. But if Empire’s “bland cannon fodder” comments are anything to go bythen, it would seem, not very much. Also, the Chitauri as shown in the movie’strailers (see above) and as represented in toy form (see right) do not appearovertly “reptilian.” But then, perhaps we’ve yet to see them in their truescaly form. All will be revealed when Marvel’s The Avengers hits cinemas on May 4. Inthe meantime, if you’re hungry for more insight into the movie’s production,here’s 20 minutes of on-set footage…
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