Chitauri. Kree. Those alien armies may just the warm-up for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on the big screen.
Could the next phase be all-out war with Skrulls?
Marvel revealed the Skrulls will be the main foes of CAPTAIN MARVEL, take inspiration from the Kree-Skrull War and be set in the 1990’s.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR feels like an ending and beginning for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If Thanos was the big bad of the the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, could Skrulls be the threat in AVENGERS 4 and beyond?
When Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) blasts off could it be the start of a new thread in the next phase of films?
The Skrulls are reptilian aliens with shapeshifting abilities. Scientists create War Skrulls, soldiers who not only impersonate enemies, they can simulate their super powers. The Super-Skrull possessed all the powers of the Fantastic Four.
From Captain Marvel’s solo adventure, the stage could be set for films based on two of the biggest comic book epics ever.
The Kree-Skrull War
Written by Roy Thomas with art my Sal Buscema, Neal Adams and John Buscema- this AVENGERS epic saw Earth caught in the middle an ancient feud between two rival empires. A Skrull imposter in the form of a political leader attempts to turn the public against alien heroes like Captain Marvel. Ronan the Accuser of the Kree went rogue from the Empire and plotted to Earth into a living laboratory creating primitive super soldiers to launch against the Skrulls. The Kree-Skrull War is important in that it established The Illuminati. It was published years after the original story but the retcon revealed a covert group of heroes (Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Namor, Black Bolt, Professor Xavier – Black Panther refused to join) made secret trips to both empires to warn them to leave Earth alone.
The endgame of a long running story by Brian Michael Bendis in his New Avengers run. A faction of the shapeshifting Skrulls decided to claim Earth as their new homeworld. The Skrulls infiltrated every superhero team, SHIELD and even villain organizations waiting patiently, plotting and counter-plotting until it was time to strike and seize Earth. New heroes rose to join the battered fan-favorites in an epic winner take all battle. Heroes believed dead were actually prisoners. No one could be trusted. This was the story that inspired Nick Fury to create his Secret Warriors, a huge influence on Agents of SHIELD.
Avengers World: Infinitiy
When two strange new aliens arrived on Mars to terraform it, Steve and Tony knew they had to get bigger. The two recruited one of the biggest roster in Avengers history. The team went into deep space to unite the universe’s greatest alien civilizations (including old enemies Kree, Skrulls, Shi’ar) against The Builders, an ancient race who built, destroyed and rebuilt worlds. Earth was their next reconstruction project. With the Avengers in space, Thanos invaded the Earth with his Black Order to find his darkest secret hidden among the Inhumans. Black Bolt detonated the Terrigen Bomb in his battle with Thanos. The aftermath led to a huge boom in the emergence of new Inhumans, a new genetic threat to mutants. As huge as this all sounds, it was just the start of Jonathan Hickman’s epic Avengers run that capped with the destruction of the Marvel multiverse and Secret Wars.
There’s no official word on the MCU plans but the Skrull threat could be underlying threat through future phases of films.