Marvel Universe is home to numerous alien species with their own distinctive appearances. Usually, it’s the skin color, as most aliens are humanoid in nature. Skrulls are currently, with the release of ‘Secret Invasion,’ the most famous aliens in the MCU; they are marked by their reptilian appearance and green skin. Our biggest association with green skin, until now, was Gamora, one of the most famous characters from the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise, and due to this shared trait that both Gamora and the shapeshifting alien race have, plenty of MCU fans are wondering, is Gamora actually a Skrull?
Gamora is not a Skrull. She is Zehoberei, an alien species hailing from Zen-Whoberi, a planet that was in the past decimated by Thanos. Even though both Gamora and Skrulls have green skin, they are not connected in any way, and there’s actually more difference between the two species than similarities.
Now that we’ve covered that Gamora is not a Skrull, it’s time to explain it in a bit more detail. If you’re interested in a more detailed analysis of her origins, stay with us and keep reading!
Similarities between Gamora and Skrulls are minimal
Different skin colors are nothing new in Marvel Universe as it’s inhabited by numerous alien but humanoid species. We’ve seen purple skin, blue skin, orange skin, pink skin, and everything in between.
Green skin stands out as one of the most common in the Marvel Universe due to numerous species sharing it, so it’s not that shocking that both Gamora and Skrulls are green, and it doesn’t have to necessarily be because they are related in some way.
Gamora is green due to her Zehoberei heritage and not because she is a Skrull. But now that we’re on the subject of Zehoberei it’s time to summarize the differences between the two species.
Zehoberei and Skrulls are two distinctive species
Zehobereis come from Zen-Whoberi, a planet hit by starvation and poverty due to the depletion of resources. Zehoberei population in the Universe was drastically affected by Thanos’ slaughter of half of the planet’s population, and that’s pretty much all that we know of them culturally, but in terms of physiology, we know far more.
Zehobereis are much physically stronger than humans, faster, and more durable due to their thick skin. They are mostly recognized by their distinctive green color, which usually comes in shades of pale green, and by their high cheekbones.
Zehobereis also usually have dark red hair, a second liver, and green blood.
Skrulls, on the other hand, hail from the planet of Skrullos, I mean, they used to hail from that planet, but the Kree army has since destroyed the place as a part of the Kree-Skrull War.
Skrulls are not carbon-based lifeforms, despite being humanoid in appearance. They have green skin, often marked with yellow lines, ridged chin, pointed ears, and extremely dark eyes that, under certain light conditions, look almost black. Skrulls are also completely bald for the most part, both males and females. They are far stronger than humans, long-lived, and amazingly completely immune to the effects of radiation.
Skrulls, however, are most famous for the ability to shapeshift in almost any lifeform imaginable, especially if it’s humanoid. They can completely replicate the height, voice, body weight, unique physical characteristics, and even clothing of other individuals. Although the “sim” quality depends on how skilled and gifted an individual Skrull is. Shapeshifting is something inherent to all Skrulls, but it’s a skill like any other.
The more a certain Skrull wears someone’s “identity,” the better he becomes at mimicking that person. They can also extract memories and thoughts to some extent naturally but have to use the so-called “fracking pods” to get the full effect.
Skrulls cannot “mimic” supernatural powers, however, and it is possible to detect them by using specially designed “Skrull detectors” that are capable of detecting their unique DNA signature.
As you can see, Gamora doesn’t have pointed ears and ridged skin, and she can’t shapeshift. At least we’ve never seen her shapeshift. She is a completely different alien race, although she might not be the best representative of her race due to the various “upgrades” that Thanos has attached to her over the years in his pursuit of perfection.
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