With all the amazing announcements of future television projects Marvel president Kevin Feige announced at Disney’s Investors Day 2020, one of the more intriguing ones was the announcement of Marvel’s Secret Invasion, coming to Disney+ in the near future.
Secret Invasion is the Samuel L. Jackson-led series that was leaked by Variety a few months back and now. Along with Jackson returning as Nick Fury, Secret Invasion will also see Ben Mendelsohn returning to his role as Talos, the shapeshifting Skrull who actually became Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Both Fury and Talos appeared together before Spider-Man in Captain Marvel, where they worked together with Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers. Marvel Studios confirmed Kevin Feige’s announcement through their official Twitter account.
WHO IS IN MARVEL’S SECRET INVASION SERIES
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos were pretty exciting announcements, but we’re finally starting to fill out the cast for Secret Invasion, though Marvel remains tight-lipped about the plot details.
Emilia Clarke, most well known as Khaleesi from Game of Thrones, has confirmed that she will be in the Marvel series. While she’s very excited about the role, she won’t say anything about it except that she’s on the show. She told audiences while on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show that her first meeting was with Marvel’s security team, and she knows that she needs to be keeping the MCU’s secrets locked tight.
Christopher McDonald, known for his role in the Adam Sandler movie Happy Gilmore, has also signed on. Similar to Emilia Clarke, he has said that he signed an NDA agreement with Marvel and all he will confirm is that the show is called Secret Invasion.
Kingsley Ben-Adir, most well known for his role in One Night in Miami, has been announced as part of the Secret Invasion cast. It’s been rumored that he may be playing a villain.
Olivia Colman was said to be in talks with Marvel at the same time as Emilia Clarke, but so far, the actress known for Fleabag and The Crown on Netflix hasn’t been publicly announced.
WHAT IS THE SECRET INVASION?
Back in 2008, Brian Michael Bendis gave Marvel comic book fans Secret Invasion, which he set up when he revitalized Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with The New Avengers in 2005. As the team crumbled, a new team would arise that not only included original Avengers Captain America and Iron Man, but would bring in other heroes such as Spider-Man and Wolverine. This also led to the formation of the Illuminati, a secret group that included Iron Man, the Inhuman King Black Bolt, Black Panther, Professor Charles Xavier, Doctor Strange, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards.
The New Avengers also included Jessica Drew, the original Spider-Woman. Unbeknownst to these New Avengers, Jessica Drew was actually Princess Veranke, the Skrull leader who was ultimately behind the Skrull invasion of Earth. The Skrulls can impersonate any Earth being, even those who have died, which is why Talos impersonated Fury in Spider-Man: Far from Home.
This invasion tore apart the Avengers from the inside out, with Veranke doing major damage. The Skrulls disabled S.H.I.E.L.D’s Helicarrier as well as their orbiting base, Peak. They were able to create a massive supervillain breakout, which ended in an all-out war between Nick Fury’s heroes against the Skrull villains. The heroes would eventually win, but with the Skrull’s ability to shapeshift, could you trust it?
The comic book version of the Secret Invasion and how Disney+ will handle the story will likely be very different. Disney has yet to introduce any of the X-Men or the Fantastic Four in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Spider-Woman has yet to appear as well. In the comics, the Skrulls are considered villains, yet in the films, we’ve already seen some who are also good, with Talos taking on Fury’s persona as a prime example. As Kevin Feige told ComicBook in 2019 after hero Skrulls were introduced in Captain Marvel, “Just like not all humans are bad, and not all humans are good, I think Skrulls probably have a variety of moralities amongst them. When they can do what they can do, it probably gets very tempting. So, it’s fun to have introduced this concept and see where it goes.”
MARVEL’S PACKED SCHEDULE
Marvel has big plans with Disney+, having announced several year’s worth of programming before their first show on the streaming service has even premiered. WandaVision will be kicking off Phase Four on January 15, 2021, and the rest of Marvel’s schedule for next year is pretty much set. There is currently no release date for Secret Invasion, but chances are we won’t be seeing the new series until at least 2022. It’s also uncertain how the comic book story will be adapted for the screen, so there may be several characters that still need to be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before Secret Invasion can even debut.
The goal for Marvel has been uniting both films and television programs together to create a world where characters can move seamlessly between mediums. “These episodes will intersect with the movies in a very big way,” Feige told Variety. “It’s a totally new form of storytelling that we get to play with and explore.” With the addition of Secret Invasion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe schedule, the question becomes, which characters can be trusted? A hero that audiences have invested in could actually be a Skrull in disguise. This opens up so many thrilling, and maddening, possibilities. It’ll be fun to see just how Kevin Feige plans to use the Skrulls, and it will also be fun to see Samuel L. Jackson back and kicking some ass in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.