The Road to ‘Empyre’: What to Read Before Marvel’s Cosmic Conflict
Mapping the existing stories that will inform the building ‘Empyre’!
A History of Violence
The Kree/Skrull War
The Celestial Madonna Saga
Having proven herself just that, Mantis was supposed to marry the oldest Cotati on Earth, which looked like a tree, and mate with the Cotati-possessed body of her late love, the Swordsman. Just after attaining total communication with the Cotati, Kang popped in and kidnapped her. However, Immortus thought that might happen so he had his minion the Space Phantom take her place. With that out of the way, Mantis and the sorta-Swordsman had a double wedding with Vision and Scarlet Witch officiated by Immortus! To celebrate, Mantis and the Cotati became pure energy and went off on their honeymoon which would eventually result in a child known as Sequoia, Mantis' full development into the Celestial Madonna and the green appearance she's most well-known for in the comics!
In the wake of the Trial of the Phoenix on the Blue Area of the Moon in the classic UNCANNY X-MEN #137, Bel-Dann the Kree and Skrull Raksor were left behind as seen in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #18. They battled fiercely day in and day out even after the time when the Inhumans landed Attilan on top of the old city. Eventually, they were told by each of their leaders that they would decide the entire war between the two races with the Watcher playing referee.
Hulkling Learns the Truth
Unbeknownst to just about everyone, the Kree Captain Mar-Vell conceived a child with Skrull princess Annelle prior to the first Kree/Skrull War. That baby turned out to be none other than the Young Avenger known as Teddy Altman AKA Hulkling, though his true nature remained a mystery until YOUNG AVENGERS #9-12. In that arc, Teddy learned from the Super-Skrull that he was secreted away as a baby so the Emperor could not have him killed. She intended to bring him to Mar-Vell, but he had died. Meanwhile, his mother perished when Galactus consumed the Skrull homeworld in FANTASTIC FOUR #257, so the nurse took him to Earth and raised him thinking he was a mutant.
In more recent times, the Skrulls and Kree retained their enmity, but had other problems to worry about. Going back to their encounter with the Illuminati, the shape-shifters moved further along with a plan to replace important Earthlings with nearly perfect Skrull copies. The Earthlings eventually caught on to this Secret Invasion and managed to fight back against the invaders. This event sowed a great deal of distrust in the hero community and led to Norman Osborn's Dark Reign, but it also returned characters who had been dead or missing for years.
Meanwhile, the Kree found themselves in a time of upheaval when the Inhumans of Earth made themselves the new Kree leaders. During WAR OF KINGS, the newly unified race faced off against another longtime threat, the Shi'ar and their new leader Vulcan, also from Earth. Even more recently, stories like ROYALS and DEATH OF THE INHUMANS have further influenced the Kree and their current status.
A Secret War
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