Emilia Clarke Marvel Character Finally Revealed And It’s A Game-Changer

Fans thought that Emilia Clarke would be playing Abigail Brand in Marvel's Secret Invasion, but the star will actually be playing a Skrull named G’iah.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

G’iah in Captain Marvel

For months, audiences have been preparing for Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke to make her Marvel debut as Abigail Brand in Secret Invasion. Pulling out a one-two punch straight to our stomachs, Nick Fury actor Samuel L. Jackson recently revealed to Vanity Fair that this would not be the case and that Clarke would instead be portraying none other than a shape-shifting Skrull named G’iah. That’s right, just like that, Clarke’s involvement in the Disney+ series has become all that more intriguing. 

But, that wasn’t the only major bomb that Samuel L. Jackson would drop on fans during his interview. Along with the fact that Emilia Clarke would be playing one of the extraterrestrial lifeforms, and not the Joss Whedon and John Cassaday-created Commander of S.W.O.R.D., Jackson revealed that diligent Marvel fans have seen her before. Taking us back to 2019’s Captain Marvel, Jackson explains that audiences already met G’iah – kind of.

In the Brie Larson-led standalone feature, Samuel L. Jackson says that when Nick Fury watches a sweet reunion between Ben Mendelsohn’s Skrull character, Talos, and his family, we see him running back into the arms of his wife and daughter. According to Jackson, that daughter is G’iah – drawing a line between the origin story of Captain Marvel and Emilia Clarke’s first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Referring to her as “the little Skrull girl grown up,” Jackson explains that she’s Talos’ daughter. 

With this big revelation comes an even more massive one – not only will Emilia Clarke not be a S.W.O.R.D. agent, but her Marvel debut will actually see her fighting against Fury and the other “good guys.” For those who may not remember or may not have seen it, Captain Marvel took us back to the 1990s when Nick Fury teamed up with Talos and the Skrulls to defeat a mutual and genocidal enemy. By the time the credits roll, Nick Fury has promised that he’ll help relocate the Skrulls but, as Jackson notes in his interview, he’s failed to live up to that task which in turn has led the aliens to revolt against their leaders and one-time-saviors. 

secret invasion skrulls

When it comes to Emilia Clarke’s G’iah, the unhappy Marvel character has joined the resistance, standing side-by-side with Kingsley Ben-Adir’s Gravik, the revolting group’s leader, and supporting him in his Secret Invasion of Earth. The series will follow the fed-up Skrulls, who are now out of options and prepared to take things into their own hands, using their shape-shifting skills to ensure their collection of whatever tools they’ll need.

For Emilia Clarke’s Marvel character, the actress explained to Vanity Fair that G’iah was mostly forgotten by her father, and with his failures, enough is enough. A refugee, she is the last person (or alien) to trust Nick Fury and his peers and is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her and her alien race safe. 

A major twist on the way that Secret Invasion is setting itself up for its Disney+ takeover, Emilia Clarke’s Marvel arrival as a complicated character with a traumatic past and some daddy issues makes the show even more exciting. As we know from her time on Game of Thrones, Clarke is well-suited to play a character who often toes the line of morality. Preceded by the second season of What If…? Secret Invasion is just one of the franchise’s series set to land on the streamer in 2023, with Loki Season 2 and Echo also in the mix.

Nothing goes over your head.

Subscribe to receive exclusive Marvel content in your inbox, every week.

We don’t spam! We aren't Loki in disguise!