The crown jewel of San Diego Comic Con is always the Marvel Studios panel, and this year was no exception. The panel began with a barrage of information and visuals for 2019’s Captain Marvel. Among the information that was shared was the fact that this film would introduce the Skrulls to the MCU. But what and who exactly are they?
The Skrulls are an alien race with a long and complicated history within the world of Marvel comics. The Skrulls made their debut early on in Marvel’s publication history as enemies of the Fantastic Four. For this reason, it was assumed Marvel would be unable to ever use them in its feature films. Luckily, we have James Gunn around to explain the ins and outs of how Marvel was able to pull this off. Essentially, while Fox owns the rights to specific named Skrull characters, the race itself is co-owned with Marvel Studios.
The Skrulls are originally from the planet Skrullos, and are obsessed with war and conquering their enemies (which are pretty much everyone who isn’t Skrull). Their arch enemies are the Kree, a race that has already been introduced to the MCU with Ronan the Accuser and the Inhuman storyline on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Skrulls are known for having the ability to shapeshift.
So, how will the Skrulls tie in to Captain Marvel’s story? Well, it could have something to do with her origins. Canonically, Carol Danvers gains her powers as the result of a major malfunctioning of Kree technology while working with Dr. Walter Lawson, aka Captain Mar-Vell, a Kree soldier. As the Kree are the arch enemies of the Skrulls, they could see Captain Marvel as an enemy. Of course, we don’t know how Carol will gain her powers in the silver screen iteration of the character. We do know that the MCU has already established long-term ties with Kree culture through Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and even Guardians of the Galaxy. And with rumors popping up that Mar-Vell will be featured in the film, this seems the most likely option.
Another (much less likely) possibility is that Marvel Studios will delve into some iteration of the Secret Invasion storyline. In that arc, the Skrulls impersonate various superheroes in their quest to take over the Earth.
They earn the trust of many of the other heroes before the invasion is revealed, resulting in a situation where no one knows who to trust. I say this is an option largely because we know Nick Fury will be involved in Captain Marvel. And as soon as I heard Fury would be in the film with both his eyes, I remembered the line from The Winter Soldier where he talked about how the last time he trusted someone, he lost an eye. It would be very cool if we were introduced to a whole previous generation of Avengers-like heroes, would’t it? A girl can dream.
Of course, it’s always possible we’ll be getting an entirely new storyline for the Skrulls in Captain Marvel. All we really know is that the Skrulls will finally have a place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we’re here for it.
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