“You are just one victim of the Skrull Expansion that has threatened our civilization for centuries. Impostors who silently infiltrate, then take over our planets.” ―Supreme Intelligence to Vers
It has been a while since the first female superhero movie took place in the MCU, Captain Marvel, which became one of the most successful blockbuster movies of the MCU. It got more fame and became a discussed topic among fans because of its alien race known as Skrulls. Many fans are confused whether Skrulls are as good as the movie has shown them. Or are they evil in Marvel Comics? So, this article will try to depict the true nature of Skrulls in the comics.
Before jumping to any conclusions about the nature of Skrulls, first, let us see who and what are Skrulls.
Who and What Are the Skrulls?
Skrulls are an extraterrestrial technologically evolved race of reptilian humanoids native to Planet Skrullos. They are known for their shapeshifting abilities, due to which they can replicate any lifeforms flawlessly and penetrate the Planets without any inkling.
Origin of the Skrulls
Millions of years ago, the Celestials conducted several genetic experiments on the reptilian ancestors of the Skrulls, which created three species of Skrulls: the Prime, the Deviants, and the Eternals. Ultimately, the three species fought each other, and the Deviants thrashed and wiped the other two species because of their shapeshifting ability and were the only Skrull species left on the planet of Skrullos.
Although Skrulls originally belonged to the planet of Skrullos, they later shifted their home to Tarnax IV. After some time, they came into conflict with the Kree, another evil alien species who wanted to become the leader of the Skrulls. The Skrulls resisted this offer, resulting in a genocidal war that massacred most of the Skrulls and destroyed their homeworld.
The remaining Skrull survivors used their shapeshifting abilities and deception to seek refuge on the various planets by replicating themselves as other living beings on that planet. One of their leaders, Talos, took shelter in a Kree cruiser hidden in Earth’s orbit. By disguising themselves as humans, the Skrulls have lived on Earth for a long time.
Skrulls are depicted as an evil race in the comics and the good guys in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Let us explore these depictions in detail.
Depiction of the Skrulls In Marvel Comics
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the creators of Marvel Comics depicted Skrulls as evil alien species because, like any other evil species, they infested planet Earth with a motive to conquer it with their deception and morphing abilities.
Here are a few instances that proved Skrulls as Evil Alien Species in Marvel Comics:
In 1961 Fantastic Four Issue #2 Comic Titled-The Skrulls Attacked Earth
The Skrulls first appeared in the Fantastic Four Marvel Comic named: The Skrulls Attacked Earth in 1961, where they invaded Earth and disguised themselves as members of the Fantastic Four team to eliminate and defeat them to conquer the Earth. Eventually, Reed Richards, also known as Mr. Fantastic, the leader of Fantastic Four, discovered their plan and captured them. Later he wiped off their memory and brainwashed them to shapeshift into cows and live the rest of their life eating grass in the open meadow.
The Super Skrulls and Their Leader K’lrt
Since their previous attempt failed because of Reed Richards, the Skrulls sent Super Skrull, known as K’lrt to take revenge for his bovine fellow countrymen. He was called “Super” because of his ability to use the powers of all the Fantastic Four members. He could use the fire of the Human Torch, the elasticity of Mr. Fantastic, and the invisibility of Sue Storm.
Unfortunately, he also failed to defeat the Fantastic Four because Mr. Fantastic deduced that K’lrt’s powers were artificial and built a jamming device to cut off the power source of Super-Skrull, making him powerless. Then K’lrt was imprisoned inside a dormant volcano.
In 2008 Secret Invasion Comics
In 2008, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Leinil Yu created a comic named Secret Invasion, where they revealed that Skrulls had been on Earth for a long time and had taken the shape of their superheroes and even S.H.I.E.L.D members and replaced them to triumph over the Earth. Their leader, Queen Vananke, replaced Spider-Woman and remained a part of Avengers for many years. After some time, Super Skrulls became powerful and defeated many superheroes using their newly developed powers. Ultimately they were caught by the device designed and developed by Reed Richards, which can detect these aliens, and then Veranke was killed by Norman Osborn, and missing heroes returned to Earth.
We have seen how Marvel Comics have depicted Skrulls as the evil alien species, but is it the same case with MCU’s depiction of Skrulls in Captain Marvel movies?
Are Skrulls Evil In MCU’s Captain Marvel?
No, Skrulls are not the evil alien species in MCU’s Captain Marvel. MCU took creative liberty and depicted Skrulls as the good-hearted, kind, and innocent guys who were the victims of the Kree. The Kree were the bad guys who massacred the Skrulls and destroyed their home after Skrulls declined to submit to the Kree rule. In the movie, the Skrulls led by Talos are the refugees trying to survive on planet Earth and not cunning spies with Earth-conquering plots. There is no evidential proof in the movie, which suggests that Skrulls are the villains as they have been in the comics. They lived like other humans and cared for their families like we do, which made them more like humans and not the typical evil alien race in the movie.
Carol discovered her true potential and purpose in life thanks to Skrulls. After that, she freed herself from being a tool of the Kree empire and American Military to become Captain Marvel-one of the strongest superheroes in the MCU. She also destroyed the Kree bomber, forcing Kree officer Ronan The Accuser and his brigade to flee and end the Skrull-Kree war at the end of the movie.
It has been a debatable topic among fans since the release of Captain Marvel. Why did MCU represent Skrulls as the good guys in the movie?
Why Marvel Made Skrulls the Good Guys?
Movie Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck explained this in the extended cut of the Captain Marvel movie. They wanted to turn the tide in the film by showing Skrulls as a good race.
They further explained that they wanted to make Talos a sentimental figure. One scene where Talos met with his family hidden on a ship in space shows the humanitarian and emotional side of the Skrulls. In another scene where Carol finds her humanity. We saw the real humanity of Skrulls, who were assumed to be villains in the first half but eventually turned out to be good- they also have families like us, and they also care about their family as humans do.
It was an exciting element that helped the directors depict the Skrulls as the Good Guys in the movie. The result of the twist in the tale was pleasing vertigo.
It would be interesting to watch how the Skrulls do in Phase 4 of the MCU. Whether they would be depicted as good as they were in Captain Marvel and Far From Home or Marvel would continue with the Secret Invasion concept and portray them as villains. It is just a matter of time, and we are here to witness.