Earlier this year at Comic-Con, it was announced the villains of Captain Marvel would be none other than the Skrulls. While the Skrulls have a long history in Marvel comics, they are perhaps best known for the Secret Invasion arc. The Skrulls have the ability to shapeshift, and in Secret Invasion, it’s revealed the Skrulls have infiltrated numerous Earth organizations, including the Avengers. This leads to a ton of paranoia surrounding who can be trusted. This background has led many to believe the introduction of the Skrulls in Captain Marvel will lead to a cinematic version of Secret Invasion that could span the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4.
It makes sense. At the end of Avengers: Part 4, the heroes will likely need a new foe. The Skrulls would certainly pose a different kind of threat than Thanos. But here’s the thing: they really, really, really shouldn’t.
Don’t get me wrong. It would be awesome to see Secret Invasion adapted for Captain Marvel. It would be a good old-fashioned spy thriller aesthetic where Carol Danvers is unsure of who she can trust. There can even be a point in the movie where Nick Fury gets kidnapped by the Skrulls, replaced by one of the aliens, and we get an awesome B-story of Fury kicking alien butts and returning to Danvers. It could be great.
However, it should not be an overlapping arc connecting numerous movies together. And here’s why.