Emilia Clarke’s Marvel Character Finally Revealed?

Emilia Clarke has been part of some of the biggest franchises in the world, and her role in Marvel may just have been revealed.

By Mark McKee | Published

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Emilia Clarke is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood and there is no doubt as to why. She has been a part of numerous large franchises and seems to be continuing that trend. Her first and most famous franchise was the global phenomenon, Game of Thrones. Clarke graced the screens for all eight seasons as Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons. She was a fan favorite for the Iron Throne, only to meet her demise (like so many others) before the series’ final minutes. She also appeared as a young Sarah Connor in the retconned timeline of 1984 in Terminator Genisys. Clarke then played the enigmatic Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story, providing one of the only bright spots of the much-maligned film. Finally, she added another notch to her franchise belt when she landed a role in Secret Invasion, which may now have been revealed.

MovieWeb reports that industry insider Daniel Richtman revealed Emilia Clarke is playing a Skrull named G’iah, hiding on Earth as Gloria Warner. While the report admits this information is still an unconfirmed rumor, it also asserts that Richtman has been a consistent provider of Marvel’s inside knowledge. Therefore, the information could be trustworthy. If it is true, the character Emilia Clarke brings to life on screen could be one of the most influential people in the series and, therefore, could be setting the actress up to appear in many projects in the future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While G’iah isn’t a household name or a superhero like Captain Marvel or Iron Man, she could slide easily into a role similar to Maria Hill (Colbie Smoulders) or Natasha Romanov, AKA Black Widow (Scarlet Johanson). 

G’iah is a Skrull who is sent to live on Earth as a human with her husband and children, paving the way for a later invasion of the rest of their people. While she is loyal to her race at first, she becomes disillusioned with their brutality and ends up switching sides in the comics, helping the humans overcome the invading force. It is hard to hear the synopsis of the series and the rumor of the Emilia Clarke character and not think back to Keri Russell in The Americans. The series sounds like it could easily take inspiration from the spy-thriller intrigue of the recently departed Captain America’s second outing, Captain America: Winter Soldier. Once she switches sides to align herself with Maria Hill and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), both returning, it isn’t hard to see how a shape-shifting spy would be a valuable tool for espionage. 

Regardless of how Secret Invasion plays out, Emilia Clarke is the kind of actor with the ability to take this project from just another Disney+ series to a cornerstone of the next phase and set up the path forward. With Secret Invasion asserting that the Skrulls have been on Earth as far back as Captain Marvel in the 1990s, there is no telling who in the MCU has been fooling us the whole time. After the reveal that Spider-Man: Far From Home featured Skrull versions of Hill and Fury, it makes the audience think that anything goes in the newest installment.