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How to recognize a Skrull in the MCU?

Sounds impossible, but it isn’t, and no, you don't have to kill one to find the truth.

Talos and Gravik in Secret Invasion
Photo via Marvel Studios

Secret Invasion has not solved even a single existing mystery of the MCU but it is happily adding more to the list. And recognizing who is a Skrull and who isn’t already tops it. 

In the MCU, differentiating between a Skrull and the human it is pretending to be — whether via a mere glance or a grueling conversation — is impossible. We have been told that if their DNA is tested, they will be the same. And while Carol managed to figure out whether she was chatting with the real Nick Fury by interrogating him about his life, Secret Invasion has shot that trick in its foot as well, as Skrulls now keep the original humans they are copying on a comatose leash, copy-pasting their memories, thus leaving no way to detect if they are the real deal. 

But let’s not give up hope as amid its fictional and badly sketched (present and future) plotline chaos, Secret Invasion does answer the dilemma.

How to differentiate between a Skrull and a human in the MCU?

Secret Invasion
Screengrab via Disney Plus/Marvel Studios

Yes, we already know that upon dying a Skrull sheds their human mask and reverts back to their original form. But come on, if you were to live your dream and land in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can’t possibly go around shooting people whose credibility and personality seems the tiniest bit shifty. 

The answer hides in Marvel’s most gruesome scene ever — Olivia Coleman’s Sonya gleefully chopping off the Skrull’s finger in episode two. 

Olivia Coleman as Sonya in Secret Invasion
Screengrab via Disney Plus_Marvel Studios

After Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord breaking the Marvel pact to not say the f-word, an MCU series openly depicting such a gory sequence left many brains on pause as they tried to wrap their heads around it (while admiring Coleman’s flawless performance). In all that chaos, you may have not seen the Skrull’s severed finger change into his original green scaly skin the second it is removed. 

Now, that ain’t a pretty way to know who a Skrull is either, but at least one doesn’t have to go around putting a bullet in everyone acting shifty. And for now, this is the only non-deadly way of detecting if a human being is a Skrull in disguise.

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Apeksha Bagchi

Apeksha is a Freelance Editor and Writer at We Got This Covered. She is a passionate content creator with years of experience and can cover anything under the sun. She labels herself as a loyal Marvel junkie (while secretly re-binging Vampire Diaries for the zillionth time). When she is not breaking her back by typing on her laptop for hours, you can likely find her curled up on the couch with a murder mystery book and her cat dozing off on her lap.