So those definitely look like Skrulls in that Avengers movie toy tie-in… but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that the movie will definitely not feature Skrulls. What’s going on? Well, the answer may revolve around legalities and, fittingly for shape-changing aliens who’re known for invading things secretly, disguises. The Skrulls, you see, originally appeared in a Fantastic Four story, which legally means that their movie rights are held by Fox as part of its Fantastic Four license – at least until such rights revert back to Marvel, whenever that will be – so they can’t appear in Avengers… kinda sorta.
After all, Marvel has another Skrull race not called Skrulls, thanks to The Ultimates. Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch introduced the Chitauri, a race of shape-changing aliens who were known on some worlds as “Skrull” in the first volume of their run, remember? And these guys are definitely not part of any Fantastic Four licensing deal… Considering the various cues Marvel’s movie universe has taken from the Ultimate line to date, it’s not too much of a stretch to guess that we’ll see a Chitauri invasion force in the movie, and if they happen to resemble the Skrulls quite a bit…? Well, come on: Alien shapechangers, am I right? Who knows what crazy ears they like to grow for fun.