Just how many villains does Joss Whedon's Avengers actually have?S

Joss Whedon's upcoming movie The Avengers features all of the heroes who've already appeared in Marvel movies teaming up — but just how many baddies will the superhero team face? We know that Loki, the villain of Thor, is popping up as a major villain. And Loki apparently has an army of monsters on his side — which are rumored to be one alien race or another from the comics.

But now there's a hint that yet another baddie could be joining Loki and his army. Spoilers ahead...

Set photo via Hey U Guys.

Grain of salt alert — this is another one of those spoilers that comes via toys, and toy spoilers are notoriously unreliable. Nevertheless, the announcement for the HeroClix line of miniatures, being released alongside The Avengers, says:

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! Each Counter-Top display includes standard one-figure boosters as well as new three-figure "Team Packs"! Team Packs are designed with strong thematic undertones - play a Hydra force or defend freedom with a S.H.I.E.L.D. team pack!

That seems to suggest that the Avengers battle both the Red Skull and Loki in this film — and then there's the mention of Hydra, as well. At least, that's one possible interpretation. Another, equally valid, interpretation is that there aren't enough villains to fill out a 24-figure HeroClix set, unless they throw in some villains from other movies. We'll have to wait and see which version turns out to be true — but it's at least possible that Loki has another secret ally. [via MovieWeb]