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Even my “Adapt This” column gets the Avengers treatment…

May 10th, 2012 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

It feels like I’ve done nothing but write about “The Avengers” this week, and I’m sure it feels like you’ve read nothing but stories about “The Avengers” here, too. But such is life on my side of things, true believers. (Yes, I’ve got Stan Lee-isms on my brain right now, for obvious reasons…)

And so it came to pass that “The Avengers” even found its way into my weekly “Adapt This” column at IFC, with the latest installment suggesting a classic Avengers tale as potential adaptation material. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “The Kree-Skrull War,” one of the best Avengers stories ever written…

Here’s an excerpt from my column:

While the details of the story would need to be heavily reworked with regard to the team’s roster and the main characters in order to bring it more in line with Marvel’s cinematic universe, there’s no reason the fundamental themes and questions raised by “Kree-Skrull War” couldn’t make the transition with a modern-era update.

The easiest way of doing so would be to present the war as a conflict between Thor’s people and one of the other alien races revealed in the franchise so far (the Frost Giants or Chitauri, perhaps), and the rest of the pieces should fall into place. However, with an unspecified number of years and at least three movies between now and the start of filming for the “Avengers” sequel, there’s ample time to introduce a few new alien races to the mix such as the Kree or Skrulls. “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon has already proven he can pull off the alien-invasion angle, so upping the ante with two new alien races seems like a natural step.

You can read the rest of the column at IFC.com.

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