As the Skrulls rifled through Vers' memories, it looks like that's how they learned Lawson was on C-53. But then when Vers busts free; she falls to C-53 ... so why were they already in orbit around it?

Did I miss something about what the Skrulls knew about her origins?

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    One assumes that having identified that she's from Earth (which they would have done within the first few minutes of mind-reading), they traveled here while conducting the rest of the interrogation.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 0:27
  • @Valorum Yes, but they were looking for Lawson, right? Did they just head here because that was a lead? Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 0:35
  • Surely they already knew the other Skrulls were with Lawson on C-53. The leader (I don't remember his name) had (this might be spoilers, so we'll just say) friends who were in her custody. My guess is they were trying to find out what happened to her on C-53.
    – user112668
    Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 0:48
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    @Chipster I thought they were looking for Lawson, and used Vers' memories to locate her. So I don't understand why they were already there. Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 1:00
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    @Chip I'm asking the questions here! Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 1:20

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Massive spoilers ahoy!

As I understood it, they already knew that Lawson was on Earth -- in fact, they were even there themselves years ago, when they retrieved the black box that contained the last recording of Carol's voice before she crashed.


...a planet is a big place. The thing they didn't have, and which they were trying to find in her memory, were the coordinates of where on Earth she and Lawson were headed at the time of the crash. (Although as it turned out, they weren't coordinates on the surface at all; they were describing a point in orbit.)

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    Yeah I think the implication is that Talos obtained the black box recording while impersonating Director Keller. But Talos's family, and the other Skrull refugees, had at least been on Mar-Vell's orbiting lab, if not earth (although maybe earth), since 1989 or earlier. Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 11:38
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    @Paul Are you sure? Didn't Maria say the black box had been destroyed? Or was the implication SHIELD had retrieved it before USAF got to it? Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 16:04
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    @AdmiralJota: I think you're referring to Talos saying that he has a knack for getting into places where he isn't supposed to be. He says that in the run-up to revealing that he has the black box recording. He also seems unfamiliar with the medium it's recorded on (CD). To me, that read as if he'd obtained it while disguised as Director Keller during the events of the movie; not that he'd been hanging onto it for six years. Both are possible though. (He also seems aware that Vers is actually Carol Danvers and worked with Mar-Vell, so he must have been around in 1989.) Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 17:10
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    @AzorAhai: “didn't it seem like the black box had been missing for six years”. Not to me. It seemed like it was kept secret, like a bunch of other stuff about the crash. (The files about it had a lot of stuff redacted, for example.) Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 18:18
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    Fury's comment during the film imply SHIELD didn't know anything about the crash; he's as much in the dark as Carol is, and the sign indicates that Pegasus, at the rime, was a joint NASA/USAF project. He assumes the coverup wasn't because of the power source, but because it was a billion+ dollar program that failed when Lawson stole the prototype and crashed it and Pegasus was embarrassed and so covered the entire thing up, including the black box. If SHIELD had had it, they'd have known about alien involvement already, whereas Fury seemed taken aback initially. Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 17:47

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