The Problem With Captain Marvel, The Skrulls & The 90s
There are two types of stories that annoy me.:
1- Red Kryptonite Tales
For those who may be unfamiliar, red kryptonite changes Superman and causes him to behave differently. I can’t stand it when ‘something’ causes a character to behave differently. It always leads to them ‘betraying’ their loved ones and everyone gets confused. Inevitably, whatever caused them to behave differently goes away and everything is okay- THOSE STORIES STINK.
Even worse, I really don’t like character replacement storylines. I don’t like evil clones. I don’t like twin switches. It’s an extension of number 1. Say what you will about The Skrulls but I am not overly ‘pumped’ about their inclusion in Captain Marvel and the MCU. Let’s catch you up.
During Marvel’s SDCC panel in Hall H, it was revealed that Captain Marvel will be set in the 90s and focus on the Kree/Skrull war. I’m perfectly okay with this. Having a hero like Captain Marvel debut in the middle of an alien war is extremely exciting. We’ll also get Nick Fury with two eyes and a host of other cameos. But there is a problem…
As a result of the Kree/Skrull war, the shape shifting Skrulls take notice of Earth and the heroes that live there. It isn’t long before they invade and replace… You get the idea…
One of Marvel’s most popular event comic book storylines is Secret Invasion. Basically, The Skrulls kidnap and replace several heroes on Earth and cause pure chaos in Marvel’s Universe.
See where I’m going with this?
At any point before Iron Man 1, heroes could theoretically be Skrulls. By introducing them in the 90s, all bets are off. The Secret Invasion could have already begun! Cue the paranoia and the betrayals. I’m not ready to write off the storyline now but I can’t lie, it’s frustrating that Phase 4 could technically undermine all of Phase 3. I’ll accept a Skrull invasion if it happens after the Infinity War. Earth/All of Reality will surely be weak in the aftermath of Thanos’ grand attack. But before? I’m already questioning anyone behaving differently.
Can you imagine if one (or more) of your favorite heroes was actually a Skrull all along? Gross. I have faith it won’t come to that but it still gives me a special kind of ‘movie anxiety’. At the end of the day, a Kree/Skrull war will be amazing and Captain Marvel is poised to become a staple of the MCU moving forward. I’m definitely looking forward to the film. It’s the fallout that scares me.
That doesn’t even take into consideration the huge risk of breaking the established timeline–
You know what, before I get too nervous, I’m just going to watch the Thor: Ragnarok trailer again.