Can Marvel Studios still adapt this classic storyline?
SPOILERS ahead for the Captain Marvel movie!
This new fan theory would be a pretty clever way for the MCU to still eventually do a Secret Invasion movie despite Captain Marvel turning the Skrulls into the good guys.
As posited by ComicBookMovie.com, “while the movie may end with Carol Danvers heading into outer space with them, there’s one crucial scene which could set the stage for Secret Invasion. When Talos and the Skrulls are escaping from Mar-Vell’s ship, his daughter watches her father slaughter the Kree (despite him telling the girl’s mother to cover her eyes) and it doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch to assume that she will grow up to be Veranke.”
In the Marvel Comics, Veranke is the main villain of Secret Invasion who leads her forces to conquer Earth. (It even turned out she’d been impersonating Spider-Woman since New Avengers #1.) As ComicBookMovie.com suggests, “it wouldn’t be remotely difficult for something to happen in the Captain Marvel sequel that turns (Talos’ daughter) against humans and her father’s hopes for peace.”
What do you think of this fan theory? Sound off in the comments! Our original report follows.
The shape-shifting alien Skrulls finally made their MCU debut in Captain Marvel, but given that it turns out they’re not really villains like they’ve long been in the comics, does that rule out their most iconic comics storyline, 2008’s Secret Invasion, from ever getting the big screen treatment?
Secret Invasion — which saw the Skrulls covertly replace key members in governments and superhero teams around the globe and then activate those sleeper agents in an attempt to take over the world — is why so many fans have spent nearly two years posting theories on which member of the Avengers has been a Skrull this whole time. But now, given the Skrulls’ redemptive treatment in Captain Marvel, a Secret Invasion film seems unlikely.
Or does it? Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige suggested this week that the door remains open for a Secret Invasion movie.
“Just like not all humans are bad, and not all humans are good, I think Skrulls probably have a variety of moralities amongst them,” Feige informed ComicBook.com. “When they can do what they can do, it probably gets very tempting. So, it’s fun to have introduced this concept and see where it goes.”
Captain Marvel leaves unanswered just where Carol Danvers has been since 1995, although we will presumably get some of those answers in Avengers: Endgame. Whether Carol helping the surviving Skrulls find their new home took decades, we can’t say for sure. But Carol also told Yon-Rogg that she was going to end the Kree-Skrull War and break the Supreme Intelligence’s power.
That’s already a lot of stated tasks for Carol to accomplish in a second Captain Marvel film. Could Secret Invasion be the basis for Captain Marvel 3, a trilogy-capper that would bring Carol’s encounters with the Skrulls full circle?
Or might Secret Invasion and a truly sinister screen depiction of the Skrulls be saved for the Fantastic Four’s possible introduction in the MCU following Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s Marvel assets? The Skrulls did make their Marvel Comics debut within the pages of Fantastic Four after all.
Only time — and Kevin Feige — will tell if fans’ dreams of a Secret Invasion of the MCU ever comes to pass.
For more on Captain Marvel, check out our review, find out what our biggest WTF questions about the film, dive into our breakdown of the end credits scenes, learn the reason why Nick Fury hasn’t mentioned Captain Marvel before, discover which classic Marvel character was gender-swapped for the movie, learn all you need to know about Captain Marvel’s cat Goose, and read up on how the film pays tribute to Stan Lee.
Joshua Yehl and Jesse Schedeen contributed to this report.