To quickly answer that second part of the headline before you’re too confused, in an interview with EW, Ben Mendelsohn revealed that he would be using his natural Australian accent when in Skrull form, which likely trickled down to the rest of the Skrull species having Australian accents too. While it sounds odd, we’ll just have to see what it’s like in execution when we see a trailer.
“It was a very lengthy discussion that happened all up and down the echelons of this. I don’t want to paint my whole country like a Skrull, but I guess because there’s a certain je ne sais quoi. There’s a certain kind of earthy correctness to an Australian delivery. So I think that’s probably what tipped it in favor of me. And then my other guy sounds like Don Rumsfeld. Don Rumsfeld’s a good kind of read for my other guy.”
And while in his human disguise, as Nick Fury’s boss, he’ll have an American accent.
“I mean, when you’re Skrullin’, it’s a bit of a different thing. It’s a got a certain flow to it that this guy [gestures to human costume] doesn’t have. Because this guy doesn’t sound like this. This guy is [adopts American accent] a lot more like, straight up, ready to do the work, very military industrial complex certain 1990-whatever. A lot more buttoned up. Skrullin’ is a bit more laid back, a bit tougher. A little bit nastier? Maybe? Maybe. You got sharper nails, stuff like that.”
Yes, a rather big plot reveal is that Talos will be secretly disguised as Nick Fury’s superior at S.H.I.E.L.D. Which is a prime position to mount a secret invasion of Earth, which no doubt Fury will help stop (and likely get a promotion out of it).
Mendelsohn also said that the Skrulls are “misunderstood” and that they were done dirty by the Kree, which is actually in line with the comics. In the war between the Kree–Skrull War, neither side were the good guys and from what we’ve seen of the Kree in the MCU thus far, they’re pretty huge pricks to the rest of the galaxy.
Additionally, in the comics, the Skrull homeworld was actually destroyed, which actually makes them refugees.
“Look…. [long sigh] We gotta deal with the Kree. The Kree are punks. And the Skrulls, I mean, we’re just misunderstood. At the end of the day, the Skrull is really misunderstood. Look, I don’t want to curse in print or anywhere else, but if I could, I would about the Kree. Yeah. I would.”
Finally, it seems like the Skrull know all to well about Carol Danvers and how much of a threat she is, even more than the Kree themselves, but Mendelsohn is confident that they could still take her on.
“You’ve gotta be a bit more careful of Carol than the Kree. But I think as far as we’re concerned in the Skrull world, she’s kind of like a major obstacle. I still think we can take her. If we had to — if we had to, had to, had to — we could take Carol.”
Regarding her own journey, Mendelsohn believes that it might take awhile for Danvers to recover from her encounter with them in this movie, which sounds more like psychological damage than physical. In the comics, Carol Danvers is very experienced in killing Skrulls, having defended New York single-handed during a Skrull invasion of Earth. So, it’s likely that the Skrulls are going to mess with her emotionally for this movie.
“It’s very touching, actually. I mean, you want her to win. Now, unfortunately, not every fairytale turns out that well. Sometimes you meet a Skrull. But Carol’s resourceful. She’s going to have a few films to get over this and maybe come back from this. We’ll see. [Laughs]”
It seems very likely that Carol may end up in a pretty bad place by the end of Captain Marvel and it could be one of the reasons she’s been off world for so long.