ICYMI: Latest 'Captain Marvel' Trailer Highlights Shapeshifting Skrulls--8 Possible MCU Characters Who Could Be Skrulls!
Written by D.J. Rivera
Captain Marvel will hit theaters this March and people everywhere can’t stop speculating on what they think is going to go down in the first female-led MCU film. I have many theories as to what could happen with the titular hero, the Skrulls, and how it all connects to the 4th Avengers film, Endgame. But now, a new first look has been released for Brie Larson’s big Marvel debut which shows new footage and gives a better description of the threat she faces which could change the MCU forever.
A young Nick Fury asks the question we have all had on our minds since we got our first look at the Skrulls, seeking some much-needed clarification on these green invaders from space. These extraterrestrials are infiltrating Earth and have been at war with a race called the Kree, who our hero is fighting for. This promo also leads everyone to believe that Captain Marvel inspired the Avengers initiative from the back-and-forth between Fury and a ‘90s-era Phil Coulson. But one thing you may still be asking yourself is, who exactly are the Skrulls?
The Skrulls are a race of extraterrestrials that can shapeshift, allowing them to take on the form of other beings. When they take over someone's form, they also acquire their memories, making them a very dangerous species. What's even worse is some people can be a Skull and not even know it. This was apparent when the shapeshifting alien species attempted a secret invasion on Earth in the comics that revealed some of the Avengers to be Skulls in disguise. Unless Captain Marvel can exterminate the Skrull problem in her film, these shapeshifters could be a permanent fixture in the MCU for the foreseeable future
This all leads us to believe that certain characters we have already met are actually Skulls. Because, if you start to think about where you would want sleeper agents stationed in order to invade the world, it seems like a lot of MCU people are in prime spots to throw off a global coup. If I were doing it, I’d definitely want people close to those in power, high-level members, of military & law enforcement agencies, and anyone really that regulates enhanced individuals. Then all I’d have to do is snap my fingers and I’m sitting on Earth’s throne. So here are some candidates I think are in on the invasion that no one would suspect.
1. Pepper Potts
MCU Films: Iron Man 1-3, The Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Homecoming
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts seems like a solid candidate for Skrullhood. I mean, why else would she put up with Tony Stark and his crap if it wasn’t part of her mission? Stark is one of the richest and smartest men on the planet, not to mention the fact that he owns a company that makes devastating weapons. Having him on the lock would be a good idea when taking over. And Pepper is the CEO of that company. Ms. Potts is good at her job.
MCU Films: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War
Danai Gurira’s Okoye is head of the king's guard in what is arguably the most powerful kingdom on Earth. She is a trusted servant of Wakanda and is entrusted with many of its secrets. She is also a formidable warrior that could take out the king if need be. So Wakanda’s finest is definitely on my watch list for Skrulls.
3. Everett Ross
MCU Films: Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther
Everett Ross, played by Martin Freeman, is a high-level government operative in charge of regulating enhanced people. He is in a great position to be able to track down and apprehend any super-powered people if they were to pose a threat to an invasion. The Skrull factor is strong with this one.
4. Agent Wu
MCU Films: Ant-Man and The Wasp
Randall Park’s Agent Wu is an FBI agent in charge of Scott Lang’s house arrest and leads the investigation to track down Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne. It seems he may be trying to apprehend the Pym particles as they would be useful in taking over the world and taking down any other enemies, like maybe the Kree. Don’t let his silly demeanor fool you, it's likely all part of the act.
5. Damage Control
MCU Films: Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Damage Control group made an odd appearance at the beginning of Spider-Man: Homecoming and kind of faded out throughout the film. Which feels very odd and could be setting up something in the future. They ended up being in charge of collecting all the alien tech from the Battle for New York. This could be to make sure no one gets any weapons that could impede the invasion, or they want to use it for their own gain. Either way, Damage Control could all be Skrulls or at least have a few of those shapeshifters involved.
MCU Films: Captain America: Civil War
Zemo was the bad guy from Civil War played by Daniel Bruhl. He seems to me like a Skull that went rogue and attempted to kill the Avengers by having them tear each other apart. Now that's just a theory and could be kind of a stretch, but he had next-level knowledge of a lot of things that arguably only a large undercover alien network could have access to.
7. Erik Selvig
MCU Films:Thor 1 & 2, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron
Not many remember Erik Selvig, who is played by Stellan Skarsgard, mainly because we haven't seen him in the MCU since Avengers: Age of Ultron. He was last seen working with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, as well as being considered an ally from his adventures with Thor. So here is a character who is very intelligent that has access and is considered a loyal companion. He also somehow seems to have a crazy amount of knowledge about all things in this universe. All this evidence is very Skrull-worthy.
MCU Films: Pretty Much All of Them
S.H.I.E.L.D. is the secret spy agency that has been infiltrated hard by Hydra since its inception. So the Skulls infiltrating this group isn't that far off. We already know Ben Mendelsohn’s Skrull character is posing as a Skull in Captain Marvel. So some of the obvious choices within S.H.I.E.L.D. could be Maria Hill, Nick Fury, and even Thaddeus Ross. An argument could be made for Sam Wilson or War Machine. All these individuals are in prime positions to get close to the Avengers and take them out if needed.
It is hard to rule any of these suspects out as a potential shapeshifting threat to Earth. All I can say is, from now on, when you watch a Marvel movie, keep your eyes up and stay sharp because you never know who is real and who is up to something. But one thing is for sure, we will now be ready when the Skrull invasion begins when Brie Larson’s first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes flight.
Captain Marvel takes on the shapeshifting Skrulls on March 8, 2019.
(Image via Marvel Entertainment)
- D.J. Rivera, YH Contributing Writer