Surprise villain for The Avengers?

Forget trailers, interviews and on-set photography… when it comes to getting the drop on the latest Hollywood blockbuster, examining your local toy shop is the way to go. Last week we reported on how a remote-controlled car had given away a first proper look at The Amazing Spider-Man’s Lizard, and this week, a new toy appears to have given away one of The Avengers ’ biggest secrets.

Take a look at the following promotional blurb from HeroClix, manufacturers of the official line of Avengers action figures and see if you can spot anything surprising…

“Charging straight out of theaters and onto your tabletop, Marvel’s the Avengers Movie HeroClix set features heroes like Captain America and Thor as they battle the villainy of the Red Skull and Loki!”

The Red Skull? Well, that’s a new one on us! Last time we saw Hugo Weaving’s crimson-faced villain, he was vaporised by the power of the Cosmic Cube at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger .

However, as any Marvel fanboy will tell you, the Cosmic Cube’s weird, reality-altering energies can do all sorts to those they ensnare, including transporting someone through time and space…

We’re presuming HeroClix haven’t knocked up a Red Skull action figure just for the hell of it, so expect to see the Avengers facing off against more than just Loki when the film arrives in UK cinemas on 27 April 2012.

George Wales

George was once GamesRadar's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it. But now he's working at Stylist Magazine.