On May 5th, the Guardians of the Galaxy will meet Mantis, an empathetic alien with antennae, and Star-Lord's dad, who is literally a freakin' planet! The Marvel Cinematic Universe has gotten progressively weirder since Iron Man, and every time the MCU seems to have reached the pinnacle of weirdness, Kevin Feige and co. surprise us yet again.
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First, we were introduced to a genius engineer who built a pretty impressive exoskeleton. Following him, we met a man with "breathtaking anger management issues," a demigod and a super soldier. The #MCU seemingly couldn't get any weirder after Guardians of the Galaxy, when we were introduced to a giant, monosyllabic tree, and a gun-loving raccoon, but then we met a man who could shrink to microscopic size and a real-life sorcerer.
Next year, these heroes, and many others, will fight a giant purple alien with near-omnipotence. So, when it seems like the MCU can't possibly get any weirder, what happens next? We're introduced to a race of shape-shifting lizard people with severely cleft chins. Duh!
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In the comics, these shape-shifting aliens are called the #Skrulls, and they have been in conflict with an advanced race of blue-skinned humanoids called the #Kree for centuries. If the Kree sound familiar, it’s because they are. The Kree appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy — both Ronan the Accuser (played by Lee Pace) and Korath the Pursuer (played by Djimon Hounsou) — were Kree.
Moreover, Agent Phil Coulson encountered a Kree corpse on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which means that the Kree exist prominently within the MCU.
In the comics, the Kree were responsible for the creation of the Inhumans, a race of super-powered individuals who have appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and will appear in their own TV show this Fall.
The Kree inadvertently created the Inhumans when they experimented on primitive humans as an attempt to create an army of soldiers to fight the Skrulls.
The Kree-Skrull War began when the Skrulls attempted to conquer Hala, home to the Kree, and expand their own empire. The Kree cohabited Hala with the Cotati, another alien race, whom the Skrulls deemed worthy of an alliance. In retaliation, the Kree conquered the Cotati and attacked the Skrulls, thus beginning the Kree-Skrull War.
The Avengers became entangled in this war many years later, in Kree-Skrull War, when Ronan the Accuser (an outlaw at the time) sought to conquer Earth for use as a base against the Skrulls. Meanwhile, the Skrulls replaced key political figures on Earth and began a smear campaign against the Kree, including Mar-Vell — the original Captain Marvel — who was convinced by the Skrulls to build a deadly super-weapon. Ultimately, though, the Avengers defeated both Ronan and the Skrulls, saving Earth yet again.
Luckily, almost all of the major characters in Kree-Skrull War have appeared, or will appear, in the MCU, including: Scarlet Witch, Vision, the Wasp, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Nick Fury and the Inhumans. Additionally, Marvel Studios owns the rights to Quicksilver and Ronan the Accuser, both of whom appear in Kree-Skrull War, but are presumed dead in the MCU. However, death isn’t always final in the MCU (see: Phil Coulson). The Skrulls, though, haven’t appeared in the MCU, though James Gunn says it’s a possibility:
Marvel Studios obviously has the tools to adapt Kree-Skrull War to the big screen, but there’s also evidence to support the theory that they actually will. The Wasp (played by Evangeline Lilly) is one of the few aforementioned heroes who will not appear in Avengers: Infinity War. She will, however, appear in the subsequent Avengers movie.
This casting is of note because the Wasp doesn’t appear in Infinity Gauntlet — which will be adapted for Avengers: Infinity War — but she plays a key role in Kree-Skrull War, warning the Avengers to Ronan’s presence.
Also, in Infinity Gauntlet, after Thanos eliminates half of the universe’s population, the Kree and the Skrulls blame each other and conflict erupts. Although this occurs after the events of the Kree-Skrull War in the comics, Marvel Studios could easily use Avengers: Infinity War as the inciting incident for the movie version of Kree-Skrull War.
Moreover, the placement of the Captain Marvel film is of note, since it is one of only two films — the other being Ant-Man and the Wasp — between the next two Avengers movies.
Carol Danvers’ superhero history is closely tied to both the Kree and the Skrulls, as she gained her powers in the explosion of a Kree device. She was also impersonated by a Skrull, who convinced Mar-Vell to construct a deadly weapon in Kree-Skrull War.
Furthermore, the romance between Vision and Scarlet Witch was introduced in Kree-Skrull War, and has also been hinted at in the MCU, most prominently in Captain America: Civil War.
If Marvel Studios does adapt Kree-Skrull War for the MCU, it could open up a plethora of options going forward. At the conclusion of the Kree-Skrull War in the comics, the Illuminati is formed, consisting of Namor, Professor X, Mr. Fantastic, Dr. Strange, Black Bolt, Iron Man and Black Panther — the latter four of which already exist in the MCU — which means a slightly altered version of the Illuminati could appear on the big-screen.
Their formation could lead to the Skrulls becoming a much larger threat in Phase 4 and beyond. In Secret Invasion, which takes place after the Kree-Skrull War in the comics, the Illuminati discover that the Skrulls have infiltrated Earth and have been posing as superheroes. Secret Invasion would make an interesting film, in which our own heroes are torn apart because they can’t trust each other, similar to Civil War. Additionally, Secret Invasion could transition into Dark Reign, which takes place immediately after Norman Osborn defeats the Skrulls at the conclusion of Secret Invasion.
In Dark Reign, Norman Osborn becomes increasingly powerful, even allying himself with the likes of Loki, and has to be defeated.
The Russo brothers intelligently retracted the sub-header from the fourth Avengers movie, leading to speculation from fans as to what it might be. For the Russos, it gives them a blank check to make Avengers 4 into whatever they’d like. Kree-Skrull War is most likely their best bet.
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