The CAPTAIN MARVEL trailer is awesome! However, some might be alarmed by the scene where Carol Danvers punches a smiling old woman on the bus. Does Captain Marvel hate the elderly? No. It is more than likely that the old woman is a shapeshifting Skrull. Who are the Skrulls and how does the Kree-Skrull War come into play? Let’s find out!

The Skrulls

The Skrulls are a race of aliens that have the ability to shapeshift. They first appear among the pages of THE FANTASTIC FOUR in 1962. In their normal form, Skrulls have green skin and pointed ears. However, they typically don’t look that way long. Being shapeshifters, they are really good at infiltration. The Skrulls typically look to take over worlds, adding them to the might of their large empire.

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A Skrull invasion typically involves the infiltration of all levels of leadership, society, and day to day life. Therefore, they will pretend and look like members of a world they wish to conquer. Then, they strike when it’s already too late to fight back, taking over the world. In the comics, they have a special interest in Earth. That interest grows stronger with the fact that Earth continues to resist with the help of its’ heroes.

Skrulls Don’t Just Imitate Looks…

While a Skrull can take on anyone’s appearance, there are some Skrulls who can copy abilities, such as superpowers. This is the basis for the SECRET INVASION crossover event in the comics. In SECRET INVASION, superheroes start to discover that quite a few heroes have been swapped out for Skrulls. This leads to mass paranoia, as Skrulls are very difficult to detect. Even the Skrull Queen at the time, Veranke, disguises herself as Spider-Woman. Their infiltration across the superhero community has all of the heroes asking each other the same question:

“How do I know you aren’t a Skrull!?”

With their ability to copy superpowers, and the fact that their MCU introduction is happening in the 90s, we as fans should be paranoid as well. We should all be asking ourselves:

“How do I know that Nick Fury, Tony Stark, or Black Widow haven’t been Skrulls this whole time?!”

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It’s quite possible that one of your favorite heroes on screen has been a green alien playing the long game for a Skrull invasion this whole time. Perhaps SECRET INVASION could come to the big screen after AVENGERS 4? We’ll see.

The Kree

We’ve known about the Kree in the MCU for a while now. First appearing in 2014’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, the Kree are a blue-skinned alien race who also have an interest in Earth. Much of their involvement with our planet can be seen either in AGENTS OF SHIELD, or INHUMANS. Both shows feature Inhumans, beings with superpowers thanks to Kree experiments early on in Earth’s history.

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The most well known Kree in the MCU is Ronan the Accuser. Playing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’S main villain, Ronan is a fanatic, who refuses to acknowledge his people’s truce with Xandar, seeking to destroy them instead. However, in CAPTAIN MARVEL Ronan will still be a respected leader of Kree’s military command. We will most likely be seeing Ronan on the Kree homeworld of Hala. Perhaps we could also see the Supreme Intelligence, the planet’s leader and living conglomeration of Kree’s greatest minds from the planet’s past? That’d be pretty cool.

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How Does the Kree-Skrull War Fit Into CAPTAIN MARVEL?

In the comics, the Skrulls have been in a long-lasting war with their bitter rivals, the Kree. While the Skrull empire used to be centered around free trade and commerce with planets of prestige, it was the Kree that motivated the Skrull to become militaristic and war-mongering. Constantly at war with one other, Earth is caught in the middle. Literally. Being equidistant between the Skrull and Kree homeworlds, Earth holds high strategic value for both sides.

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In CAPTAIN MARVEL, it appears as though Carol is a member of Starforce, a Kree strike team, as we can see from the trailer. We also see Skrulls emerge on the shore of what appears to be Earth. Then there’s another shot of Ronan aboard a ship in Earth’s orbit. We also see Carol crashing to Earth, landing in a Blockbuster Video. Then, of course, we see Carol punching that dear old lady with a mean right hook. With this shot happening right after the shot of the Skrulls, combined with what we now know about what Skrulls can do, we can assume that the old lady is actually a Skrull.

What does all this mean? It means that the Skrulls and the Kree will be engaging in battle with one another as they do, and the subject they’ll be fighting over is Earth. Meanwhile, it looks as though during this Kree-Skrull War, Carol will be rediscovering her past, interacting with young Nick Fury and SHIELD, as well as embracing her destiny as the hero we know her to be in the comics.

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Will The Kree-Skrull War Be SHIELD’s First Big Extraterrestrial Encounter?

I can easily see the Kree-Skrull War as SHIELD’s first big interaction with beings from beyond our atmosphere. It will definitely be Nick Fury’s from what we’ve seen and heard so far about his character at this time. In the trailer, Fury reveals that he was about to quit before Carol arrives on Earth. Now, things have become interesting. Perhaps this is what will propel Nicky Fury to become SHIELD’s eventual director?

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I have no doubt that this will be the scenario where Nick loses his eye. Let’s assume for now that the Nick we know isn’t a Skrull because it’s too scary to explore those what-ifs right know. (I’m frantically trying to not think too deeply about a post-credits scene where Fury gets stabbed by a Skrull and is replaced way back in the 90s!)

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Additionally, Ben Mendelsohn will be playing Talos, the Skrulls’ leader on Earth. Entertainment Weekly says that he will be disguising himself within SHIELD command. Perhaps he’s the one who takes Nick’s eye?

Captain Marvel Inspires The Avenger Initiative?

The Kree-Skrull War will probably be what shapes SHIELD into the surveillance and global security powerhouse it becomes later on in the MCU. However, Captain Marvel herself will probably reveal to SHIELD not only the capabilities of beings with extraordinary powers but also their potential value. Carol Danvers could very well be the initial inspiration for the Avenger Initiative.

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While It’s still unknown as to where she’s been all this time, (Where was she during the first AVENGERS? Why is Fury only calling out to her now after INFINITY WAR?) but hopefully the film will be able to answer that burning question, as well as how she shows up to assist in AVENGERS 4.

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If you didn’t know why before, that’s why Carol punches an old lady in the trailer, and how the Kree-Skrull War will most likely fit into the film’s plot. Are you excited for CAPTAIN MARVEL? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

CAPTAIN MARVEL releases March of 2019 starring Brie Larson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, and Samuel L. Jackson.

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