Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn shares his thoughts on the introduction of the Skrulls to the MCU in Captain Marvel. One of the most anticipated panels at San Diego Comic-Con is, undoubtedly, that of Marvel Studios. Home of the biggest ongoing connected cinematic universe, the studio comes to the convention packed with information about their upcoming films and a few surprises under their sleeves as well. Among the most important announcements from Marvel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, was that of Captain Marvel being set in the 1990s – serving as an origin story – and featuring the Skrulls as villains.
Fans have been long waiting for this alien race to make their debut in the MCU, more so after Gunn mentioned on Twitter that the Skrulls are co-owned by Fox and Marvel Studios, giving fans more hope to see them as part of the MCU. As Gunn has been an important element in the build-up of the cosmic side of the MCU, it’s not surprising that he is looking forward to the Skrulls' addition to this universe.
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In an interview with IGN, James Gunn was asked if he is excited about Captain Marvel introducing the Skrulls, noting that he was “the first person to mention to the world” that Marvel can use this race in their cinematic universe. Gunn explained:
“I’m unbelievably stoked on that. The Skrulls are some of my favourite characters, I’ve had other times where I’ve wanted to use them and didn’t work out for one reason or another, and I can’t wait to see their implementation into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Gunn was later asked if there are any “particularly ‘90s things” that he would like to see in the film, including fashion trends, to which he replied that kids wearing their jeans backwards would be nice.
The Skrulls are a powerful alien race and the biggest alien menace in the universe. These creatures are known for their physical malleability and ability to shapeshift, making them exceptional spies and dangerous combatants, as they can use these shapeshifting abilities to form weapons with parts of their bodies. The Skrulls’ life-long enemies are the Kree, and the Kree-Skrull war event will be the foundation on which Captain Marvel is set.
The addition of the Skrulls to the MCU brings a bunch of material that could be explored in future films, such as Secret Invasion. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until Captain Marvel is released to see if the Skrulls will have a bigger presence in future films and phases within the MCU.
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019