The Kree are a scientifically and technologically advanced militaristic race of mostly blue-skinned humanoids from the planet Hala. One of the most technologically efficient races in the galaxy, the Kree have special emphasis placed on their skills in genetic engineering and are known to the people of Earth as the progenitors of the Inhumans. They are a powerful force in the galaxy that control a vast empire characterized by its militaristic lifestyle, advanced technology, and arrogance.
- "There's a story. A myth from the East of a star that fell from the heavens... of blue angels who came bearing a gift for all mankind, meant to save the world."
"You don't strike me as a believer."
"Oh, I've based my whole life on it. History just has the details wrong."
"Then set history straight."
"These visitors, they didn't come to save the world. They came to conquer it."
- ―Werner Reinhardt and Peggy Carter[src]
The Kree are a humanoid race who follow a strict, militaristic lifestyle. They are the rulers of the Kree Empire, a large, interstellar imperial group that encompasses various planets, and features the Sakaaran species as a client race. They are one of the many races encountered by the Asgardians in the Nine Realms and the worlds beyond Yggdrasil. Their relationship with the Asgardians is frosty at best, as the Asgardians see the Kree as deceitful and savage. The Nova Empire, another galactic group that live in the same borders as the Kree Empire, also have a strained relationship with the Kree, as evidenced by the great war that had been waged between the two factions for hundreds of decades.
Wars between the Kree and other races is renownedly frequent and has brought a negative viewpoint upon their culture by other civilizations. During one such war, the Kree suffered high casualties and became divided on how to even the odds. One particular pair of Kree, known as the Reapers, dispatched science teams across different worlds, experimenting on various alien races in order to produce bio-weapons. One of the planets visited was pre-historical Earth; the humans were the most successful species to be subjected to the Kree's experiments, by being given their blood. This gave rise to a sub-order called the Inhumans.Among them was a hunter who would eventually be transformed into Hive by the Reapers.. The Inhumans had the potential to obtain supernatural powers and characteristics if exposed to the Terrigen Mist, a mutagen exhaled from Terrigen Crystals. The Kree created Diviners to carry the crystals, and they were built to only recognize the unique genetic patterns in Inhumans so it could be ferried to a cityscape that the Kree constructed deep beneath the planet's surface; once joined with a temple built within the city, the Diviners would unveil the crystals inside and subject the Inhumans to further transmutation.
The Kree Empire soon discovered these illegal practices and eradicated the operation. Hive was intended to lead the Inhumans for the Kree, but instead he rebelled against them, led the Inhumans against their creators and banished them from Earth, leaving behind the Diviners, the Inhumans, and a member of their race who was either dead at the time or died later. However, the Kree decided that the Inhumans must be destroyed. As a way to do so, the Kree had the Monolith, a stone-like object that when turned into liquid form would serve as a portal to the distant desert planet, Maveth.
Centuries later, the Kree that was left behind on Earth during the Inhuman experiments, later dubbed G.H., was discovered dead by residents of a village in Hunan, and eventually fell into the hands of HYDRA, the Strategic Scientific Reserve, and ultimately S.H.I.E.L.D..
For centuries, the Kree waged war against another race called the Skrulls, and created propaganda that fabricated the Skrulls as heartless monsters who use disguise and deception to infiltrate and destroy civilizations from the inside, whilst the Kree themselves are portrayed as selfless and noble heroes. When the Skrulls refused to submit to the Kree Empire, the Kree responded by destroying their home planet Skrullos, and sending its survivors to flee scattered throughout the galaxy.
Eventually, a Kree scientist named Mar-Vell realized the injustice that her people were doing and decided to help the surviving Skrulls by constructing a Light-Speed Engine that could help them in finding a new home that was completely out of reach of the Kree. However, her betrayal did not go unnoticed and before she could complete her work, she was tracked down and killed by Starforce commander Yon-Rogg, who also abducted and brainwashed Mar-Vell's Terran pupil, Carol Danvers.
The Kree continued their onslaught on the Skrulls but Danvers started to learn her true origin and realized the lies that the Kree had fed her for six years, causing her to turn against them and decide to finish what Mar-Vell had started by finding the surviving Skrulls a new home and to put an end to the Kree's war on other races in the galaxy.
By 2014, the war between the Kree and the Nova Empire had ended, thanks in no small part to the Nova Prime Irani Rael being able to force the Kree Emperor to sign a peace treaty. Seeking revenge against the Nova Empire and refusing to abide by the treaty, Ronan the Accuser allied with Thanos, promising to give him the Orb in exchange for the forces necessary to annihilate Xandar, the capital of the Nova Empire.
The treaty was not popular among the Kree citizenry, as massive riots broke out across their homeworld when the news of it broke. Ronan's quest against Xandar eventually led to his downfall. In a destructive battle waged in both Xandar's airways and city streets, Ronan came close to destroying the entire planet using an Infinity Stone, but the Guardians of the Galaxy were able to use the stone to kill him. In the aftermath of Ronan's crusade, there remained a faction of "Kree purists", who counted the Guardians of the Galaxy as enemies.
Ego's Expansion affected Hala as well, as the Kree race was almost eliminated by Ego, who planned to assimilate the entire universe for himself. Ironically, the Kree were ultimately saved along with the whole universe by the Guardians of the Galaxy, the same individuals they branded as enemies following Ronan the Accuser's death.
Seeking the Inhumans
A Kree named Vin-Tak came to Earth when he noticed that a Diviner had been activated; believing the Inhumans as abominations, and fearing what would happen if the Empire found out about them, he sought to kill whoever had transformed. He decided to destroy any remaining Diviners first, before seeking his target. Vin-Tak discovered that the six Diviners on Earth buried in Portugal were gone.
He was apprehended by S.H.I.E.L.D. and revealed to Phil Coulson, Melinda May, and Skye the origin of the Inhumans; Sif was there also because of the enmity between their races caused her to investigate his presence on Earth. Upon discovering that Skye was an Inhuman, Vin-Tak allied himself with Sif to kill her. However, opposition from Bobbi Morse using her battle staves and Leo Fitz using the Destroyer Armor Prototype Gun delayed his progress. Morse used his own Truncheon on him to cause him to forget his mission.
Summoned by Hive
Hive took Daisy Johnson, Alisha Whitley and Hellfire to Union City, in order to create his own army of Inhumans by having Holden Radcliffe help him re-create the original Kree experiment. At first, the experiment failed and Radcliffe assured him that it would work but they needed blood from a living Kree individual. Hive then used a device to emit a radio signal to summon the Kree Reapers which, according to him, were orbiting the solar system ever since the experiment, centuries ago.
The Kree Reapers destroyed the place where the radio orb device was located while a S.H.I.E.L.D. strike enforcement team led by Alphonso Mackenzie was inside but evacuated immediately after Director Phil Coulson warned them of the incoming projectile. The Kree Reapers proceeded to hunt down Inhumans; one of them was walking down the streets and was seen by two people at least, eventually finding Alisha Whitley and killing her double and herself once and for all. Then the Kree Reaper found where Radcliffe was working and fought Johnson where she used her powers on the Kree Reaper's spine to kill him.
Radcliffe managed to get some of the Kree Reaper's blood out of its corpse before it was hit by a Splinter Bomb thrown by Mackenzie. The other Kree fought with Hive who was almost outperformed by the Kree Reaper, but eventually, Hive used his Inhuman powers to eliminate and absorb the organic matter from the Kree. Meanwhile, the S.H.I.E.L.D. strike team and Melinda May were waiting for the perfect chance to take Hive down, but were forced to retreat when Hive proved superior to their tactics and weaponry.
After Glenn Talbot force himself into the Confederacy, Taryan warned the enhanced Human about Thanos' attack on Earth, and told him to look for more Gravitonium in order to have a chance against the Mad Titan.
When Quake was captured, she was being transferred to Taryan unconscious with a transmission device planted on her forehead. With the device Taryan was able to communicate with Quake to convince her join him so she would live an appropriate for an Inhuman. Quake was not convinced and managed to free herself from captivity.
Ruling the Lighthouse
In an alternate timeline, Earth was torn apart by a catastrophic event. The human survivors lived in a bunker under the ruins of the planet called the Lighthouse. However, the Kree came to the station and restored the order, but they also destroyed every document about the life on Earth, so the Humans would focus on work. The ruler of the Lighthouse was Kasius, whose father banished him from Hala.
For Kasius to profit from his unwanted staying in the Lighthouse, he forced every human to be exposed to the Terrigen Mist and enslaving those who became Inhumans. He then offered them to potential buyers from across the galaxy that wanted the Inhumans for their powers.
When S.H.I.E.L.D. agents from the past used the White Monolith to travel to the year 2091, they soon started a rebellion against Kasius and his Kree Watch, which led to his death and the retaking of the Lighthouse by the oppressed humans.
Another noteworthy trait is their highly potent regenerative capabilities. Their healing factor is considered to be so profound that S.H.I.E.L.D. attempted to use the G.H.'s blood to perform transfusions with mortally wounded, dying, or dead humans in order to resurrect them or cure them of terminal illnesses. However, the process only works on beings with "simple" biological makeups like humans; the Kree themselves cannot use it to resurrect their own. The Kree have an extremely long lifespan, apparently on par with beings such as Asgardians; Ronan described a team of other races as mortals.
Kree skin, when overexposed to nitrogen, changes from blue to pink, heightening their resemblance to light-skinned humans. Although other races of Kree with natural skin colors other than blue have been shown to exist, such as Korath the Pursuer, Yon-Rogg and Mar-Vell whose skin more closely resembles that of humans.
The Kree have their own language, although they can speak to other races in their respective language. Other extraterrestrial races, such as the Asgardians, even teach it to their young, similar to foreign language studies on Earth. For example, the word kava means key.
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In chronological order:
- In the comics, the Kree shared their home planet with the intelligent plant-like Cotati. The early evolution of both species was influenced heavily by the Skrulls, who granted them advanced technology with hopes of eventually absorbing the Kree and Cotati into their trading empire. As a result of the Skrulls' favoritism towards the Cotati, the Kree declared feudal war against the Skrulls, drawing the Avengers and other heroes into it as both races wanted to conquer Earth due to its strategic position within the galaxy.
- Despite being claimed to have never visited Earth in Yes Men and Who You Really Are by Phil Coulson, they visited Earth in 1995 when Phil Coulson was active as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D..
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.15: Yes Men
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.12: Who You Really Are
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Guardians of the Galaxy
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.19: Failed Experiments
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.09: ...Ye Who Enter Here
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.16: Paradise Lost
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.14: T.A.H.I.T.I.
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.20: Scars
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.02: Purpose in the Machine
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.08: The Things We Bury
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.01: Shadows
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Captain Marvel
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.20: The One Who Will Save Us All
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.01: Orientation Part One
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.02: Orientation Part Two
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.05: Fun & Games
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.03: A Life Spent
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.10: Past Life
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.20: Nothing Personal
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.D.: 2.07: The Writing on the WalL