Captain Marvel turned the idea of Skrulls on its head–and this changes everything we thought we knew about the future of the MCU. Obviously, we’re getting into spoiler territory here, so consider yourself warned. fans of the MCU without much knowledge of the comics are being introduced to the Skrulls. Until now, they had yet to be seen on the big screen. Despite that, the comics have made them one of the most iconic fictional alien races in pop culture, from their weirdly ridged chins and green skin to their ominous ability to shapeshift into just about anyone. They’ve been a major thorn in the side of virtually every Marvel superhero team since Fantastic Four #2 back in 1962, and for good reason. Traditionally, the Skrulls have always been seen as an invasive and destabilizing force–they invade planets in secret with their shapeshifting powers to infiltrate and later overtake whole worlds by turning friends on one another and allowing paranoia to do most of the work for them.
Sounds pretty devious, right? So it’s no wonder that fans have been clamoring anxiously about all the new potential threats the Skrulls could represent in the MCU, now that they’re being officially introduced in Captain Marvel. Except, that’s not exactly how things actually panned out in the end. We were ready for just about every possible Skrull-related twist, from the reveal that beloved characters
Kree were the bad guys all along, hunting down and massacring the Skrulls after they refused to submit to Kree rule. This, in and of itself, isn’t totally shocking–in the comics the Kree/Skrull war is a pretty infamous storyline that revolves around the endless conflict between the two alien races. The major difference is that, in the comics, the lines between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” aren’t so clearly drawn–both the Kree and the Skrulls are villains, they just so happen to be villains who are fighting with one another.
Not so in the MCU. Captain Marvel makes it perfectly clear that the Skrulls are actually anything but evil this time around–at least, not that we can see. There is absolutely no evidence in Captain Marvel to suggest that the Skrulls have done anything truly villainous, which puts us in an interesting position moving forward.
If the Skrulls aren’t evil, conniving spies, what exactly are they? It certainly doesn’t mean that there haven’t been Skrulls hanging out on Earth for all these years, but it does drastically alter the stakes. For instance, if we suddenly learned that Natasha’s been a Skrull this whole time, it would just be a quirky little character detail now, rather than a major, mind blowing revelation.