The Skrulls are literal refugees in this film, though they’re treated — and referred to — as terrorists. Sound familiar?
The blockbuster superhero film mirrors the narrative of Earth’s current geo-political climate.
This theme is comically emphasized in an early reference to planet 🌎 C-53 as “a shithole,” according to the Kree. Later in the movie, the protagonist lead character played by Samual L. Jackson is accused by the Kree of “collusion with the target,” once it is determined that he’s has flipped to aid the Skrulls.
The film’s plot centers around a shameless war between the races. On one side, the Kree and its “Starforce,” which bills its officers as “noble warrior heroes” tasked with policing the kingdom’s multiple planets. And on the other, the less-humanoid Skrulls, a shape-shifter race who are considered devious, pestilent vermin to the Starforce seeking to eliminate them.
Captain Marvel finds herself ‘flipping sides’ in the film, ultimately turning against her Kree brethren (of which she’s biologically only half-invested) after becoming enlightened on the war’s reality: maybe the Skrulls aren’t the aggressors here. Far from it, we discover, they’re a persecuted race seeking simply to make a home where they can.