The Secret Skrull Connection Nobody is Talking About in the MCU
I have an insane (maybe) theory about a connection I found that no one else has mentioned yet. From what I understand the Captain Marvel film it will take place in the 1990s as well as feature the Skrulls- a race of shape-shifting aliens who are often used as plot devices when a character “dies” or does something completely out of character. Rumor has it that one or more of the characters we’ve seen in Marvel films and TV shows will turn out to be a Skrull impersonating that character. My money is on Black Widow, but that’s not the point of this theory.
In Black Panther we are told that the Vibranium that is found only in Wakanda arrived in the form of a meteor that crashed there millennia ago, and that the resulting technology cultivated from using that metal is what helped Wakanda become the most advanced place on Earth, with technology and science far surpassing anything else found on Earth. Part of this is because of their vast wealth, they are able to focus on simply expanding the minds of those who show promise in STEM fields. Another part is where my theory comes in.
My theory is that it wasn’t only the Vibranium that arrived on Earth, but that it attracted the attention of the Skrulls. Vibranium, if you are unfamiliar, is a metal that absorbs kinetic energy. You’ve seen this with Captain America’s shield as well as the suit T’Challa wears in his Black Panther persona. A fired bullet will not bounce off of something made of Vibranium; it will simply strike and fall straight to the ground with zero ricochets. This would be a sought-after material for anyone who was familiar with it. My theory is that the Skrulls learned of the meteor and followed it to Earth. They then took over the identity of a Wakandan resident and helped create some of the technology that would shape Wakanda’s future. Now I’m not trying to say that all of Wakanda’s progress and advancement has come from an outside source, thus minimizing their accomplishments. What I’m saying is that a Skrull helped them along. Think about it this way – if during the Revolutionary War, suddenly someone had the know-how and ability to teach others how to build submarines, tanks, Jeeps and machine guns, however rudimentary they might be compared to today’s standards, that would have kick-started a technological revolution that would have our current technological and scientific advancement light-years beyond what we have now. You can’t attribute everything that has happened since then to one specific Skrull influence, because people’s minds work differently. Shuri shows that she has the ability to take the same technology available to both Bruce Banner and Tony Stark and look at it and think of things they would not have – as we see when she asks Bruce about Vision’s creation.
So why do I think it’s the Skrulls? Well, there are a couple of reasons. First off, I’ve already mentioned the Captain Marvel movie plot. Second, we’ve already seen the Skrulls primary foes – the Kree. They’ve made appearances on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television show as well as in the form of Ronan the Accuser – the primary villain from the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. In the comics, Carol Danvers gets her powers from Captain Mar-Vell who is a Kree warrior and she is at first known as Miss Marvel, before gaining the Captain distinction. As we know she’ll be battling the Skrulls in her solo film, this would make sense and be the most likely origin for her.
That still leaves the question as to whether we have already been introduced to the Skrulls, and I believe we have…at least indirectly. Again, I am not talking about the inevitable reveal that many of the characters who have already graced the screen will be revealed to be Skrulls, but rather something I’ve not heard anyone mention. Like I said, I believe that the Skrulls are responsible for the technology we have seen in the films. In his solo film, we see a version of the Black Panther suit that is activated by pressing a specific part of his necklace and the nanotechnology contained within forms the Vibranium suit around him. Likewise, we see Tony Stark do the same thing in Avengers: Infinity War with his newest suit, and we hear him explain this to Pepper Potts in the beginning of the film where he explains to her that what she mistakenly believes is an Arc Reactor is, in reality, the housing module for his armor. But we’ve seen this somewhere else before.
In the scene from Guardians of the Galaxy in which we are introduced to Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord, he is wearing his trademark helmet. He presses a button and it disappears into a nodule that is located behind his ear. We see him re-activate the helmet later on by pressing the nodule and releasing the helmet. Pretty big coincidence, isn’t it? I think he came across this helmet during one of his adventures before we meet him in the canon of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Maybe he acquired it legally, maybe he stole it. Who knows? But I’m willing to bet my Nerd Card that it is Skrull technology, and we will learn about that in the Captain Marvel film.
Of course, maybe I’m way off base here, but I’d like to think that this is one of those “hiding in plain sight the whole time” things that I’m the first to pick up on. That would be pretty cool. And if I’m wrong, well, then I’m wrong. What are your thoughts? Do I have a leg to stand on, or am I grasping at straws here?