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"You are just one victim of the Skrull Expansion that has threatened our civilization for centuries. Impostors who silently infiltrate, then take over our planets."
Supreme Intelligence to Vers[src]

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.


Kree-Skrull War

The Skrulls are a race native to their planet Skrullos. However, they eventually came into conflict with the Kree who demanded them to submit to Kree rule. However, the Skrulls resisted this, resulting in the Kree defeating them in a genocidal war and destroying their homeworld. The thousands of Skrull survivors used deception and their shapeshifting abilities to seek refuge on various planets by blending in with their populations. 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.[1]

Ambush in Torfa

"My people lived as refugees on Torfa. Homeless, ever since we resisted Kree rule and they destroyed our planet."

Skrulls on Torfa

In the 1990s, several Skrulls on Torfa were killed by Starforce during the ambush. However, Talos captured Carol Danvers as the rest of Starforce departed the planet.[1]

Meeting Carol Danvers

Skrulls arrive on Earth

Talos brought Carol 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 R. Keller.[1]

Battle at Mar-Vell's Laboratory

Talos, Soren, and their daughter reunited

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.[1]

Finding a New Home

Talos awaits to find a new home for the Skrulls

After defeating the Accusers fleet, Carol Danvers decided to help the Skrulls find a new homeworld and search for Skrull survivors scattered throughout the universe.[1]

Skrull Detectors

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.[2]

Activities on Earth

Recruiting Monica Rambeau

A Skrull speaks with Monica Rambeau

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.[3]

Filling In Roles

Talos and Soren in London

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.[4]

Technology and Weapons



Melee Weapons


Characteristic Traits

"Whatever he runs on, it's not on the periodic table."
S.H.I.E.L.D. Medical Examiner[src]

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"[1] - 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.

Notable Skrulls


Appearances for Skrulls

In chronological order:

Out of time:


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."[5] 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.[6]
  • 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."[7]
  • 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.[8] Among other things, it would have involved Mysterio actually being a Skrull.[9]


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