The Kree are a militaristic race of mostly blue-skinned humanoids from the planet Hala. One of the most technically advanced races in the galaxy, the Kree are skilled in genetic engineering and are responsible for the creation of the Inhumans on Earth. Politically, they are a powerful intergalactic state, controlling a vast empire.
- 1 History
- 2 Technology and Weapons
- 3 Characteristic Traits
- 4 Notable Kree
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Trivia
- 7 References
- 8 External Links
- "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, with the Asgardians viewing the Kree as deceitful and savage.
The Kree have been at war almost continuously throughout their history. During one such war, more than five thousand years ago, the odds were heavily stacked against the Kree, leading to division as to how they were to proceed. Two Kree, known as the Reapers, dispatched science teams across different worlds, experimenting on various alien races in order to produce bio-weapons for an army. They had little luck, however, until coming to Earth.
Humans proved the most promising subjects yet. By exposing their altered subjects to the mist produced by Terrigen Crystals, a genetic mutation would be triggered, allowing the subjects to attain unique superhuman abilities. The Kree created special Diviners as containment units for the crystals, designing them so that they would only open to the touch of Inhumans, revealing a map to a city the Kree had built beneath what is now Puerto Rico and used as the base of their operations on Earth.
The Kree Empire eventually discovered the Reapers' illegal operation and sought to put an end to it, but not before one of the Kree's creations would rise against them in rebellion. A Mayan hunter-gather who, following his Terrigenesis, was known as Alveus, or "Hive".. Hive had been intended to command the Kree's Inhuman army, but he rebelled against them instead, leading the Inhumans against their creators and banishing them from Earth, leaving behind the Diviners, the Inhumans, and at least one of their kin who either died at the time of their banishment or not long after.
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. It turns out the truth is 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.
Taryan from the House of Kasius, one of the noblest Kree families, was a member of the alien alliance called the Confederacy. As part of the Confederacy, the Kree made a deal with HYDRA, promising to help Earth face a powerful enemy in exchange for resources. In fact, the Confederacy were just using HYDRA to get what they wanted, Gravitonium and Inhuman slaves, before Earth doom.
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.
By 2024, the Kree had deployed sleeper cells to Earth. The Skrull commander Talos, who had been residing on Earth posing as Nick Fury, was aware of the sleeper cells and expressed his annoyance to his wife Soren that the information was no longer private.
Destroyed Earth Timeline
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 Time Di'Alla 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.
Several Kree had breached the Sacred Timeline, so they were apprehended by the Time Variance Authority. After being interrogated at the Time Variance Authority Office, those Variants were eventually pruned.
Technology and Weapons
Guns and Rifles
Blades and Melee Weapons
- Cosmi-Rod: Used by Ronan the Accuser, capable of holding the Power Stone.
- Kree Energy Swords: Used by Korath the Pursuer.
- Kree Battle Axe: Used by the Kree Reapers and the Kree Watch.
- Truncheon: Used by Vin-Tak, capable of erasing and restoring memories of its targets.
- Twin Kree Blades: Primary blades for Kree warriors.
- Kree Ballistic Missiles: Used during the Battle at Mar-Vell's Laboratory by the Accusers from their Warship to destroy Earth.
Armors and Uniforms
- Kree Armor: Battlesuits worn by the Accusers.
- Starforce Uniform: Tactical suits used by members of the Starforce.
- Accuser Warship
- Mar-Vell's Laboratory
- Silver Aster
- Dark Aster
- Kree Space Pods
- Kree Reapers Satellite
- Terrigen Crystals
- Diviner Box
- Kree Orb
- Kree Monolith
- Light-Speed Engine
- Kree Threat Detector
- Photon Inhibitor
- Inhuman Control Device
- Gravity Puck
- Silencing Implant
The Kree are mostly humanoid, with their most distinctive features being their blue skin, mostly purple eyes and, sometimes, pointed ears, such as with the Kree Ambassador. They are stronger than the average human and can hold their own against Asgardians. However, some Kree have been overcome by humans who are highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat, such as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Bobbi Morse, Daisy Johnson, and Melinda May. Accusers, as seen in the case of Ronan the Accuser, possess notably higher strength which greatly exceeds that of Drax the Destroyer. Their physicality is vastly different from humans, having adapted to various environmental characteristics on their home planet.
Kree also possess potent regenerative abilities. Their healing factor is so profound that S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to use the blood of one long-dead Kree to save mortally wounded, terminally ill, or even dead agents more than 5,000 years after the Kree had died. However, that transfusion process only works on "simpler" beings like humans; Kree cannot use their own blood to resurrect their own kind. The Kree have an extremely long lifespan, roughly on par with races such as the Asgardians; Ronan described a team composed of other races as mortals.
Kree skin, when overexposed to nitrogen, changes from blue to pink, heightening their resemblance to light-skinned humans. Kree with other skin tones 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 and, being a space-faring race from a large empire, are generally fluent in others. Other extraterrestrial races, such as the Asgardians, teach the Kree language to their young. For example, the word kava means key.
- 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 the hope 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.
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