With Captain Marvel officially introducing the classic Marvel villains the Skrulls to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rumors have run rampant that the shape-shifting extraterrestrial race will continue to figure prominently in the MCU beyond their debut.
According to the film's producer, Jonathan Schwartz, the film took inspiration from previous comic book appearances of the Skrulls and teased that their introduction may be setting up an adaptation of sorts to the Marvel Comics crossover event Secret Invasion.
"We talked about Secret Invasion. I wouldn’t go into this movie saying, ‘Which one of these superheroes is a Skrull?’ because Carol is more or less the first superhero to show up on Earth," Schwartz told Screen Rant. "But are we planting seeds for future movies? Always."
Written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Leinil Yu, the 2008 comic book storyline had Skrulls impersonating prominent heroes, villains and supporting characters throughout the Marvel Universe in an extensive plot to conquer the Earth. Schwartz also noted that Captain Marvel drew inspiration from the classic 1970s comic storyline The Kree-Skrull War without serving as a direct adaptation, similar to how Captain America: Civil War only loosely adapted the comic crossover of the same name.
"What I’d say about The Kree-Skrull War overall is it’s much more of a kind of backdrop and mythological underpinning for the movie than it is a direct lift of that plot like Civil War was," Schwartz confirmed.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening in an undisclosed role. The film arrives on March 8.