Marvel always had a thing for merchandise leaks. Sometimes we think they wantonly do it to keep the hype train riled and jacked up. Marvel does not have any movie coming around up until next year so they need to make sure that the fans know they exist. So like an attention seeking problem child, they do what is expected of them. They make noise. And noise, they made this time. While on their quest to keep the fan base excited, they might have committed a major mistake. Captain Marvel is the next movie in line for release in the MCU movie slate. The bad guys of that movie will be the Skrulls, a race of sinister, shape-shifting aliens that will stop at nothing when it comes to being on the winning side. And we now know how they look.
The recent merchandise leak for Captain Marvel has revealed more than what we would have bargained for. The new leak confirms that the Skrull we saw in the trailer was none other than the Skrull Leader Talos, one of the many well-known Skrulls of the Marvel Comics Universe. The leak also shows how Talos would look in the theatrical version of the Captain Marvel movie.
And fans are pissed because the movie did not get the design right. What is of particular concern is the fact that Talos has pointed ears and the supposed headpiece being highly comic book inaccurate. There were also other points of objection in the comments section but these are the ones that we would like to highlight first.
Here is the leaked image we are talking about:
Looks like on a quest to conquer the Box Office, Marvel studios has decided to kick the sanctity of comic book accuracy out of the picture and focus solely on money, for in that leaked picture is true blasphemy. The source was never even considered. Marvel needs to get its game right or else the franchise will fall if they keep insulting the comic books.
Actor Ben Mendelsohn, who regularly portrays villains in the big and small screens, will be playing the character of Talos this time. After the internet realized that the Skrulls existed in the MCU and Captain Marvel was supposed to set in a time before the Avengers existed, the internet has been rife with theories regarding who else that Skrulls might have replaced in the long run.
We know that Ben Mendelsohn would be playing a member of Shield as well. That means the Skrulls have already infiltrated the most powerful covert organization in the world. Who else they might have replaced? Captain America? The Hulk? General Thunderbolt Ross? Even Nick Fry maybe?
When asked about the character he will be debuting as in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain Marvel, Ben Mendelsohn says that he would like to portray the Skrull character Talos as he naturally is – that is, in his Skrull form. He says and we quote:
“The thing is, when you’re Skrullin’, there’s a kind of take-no-prisoners vibe about it, which is more relaxed. This guy’s got to follow protocol because it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Skrullin’, you’re punching through shields. You’re taking shields off people and using them on people. So it’s kind of more fun to play.”
The MCU may be already filled with Skrull infiltrators or Captain Marvel will show how the titular character will fend off a Skrull backed secret invasion. We will have to wait and find out how this turns out.
Captain Marvel was first mentioned in Avengers: Infinity War. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.