MCU Theory: Happy Hogan Is A Skull
Happy Hogan has been Tony Stark’s right-hand man since the start of the MCU, but he may have a surprising connection to an alien species.
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have come to love Tony Stark’s longtime friend and right-hand man, Happy Hogan. Happy may seem ordinary at first glance, but a new Reddit theory implies that Happy may be a member of a shapeshifting alien race named by Nick Fury to take care of Tony; yes, Happy may be a Skrull in disguise.
First appeared in Iron Man and extending his stay through Spider-Man: No Coming Home, Happy – played wonderfully by Marvel producer Jon Favreau – provided Tony, Pepper Potts and Peter Parker with moral support and logistical assistance for years. And after Tony’s death in Avengers: Endgame, Happy dutifully continued to support Tony’s daughter, Morgan, and Peter Parker as he learned what it was like to be Spider-Man without Tony’s mentorship. However, the theory puts all of Happy’s actions in a new light and while his relationships may have been real, his motivation to help Stark dates back to the events of Captain Marvel, designed by none other than Nick Fury.
The theory states that Fury, after working with Howard Stark and realizing his son could be instrumental in protecting the world in the future, formed a plan to keep tabs on Tony once he encountered the Skrulls in Captain Marvel: a Skrull would shapeshift into human form, force its way into Tony’s inner circle and watch over him, reporting any finds to Fury. Of course, Happy and Fury haven’t met on screen before. Spider-Man: Far From Home, and although they didn’t act like they knew each other, audiences later found out that the Nick Fury in Far from home was actually Talos, a Skrull commander in disguise. Meanwhile, the real Fury was happily hiding on a distant Skrull spaceship. In this case, if Happy was a Skrull, he either didn’t know that Fury had been replaced by Talos and was trying to play on the fact that they knew each other, or he and Talos recognized each other and agreed to keep their identities a secret. .
Some fans point out that Happy couldn’t have been a Skrull due to his obvious attachment to Aunt May and their established relationship, claiming that Skrulls cannot love humans the way humans love themselves. While this may be true, it was never explicitly stated that the Skrulls cannot love humans, and Carol Danvers clearly established a rapport with them during and after the events of Captain Marvel. Likewise, Happy had spent decades with Tony by the time End of Game took place, and even if he was a Skrull, it would be reasonable to assume that his friendship with Tony was genuine. Plus, the theory isn’t all that far-fetched given that Marvel has already shown that the Skrulls can live among humans undetected, exemplified by the Skrulls impersonating Maria Hill and Fury without Peter realizing. their true identity.
If Happy ends up being a Skrull, it could pave the way for Happy and his fellow Skrullians to make future appearances, probably when Secret Invasion arrives in the MCU. The presence of good Skrulls on Earth has already been established; the future is almost certain to bring their villainous counterparts into the picture. Either way, this theory hints at the Skrulls’ role in the MCU’s past and future, and how easily their abilities can fool Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
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