Comic Book: The Kree Skrull War
The Kree-Skrull War
was a 1971-1972 story arc of The Avengers
, who got involved into the Forever War
of two alien races: the Kree (Human Aliens
) and the Skrulls (shape-shifting Rubber-Forehead Aliens
It began with an Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion
: Ronan the Accuser, head of the Kree Empire, sought to capture the renegade Captain Marvel (a Kree who rejected the Empire and fought for the humans) and, now that he was at it, destroy the potential threat of the human race in the cosmos. And when the Skrulls attacked the Kree at the other side of the galaxy, he left the planet while his headquarters were falling down.
The Kree actions (and the fact that Captain Marvel, albeit a renegade, was a Kree) did not go unnoticed, and the senator H. Warren Craddock begins a witch-hunt of aliens. Captain Marvell, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are captured by Skrulls and taken to the Skrull Homeworld, where they wanted to force Marvel to build a doomsday device against his own people. The Vision and Goliath, reinforced by Captain America, Thor and Iron Man, pursuit the Skrulls in space, and Rick Jones is abducted by the Kree, who intend to launch a counter-attack.
The Supreme Intelligence unlocks the "Destiny Force" in Rick Jones, who ends the whole conflict by freezing all characters except the Avengers, and returning them all back to Earth, and the war between Kree and Skrull is handwaved into being ended as well
The story became notable in modern times as the origin of The Illuminati
, a secret cabal of superheroes that caused the Secret Invasion
and played a role in other crisis, as in World War Hulk
or Civil War
The Kree-Skrull War provides examples of:
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Pointed by the Skrulls: Thor and the Vision can somehow survive in the void. Justified with the Vision, he's an android, not a living being. And Thor... is Thor.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: During the riots outside the Avengers mansion, there was a big and mean man, about to attack a puny man who said that Avengers were innocent. Goliath went outside, to see how did that man behaves with someone bigger... and it was all a scam. The little man was actually a lawyer, and the attack was a charade to lure an Avenger out of the Mansion and gave him the legal notification of the hearing prepared by Craddock.
- Black and White Morality: Invoked. Rick Jones had memories of the simpler super heroes of the golden age, when everything was really simple.
- Breaking the Fellowship: Averted. Issue 92 seemed to have ended that way, but no. The Avengers kept fighting toguether, and the whole thing was clarified.
- The Chessmaster: The Supreme Intelligence subtly influenced several things in the plot, to defeat Ronan and retake power
- Crazy-Prepared: Mentioned by Dorrek, the Skrull king. The kingdom has defenses ready against the Super-Skrull... not since he was outlawed, but from the very moment he received his ultra-powers.
- Debate and Switch: Mr. Craddock was not really a villain, but a Well-Intentioned Extremist Obstructive Bureaucrat. This type of character was not common back then in the superhero genre. So, in the end, he was revealed to be a villain all along, defeated, and get on with it.
- Deus ex Machina: The story took us to a highly complex and hopeless scenario. Captain Marvel, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are held prisoners in the Skrull homeworld. Thor, Iron Man, Vision and Captain America fight a hopeless fight against a whole Skrull armada that fills the sky, right outside the solar system. Rick Jones is held prisoner in the Kree homeworld, and Ronan sent his own whole Kree armada that fills the sky towards the solar system as well. Goliath, having lost his size-changing powers, has to stop 4 skrulls in a ship that sends a giant atomic bomb to Earth. And, as if that was not enough, there is a politician raising anti-aliens sentiment in the people, and turning it into hatred towards the Avengers, accused of helping the Kree. How can we make a Happy Ending out of this? Easy: give Rick Jones Reality Warper powers, so that he freezes all the evil aliens all across the universe and summons the Avengers from all across the universe to a single place, to be summoned home afterwards. Even the politician was actually a Skrull in disguise.
- Devolution Device: The "Plan atavus" arranged by Ronan
- Doomsday Device: The Omniwave of the Kree. For them, it's just for communication, for the Skrulls it can be turned into a weapon to destroy the Kree quadrant of the galaxy. Even the Kree who want to use it as a weapon can't; it only gains destructive properties when interfacing with a non-Kree mind.
- False Innocence Trick: Carol Danvers is actually the Super-Skrull.
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Ant-Man had a weird adventure inside the body of the Vision.
- Humanity Is Superior: Acknowledged by Ronan. Despite his "Puny Earthlings" gloats, he realizes that the Avengers stand their ground against the powerful Sentry, that the Fantastic Four did so as well against both the Sentry and himself, that we move from steam power to atomic power in less than a century... That's why humanity must be destroyed: left to grow and prosper, humans would become a galactic empire rival to the Kree in no time.
- Humans Are Special: This is what the Supreme Intelligence thinks. The destiny force is that "specialness" turned into a super power.
- Inexplicable Cultural Ties: According to Ronan's gloat to Marvel (no humans present), the Sentry is the defender of "the Kree Way of Life"
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique:
Vision: Speak! Your lackeys will not rescue you, held as bay as they are by my comrades. Tell me of this contingency plan, and the location of the Throneworld as well.
Skrull: I... I dare not. To reveal its coordinates... is certain death.
Vision: Correction, commandant: not to do so is even more certain death.
- Just a Machine: The Sentry speaks about himself/itself/whatever as such. He can't rage or be proud of victory, just act as programmed. But then, he also gets annoyed when the Avengers call him a "mere robot".
- Mechanical Monster: The Sentry
- Karmic Death: Craddock, who turns out to be a Skrull agent, is beaten to death by a mob he was preaching anti-alien propaganda to when his disguise fails.
- Kick the Dog: Dorrek and his daughter, the princess Anelle, who tries in vain to be the Morality Pet. The violence is always just verbal, but... death threats? For not being evil? TO HIS OWN DAUGHTER?
- Make Way For The New Villains: Ronan is established as the main villain, by staging a coup against the Supreme Inteligence.
- Military Coup in space! Is there a better way to point that Ronan the accuser is the villain, than put him leading a coup against the Supreme Intelligence at the begining of his role in the story?
- Morality Pet: Averted. Princess Anelle, the daughter of the cruel Skrull king, was a nice and kind Skrull, asking her father to have mercy on the prisoners, to stop the bloodspill... pleas that always falled in deaf ears.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Captain Marvel built an omni-wave and attemped to use it to talk to Rick Jones... but instead, he hurled him into the Negative Zone. If the Supreme Intelligence was not there to save him...
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Senator H. Warren Craddock
- People Puppets: The Sentry captured Goliath and made him his puppet
- Pinball Projectile: Captain Marvel: "I can do the trick with mirrors"
- Robosexual: This story marks the begining of the romance of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch. It would grow into a highly convulted Tangled Family Tree, but back then things were more simple: they love each other, but the Vision acts as the Celibate Hero.
- Skrull Mom, Kree Dad: Notably for Young Avengers fans, this is when Hulkling's parents — Captain Mar-Vell and the Skrull princess Annelle — meet and, it is implied, conceive him. Yes, this means that the fact that he is a high school student when his own team forms serves as proof that Comicbook Time is very much in effect, as he would be dating the Reincarnation of a son that the Scarlet Which had not yet even conceived.
- Single-Stroke Battle: The defeat of Yellowjacket against the invasion of the Artic. He did not even got near the bad guy at all.
- Something Completely Different: Krees and Skrulls are fighting each other, and plotting to conquer Earth, and Craddock wages a political campaign against the Avengers... and yet, Henry Pym finds the time for a fantastic voyage into the body of the Vision.
- Something We Forgot: Pointed at the end. When we last saw Goliath, he had lost his size-changing powers, and was alone in a ship with 4 skrulls, with a bomb heading to Earth. We would only discover his fate several issues afterwards.
- The story fixed as well a small continuity snarl of Fantastic Four #2 (yes, even by then they were leaving loose ties): the fate of the 4 skrulls left behind on Earth that Mr. Fantastic hypnotized to believe they were cows.
- Even more, the Avengers fought 3 Skrulls disguised as the Fantastc Four. What about the fourth one? No, he was not forgotten: at the end of the story, he was accounted for as well.
- Space Is Noisy: Averted. When the Avengers fought in the space, it was specfically remarked that everything, even explosions, took place in absolute silence.
- Storming the Castle: Quicksilver and Rick Jones stormed into Ronan's headquarters on their own.
- Taking You with Me: When Rick Jones escaped from the Negative Zone, Anihilus followed him. The heroes open the gate again, so it sucked Anihilus back in. He took the vision, gloating that if he was going back, he would take him with him. No: the vision became intangible, and Anihilus was sucked back into the Negative Zone, with no hostages.
- Torches and Pitchforks: A mob destroyed the Avengers mansion during the trial, as the heroes were suspected of helping enemies of the human race.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: When he was escaping from them, Captain Marvel defeated Quicksilver, the Vision... and refused to fight against the Scarlet Witch, flying away instead