Cover of Annihilation: Super-Skrull #4.
Art by Gabriele Dell'Otto.
|First appearance||Fantastic Four #18 (Sep. 1963)|
|Created by||Stan Lee & Jack Kirby|
|Place of origin||Tarnax IV|
|Team affiliations||Secret Defenders
|Notable aliases||Invincible Man, Dr. Franklin Storm, Carol Danvers, the Thing, Captain Hero, Bobby Wright, Daniel Rand/Iron Fist|
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Fictional character biography
- 3 Powers and abilities
- 4 Other Super-Skrulls
- 5 Other versions
- 6 In other media
- 7 References
- 8 External links
|This section requires expansion. (October 2011)|
Fictional character biography
Kl'rt—more commonly known as the Super-Skrull—hails from the Skrull capital world of Tarnax IV (in the Tarnax System in the Andromeda Galaxy) which has since been destroyed by Galactus. The Skrull Emperor Dorrek VII wanted revenge against the Fantastic Four, who thwarted the Empire's attempt to invade Earth. Dorrek handpicked the mighty warrior Kl'rt, who was artificially augmented and given the combined abilities of the Fantastic Four. Kl'rt's power levels exceeded the originals—stronger than the Thing; superior flight and greater pyrokinetic ability than the Human Torch; better control of invisibility and telekinesis than the Invisible Woman; and an ability to stretch beyond that of Mr. Fantastic. The newly named "Super-Skrull" also retained his innate Skrull shapeshifting abilities and strong hypnotic skills. He was then dispatched to Earth to defeat the Fantastic Four and pave the way for a renewed invasion by the Skrull Empire.
During their first encounter, the Super-Skrull keeps the Fantastic Four at bay with his superior powers after landing in New York and claiming the world in the name of the Skrull Empire, finally forcing them to run away. Mr. Fantastic detects that Kl'rt's powers are augmented by an energy beam directed from the Skrull home world. He then challenges the Super-Skrull to a fight on the uninhabited Crater Isle using a floating radio-controlled Mike[clarification needed]. Blocking the beam with a device the Invisible Girl places on him while the rest of the members distract him and are hypnotized by him, deprives Kl'rt of his new powers and he is quickly defeated. He is imprisoned in a crater by the Human Torch while pursuing the Invisible Girl, after being tripped by her. He returns in the guise of the Invincible Man, after the Skrulls restored his powers, to fight the Fantastic Four. He broke out of his prison, travelled to New York, and kidnapped Johnny Storm and Sue Storm's jailed father, Franklin Storm, who was teleported to the Skrull's world, pretending he was Storm so the Fantastic Four were less willing to fight him. The Fantastic Four realize his deception, and return him in exchange for Storm. Storm then dies due to a bomb placed on him by a Skrull in a last attempt to kill the Four, although Storm turns downwards so his body absorbs the blast and he saves the Four. The Super-Skrull was also among the villains summoned by Doctor Doom to attack Reed and Sue at their wedding, though Mister Fantastic used a machine to remove all the villain's memories of it. He is sent back to Earth time and again, and battles other heroes such as Thor, and Captain Marvel. The Super-Skrull also acts as the Empire's agent on Earth during the Kree-Skrull War, and manages to temporarily disband the superhero team the Avengers and kidnap Mar-Vell and the Avenger siblings the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. With the war ending in a truce, the disgraced Super Skrull later sides with the Titan Thanos and alongside Skragg aids Thanos in his quest for the Cosmic Cube. The Super-Skrull attempts to capture Rick Jones for Thanos, but winds up fighting Mar-Vell and the Thing. The hero Mar-Vell defeats both the Super-Skrull and eventually Thanos. After a skirmish with Spider-Man, the Human Torch, and Ms. Marvel, Kl'rt becomes trapped in the Van Allen radiation belt.
Years later a Canadian research team accidentally pulls Kl'rt back from deep space, and he promptly slaughters the entire group, with the exception of physicist superhero Sasquatch. Kl'rt also discovers that the time in the radiation belt has given him cancer. Sasquatch is initially defeated by the Super-Skrull, but eventually manages to trick him, converting the Super-Skrull into a stream of dissociated particles and transmitting him back into deep space. The Super-Skrull is later freed by the Silver Surfer, and discovers that his cancer has gone into remission. This is apparently caused by a "chronal anomaly" in the area of space Kl'rt occupied, which reverted his cellular makeup to a healthy, pre-cancerous state.
At some point during Kl'rt's imprisonment in the Van Allen belt, he is magically freed and cured of cancer by the sorcerer Master Khan, and used against the hero Iron Fist. Khan brainwashes the Super-Skrull into believing that he is a twelve-year-old human boy named Bobby Wright, who gains both superhuman powers and a terminal disease from exposure to an alien spore. As "Bobby", he uses his powers to assume an adult superhuman identity - Captain Hero - and ingratiate himself with Iron Fist and his crime fighting partner, Power Man. A misuse of powers by Captain Hero apparently leaves Iron Fist dead (later revealed to be doppelganger), followed by what appears to be the disintegration of Captain Hero (with Khan thinking Iron Fist dead the Super-Skrull actually returns to disembodiment in the Van Allen belt).
Kl'rt's imprisonment in space also had another beneficial effect: it shielded him from the effects of Zabyk's Disaster, in which all Skrulls lost their shapeshifting abilities. Kl'rt later joins forces with S'Byll, a claimant to the Skrull Throne, and she is able to use him as a genetic template to restore the shape-shifting abilities of the Skrulls.[volume & issue needed] S'Byll becomes the Empress of the Skrull Empire shortly thereafter, and Kl'rt is lauded as the savior of Skrull society.[volume & issue needed] When the Empire subsequently falls into disarray, Kl'rt goes into hiding on Earth and later attacks the Fantastic Four. After a brutal battle, the Super-Skrull is captured and imprisoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. in the superhuman prison, the Vault.[volume & issue needed]
Kl'rt later escapes imprisonment and renews contact with the Skrull Empire. He then seeks to take Young Avengers member Hulkling into protective custody due to his Skrullian heritage on his mother's side (as the son of the deceased Princess Anelle). The Super-Skrull impersonates a willing Hulkling (who wishes to stay on Earth) and returns to space, able to spy on both the Skrulls and the Kree, who also have a stake in Hulkling's mixed parentage, given that Hulkling is also the son of Kree hero Mar-Vell.
During the Annihilation War, Kl'rt attempts to stop the destructive wave before it reaches the Skrull home world. After nearly being overwhelmed by the forces of Annihilus, he sacrifices himself by destroying the enormous organic warship Harvester of Sorrow. He also meets a Negative Zone android named Praxagora, who becomes his lover. Kl'rt's body is later recovered and mysteriously revived.
During the Skrulls' Secret Invasion of Earth, Super-Skrull aids the hero Nova against the Skrulls. He also attempts to reclaim his daughter, Jazinda, who has acquired an artifact that made her immortal, but is convinced to leave her alone by She-Hulk, who helps him realize that he was only attacking his daughter to vent his rage over the loss of her brother.[volume & issue needed]
During the Infinity storyline, Super-Skrull appears as a member of the Galactic Council. In order to repay the efforts of the Avengers in the war, and seeking glory and great battle, Kl'rt accompanied Alliance forces to Earth in order to free it from occupation by Thanos. They succeeded in liberating The Peak. After his great victory in the war against the Builders, Kl'rt was crowned Emperor of a reborn Skrull Empire, as the alien race is now settled on the planet Tarnax II.
Powers and abilities
Like all Skrulls, Kl'rt can shapeshift, but thanks to the re-engineering he underwent at the hands of Skrull scientists, he also has a version of all the Fantastic Four's superpowers. These include a heightened physical malleability far beyond that which the Skrulls naturally possess; superhuman strength, stamina and durability; flight, heat manipulation and energy projection in the form of plasma, concussive force and anti-matter blasts; invisibility, which he can extend to his environment, and the creation of invisible force fields. These powers were initially equal to the Fantastic Four when they started out, with the Super-Skrull relying on an energy charge from his homeworld to boost his powers to a point where he could surpass them,[volume & issue needed] but he has developed his expertise over time to a point where he can match most heroes on his own without the boost. Additionally, the Super-Skrull has a unique power of his own, the ability to control the minds of others or paralyze them by emitting a hypnotic force from his eyes.
The Super-Skrull is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant as he is an expert in all forms of armed and unarmed combat known to the Skrulls and is highly trained in the martial applications of his powers. He is an excellent tactician and has detailed knowledge of and access to technology centuries ahead of conventional Marvel Earth science. He is also a competent starship pilot and a superb impersonator.
Kl'rt is not the only Super-Skrull serving the Skrull Empire. These Super-Skrulls were immune to detection by Wolverine's senses, Doctor Strange's magic, Spider-Man's Spider-sense, Professor X's telepathy or Iron Man's technology. These Super-Skrulls include:
Criti Noll is a Skrull who possesses the powers of Hank Pym, Black Panther's quick reflexes, Quicksilver's super-speed, and Vision's density and mass control. She was chosen to infiltrate Earth disguised as Hank Pym. When Criti Nol went against the Skrulls' plans by trying to warn a diner owner, she was killed by a Skrull posing a Dum Dum Dugan and a clone of Criti Nol was created to take her place where she replaced Hank Pym. The clone was later slain by Crusader.
Pagon was a Super-Skrull that successfully replaced Elektra and was a male lover to Veranke. Besides having Elektra's abilities, Pagon had the abilities of Colossus and Invisible Woman. He was killed by Echo in a suicide mission.
In the Ultimate Marvel universe, Kl'rt the Super-Skrull is the Skrull Emperor and also the oldest living Skrull. In an alternate timeline created when the Ultimate Fantastic Four attempt to undo the accident that gave them their powers, their teleportation experiments allowed them to make contact with the seemingly benevolent Skrulls, who subsequently provide Earth with special pills that grant everyone on the planet - with the exception of Ben Grimm, who rejects the offer as he is comfortable with who he is, and all those who possessed powers already - with superpowers. This is all part of the Skrulls' plan to take Earth's technology and use it to further their plans of conquest. Although the Super-Skrull wears a special anti-assassination suit that allows him to duplicate the powers of all superhumans in a 500-mile vicinity to protect himself, he is defeated when Ben Grimm is the last human left on Earth, only realizing after Ben pointed it out to him that, since the last person on Earth no longer has any powers, he no longer has any powers to duplicate. Easily defeating the Super-Skrull, Ben takes his suit and uses it to travel back in time to the teleportation accident, allowing it to take place while sacrificing himself to save humanity.
In the Heroes Reborn universe created by Franklin Richards, Super-Skrull/Kl'rt first masquerades as Wyatt Wingfoot, tricks villain Doctor Doom into capturing the Silver Surfer, and finally steals the power of cosmic deity Galactus. When the Fantastic Four released the Surfer from Doom, he collided with Kl'rt, being the victor.
Super-Skrull appears in the Marvel Zombies series. The Super-Skrull is infected by a zombified Spider-Man, and Zombie Thing rips off Super-Skrull's right arm. He is apparently killed in battle. Another infected version of him appears in Marvel Zombies Return. He later fights Zombie Spider-Man and his New (Zombie) Avengers alongside other Avengers members with him. He is killed by Iron Man (James Rhodes).
When the Fantastic Four of Earth-616- currently consisting of Black Panther, Storm, the Thing, and the Human Torch- briefly visited the Marvel Zombies universe, they encountered a group of four Skrulls (One of them this world's version of the Torch's ex-wife Lyja) who had each been given the powers of one of the Fantastic Four as an attempt to replace the Super-Skrull. However, all four Skrulls were turned into zombies when the Galactus attacked, forcing the FF to take them apart before they moved on to another dimension.
Professor W’s X-Men
Super-Skrull is already deceased in this two issue limited series, having been killed by Rogue and his powers stolen. Still, his Skrull abilities and augmented superpowers, as well as some of the darker traits of his personality remain in Rogue as she joins Cyclops' new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Professor W's X-Men were featured in X-Men: Millennial Visions (2000) #2000 (Aug. 2000) and X-Men: Millennial Visions (2001) #2001 (Jan. 2002).
In other media
- Super-Skrull appears in the X-Men the Animated Series episode "Beyond Good and Evil" four part.
- Super-Skrull appears in the 1960s Fantastic Four episode "Invasion of the Super-Skrull", voiced by Marvin Miller.
- Super-Skrull appears in the 1994 Fantastic Four series, voiced by Neil Ross and later voiced by Jess Harnell.
- Super-Skrull appears in The Super Hero Squad Show, voiced by Charlie Adler in Season One and by Jim Cummings in Season Two. In the episode "If This Be My Thanos," Super-Skrull leads the Skrulls in searching Super Hero City for a Skrull con-man who was posing as Thanos. In the episode "Another Order of Evil" Pt. 1, Super-Skrull arrests the Super Hero Squad when Captain Marvel goes missing during a diplomatic mission that would bring peace between the Kree and the Skrull.
- Super-Skrull appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "Prisoner of War", voiced by Kyle Hebert. He is seen on the Skrull ship with Captain America and the others who had been replaced by Skrulls. After Captain America and those that had been replaced by Skrulls have gotten free, Super-Skrull is sent by a Skrull Commander to intercept them. The captives had to fight Super-Skrull in order to get off the Skrull ship and back to Earth. While Captain America, Madame Hydra, Mockingbird, and King Cobra fight Super-Skrull, Henry Peter Gyrich, Dr. Lyle Getz and Clay Quartermain get Invisible Woman onto the ship as more Skrulls arrive. When Super-Skrull manages to grab Madame Hydra, Captain America saves her as he continues to hold off Super-Skrull. In the nick of time, Invisible Woman wakes up and helps to get Captain America off the ship. In the episode "Secret Invasion," Super-Skrull appeared with the other Super-Skrulls when the Skrulls begin their invasion with two of the Super-Skrulls being Criti Noll (who was depicted as having the powers of Giant Man, Crimson Dynamo, Iron Man, and Klaw) and Rl'nnd (who possessed the powers of Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine). Other Super-Skrulls seen include a Super-Skrull who possessed the powers of Abomination, Griffin, and Whirlwind, a Super-Skrull who possessed the powers of Grim Reaper and King Cobra, a Super-Skrull who wielded a technological copy of Mjolnir, a Super-Skrull who possessed the powers of Mister Fantastic, Iron Man, and Invisible Woman, and a Super-Skrull who possessed the powers of Black Panther, Iron Fist, and Spider-Man. Some of these Super-Skrulls ambushed the Avengers in Washington DC. Most of the Super-Skrulls were defeated by the Avengers and their allies. They alongside Queen Veranke are remanded to a special section in Prison 42.
- Super-Skrull appears in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "Deathlok", voiced by Kevin Grevioux. When the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. arrive at a mall to do some shopping, they find Deathlok attacking a girl until it was discovered that the girl was Super-Skrull in disguise as part of the Skrull's plot to invade Earth. Super-Skrull then turns invisible in order to prepare the weapon that would eradicate the humans. Afterwards, the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Deathlok go underground into the Skrull base to find Super-Skrull. Super-Skrull then gets into the spaceship where the weapon is. Following in their jet, the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. join Deathlok upon the Skrull ship where Hulk and She-Hulk follow Deathlok to Super-Skrull. Hulk, She-Hulk, and Deathlok then find Super-Skrull as he activates the weapon where the Skrulls have done this to other planets. While the others disable the weapon, Hulk fights Super-Skrull where he manages to get him tangled as Deathlok activates his self-destruct sequence. Super-Skrull managed to get away as the Skrull ship is destroyed by Deathlok's self-destructing core. In the episode "Guardians of the Galaxy," Super-Skrull and the Skrulls are encountered on another planet by the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. where they make a plot to harness the gamma energies of the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. so that they can make gamma-powered Skrull soldiers only for the Skrulls to also run afoul of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Super-Skrull, the two gamma-powered Skrulls, and the other Skrulls were defeated by the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Super-Skrull appeared as a boss/potential guide in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, voiced by Greg Eagles. He appears alongside Paibok when the players run into the Skrull Queen. Two simulation disks have Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel fighting Super-Skrull.
- Super-Skrull appeared as a boss in the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer video game, voiced by Joey Camen.
- Super-Skrull appears as a playable character in the crossover fighting games Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Charlie Adler reprises his role from The Super Hero Squad Show.
- Super-Skrull appears in the Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet, voiced by Jim Cummings. He picks up Thanos' delivery where Thor's boots were accidentally picked up. Super-Skrull fights Iron Man and Hulk outside of the ship. When Super-Skrull is defeated, Thanos arrives and plans to use the Power Infinity Gem to throw Super-Skrull at Hulk and Iron Man only for both of them to be hit by an engine knocked off by a meteor. Super-Skrull later fights Iron Man and Scarlet Witch in Thanos' lair when he has been enhanced by the Power Infinity Gem. Iron Man and Scarlet Witch managed to defeat Super-Skrull and flush him down the disposal unit. Super-Skrull returns and assists Thanos in fighting Iron Man and Scarlet Witch.
- Super-Skrull appears as a villain character in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online.
- Super-Skrull appears as a playable character in the 2012 fighting game Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, voiced by Troy Baker.
- Super-Skrull was the 60th issue in the Classic Marvel Figurine Collection.
- Super-Skrull has been featured in the minimate, Marvel Legends, Super Hero Squad, and Diamond Select toy lines.
- Super-Skrull is the subject of a song by nerd-rock Filk music artists Ookla the Mok. The song, "Theme from Super-Skrull", appears on their 1998 album Super Secret and is written in the style of the 1960s Marvel Super Heroes cartoons.
- Super Skrull makes an appearance in several of the Marvel Comics line of novels. He appeared in a short story in the Ultimate Super-Villains: New Stories Featuring Marvel's Deadliest Villains by Stan Lee.
- He is also secretly a main villain in the X-Men/Avengers trilogy "Gamma Quest". For much of the story, he remains either anonymous or disguised as Wolverine, only revealing himself in the final third of the saga.
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