Norex was the Skrull Chief Science Officer and Talos' second-in-command. He was stationed on the Skrull flagship who crashed on Planet C-53 in Los Angeles in 1995. Following the Ambush at Joint NASA USAF Facility, Norex and Talos arranged an alliance with Vers and Nick Fury in Louisiana. While covering for their journey to Mar-Vell's Laboratory, he was discovered and later murdered by Yon-Rogg.
Norex was a Skrull scientist who, like the rest of his people, was forced into exile when the Kree Empire attacked and destroyed their home planet, causing the Skrulls to scatter across the galaxy. Norex worked for the Skrull general Talos as his chief science officer, and was tasked with finding Mar-Vell's Laboratory, in which Talos hoped to find unparalleled technology the Skrulls could use to escape from the Kree. However, Norex was unable to complete this mission as he had not thought that the laboratory could actually be in orbit around a planet instead of being a physical facility on the surface of said planet.
Extracting Vers' Memories
Norex was present on the Skrulls' flagship, after Talos captured Vers in an Ambush on Torfa. He stood alongside Talos while he was accessing her memories, hoping to find information regarding the Light-Speed Engine. When she staged an escape and fought the Skrull occupation on the ship, Norex, Talos and two other Skrulls took space pods to Planet C-53 in pursuit.
Arriving on Planet C-53
The four pods carrying Norex, Talos and two other Skrulls crash-landed in the Atlantic Ocean, on the coast of California, and later emerged at a beach during a sun-sprawling morning in Los Angeles. While familiarizing themselves with their surroundings, Norex and the Skrulls were given orders by Talos to locate Vers. To blend in with the rest of the beach, Talos and the Skrulls simmed several human surfers. While Norex departed with Talos to further assimilate themselves into the bulk of human society, their Skrull comrades located Vers and engaged in a chase with a S.H.I.E.L.D. task force.
Negotiating an Alliance
Later, Norex accompanied Talos to a homestead in Louisiana. Norex disguised himself as Maria Rambeau in an attempt to stall her daughter Monica from discovering they were Skrulls. The two successfully persuaded their to-be human allies, including S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury that they did not mean hostile intent and that they were offering an alliance, explaining to them that they were refugees on the run from the Kree.
Once the negotiation became a success, with Danvers regaining her true memories, Norex helped in repairing the damaged Quadjet and retrofitting Skrull technology inside it so it could travel in space, while Talos and their human allies prepared to venture to Mar-Vell's Laboratory. He volunteered to stay and become a decoy by disguising himself as Danvers, while the real Danvers, Talos, Fury and Rambeau, as well as Goose depart to find Mar-Vell’s hidden laboratory outside Earth's atmosphere.
Murdered by Yon-Rogg
- "What have you done to her?"
"You're too late."
- ―Yon-Rogg and Norex
The next day, Norex was confronted by Yon-Rogg, stalling for time while disguised as Vers. Norex attempted to persuade Yon-Rogg by proclaiming out Vers' code, but he dismissed it, as he sayd that the tactic of using codes had been deemed futile. To test that he wasn't a Skrull, Yon-Rogg quizzes Norex about Vers' past, asking what her earliest memories were.
When Norex hesitated to answer a question about Vers' Kree blood transfusion, Yon-Rogg deduces his Skrull identity, and shot Norex with his Kree Pistol. As Norex' Skrull form was revealed, he told Yon-Rogg that he was too late to catch his allies from departing on the Quadjet. Yon-Rogg took a minute before turning and shooting Norex a second time, killing him. With Norex dead, Yon-Rogg departed with Starforce to find Mar-Vell's Laboratory.
Powers and Abilities
- Skrull Physiology: Unlike the many species on Earth, Norex was a Skrull who was not a carbon based life-form and possessed a wide variety of superhuman abilities.
- Shapeshifting: Like the rest of his species, Norex was able to shapeshift into sentient beings, though he had to visually perceive the person who was going to be imitated.
- Engineer: Norex was able to retrofit a Quadjet with Skrull technology, making it capable of traveling in space.
- Master Scientist: Norex was Talos' science advisor and in charge of operations that required scientific knowledge, such as tracking Mar-Vell's Laboratory and tracking Vers' space pod after she had crash-landed in it on Earth.