Why The Skrulls And Badoon May Never Be Part Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Ms. Marvel SkrullsWhen the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer came out a few days ago, it was full of juicy Easter eggs for fans of the comics pick apart. One features the two troopers with Korath the Pursuer at the very beginning. They’re part of the Sakaaran alien race, who hail from Sakaar, which is featured in Planet Hulk. However, the Sakaarans are not the natural enemy of the Guardians, but rather the Badoon race. So why aren’t the Badoon featured in the new movie?

In an interview on the Pointless Podcast, Guardians director James Gunn explained why certain aliens, like the Badoon, could appear in Marvel movies, while others will not. It’s not that Marvel Studios, producer Kevin Feige, and Gunn didn’t want to include the Badoon in the new film, but it boils down to the film rights. In other words, Marvel doesn’t own them. Gunn explained, “Marvel only partially owns Skrulls, and also for the record, we don’t own the Badoon either. So people were asking why we have the Sakaarans in the film, we don’t own the Badoon.”

For the uninitiated, the Badoon are one of the oldest alien races in the galaxy. They once had a natural gender schism, which resulted into two factions, the Brotherhood of Badoon and the Sisterhood of Badoon. They also once formed an alliance with the Kree Empire. Twentieth Century Fox owns the film rights to the Badoon because the alien race is also connected to the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer. But without the Badoon, and more importantly without the Skrulls, the Kree Empires hated enemies, what comic book storylines can Marvel tell in the future?

guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer-sakaaran-two-troopers.jpgHere’s something to consider. Let’s assume that the direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two and Phase Three will lead to a final showdown that pits The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy against the Mad Titan Thanos for the Infinity Gauntlet. Once The Avengers 3 wraps up, what will Phase Four look like? One possibility could be the Civil War storyline, where all of the Marvel characters pick a side on the Superhuman Registration Act. One arc that might not happen is the Secret Invasion, because Marvel doesn’t own all of the necessary rights.

The Secret Invasion was a Skrull ploy to replace members of The Avengers with sleeper agents in order to take over Earth. Marvel and Joss Whedon used the Chitauri race The Avengers because they didn’t own the rights to the Skrulls.

secret-invasion-iron-man-skrulls.jpgConsidering that Marvel has proven that they are very efficient about making their movies and planning for the future, it seems like studio wants to tackle Civil War and Secret Invasion in the future, they could find a way around these issues. Hardcore Marvel fans might not be happy if upcoming phases don’t feature the Skrulls or the Badoon, but there might not be any way around that.

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Benicio del Toro, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, Olivia Lovibond, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close, and opens everywhere on August 1.




  1. Marc-Eric Gagnon says:

    Who is the owner of the Skrull and Badoon right ?

  2. Chris Cahill says:

    The civil war arc could make on hell of a movie. I wonder if Columbia pictures has all the rights to do the secret war arc for spider-man

  3. zirtoc says:

    It’s possible they would come up with something new and original. Weird, right?

  4. Shayde says:

    Yes, but by then the rights will revert because Fantastic Four will bomb again.

  5. Michael Summerfield says:

    If memory serves, the Chitauri were replacements for the Skrulls in the first volume of the Ultimates and they had shape-shifting abilities which led them to start World War 2. Surely they can just use them again but with new shape-changing abilities that they developed after being so soundly defeated by Earth the first time in The Avengers

    • TheRealTimewarp says:

      Or Thanos has the Kree Empire do some genetic tampering on the Chitauri (like they did with certain Marvel characters granting them their powers) to allow them to shape-shift in an attempt to aid his efforts in taking over Earth. Infinity Wars could have aspects of Secret Invasion such as Thanos attempting to trick Tony Stark into believing he’s actually one of the shape-shifting Chitauri

  6. Joshua Woodbury says:

    This who owns what rights to whatever crap is going to ruin future movies for Marvel.

  7. Dezz says:

    One more reason to stand clear of any of Fox’s Marvel movies. Look how long they’ve been sitting on Deadpool. So do you think they have any plans on using the Badoon or even a fraction of F4’s rogue gallery? By looks of that F4 cast would you even want to see them try?

  8. TheRealTimewarp says:

    What if they have the Strontians take the place of the Skrull? Fox doesn’t own the rights to those guys right? Maybe in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 it’s revealed that the character Gladiator is Drax’s brother and that Drax considers him a traitor for turning against their own race to join the Shi’ar empire.

  9. Ragnaroknroll says:

    This is bad reporting. Kevin Feige on the Avengers: “Skrulls have a big connection to ‘Fantastic Four.’ So there are some contractual limitations about who can do what when it comes to Skrulls. Though that is not why we didn’t do Skrulls. There is already enough going on in this movie.”