In a recent Twitter Q&A, the legendary James Gunn, who wrote and directed Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), took to his social media account. He finally answered a popular question that has been on the minds of MCU fans for quite some time.
We've wanted to know who owned the live-action rights to the Skrulls for quite some time. Another version of the extraterrestrial shapeshifters was presented in The Avengers (2012) via the Chitauri, who have been mentioned in the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Jessica Jones.
The Kree, who have been in a lengthy intergalactic war with the Skrulls, have also made appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in productions such as Guardians of the Galaxy. Seeing as they both represent a species in the Marvel comics, it is easy to recognize the confusion.
Fortunately, James Gunn has the answer, announcing that the two productions have an arrangement in which they share ownership of the Skrulls. Marvel and Fox co-own the diabolical aliens, with the species as a whole belonging to the former and specific characters to the latter.
The comics have primarily presented the Skrulls as direct enemies of Fantastic Four, which is why it's so crucial for Fox to incorporate them into the movie franchise. What does this mean for the MCU?
It may be tricky to write in the species without including certain Skrull protagonists. Gunn's tweet is unclear as to which characters belong exclusively to Fox, but one would assume Super-Skrull and Lyja are among them. Perhaps, MCU will manage without certain characters or even just keep certain names vague as they did in The Avengers.
Would they go as far as creating new ones that did not appear in the comics? It is a whole species after all and there is always someone whom we have yet to be introduced. Can we expect to see the Skrull's secret invasion, by impersonating humans and Inhumans in their quest to take over Planet Earth? Only time will tell...