Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel just hit theaters this past weekend, and while there were many predictable aspects about the story, there was one that caught a lot of people off guard. Just in case you haven’t seen the film, I want to reiterate that this is a huge SPOILER for the film, so stop reading unless you want to get spoiled regarding a twist about halfway through the movie.
You still with me? Okay, let’s talk Skrulls. In the comics, these guys are pretty cut-and-dry bad guys. However, in the film, it turns out the Kree are the real bad guys, and that the Skrulls have essentially been wronged by the other race and are now on the brink of extinction. So, in spite of their seemingly evil shapeshifting abilities, they are actually the underdogs in this tale. While this was great for the movie, and added an extra layer to the story (and it allowed Ben Mendelsohn NOT to play a villain for once!), it did seem to put a wrench in the future of the franchise.
As many comic fans know, there is a Secret Invasion tale that unravels, revealing many key superheroes as having been Skrulls in disguise for an extended period of time. The idea of this invasion happening seems to now no longer be a possibility thanks to the way things have turned out, right? Well, maybe not. Kevin Feige recently sat down with /Film, and essentially stated that story could not be ruled out.
“I don’t think it means that at all. I think it means that the Skrulls are as diverse and a multilayered as any other intelligent life form. Certainly like humanity itself. And we happen to see good ones. I think there are probably better ones out there as well, like there are with any fully realized characters. But yes, the idea is certainly was to subvert the expectation of the pointy eared green aliens. And Ben Mendelsohn and even subverting people’s assumption that Ben Mendelsohn will be playing the villain.”
Well, it certainly worked for me. And yes, it makes sense. Perhaps there is a band of bad Skrulls out there that are bent out of shape for some unknown reason, thereby leading them to invade Earth. Like how what Marvel Studios did with Zemo, it could lead to a more personal vendetta.
What do you think of the possibility of utilizing the Skrulls as villains down the line? Sound off in the comments!
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