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The Skrulls are a race of evil aliens in the Marvel universe. The Skrulls are set to appear as the main antagonists of the 2019 superhero film Captain Marvel of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which will be based on the Kree-Skrull War comic book storyline).

Origin

As Kly'bn could not change, the Deviant branch later split into two more groups, the modern Skrulls and an anomaly called the Dire Wraiths, a parasitic race that could still shapeshift and had knowledges of magic, but were not as technologically advanced as the Skrulls.

The modern Skrulls originate from the planet of Skrullos, and were originally a mercantile civilization, primarily interested in free trade and willing to share their technology with all races they deemed worthy. When they encountered a new race, they simply transformed themselves to resemble that race. The Skrull empire that resulted from these contacts was based on free trade and mutual cooperation. The empire is controlled by an emperor and each of the 978 worlds is controlled by a governor.

The Skrulls were once a peaceful space-faring race of merchants long ago, until then then they met the Kree, a hostile culture of alien warriors. Everything changed since the unfortunate encounter with the Kree, the Skrulls decided to train themselves to combat against their sworn enemies. But now, violence and conquest are the Skrulls' way of life.

The Skrull Empire is hostile to most other species, especially the Kree. During their age-long battle with the Kree, the Skrulls discovered that Earth was a key point in the galaxy in attacking the Kree's home planet, so they were resolved to take over the earth and destroy its inhabitants. They first saw the Fantastic Four as their main threat, so they tried to dispose of them, but failed. Since then, the Skrulls have waged war on almost every hero in the Marvel universe, even launching a mass invasion by impersonating all of the main superhumans on earth.

In one attempt to get rid of the Fantastic Four the Skrulls created the Super-Skrull by taking each of the FF's DNA and putting it into one of their warriors, Kl'rt.

​Avengers: Kree-Skrull War

The Kree Accuser Ronan had wrested control of the Kree Empire from the Supreme Intelligence and attacked the Skrulls, reigniting hostilities. The Avengers become involved once the Super Skrull kidnaps Captain Marvel, and in turn they battle a Kree Sentry robot, three of the original Skrulls that had fought the Fantastic Four, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, rogue Inhumansand legions of Skrulls. The Supreme Intelligence ends the immediate conflict by revealing to Avengers' ally Rick Jones that he has vast mental potential, which is then used to freeze all combatants in place. The Supreme Intelligence announces that, while the Kree and Skrulls have reached genetic dead ends, the human race displays incredible untapped potential. It was revealed years later that the conflict produced a Kree-Skrull hybrid, Hulkling, who is the child of one-time lovers Captain Marvel and the Skrull Princess Anelle.

Later the cosmic being Uatu the Watcher adjudicates a duel between champions from both races: Colonel Bel-Dann of the Kree and Warlord Raksor of the Skrulls. After one year of conflict the duel remains deadlocked and is ultimately abandoned with no resolution. Years later during a conflict with Xandar that included the Fantastic Four and the Young hero Nova (Richard Rider), Emperor Dorrek VII's wife, Empress R'klll, stages a coup and kills him to become ruling Empress.

Empress R'klll's reign is short-lived, however, as the greatest blow to the Skrulls arrives in the form of the World Devourer Galactus . After his Herald Nova (Frankie Raye) annihilates the Skrull fleet, Galactus devours Tarnax IV, killing billions of Skrulls, including R'klll and the Princess Anelle. With the destruction of the central government, the Skrull Empire has collapsed into hundreds of bickering factions. Their galaxy is filled with Governors who have declared themselves to be Emperor of the Skrulls and soon a civil war began. The Shi'ar maintain a heavy presence in the former empire as well, constantly dealing with packets of resistance.

The second Kree-Skrull War

Later Reed Richards discovered that yet another Governor-turned-Emperor, Zabyk, had created a genetics bomb, which, when it exploded made all the Skrulls lose their shape-shifting abilities. Whatever form they were in they were stuck in at the time of the explosion.

In desperation, since without their shapeshifting powers they were vulnerable, they managed to kidnap the herald of Galactus, Nova, in an attempt to get Galactus to destroy Kree worlds for them. Their plot failed when the Silver Surfer helped Galactus rescue Nova in exchange for his freedom from Earth.

When one of the Celestials made an appearance, this scared the Skrulls into starting a second war with the Kree to show they were not powerless. The attack was first made by Kylor, one of five governors claiming to be Emperor. He had a spy in the Kree Empire, Nenora, who gave him the early edge. They tried to hide their secret weakness at all costs from the Kree.

Kylor was eventually betrayed by Nenora, as was the entire Skrull race. She assumed power of the empire and wished to keep it for herself. It was Empress S'byll who stepped up to control the Skrulls and finish the war. She was able to resurrect the Super Skrull and he returned to find the empire in shambles. They tricked the Silver Surfer into attacking a Badoon fleet, which he was not aware were allied with the Kree. Since the Kree waged war on the Surfer, he allied himself with the Skrulls to save Zenn-La from destruction.

To restore their powers, the Super Skrulls DNA needed to be transferred to S'byll, because only a female could spread the ability to the other Skrulls. The Surfer helped them to power a machine that would return the Empress' shape shifting abilities. The device was successful. With this power she was able to restore every Skrull she touched and became the true Empress of the Skrulls.

She and Super Skrull waged war with the Kree with the help of the Silver Surfer. She replaced Super Skrull with Captain Reptyl and he helped to change her into an emotionless reptile. But Reptyl was betrayed by one of his own and the Skrull fleet was utterly destroyed by the Kree. S'byll and Silver Surfer went alone to attack the Kree homeworld of Hala.

Gaining the knowledge that Nenora was actually a Skrull gave them the advantage. S'byll gave her shape-shifting abilities back to her, crippling her and showing the Kree her true self. A peace treaty was created.

The Skrulls eventually broke that peace treaty as they kept their military drive and prefer to fight rather than negotiate. Among the other races contained within the Skrull Empire are the Druff, Guna, Kallusina, Morani, Pheragot, Queega, Tekton, and Yirbek races. Other races remain independent, whether through treaties or open resistance. Such races include the Clegrimites, Gegku, Krylorians, Wilameanis, and Xandarians. The Skrull-Xandarian war with the Xandarians recently ended with the destruction of Xandar by the supervillainess Nebula.

Skrulls are meanwhile involved in numerous other activities. They were revealed to have conquered a medieval planet and abandoned it after its inhabitants perished. Skrull Prime Ten battled the Fantastic Four and Captain Mar-Vell. The Skrulls sent their own representative to witness the fate of the , at her trial by the . There is a lone appearance of Queen Akilll of the Skrull. A lone Skrull poisoned Vera Gantor to force the Avengers to seek the Resurrection Stone on his behalf. The Skrulls sent their General Zedrao to give the dying Captain Mar-Vell the Royal Skrull Medal of Honor for having been a worthy foe of the Skrulls.

Infiltrating the earth

Some time later a Skrull called Paibok The Power-Skrull mounts a campaign to invade Earth, using another Skrull called Lyja as an infiltrator. The plan involved secretly replacing the real Alicia Masters , The Thing's blind lover. The plan fell through when she instead seduced Human Torch and the two eventually married one another. The long running facade eventually came to light and the group discovered that the real, human Alicia was actually being held captive by the Skrull nation and Lyja defects, having fallen in love with the Human Torch . The Fantastic Four rescued her, but Lyja seemingly died in the process as she sacrificed herself to save Johnny when Paibok attacked.

Paibok later revealed to Devos the Devastator that she was still alive. Paibok, with the assistance of Devos, awoke Lyja from her comatose state, also bestowing her with the power to fly and fire energy blasts from her hands (becoming "Lyja the Lazerfist"). These powers were later revealed to come from a special device implanted into her. Joining them in search of vengeance, the three arrived on Earth, and isolated and battled the Torch at Empire State University. Panicking, the Torch burst into his Nova Flame and destroyed the campus. Alongside Devos and Paibok, Lyja witnessed a battle between the Fantastic Four and an alternate Fantastic Four. However, Lyja still bore feelings for the Torch and once again betrayed her cohorts to side with the Fantastic Four which ended with the Fantastic Four destroying the "Skrull War World", the Skrulls' largest attack ship.

​The Skrulls and the X-Men

A group of Skrulls traveled to Earth where they began plotting to invade the planet once again. They were however at some point approached by Apocalypse who wanted to lure together twelve powerful mutants that he needs to ascend to godhood. At the same time, the body of the Living Monolith, who had been hurled out into the far reaches of space by Thor, is found and brought back to Earth. On Earth, a mutant Skrull named Fiz sneaked into Xavier's mansion to tell them urgent news of trouble: the Skrulls have allied themselves with someone powerful and the only thing he knows is that there are twelve mutants that can't be harmed and that something terrible is going to happen. Fiz also reveals the existence of a subtype of Skrulls that possess innate powers like Earth's mutants. Deemed outcasts by the others Skrulls, they were hunted by the Empire.

After the eventual defeat of Apocalypse, Professor Xavier left into space to train them, giving them the name Cadre K. Cadre K and Xavier returned to Earth during the Kree's attempt to overtake the planet by turning it into an intergalactic prison. A wounded Z'Cann attempted to pass on vital information to Rogue. Their physical contact affected Rogue's powers for some time. The information was received and the heroes were reunited with Bishop.

Annihilation

The Skrull Empire is the first of the major interstellar empires to be invaded by the forces of Annihilus . The Annihilation Wave's superweapon, the Harvester of Sorrow, physically destroys dozens of Skrull planets but it was eventually destroyed by Kl'rt the Super-Skrull. The Skrulls then joined Richard Rider's United Front to fight against Annihilus. In the aftermath, the Skrulls unsuccessfully attempt to convince Hulkling to become their new Emperor.

Secret Invasion

In the storyline Secret Invasion, a flailing Skrull empire, under the leadership of newcomer Queen Veranke, makes an all-out effort to infiltrate and conquer Earth. It is revealed that the Skrulls were already infiltrating Earth for quite sometime by capturing and replacing many of Earth's heroes, which was now followed by the main assault group. This wave of Skrulls forms many new Super-Skrulls , with each possessing the abilities of several different heroes. Their invasion ultimately fails, costing the life of Veranke, and reducing their numbers even further. Even their Gods are slain, and the Japanese God of Evil Amatsu-Mikaboshi takes over their Pantheon, leading to the events of Chaos War.

Infinity and a new home

During the storyline Infinity, several planets that the Skrulls settled on began being targeted by the Builders and while the Silver Surfer tried to save most of them, the Skrulls' population was once more decimated. Kl'rt later represented the Skrull Empire as a member of the Galactic Council, allied with the Avengers in the fight against the builders. After the Avengers' victory over the Builders, Kl'rt becomes the new Emperor of the Skrulls where they settle on Tarnax II, finally finding a new homeworld after years of losses.

Traits and abilities

Skrulls are green-skinned humanoids with large pointed ears like elves or goblins, red or green eyes, and chins with several vertical folds or wrinkles in the skin below their mouths. Skrulls are known for genetic and molecular instability, and genetic diversity, due to Celestial experimentation creating the Skrull "Deviants" (now the only surviving Skrulls). The Skrulls are known for their physical malleability and ability to change to any size, shape, or color at will, taking on the appearance but not the characteristics of other beings and objects within a volume range of .75 to 1.5 times the Skrull's original volume. Skrulls are able to assume virtually any form, be it organic (e.g., cows or wild predators ) or inorganic (e.g., lamp ). As a result, the Skrulls excel at spying and infiltration. Skrulls are also able to use their shapeshifting abilities to form weapons (e.g., blades and clubs) with parts of their bodies, making them dangerous hand-to-hand combatants. Their sexual dimorphism is roughly the same of a human being, but their orientation is more complex since they can change their genders at will. Indeed, once casually said that, for a Skrull, changing gender is comparable to a human being changing their hair color.

Courtesy of their advanced technology, the Skrulls have also been able to augment their abilities in certain warriors, such as the Super-Skrull and War Skrulls, an elite group who with special encoding are able to emulate the powers as well as appearance of Earth's superheroes.

Gallery

           Fantastic Four Villains

Abomination | Abraxas | A.I.M. | Air-Walker | Annihilus | Apocalypse | Arcade | Arkon | Attuma | Awesome Android | Basilisk | Belasco | Beyonder | Blastaar | Brood | Brute | Bullseye | Collector | Constrictor | Count Nefaria | Destroyer | Devos the Devastator | Diablo | Doctor Doom | Doctor Faustus | Doctor Octopus | Doctor Sun | Dragon Man | Elements of Doom | Enclave | Fin Fang Foom | Fixer | Frightful Four | Galactus | Giganto | Grandmaster | Graviton | Grey Gargoyle | High Evolutionary | Hydro-Man | Hyperstorm | Igor | Immortus | Impossible Man | Ironclad | Kang the Conqueror | Klaw | Kree | Kristoff Vernard | Living Laser | Lizard | Lucia von Bardas | Machinesmith | Mad Thinker | Magneto | Man-Ape | Mandrill | Master Pandemonium | Masters of Evil | Maximus | Medusa | Mephisto | Miklho | Miracle Man | Molecule Man | Mole Man | Morgan Le Fay | Mysterio | Namor | Occulus | Onslaught | Overmind | Owl | Paibok | Peotor | Psycho-Man | Puppet Master | Quicksilver | Rama-Tut | Red Ghost | Red Skull | Ronan the Accuser | Salem's Seven | Sandman | Sauron | Shocker | Skrulls | Stilt-Man | Super-Adaptoid | Super-Apes | Super-Skrull | Terminus | Thanos | Thunderball | Tiger Shark | Titania | Trapster | Ultron | Vermin | Whirlwind | Wizard

           Avengers Villains

Comics
Abomination | Absorbing Man | A.I.M. | Air-Walker | Alkhema | Amatsu-Mikaboshi | Amora | Annihilus | Apocalypse | Arcade | Ares | Arkon | Arnim Zola | Atlas | Attuma | Avalanche | Awesome Android | Baron Mordo | Baron Von Strucker | Baron Zemo | Baron Zemo II | Batroc | Beetle | Beyonder | Black Knight | Blackout | Black Talon | Blastaar | Blob | Blood Brothers | Boomerang | Brotherhood of Evil Mutants | Bullseye | Bushmaster | Bushwacker | Chameleon | Chemistro | Chitauri | Chthon | Circus of Crime | Collector | Constrictor | Corruptor | Count Nefaria | Crimson Dynamo | Crossbones | Crossfire | Daken | Dark Avengers | Deadpool | Deathbird | Deathurge | Diablo | Dire Wraiths | Doctor Doom | Doctor Octopus | Doctor Spectrum | Dormammu | Dracula | Dragonfly | Dragon Man | Eddie Brock | Egghead | Ego the Living Planet | Electro | Elements of Doom | Enclave | Equinox | Exodus | Fabian Cortez | Fin Fang Foom | Firebrand | Firelord | Fixer | Frost Giants | Galactus | Gargantus | Goliath | Grandmaster | Graviton | Grey Gargoyle | Griffin | Grim Reaper | Grizzly | Growing Man | Hate-Monger | Hela | Hera | Herr Kleiser | High Evolutionary | Horsemen of Apocalypse | HYDRA | Immortus | Ironclad | Jack O' Lantern | Juggernaut | Justin Hammer | Kang | King Cobra | Kingpin | Klaw | Korvac | Kraven the Hunter | Kree | Lady Deathstrike | Leader | Legion of the Unliving | Living Laser | Living Monolith | Lizard | Loki | Lucia Von Bardas | Machinesmith | Mad Thinker | Madame Masque | Madelyne Pryor | Maelstrom | Magneto | Malekith | Man-Ape | Mandarin | Mandrill | Master Pandemonium | Masters of Evil | Mauler | Maximus | Melter | Mentallo | Mephisto | Midgard Serpent | Mister Hyde | Mister Sinister | M.O.D.A.M. | M.O.D.O.K. | Mojo | Molecule Man | Mole Man | Molten Man | Moonstone | Morgan Le Fay | Moses Magnum | Mystique | Namor | Nebula | Nekra | Nitro | Omega Red | Onslaught | Phalanx | Piledriver | Pluto | Presence | Princess Python | Proctor | Puma | Purple Man | Radioactive Man | Ragnarok | Red Ghost | Red Guardian | Red Skull | Rhino | Ronan | Roxxon | Sabretooth | Sandman | Sauron | Savage Land Mutates | Scarecrow | Scarlet Witch | Scorcher | Secret Empire | Sentinels | Serpent Society | Shocker | Sinister Six | Skaar | Skrulls | Space Phantom | Squadron Sinister | Stardust | Stilt-Man | Stranger | Super-Adaptoid | Super-Skrull | Supreme Intelligence | Superia | Surtur | Swordsman | Taskmaster | Technovore | Thanos | Thunderball | Thunderbolts | Thunderbolt Ross | Thundersword | Tiger Shark | Tinkerer | Titania | Toad | Trapster | Trick Shot | Typhoid Mary | U-Foes | Ulik | Ultron | Vapor | Vector | Whirlwind | Winter Soldier | Wizard | Wonder Man | Worthy | Wrecking Crew | X-Ray | Yellow Claw | Ymir | Zodiac | Zzzax

Movies
The Avengers: Loki Laufeyson | Chitauri | Leviathans | The Other | Georgi Luchkov | Thanos
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Ultron | Ultron Sentinels | Ulysses Klaue | HYDRA (Wolfgang von Strucker, List, Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver) | Thanos

           Guardians of the Galaxy Villains

Comics
Alkhema | Annihilus | Badoon | Blastaar | Collector | Chitauri | Dark Avengers | Doctor Doom | Ego the Living Planet | Galactus | Grandmaster | Kang the Conqueror | Korvac | Kree | Loki Laufeyson | Maelstrom | Magus | Nebula | Ronan | Skrulls | Space Phantom | Super-Adaptoid | Super-Skrull | Supreme Intelligence | Thanos | Ultron | Universal Church of Truth | Venom

Movies
Guardians of the Galaxy: Ronan the Accuser | Nebula | Korath the Pursuer | Kree | Yondu Udonta | The Collector | The Other | Thanos
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Ego | Ayesha | Sovereign | Taserface | Yondu Udonta | Nebula | Abilisk

           Captain Marvel Villains

Absorbing Man | Annihilus | Badoon | Blastaar | Mercurio | Moonstone | Nitro | Psycho-Man | Puppet Master | Quasimodo | Ronan | Sentry 459 | Skrulls | Stranger | Super-Adaptoid | Super-Skrull | Supreme Intelligence | Thanos | Yon-Rogg