Cotati Learned The True Evil of The Kree
There's a good chance that this story will sound familiar to our readers, since we brought up Gamora's “Cotati” reference in Infinity War at the time. Back then, it seemed like an Easter Egg, or a simple comic reference to get fans excited about the approach of Captain Marvel's movie, set against the backdrop of the Kree-Skrull War. And that may have been the case, too. But the writers and directors gave away more than they thought by referencing the Cotati, instead of the Skrulls or Kree. Because as militaristic, brutal, or even villainous as both sides eventually became in the comics, the Kree and Skrulls didn't BOTH start out that way in the beginning. And the beginning is the one place where the Cotati prove most important to the story.
The Kree of the comics, like the Kree of the Captain Marvel movie, would have outsiders believe that their feud with the Skrulls is through no fault of their own--merely the threats, deception, and treachery of the Skrulls (like most centuries-long, or even millennia-long blood feuds on any planet, including our own). But the truth as told in the comics is that the Skrulls weren't a war empire to begin with, but one of trade, commerce, and diplomacy. Those were the plans they had when they arrived at the planet Hala, homeworld of the Kree. Until they learned that the planet was home to two sentient species: the resilient, mighty tribes of the Kree, and the peaceful, tree-like Cotati. You can see where this is going.
A contest proved the Cotati were closer to the peaceful, nurturing Skrulls than the Kree, and at the thought of being denied the greater power and empire that might come from joining the Skrulls, the Kree lashed out. Wiping out the Cotati, murdering the Skrull emissaries, and uniting into a Kree Empire fueled entirely by the Skrull technology they now held in their possession. And also their rage, of course, with the goal of annihilating their ‘enemy’ no matter how long it took.
The Kree Did The Same With The Skrulls
The Captain Marvel movie honors that comic book origin story for revealing the truth about the Kree, and suggests that the MCU's version of Mar-Vell is the exception to their people, more than Ronan the Accuser was when introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy. While the comic book version of the Skrulls were shocked to encounter the Kree Empire thirsty for their blood and quickly became a militarized, spy-filled empire out of necessity, the movie version didn't fare so well. Based on General Talos’ description of the conflict, it sounds like the Skrulls were caught far more off guard when suddenly attacked by an unknown empire intent on their extinction.
Whether or not an official account of the Kree-Skrull War is ever given in a Captain Marvel sequel, the remaining Skrulls continue to use their shape-shifting for the same purpose as their ancestors: to walk among other races for their benefit, not out of malice or deception. Anyone looking for proof that the Kree began this conflict on the unjust, and cruel side need only do one thing: remember the Cotati, as Gamora did.
Anyone who recognized that Infinity War quietly added the Cotati to the Marvel movie universe would have seen the Kree for what they really are, anti-Skrull propaganda or not.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019