Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for the first episode of Secret Invasion although captain marvel Introduce the Skrulls as interstellar refugees, Secret Invasion Explore the dangers shapeshifting aliens pose when radicalized.for the next thirty years captain marvelAfter the event, many young Skrull lost hope of humans helping them find a new home, which slowly led to the development of terrorist groups within the Skrull community. As if that wasn’t disturbing enough, the Skrull terrorists are led by Gravik (Kingsley Ben Adil), who, in an episode secret invasion, has established himself as one of the best villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
‘Secret Invasion’ Gives Villains Clear Motives
exist Secret InvasionNick Fury (Samuel Jackson) returns to Earth after years of overseeing the construction of the US government-funded SABER space station. While building the SABER was a noble task, Fury’s self-imposed exile seems to be linked to a crisis of faith, something we hope the series will explore in upcoming episodes. Fury has apparently gotten tired of Earth, so he doesn’t even visit the planet anymore. The only thing that changes is a disturbing phone call from his old Skrull friend Talos (Ben Mendelsohn).
When Fury returned to Earth, he learned all the details of the threat that Talos had warned him about.exist captain marvelIn , the Skrull are victims of Kree expansion, their homeland destroyed by war. After dealing with the immediate threat of the Kree, Fury promised to use S.H.I.E.L.D. and his newfound alliance with Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) to help the Skrull find a new home. Meanwhile, the shape-shifting aliens remain on Earth, sometimes joining Fury on espionage missions.
A lot has happened in the Marvel Universe since Captain Marvel first came to Earth. Thirty years after we broke up with the Skrulls in the MCU and Fury promised to find them a home, they’re still stranded on Earth, where they’re forced to look like normal people rather than wearing their natural skin. While the older Skrull still remember the war with the Kree and understand how lucky they are to have a similar home, the younger generation grow restless. It’s incredibly frustrating to be excluded from your own culture, unable to see the future, and having to hide your true nature and wait for Fury to deliver on his promises. As time went on, Fury’s promise looked bleaker. By this point, Gravik had become a political extremist, and his following continued to grow.
Instead of ruling by force, Gravik offers all Skrulls refuge in a makeshift state built on the grounds of an abandoned Russian nuclear power plant. When the space station is idle, the buildings’ nostalgic radiation keeps humans away. However, since the Skrulls are immune to radiation, they can use this place to forge a life free of the burden of looking like someone else. Gravik’s Haven is clearly attractive, as the Skrulls can harvest alien fruit, be safe from human persecution, and proudly boast of their natural skin. Unity, protection, the freedom to be yourself – Gravik offers it all and asks for nothing in return. Of course, the leader is always happy to welcome new soldiers who are willing to lay down their lives for the cause of building a new Skrullos. When the young Skrulls felt out of place in the world, many of them were ready to protect what Gravik had built by any means necessary.
Gravik is one of the biggest threats to the MCU
through a single episode, Secret Invasion Perfect explanation of what the villains want and why so many Skrulls are willing to risk their lives for their cause. The promise of homeland is a huge motivator to commit atrocities, especially since so-called human allies are unable to make any progress for the Skrull cause. Gravik appears to be prioritizing the cause over his own safety, though it’s unclear if he would sacrifice himself for his people. As impressive as all of this is already, there are even more reasons why Gravik, with his complicated comic history, is one of the biggest threats the MCU has ever faced.
When Gravik realized he couldn’t count on Fury’s promise to bring a new planet to the Skrulls, he resolved to take Earth for his people. However, rather than risking direct conflict, Gravik cleverly decided to manipulate humanity’s hatred and use it to exterminate humanity.in the first episode Secret Invasion, we learned that Gravik’s extremist group has been masquerading as different groups and carrying out terrorist attacks in the name of hostile countries. Gravik intends to sow distrust among the nations and eventually spark a nuclear war in which humans will blow each other up, turning Earth into a radioactive death trap. Since the Skrulls are immune to radiation, they can continue to live on Earth after a nuclear holocaust ends humanity.
What makes Gravik’s cult leader plan so good is how it actually works in the real world. As we can see from recent conflicts in Europe, the threat of nuclear attack is often used by belligerent states. So, if we’re so good at hating each other in real life, how easy is it for shapeshifting aliens to force humans to hit the red button and bring about the end of the world? Gravik’s shape-shifting abilities and military loyalty already make him a threat not to be underestimated. However, the fact that he’s also a master strategist makes him even more terrifying.
It’s also important to emphasize how Gravik loves to play with his prey. Although Gravik was moved by the Skrull’s cause, he still saw Fury as an adversary who must be eliminated. That’s why Gravik disguised himself as Fury to kill Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). Finally, we also get to see Gravik rapidly transform into different humans, all of whom had unsuspecting encounters with Fury in the days leading up to Maria’s shocking death. Gravik can be anywhere and keep an eye on Fury. Furthermore, the villain is so confident in his ability to disguise that he hides in plain sight and angers Fury without fear of repercussions. A powerful shapeshifter would pose a threat to Earth’s security in itself, but Gravik is smart, efficient, inspiring, and backed by an army of loyal warriors. If Fury wants to stop Gravik before he gets what he wants, he’s going to have to step up.