Why Aren't The Kree at war with the Chitauri in the MCU?
As I implied in my article Something About Agents Of Shield's Hive Crossed My Mind:(https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Somethingabout-Agents-of-Shields-Hive-croosed-my-mind) I've wondered why The Kree aren't at war with the Chitauri.
As I explained: in The Ultimate Marvel comic line a.k.a. "The Ultimate Marvel Universe," Black Panther's people called the skrulls "the Chitauri." The Skrulls are green skinned, ridged chinned, pointy eared shapeshifting aliens. Which differs heavily from the skull faced design in "The Avengers film," even though those Chitauri resemble the design shown in the Ultimate Marvel Comic line.
The reason this bugs me is because despite the fact that 20th Century Fox owns the film rights to The Fantastic Four and by extension rights to the Skrulls, Kree, and InHumans, their lack of utilizing these story lines could have been an opportunity for Marvel Studios. Hell Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as undefined meta-humans, and Quicksilver exist as mutant in Fox's X-men film series. So what was the hold up in establishing the Skrull/Kree conflict? Well in doing research for this post the conclusions I've come to can be simplified, but are infuriating regardless. Why? How? Well I'll address that...
The Purpose Of the InHumans...
Let's start with where this whole question started for me:"Why were the InHumans created by the Kree?" As I explained my afore mentioned post, the reason for this is because in the comics the InHumans created as living weapons and ways to prevent the Kree's evolutionary stagnation. What brought me to ask this because in the comics the main adversary of the Kree are the Skrulls, but invading Chitauri died(anti-climatically enough) when IronMan nuked the mothership. Heck, on a side note, I didn't learn that those creatures were called "Chitauri" until after seeing the film in theaters. But when I did, my immediate thought was:"wait, so those were the Skrulls?" Because they seemed more mechanical than organic, especially with how easily they were defeated.
I'll speculate on that later, but my point is as far as I knew the MCU's interpretation of Skrulls were killed off. So as far as I knew the Kree was without an enemy. I was wrong about that, which it leads us to Guardians Of The Galaxy where Ronan The Accuser waged war on Xandar. Because fun fact, in the comics, the Kree eventually found themselves at war with other races. In some cases it was due to Ronan's trigger happy war-mongering. And other times it was out of their hands like when the Badoons allied with them against the Skrulls. My point is the Kree in the MCU could've created the InHumans as weapons to wage war on Xandar, as ordered by Ronan, or they could've been used to combat the Chitauri. And in doing further research I came to learn that the InHumans were created as weapons by the rogue Kree to combat the Kree Empire in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Which I argued to myself should have been the case if they were going to be "rogue Kree." But what I missed while watching Agents Of Shield was that there were Kree who disagreed with going to war with Xandar, which lead to them going rogue. As a result they created InHumans to combat Ronan and the Kree Empire. I'm glad they did this, but not just because Chitauri were defeated in The Avengers, but because it validates the existence of rogue kree. However in doing further research, I've learned that the film rights to the Skrulls are shared by Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox. I have several qualms with this, but I'll get into them in the next segment.
The Film Rights And Potential Utilization Of The Skrulls
As I've stated, I have qualms with Marvel and 20th Century Fox share the film rights of the Skrulls, Kree, and InHumans. Actually it's not so much the fact that they share the rights, but it's how they utilized. With the Chitauri being Skrulls of the Marvel Ultimates timeline, those skull-faced freaks could've been the MCU's residential shape shifting Skrulls. Though it seems by how they utilized the Chitauri, it wasn't planned for them to be utilized beyond the Avengers film. According to Joss Wheddon, he chose the Chitauri because there was very little in their background in the comics, which made them perfect first adversaries of the Avengers.
This bugs me because of the missed opportunity here. Since the Chitauri are Skrulls from an alternate universe, they could've served to be that in the MCU. Although with the Chitauri having a hive-mind, it would've made sense for the Kree would be fighting off assimilation of a hive-mind. But another thing too is that the Chitauri and Kree serve Thanos, who could've tamed them and ended their conflict. As a result the Kree reapers could've been hunting down the InHumans to be rid of remnants of a long dead war in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The thing is Marvel Studios seems to operate as if 20th Century Fox has already utilized the Skrull/Kree war and InHumans in cinematic form. Or maybe they're acting out of cautious, as keeping in mind that 20th Century Fox might utilize the Skrull, Kree, and InHuman lore in cinematic form eventually. And that possibility does exist, but since no one at 20th Century Fox gets what makes the Fantastic Four work, I doubt it. I'll get to my understanding of the Fantastic Four, and how it could be utilized in films at a later date. But for now, I need to move on.
Taking a step back, I learned of the shared Skrulls rights from Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn. Meaning that we might see the Skrulls in the MCU, and they might be at war with the Kree. But I'll wait and see what Marvel Studio does with these rights going forward.
Also in thinking over idea for having Thanos tame the Chitauri and Kree, ending their war and saving the Kree from a hive-mind. That might've complicated the simple and accessible story thy sought to tell. Apparently Marvel Studios told Wheddon to not expand the lore for this very reason, but I can respect that, as Marvel hasn't been in business for seventy-five years for nothing.
In conclusion, because of my research I learned why the Chitauri weren't at war with the Kree. Because they weren't planned to last beyond the first film, and odds are Marvel might be cautious of utilizing the Skrull film rights. And if that's true, they're wise to do this, but it leads to missed opportunities.
- Inhumans - Marvel Universe Wiki: The definitive online source for Marvel super hero bios.
Info on the InHumans
- Chitauri | Marvel Database | Fandom powered by Wikia
A wikia for the Chitauri.
- Skrull - Wikipedia
A wiki page for the Skrulls.
- Kree-Skrull War | Marvel Database | Fandom powered by Wikia
Info on the intergalactic conflict between the Kree and Skrulls.
- Joss Whedon On ‘The Avengers’: Three Things He Would Have Changed
Joss Whedon expresses what he would've changed about the first two Avengers films.