Warning: Spoiler Alert: This article has major, we repeat: MAJOR Avengers: Infinity War spoilers, and consider yourself warned if you haven’t seen the film yet.
Quite early in the film, Guardians of the Galaxy literally run over a defeated Thor (who slammed into their windshield). They carried him inside the ship and wondered how muscular he was. Gamora even said,”it’s like his muscles are made of Cotati metal fibers.” To unsuspecting mind, it might just be a random line, but, it has an origin in the Kree-Skrull War.
The Cotati is known as a race with telepathic powers, who used to be human in the past, but, have now become more identical to trees. Their home planet is Hala which they share with the Kree. Thousands of years ago, the Skrulls used to be peaceful beings, and they asked them to build a habitable area on Earth’s moon, and whoever would have done that first, would become a part of the Skrull Empire.
The Kree built a huge city with highly advanced tech, but, the Cotati opted for an enclosed ecological system. The Skrulls preferred the Kotati, but, the Kree didn’t accept it and massacred a number of Cotati and Skrull representatives. They then captured the Skrull technology and used it to build their own empire. After a few years, they attacked the Skrulls, and that led to a huge and savage war.
Eventually, the Cotati managed to survive courtesy some kind Krees (the Priests of Pama), and also due to their own instinct for survival. Mantis is also a part of that equation and was later revealed to be a Celestial Madonna. There was the prophecy about a union between the ideal human and the ideal plant creating the perfect child known as the Celestial Messiah. That happened later, and the two had a child named Sequoia.
No doubt, mention of Cotati is not just a coincidence and is another step towards the big screen portrayal of the Kree-Skrull War. The stories featuring the Cotati existing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (since Gamora mentioned them), would be modified for the movie, but, it won’t be surprising to see them appear in some manner when Captain Marvel hits the theaters.
Captain Marvel releases in theaters on March 8, 2019.