It was a week or two ago when I was watching the [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) trailer for the thirty sixth time (yes, I've counted) when I began to contemplate some of the factors at play with Thanos and his workings, more specifically with the Skrulls. As many will know, the inclusion of the Skrulls in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an idea which many fans salivate at the thought of, but are usually stopped by the realization that, like a selection of other characters, the film rights to the Skrulls are ambiguous at best. As far as I know, the rights to the famed evil shape-shifting aliens are torn somewhere between Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox. This is due to the fact that the Skrulls have been more or less equally terrorizing both The Avengers AND [The Fantastic Four](movie:34667) for decades. However, despite these little problems, I have faith that something will be able to be arranged before the MCU takes on its own version of the Secret Invasion.
Now, back to the Chitauri. As we know, the MCU is based off a mix of both the mainstream Marvel Comics Universe, as well as the wonderful Ultimates universe of which the Chitauri are that universe's parallel of the Skrulls. It was from this train of though that got me thinking, who exactly are the Chitauri? We know that they have some association with Thanos and The Other (Thanos' 'henchman' killed by Ronan when he had a hissy fit in [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073)). When Avengers first came out I believed The Other to be their sort of 'leader', considering his strong connection to Loki and Thanos, as well as the way he talked of the aliens After their defeat in New York at the end of The Avengers, it would be safe to assume that The Other would have been a little pissed considering he just lost an army. However, when he speaks to Thanos in the Mid-Credits scene, as well as in Guardians, he doesn't seem particularly shaken about it, nor did Thanos. As such, it can be assumed that the Chitauri were not exactly loved by Thanos and The Other.
However, another explanation may lie back in the 1940s with Captain America: The First Avenger. If you'll recall, Red Skull and Dr. Arnim Zola used The Tesseract to creates weapons that basically blew up whoever got hit with them, the explosion accompanied by a sort of blue glow. You might also recall that the Tesseract is the space stone. And that it transported Red Skull somewhere. And that Loki came to Earth through it, almost certainly from Sanctuary (Domain of Thanos). So, what if the people that were killed with the Tesseract weapons weren't actually killed, I mean, why would they? The Tesseract is for transport, not assault. So, if they, and Red Skull, are not dead then, where did they go?
Doors open from both sides.
It is entirely conceivable that the Allied and Hydra forces of World War II, as well as Red Skull himself, could have been transported to Thanos. And of course, what would Thanos do? Torture and use them for his own nefarious purposes. Of course Thanos and The Other would see the humans as inferior, but wouldn't want to waste an opportunity. So, it may very well be possible that, over the 70 years between CA:TFA and [The Avengers](movie:9040) that the soldiers were mutated (oh, i mean miracled) into the Chitauri.
So, what do you think?
Just so you can watch the glory again...
Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is released in Australia, New Zealand and the UK on April 23.
It is released domestically on May 1.