This post was on the original version of Team Hellions, Hellions Magazine. Back in 2008 Marvel Comics had an event revealing some of the heroes and villains we’ve been reading for years were actually shape shifting aliens. Our original versions had been missing for a couple issues, or for many years. It was exciting every time there was a new reveal of someone’s true identity. It may have been the last time I rushed out to buy weekly comics as well. I wanted to know what was going to happen before the internet ruined it for me.
Ten years ago none of us had any idea how big the Marvel Cinematic Universe would become. Those same shape shifting aliens, the Skrulls, are about to be the main antagonist in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. Which is probably why this old post gets hundreds of hits still to this day.
As a look back at the writer I was back then, as hype for Captain Marvel, and to bring those hits over here to the main page, enjoy this classic write up from May of 2008.
This section lists prominent characters who have been shown to be replaced by a Skrull for an unknown but prolonged period of time, in order of publication date.
Elektra – revealed in New Avengers #31. Killed by Echo. New Avengers #40 has revealed that her name was Siri and was one of the longest infiltrators, sent to examine the defences of Earth.
Black Bolt – revealed in New Avengers: Illuminati #5. Killed by Namor. In New Avengers #40 it was revealed that this Skrull was the first of the new version of Super Skrulls created, and was the only survivor of the Skrull Homeworld’s destruction by Galactus.
The Revolutionary of the Liberteens – revealed in Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1.
Cobalt Man – Revealed in Captain Marvel #3. Killed by Captain Marvel.
Cyclone – revealed in Captain Marvel #4. Killed by Captain Marvel. Skrull identity not public due to decimated remains.
Captain Marvel – revealed in Captain Marvel #5. A mistake in the Skrull Khn’nr’s conditioning lead to him rebelling against his species. He possesses only the personality of Captain Marvel.
Valentina Allegra de Fontaine – revealed in Secret Invasion Prologue. Two Skrulls have posed as her. The first one was killed by Nick Fury. A second one posed as her and then assumed the form of Dum Dum Dugan before presumably dying in a suicide bombing at a S.W.O.R.D. Space Headquarters.
Edwin Jarvis – revealed in Secret Invasion #1.
Henry Pym – revealed in Secret Invasion #1.
Spider-Woman – Alluded to in New Avengers #40 and confirmed in Mighty Avengers #14.