Secret Invasion will bring one of the biggest events in modern Marvel Comics history to the screen, and at the center is the mysterious character Emilia Clarke is playing. Clarke is rumored to be playing Queen Veranke, a major figure from the comic book storyline the show is based on. Comic book fans know Veranke is the queen of the Skrulls, and one of the most dangerous villains in Marvel Comics.
If Clarke is playing Veranke, she may also be playing the character most associated with her, Spider-Woman. If so, that opens the doors to many possible connections to characters and events from the comics. Veranke brought the world to its knees in Secret Invasion and the MCU version of the powerful Skrull ruler is likely to do the same.
Queen Veranke’s original and the events of the Secret Invasion are bound up in the secret history of the Illuminati. Comic book fans know the Illuminati formed in the aftermath of the Kree-Skrull War when the heroes of Earth were caught flat-footed by cosmic events.
In the wake of the war, the Illuminati traveled to the Skrull homeworld to reach an accord, but their intervention ultimately proved costly. The Skrulls obtained human DNA and discovered they could mimic humans, leading to Veranke’s ultimate ambition to conquer Earth.
Driven By Prophecy
Veranke is driven by Skrull prophecies that foretell the destruction of the Skrull throneworld, Tarnax IV, and the Skrulls’ eventual resettlement on a blue world. When Galactus, one of the most powerful cosmic characters in Marvel Comics, destroys Tarnax IV, it seems the prophecies are true.
Veranke ascends to Queen of the surviving Skrulls in the aftermath of the disaster and sets her sights on Earth as the blue world that will become the new home of the Skrulls. She plots the invasion for years in advance, planning to undermine Earth’s defenses.
The most sinister part of Queen Veranke’s plan is her going undercover on Earth as an existing and trusted Avenger — Jessica Drew. Jessica Drew is one of the most powerful versions of Spider-Woman and a pillar of the Avengers family.
Queen Veranke’s duplicity isn’t discovered for years. Jessica is kidnapped by Skrulls and replaced about a year prior to the events of Secret Invasion, and later discovered to still be alive. It remains a major question in the MCU if Veranke will impersonate Spider-Woman or she will be part of the Sony Marvel Universe, as many Spider-Man-related characters are.
Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It’s likely that Veranke will be connected to SHIELD in some way in the MCU, given the presence of Nick Fury and Maria Hill. She was in the comics, becoming an agent of the organization and personally attached to Fury in the lead-up to the invasion.
In fact, during this period, Veranke is actually serving as a spy inside of HYDRA. She collects information on many of Earth’s greatest heroes and villains, compromising the security of the planet ahead of an overwhelming Skrull invasion.
House Of M
Veranke could potentially play a key role in events that have already transpired in the MCU. In the comics, she was revealed to be aware that Scarlet Witch altered reality in houseofm, and she even attempted to assassinate Wanda Maximoff.
She was unsuccessful, but she could play a similar role in the MCU. A Skrull was among the agents shown at the end of WandaVision and Veranke may have tried to intervene in Westview before the circumstances resolved themselves.
Veranke may be fighting another newly established MCU character. In Secret Invasion #3, she battles Echo in the Savage Land during a skirmish between the Avengers and several Marvel heroes suspected to be Skrull imposters, including Wolverine and the Invisible Woman.
Echo becomes one of the first victims of Queen Veranke’s treachery when she turns on her in the Savage Land. Veranke dispatches Echo in what may be a preview of the MCU Secret Invasionespecially if the war descends on New York City as it does in the comics.
Veranke may end up being more closely associated with Echo through the Kingpin. In the comics, she becomes the villain’s unlikely years after her death de ella in the climax of Secret Invasiona fate that could unfold in the MCU as well.
In the recent “Devil’s Reign” storyline, Kingpin resurrects Veranke as part of a scheme to get revenge on Jessica Drew. It’s possible that the MCU Kingpin, whose interests include powerful artifacts, may find Veranke and her powers worth acquiring.
Conspiring Against Hulkling
Queen Veranke’s rule is threatened by a major new character in the comics, Hulkling. Hulkling is actually Dorek VIII, the son of the original Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell, and the Skrull Anelle. Veranke tries to have him killed to ensure her rule of her.
She fails, ultimately paving the way for Hulkling to become the ruler of the combined Kree-Skrull Empire in recent comics. Hulkling is a likely member of the MCU in the near future, as a member of the comic book Young Avengers alongside heroes like Kate Bishop and Kid Loki.
Aiming For A New Hawkeye
A number of MCU characters could appear in Secret Invasion and two that seem likely are Clint Barton and Kate Bishop. Both participate in the cataclysmic battle to stop Veranke at the end of the comic book storyline, which plays a key role in their relationship.
Although the relationship between Clint and Kate is established in the MCU, the image of Clint taking up Kate’s bow in the final battle and summarizing his Hawkeye identity could possibly be a direction for the character if he continues in live-action.
After Queen Veranke’s treachery is discovered and Spider-Woman is released from her Skrull prison, the two battle it out. As powerful as Jessica Drew is, it takes a lot of heroes and even some villains to ultimately bring an end to the invasion.
Veranke fights Wolverine among other heroes in the climax of the story, but it’s Norman Osborn who finally brings her down. He kills her in the final act of the story, setting up her own insidious turn as leader of what would become the Dark Avengers.
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