Warning! SPOILERS for Captain Marvel
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige teases the Skrulls future in the MCU after their official debut in Captain Marvel. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel introduces the franchise's first headlining female superhero, but it also serves as the proper entry of the shape-shifting extraterrestrials to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And now that they're finally here, fans are expecting to see them again moving forward.
Set in 1995, Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers' story as she comes back to her home planet after having been brainwashed and programmed to be a Kree warrior member of the Starforce. At that time, Earth is caught in the middle of the ongoing brutal war between the Kree and the Skrulls. The Skrulls are positioned to be the movie's primary antagonist, supposedly using their unique ability to infiltrate and eventually take over the world with Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) as their leader. But as it turns out, they were only trying to retrieve a piece of technology that would help them find their own settlement away from the abusive Kree Empire.
By the end of the film, Danvers has fully switched sides, helping the Skrulls with their endeavor and battling her old allies in Yon Rogg (Jude Law) and the rest of Starforce. She leaves Earth to accompany Talos and his people find a brand new home. It's unknown whether or not the Skrulls were able to get their own planet, but Feige teases that (unsurprisingly) Captain Marvel will not be the last time fans will see the Skrulls in the MCU, saying in a recent interview with ComicBook.com:
"Just like not all humans are bad, and not all humans are good, I think Skrulls probably have a variety of moralities amongst them. When they can do what they can do, it probably gets very tempting. So, it's fun to have introduced this concept and see where it goes.
"As we saw in the tag, she's [Captain Marvel] with us now in the present day. But those intervening years between her soaring off with Talos and answering Fury's call, we think is ripe with potential for storytelling."
Many took the Skrulls arrival in the MCU as laying the groundwork for a potential Secret Invasion big screen adaptation. The trailers for Captain Marvel painted them in a bad light and that made for an effectively executed plot twist in the movie. But now that people know that they're not all that bad, it's curious how Feige and his team are planning to incorporate them in future films. Considering how they're tightly linked to Danvers (at least Talos' and his people), they could factor again in her future solo adventures after she joins the fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Endgame.
Despite establishing that Skrulls aren't evil in one film, that's not to say that they can't be villains in future MCU movies. As Feige pointed out, they "have a variety of moralities amongst them." It's safe to say that Captain Marvel only introduced a fraction of their race, and surely there's more of them scattered in the galaxy - as briefly mentioned by Talos. Perhaps, some of them have even made their way to Earth. Hopefully, those who did are peace-seeking ones like Talos and his people, but for the sake of storytelling, there's always the possibility that those roaming around the world are as ruthless as they were initially portrayed to be.
- 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