With the introduction of Captain Marvel in the MCU, we will also be seeing the shape-shifting alien race aka the Skrulls come into the bigger picture of the MCU. The first trailer of Captain Marvel only gave us a glimpse of the Skrulls while it had its major focus on Captain Marvel herself. Throughout the trailer, we saw the different stages of Carol’s life and it entirely wreaked of an action-packed, thrilling origin story. But what if this origin story turns out to be the most shocking movie of the MCU?
The Skrulls are a race of aliens who infiltrate and take down other planets through their shapeshifting abilities. They capture others and implant their memories in their own brains, which is why catching a Skrull becomes very difficult. They could be hiding in plain sight and you wouldn’t notice! While we have tried theories for almost every possible character to be a Skrull, we haven’t taken into consideration the main fact that Captain Marvel herself could be a freakin’ green shape-shifting alien.
As we saw in the trailer that when Carol landed on Earth, her memory was distorted. She started remembering fragments of her pre-Captain Marvel life, but all of it did not come to her at once. So an insane new theory suggests that this was because she wasn’t Carol. In the comics, Carol got her powers after being in the explosion of Psyche-Magnetron. She then went on to become the powerful Superhero that we are familiar with. But the theory actually suggests that instead of becoming the hero after getting powers, Carol actually died and a Skrull agent replaced her instead in order to infiltrate both Kree and Earth.
The Skrulls are able to fully implant the memories of the beings who are alive, but when they are dead, they get a partial implant which allows them to physically transform into the person, but again, the brain is fragmented and they do not get the full access to all the memories at once. Also, turning into a dead human being could cause the Skrull to actually forget who he/she is.
So, according to this theory, the Skrull acquired Carol’s memory partially along with half of her powers. But she herself doesn’t know that she is a Skrull. Perhaps the Skrulls would know as they would have assigned an agent to become Carol, but she has to be made to remember that. So, perhaps this could be a major MCU twist going forward.
The story of Captain Marvel will set up a Secret Invasion storyline for the future of the MCU, and Avengers 4 will give some aid to that, but to see the full-on Secret invasion storyline come alive, we will have to wait for Phase 4. Just imagine, the hero that Marvel is setting up as the most powerful among all others, actually turns out to be the villain who has the capability to ruin the entire planet!
With Captain Marvel being a Skrull, the alien invasion could be set up from the roots of this planet, as agents could be planted deep under cover. But Marvel just can’t make their biggest Superhero a Skrull. It will be a massive thriller reveal, but the entire essence of Captain Marvel will be taken away. So even if this theory sounds insanely awesome, it probably won’t see the light of the day.
While we have heard about Captain Marvel being the strongest character from Kevin Feige, now, Brie Larson herself has given an in-depth explanation about her character when she sat down with EW. She mentioned that her character Carol Danvers will go through an internal struggle before she fully emerges as the hero we all are waiting for:
“You have this Kree part of her that’s unemotional, that is an amazing fighter and competitive. Then there’s this human part of her that is flawed but is also the thing that she ends up leading by. It’s the thing that gets her in trouble, but it’s also the thing that makes her great. And those two sides warring against each other is what makes her her.”
Larson went on to talk about what really attracted her to take on this role. She mentioned that the in-depth dynamic of the role was the one that latched her on to being Marvel’s strongest hero. She said:
“That is something that is really exciting to me about this film: We did not cut corners on that stuff. Like, when it’s funny, it is funny, but also when there’s deep emotional things happening, it’s real. So I was able to bring some of those same things that I’ve brought to full dramatic roles into this, which I’m really proud of because I think it will really set this film apart.”
Captain Marvel releases on March 8, 2019.