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"Do you think them Kree is gonna execute the Captain?"
"The Kree consider themselves merciful. It will be painless."
Kraglin Obfonteri and Nebula[src]

The Kree are a scientifically and technologically advanced militaristic race of blue-skinned humanoids from the planet Hala. One of the most technologically efficient races in the galaxy, the Kree have special emphasis placed on their skills in genetic engineering and are known to the people of Earth as the progenitors of the Inhumans. They are a powerful force in the galaxy that control a vast empire characterized by its militaristic lifestyle, advanced technology, and arrogance.

History

Galactic Exploits

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The seal of the Kree Empire

The Kree are a humanoid race who follow a strict, militaristic lifestyle. They are the rulers of the Kree Empire, a large, interstellar imperial group that encompasses various planets, and features the Sakaaran species as a client race. They are one of the many races encountered by the Asgardians in the Nine Realms and the worlds beyond Yggdrasil.[1] Their relationship with the Asgardians is frosty at best, as the Asgardians see the Kree as deceitful and savage.[2] The Nova Empire, another galactic group that live in the same borders as the Kree Empire, also have a strained relationship with the Kree, as evidenced by the great war that had been waged between the two factions for hundreds of decades.[3]

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The Kree capture A Mayan to experiment on.

War between the Kree and other races is renownedly frequent, and has brought a negative viewpoint upon their culture by other civilizations. During one such war, the Kree suffered high casualties and became divided on how to even the odds. One particular group of Kree,[2] known as the Reapers,[4] dispatched science teams across different worlds, experimenting on various alien races in order to produce bio-weapons. One of the planets visited was pre-historical Earth; the humans were the most successful species to be subjected to the Kree's experiments, by being given their blood. This gave rise to a sub-order called the Inhumans.[2]Among them was a hunter who would eventually be transformed into Hive by the Reapers.[4]. The Inhumans had the potential to obtain supernatural powers and characteristics if exposed to the Terrigen Mist, a mutagen exhaled from Terrigen Crystals. The Kree created Diviners to carry the crystals, and they were built to only recognize the unique genetic patterns in Inhumans so it could be ferried to a cityscape that the Kree constructed deep beneath the planet's surface; once joined with a temple built within the city, the Diviners would unveil the crystals inside and subject the Inhumans to further transmutation.[5]

The Kree Empire soon discovered these illegal practices and eradicated the operation.[2] Hive was intended to lead the Inhumans for the Kree, but instead he rebelled against them, led the Inhumans against their creators and banished them from Earth,[6] leaving behind the Diviners, the Inhumans,[2] and a member of their race who was either dead at the time or died later.[7] However, the Kree decided that the Inhumans must be destroyed. As a way to do so, the Kree had the Monolith,[8] a stone-like object that when turned into liquid form would serve as a portal to the distant desert planet, Maveth.[9]

Enslaving Yondu Udonta

"I was a Kree battle slave for twenty years when Stakar freed me."
Yondu Udonta to Rocket Raccoon.[src]

As a child, Yondu Udonta was sold by his parents into slavery, where he served in gladiatorial battles for twenty years. However, Udonta was freed and recruited by Stakar Ogord into the Ravagers, where he and Stakar served together until Yondu was eventually promoted to a Captain, gaining his own crew as a leader as one of the 100 Ravager Clans.[10]

Return to Earth

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G.H.'s body is kept at S.H.I.E.L.D.

Centuries later, the Kree that was left behind, later dubbed G.H., was discovered dead by residents of a village in Hunan,[11] and eventually fell into the hands of HYDRA, the Strategic Scientific Reserve,[12] and ultimately S.H.I.E.L.D.. The agency tried repeatedly to use the G.H.'s blood as a basis for advanced healing formulas for Project T.A.H.I.T.I.,[7] but most attempts proved fruitless, resulting in the test subjects becoming dangerously psychotic.[13] The G.H. was then destroyed.[7]

It was also around this time that Phil Coulson, in an attempt to find the reason behind the G.H.'s presence on Earth, asked Lady Sif which of the many alien species she had previously encountered was blue. The Kree were one of the races she mentioned, but she added that the Kree had never been on Earth,[1] obviously unaware of their visit millennia before.[2]

Ronan's Vendetta

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Ronan the Accuser

"My government knows no shame. The Xandarians and your culture are a disease."
"You will never rule Xandar."
"No. I will cure it!"
Ronan the Accuser and Nova Corpsman[src]

In recent times, the war between the Kree and the Nova Empire ended, thanks in no small part to the Nova Prime Irani Rael being able to force the Kree to sign a peace treaty. Seeking revenge against the Nova Empire and refusing to abide by the treaty, Ronan the Accuser allied with Thanos, promising to give him the Orb in exchange for the forces necessary to annihilate Xandar, the capital of the Nova Empire.

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Ronan the Accuser takes the Orb's power

The treaty was not popular among the Kree citizenry, as massive riots broke out across their homeworld when the news of it broke. Ronan's quest against Xandar eventually led to his downfall. In a destructive battle waged in both Xandar's airways and city streets, Ronan came close to destroying the entire planet using an Infinity Stone, but the Guardians of the Galaxy were able to use the stone to kill him.[3]

Ego's Expansion

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The Kree run away from Ego's Expansion

"I need to fulfill life's one true purpose. To grow and spread, covering all that exists until everything is... me!"
Ego to Star-Lord[src]

Ego's Expansion effected Hala as well, as the Kree race was almost eliminated by Ego. However, the Kree were saved by the Guardians of the Galaxy after they killed Ego.[10]

Seeking the Inhumans

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Vin-Tak hunts down the Inhumans

"I am here to help."
"Is that why you attacked me, Kree?"
"You were the one who attacked! I had to take your memory to keep you from tracking me. How did you track me?"
Vin-Tak and Sif[src]

A Kree named Vin-Tak came to Earth when he noticed that a Diviner had been activated; believing the Inhumans as abominations, and fearing what would happen if the Empire found out about them, he sought to kill whoever had transformed. He decided to destroy any remaining Diviners first, before seeking his target. Vin-Tak discovered that the six Diviners on Earth buried in Portugal were gone.

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Vin-Tak fights against Bobbi Morse

He was apprehended by S.H.I.E.L.D. and revealed to Phil Coulson, Melinda May, and Skye the origin of the Inhumans; Sif was there also because of the enmity between their races caused her to investigate his presence on Earth. Upon discovering that Skye was an Inhuman, Vin-Tak allied himself with Sif to kill her. However, opposition from Bobbi Morse using her battle staves and Leo Fitz using the Destroyer Armor Prototype Gun delayed his progress. Morse used his own Truncheon on him to cause him to forget his mission.

Ultimately, the Kree, without memories of his mission, was taken to Asgard by Sif before returning to Hala.[2]

Summoned by Hive

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Two Kree Reapers arrive on modern Earth

"What are they?"
"The Kree."
Alphonso Mackenzie and Phil Coulson[src]

Hive took Daisy Johnson, Alisha Whitley and Hellfire to Union City, in order to create his own army of Inhumans by having Holden Radcliffe help him re-create the original Kree experiment. At first, the experiment failed and Radcliffe assured him that it would work but they needed blood from a living Kree individual. Hive then used a device to emit a radio signal to summon the Kree Reapers which, according to him, were orbiting the solar system ever since the experiment, centuries ago.

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A Kree Reaper fights and kills Alisha Whitley

The Kree Reapers destroyed the place where the radio orb device was located while a S.H.I.E.L.D. strike enforcement team led by Alphonso Mackenzie was inside but evacuated immediately after Director Phil Coulson warned them of the incoming projectile. The Kree Reapers proceeded to hunt down Inhumans; one of them was walking down the streets and was seen by two people at least, eventually finding Alisha Whitley and killing her double and herself once and for all. Then the Kree Reaper found where Radcliffe was working and fought Johnson where she used her powers on the Kree Reaper's spine to kill him.

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A Kree Reaper's face is melted off by Hive

Radcliffe managed to get some of the Kree Reaper's blood out of its corpse before it was hit by a Splinter Bomb thrown by Mackenzie. The other Kree fought with Hive who was almost outperformed by the Kree Reaper, but eventually, Hive used his Inhuman powers to eliminate and absorb the organic matter from the Kree. Meanwhile, the S.H.I.E.L.D. strike team and Melinda May were waiting for the perfect chance to take Hive down, but were forced to retreat when Hive proved superior to their tactics and weaponry.[4]

The Confederacy

"What do you know of my family?"
"Plenty."
"Well, then you know that I am from a long line of inventive thinkers. I have ideas, methods, which don't, shall we say, mesh with those of my breed."
Taryan and Quake[src]
Taryan from the House of Kasius, one of the noblest Kree families, was a member of the alien alliance called the Confederacy. As part of the Confederacy, the Kree made a deal with HYDRA, promising to help Earth face a powerful enemy in exchange for resources. In fact, the Confederacy were just using HYDRA to get what they wanted, Gravitonium and Inhuman slaves, before Earth doom.
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Taryan speaks to Glenn Talbot

After Glenn Talbot force himself into the Confederacy, Taryan warned the enhanced Human about Thanos' attack on Earth, and told him to look for more Gravitonium in order to have a chance against the Mad Titan.[14]

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Taryan communicates with Daisy Johnson in her head

When Quake was captured, she was being transferred to Taryan unconscious with a transmission device planted on her forehead. With the device Taryan was able to communicate with Quake to convince her join him so she would live an appropriate for an Inhuman. Quake was not convinced and managed to free herself from captivity.[14]

Ruling the Lighthouse

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Kasius rules over the Lighthouse

"A life spent, a life earned"
Kasius[src]

In an alternate timeline, Earth was torn apart by a catastrophic event. The human survivors lived in a bunker under the ruins of the planet called the Lighthouse.[15] However, the Kree came to the station and restored the order, but they also destroyed every document about the life on Earth, so the Humans would focus on work. The ruler of the Lighthouse was Kasius, [16] whose father banished him from Hala.[17]

For Kasius to profit from his unwanted staying in the Lighthouse, he forced every human to be exposed to the Terrigen Mist and enslaving those who became Inhumans. He then offered them to potential buyers from across the galaxy that wanted the Inhumans for their powers.[18]

When S.H.I.E.L.D. agents from the past used the White Monolith to travel to the year 2091, they soon started a rebellion against Kasius and his Kree Watch, which led to his death and the retaking of the Lighthouse by the oppressed humans.[19]

Characteristic Traits

The Kree are a humanoid species and resemble the human race almost exactly, with the exception of having blue skin, mostly purple eyes and sometimes pointed ears, like the Kree Ambassador. They have a higher strength level than that of a human and comparable to that of an Asgardian[2], though some have been overcome by humans through hand-to-hand combat. Their enhanced strength and reflexes are more than enough to easily overpower seasoned combatants such as Drax. They also have the fortitude to hold Infinity Stones for a brief amount of time.[3] Their physicality is much different, having adapted to various environmental characteristics on their home planet.

Another noteworthy trait is their highly potent regenerative capabilities. Their healing factor is considered to be so profound that S.H.I.E.L.D. attempted to use the G.H.'s blood to perform transfusions with mortally wounded, dying, or dead humans in order to resurrect them or cure them of terminal illnesses.[20][13] However, the process only works on beings with "simple" biological makeups like humans; the Kree themselves cannot use it to resurrect their own.[19] Their lifespans are potentially thousands of years long as Ronan described a team of other races as mortal.[3]

Kree skin, when overexposed to nitrogen, changes from blue to pink, heightening their resemblance to light-skinned humans.[2] Although other races of Kree with natural skin colors other than blue have been shown to exist, such as Korath the Pursuer, whose dark skin closely resembles that of a human native to the African continent.

Although space-faring Kree with government and military rank are seen to be bald[3], they can grow hair like other species.[2]

Language

The Kree have their own language, although they can speak to other races in their respective language. Other extraterrestrial races, such as the Asgardians, even teach it to their young, similar to foreign language studies on Earth. For example, the word kava means key.[2]

Notable Kree

Kree Hybrids

Gallery

Behind the Scenes

Appearances

Appearances for Kree

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In an alternate timeline:

Trivia

  • In the comics, the Kree shared their home planet with the intelligent plant-like Cotati. The early evolution of both species was influenced heavily by the Skrulls, who granted them advanced technology with hopes of eventually absorbing the Kree and Cotati into their trading empire. As a result of the Skrulls' favoritism towards the Cotati, the Kree declared feudal war against the Skrulls, drawing the Avengers and other heroes into it as both races wanted to conquer Earth due to its strategic position within the galaxy.

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