The Skrulls are a technologically advanced race of reptilian humanoids, native to the destroyed planet Skrullos.
They are notable for their shapeshifting abilities, which allow them to replicate other lifeforms seamlessly, and infiltrate planets without suspicion.
The Skrulls lived on their home planet Skrullos. However, they eventually came into conflict with the Kree who defeated them in a genocidal war and destroyed their homeworld. The thousands of Skrull survivors used deception and their shapeshifting abilities to seek refuge in various planets by blending in with their population. The Kree Empire began a propaganda campaign that depicted the Skrulls as evil invaders who infiltrate planets with the intention to conquer them in order to hunt down any Skrull refugees they could find. One faction of the Skrulls led by Talos found temporary refuge aboard a Kree cruiser hidden in Earth's orbit, being sheltered by Mar-Vell, who researched a way to build a Light-Speed Engine, hoping to provide transport to the faction away from the Kree's war. However, Mar-Vell was assassinated before she could complete her work, resulting in the refugees residing in her spaceship for six years.
Talos brought Danvers to their ship in order to read her mind with a memory probe. However, Danvers escaped, and killed several Skrulls. The fight caused her and the surviving Skrulls to crash land on Earth in California. Upon arriving, the Skrulls took human forms so they could find the Light-Speed Engine in the hopes of finding a new homeworld beyond the Kree's reach. Talos took on the human form of Keller.
Eventually, Talos and Norex arrived in Louisiana and established an alliance with Danvers and Fury at Maria Rambeau's house. Later, during a fight at the laboratory, Danvers, Fury, Maria Rambeau, and the Skrull warriors recovered many Skrull refugees and civilians, including Soren and Talos' Daughter, whom Mar-Vell had helped hide.
Because the Skrulls were known for their shapeshifting abilities, making them difficult to recognize if they were working undercover, it led to the development of Skrull detector technology. In 2013, one black market trader on Conjunction was selling Skrull detectors for ten units apiece.
Activities on Earth
In 2023, a Skrull sent by Nick Fury infiltrated the ranks of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and arrived at the aftermath of the Westview Anomaly for the sole purpose of recruiting Monica Rambeau for an intergalactic mission.
In 2024, Nick Fury went on vacation in space on a Skrull flagship which had several Skrull occupants. While away on the ship, Fury tasked Talos and Soren to replace him and Maria Hill on Earth. In mid-2024, while in London, Talos informed him of giving the glasses to Peter Parker and the incident with Mysterio.
Technology and Weapons
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The Skrulls are a humanoid species with distinguishing features that include green skin and pointed-back ears. Unlike all species that are native to Earth, Skrulls are not carbon-based lifeforms and the elements they’re made up of aren’t known by scientists on Earth. They possess a wide variety of otherwise augmented abilities compared to humans, such as enhanced strength, durability and agility, but not to superhuman levels. It appears that the Skrulls possess a vast level of longevity, as Talos and Soren have not visibly aged in a 30-year span.
Skrulls are also able to shapeshift - or "sim" - into other sentient humanoid beings right down to the individual's DNA, perfectly matching their height, voice, body weight, unique physical characteristics, and even copying their clothing - by way of Skrull co-morphing apparel. They are all physiologically capable of this, but accurate shapeshifting requires practice and talent. Skrulls are even able to replicate the recent memories of the person that they've simmed. However, they cannot mimick any supernatural or superhuman powers and abilities of the person they've simmed.
In chronological order:
- Captain Marvel
- Guardians of the Galaxy Prequel Infinite Comic (mentioned)
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
- Secret Invasion
- Season One (unreleased)
Out of time:
- In the comics, the Skrulls are a race of alien shapeshifters bent on invading Earth as an advantage in their prolonged war with the Kree. The Skrulls managed to replace many of Earth's heroes with Skrull operatives in what was called the Secret Invasion.
- The Skrull alphabet from the comics appears in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode Eye-Spy, as well as in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Behind the Scenes
- The film rights to the Skrulls were co-owned by 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios, similar to the rights of the Watchers, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch. However, certain Skrulls and Watchers characters were owned completely by Fox such as Kl'rt the original Super-Skrull and Uatu, making impossible for Marvel Studios to use them until 20th Century Fox acquisition.
- The Skrulls were believed to be featured in The Avengers as Loki's army, however, Joss Whedon debunked this, saying that "The Skrulls — they can shape change. That's a whole thing. I've already got Loki. He's got magic. Once you got magic along with your Iron Man and your Black Widow — it's a real juggling act." Despite this, the Skrulls were featured in some of the films' toy line merchandise.
- James Gunn considered implementing the Skrulls either in Guardians of the Galaxy or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but it did not work out.
- Kevin Feige stated that: "the Skrulls are as diverse and as multilayered as any other intelligent life form. Certainly like humanity itself. And we happen to see good ones. I think there are probably better ones out there as well, like there are with any fully realized characters. But yes, the idea certainly was to subvert the expectation of the pointy-eared green aliens. And Ben Mendelsohn, even subverting people’s assumption that Ben Mendelsohn will be playing the villain."
- Chris McKenna mentioned in an interview with Variety that the Skrulls were initially further involved in an early iteration of story for Spider-Man: Far From Home, but director Jon Watts dropped the idea to not add too many plot twists. Among other things, it would have involved Mysterio actually being a Skrull.
- Captain Marvel
- Guardians of the Galaxy Prequel Infinite Comic
- WandaVision 1.09: The Series Finale
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
- 'Avengers' villains NOT Skrulls or the Kree, says Joss Whedon
- Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn on Captain Marvel Movie
- Interview: Kevin Feige Talks ‘Captain Marvel’ Spoilers, The Future of Goose, Stan Lee’s Tribute, and Disney+ TV Shows
- ‘Spider-Man’ Writers Break Down What Really Happened During the Marvel Blip
- ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ Writers on Mysterio, Those Credits Scenes, and Following ‘Endgame’