Marvel Studios made many exciting announcements during their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but few were as thrilling to comic fans as the news about Captain Marvel. It was not only confirmed that the film would be taking place in the 1990s, but also revealed that it would be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to introduce the alien menace known as the Skrulls.

This news means a lot to those who have been reading Marvel Comics for years, but it's understandable that everyone else might not quite get what the deal is. To prepare you for a whole lot more news about the Skrulls as Captain Marvel moves through development, we've put together this handy guide to provide all of the need-to-know information.

The Skrulls Were Introduced As Fantastic Four Villains

Because the Fantastic Four was one of Marvel Comics' first forays into superhero and cosmic stories, many of the great original villains were introduced in the pages of those books. The Skrulls are a perfect example of this, showing up in just the second issue of the Stan Lee and Jack Kirby series in 1962. They showcased some serious ambition right away, arriving on Earth with the intention of taking over the planet, but before you can reach the back cover Reed Richards figures out a brilliant way to stop them (in short, it involves convincing the invaders to live out their lives as cows).

As we will discuss throughout this feature, however, the Skrulls did not remain limited to the pages of Fantastic Four comics. Instead, they have been somehow involved in many different series and events over the years involving many different heroes -- both cosmic and Earthbound. This is primarily due to their special gift as an alien species, which is what we'll get into next...

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