Samuel L Jackson's Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill are back on our screens for another tale of espionage in Marvel's Secret Invasion.
Joining them is Captain Marvel screen partner Ben Mendelsohn, who reprises the role of Skrull ally Talos, while newcomers to the Marvel family include Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke, to name just a few.
Here's your full guide to the Secret Invasion cast. Watch them closely – they may not be who they seem.
Who's in the cast of Secret Invasion?
The following are confirmed to star in the cast of Secret Invasion.
- Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
- Ben Mendelsohn as Talos
- Kingsley Ben-Adir as Gravik
- Killian Scott as Pagon
- Samuel Adewunmi as Beto
- Dermot Mulroney as President Ritson
- Richard Dormer as Prescod
- with Emilia Clarke as G'iah
- with Olivia Colman as Sonya Falsworth
- and Don Cheadle as War Machine/James "Rhodey" Rhodes
- Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
- Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross
- Charlayne Woodard as Priscilla Fury
- Juliet Stevenson as Elizabeth Hill
- Uriel Emil as Vasily Poprischchin
- Tony Curran as Derrik, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
- Charlotte Baker as Soren
- Saverio Buono as the Prime Minister of Italy
- Seeta Indrani as Shirley Sagar
- Giampiero Judica as Sergio Caspani
- Anna Madeley as Pamela Lawton
- Christopher McDonald as TBC
- Katie Finneran as TBC
- Carmen Ejogo as TBC
Read more about the major players below.
Samuel L Jackson plays Nick Fury
Who is Nick Fury? Nick Fury is the most seasoned spy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was introduced back in 2008's Iron Man as the director of intelligence agency SHIELD and the mastermind of the so-called Avengers Initiative.
When SHIELD was brought down after Captain America learned it had been hijacked by HYDRA, Fury went into hiding – but has kept himself busy. Recent appearances have suggested he has been spending time in outer space, perhaps working with SWORD or keeping an eye on extraterrestrial threats. Secret Invasion sees him summoned back to Earth - but is he the threat he once was?
Jackson recently said of the new Nick: "This is my second appearance post-snap, and he's been kinda gone for a while. He's a little tired, a little vulnerable, but coming back to Earth because he's been summoned. And we'll see what happens. Got a bad knee now. Not so happy."
What else has Samuel L Jackson been in? One of Hollywood's most recognisable talents, Jackson's credits include the Star Wars prequels, Kingsman: The Secret Service and several collaborations with Quentin Tarantino, including Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.
Ben Mendelsohn plays Talos
Who is Talos? Introduced in Captain Marvel – which was set in the 1990s – Talos is a leader of the shapeshifting alien race known as the Skrulls. He was once painted as a villain by the deceptive Kree, but in fact has a heart of gold and has become a valued ally to Nick Fury.
However, he'll soon find that not all of his fellow Skrulls are happy with the docile bond he's forged with humanity.
While Mendelsohn kept tight-lipped on the series, he did recently reveal at a Secret Invasion press conference: "We're finding Talos in a difficult time."
What else has Ben Mendelsohn been in? Mendelsohn is probably best-known for his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, where he played the villainous Orson Krennic - a key figure in the construction of the Death Star.
His other credits include Netflix's Bloodline, Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, and Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour.
Kingsley Ben-Adir plays Gravik
Who is Gravik? Gravik is a rebel Skrull who believes that his people deserve better than what the humans have offered them so far.
His other credits include Peaky Blinders, The OA and political drama The Comey Rule, where he played President Barack Obama.
Emilia Clarke plays G'iah
Who is G'iah? G'iah is the daughter of Talos, who was previously seen as a child in Captain Marvel, which is set decades before this entry. In that time, Nick Fury has failed to find the Skrulls a new home as he'd once promised, causing G'iah to feel resentful towards him.
What else has Emilia Clarke been in? Clarke rose to fame playing Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's Game of Thrones. She went on to play Sarah Connor in 2015's Terminator Genisys and Qi'ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story, while she's also known for romantic flicks Me Before You and Last Christmas.
Olivia Colman plays Sonya Falsworth
Who is Sonya Falsworth? Sonya is a high-ranking MI6 agent who has known Nick Fury for some time. It's unclear, however, whether she can be trusted as the Skrulls attempt to take over.
What else has Olivia Colman been in? Colman has been a well-known face in the UK for decades, rising to fame in comedic collaborations with David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
However, since bagging an Oscar for her powerhouse performance in The Favourite, she has become established as one of the world's most celebrated actors. Her other acclaimed projects include The Crown, Fleabag and Heartstopper on the small screen, plus feature films The Father and The Lost Daughter.
Don Cheadle plays James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine
Who is James 'Rhodey' Rhodes? Rhodes was a close friend of Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), who went on to don a metal suit of his own under the codename War Machine. He is also a senior figure in the United States Air Force.
As for where Rhodey is now, Cheadle teased: "I think we're just kind of finding out what's happening with Rhodey as this series goes on. He's in a different role. We see him as more a political animal than we have in the past. He's been more of a military man, but now he's, in some ways, a right hand of the president and this special envoy, in that regard.
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"But I think what I'm looking forward to is just seeing more getting under the hood of who he is and seeing how this relationship, not only with Nick Fury, but the other cast members evolves."
What else has Don Cheadle been in? Cheadle has appeared in several MCU productions, replacing Terrence Howard in the role of James Rhodes in Iron Man 2. His other film credits include the Ocean's trilogy, Crash and Hotel Rwanda, the last of which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Recently, he has led the cast of television comedy dramas House of Lies and Black Monday.
Dermot Mulroney plays President Ritson
Who is President Ritson? Ritson is the President of the United States.
What else has Dermot Mulroney been in? Earlier this year, Mulroney could be seen in slasher flick Scream VI. His other film credits include Zodiac, August: Osage County and Insidious: Chapter 3. On the small screen, people may recognise him from a small role on Friends as well as more substantial characters on Shameless, Hanna and New Girl.
Cobie Smulders plays Maria Hill
Who is Maria Hill? Maria Hill is Nick Fury's right-hand woman, who served beside him at SHIELD and remained loyal even after the organisation crumbled.
What else has Cobie Smulders been in? In addition to six MCU movies (and three television shows), Smulders is probably best known for playing Robin Scherbatsky on the long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
Chatting about where Maria and Nick stand in Secret Invasion, Smulders recently teased: "I think the relationship is quite strained because she's been calling, and he hasn't been answering."
Her other projects include Netflix's Friends from College, ABC's Stumptown and FX's American Crime Story: Impeachment.
Martin Freeman plays Everett K Ross
Who is Everett K Ross? Ross is a former CIA agent, who has had several run-ins with superheroes in recent years, most notably the late King T'Challa and his younger sister Shuri, both of whom have served as the Black Panther.
Indeed, Ross became a fugitive after aiding the Wakandans at a time when the CIA was attempting to learn their secrets. It's a particularly awkward development as he used to be married to the agency's top boss: Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
What else has Martin Freeman been in? Freeman shot to fame in the cast of BBC sitcom The Office, where he played Tim Canterbury. He scored another hit show with the detective drama Sherlock and landed the lead role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. His other projects include Fargo, The World's End and Love Actually.
Charlayne Woodard plays Priscilla Fury
Who is Priscilla Fury? Priscilla is reported to be the wife of Nick Fury who we have yet to meet in the MCU.
What else has Charlayne Woodard? Woodard is an award-winning stage star but is also known for her roles in the M. Night Shyamalan films Unbreakable and Glass, the television series Pose, In Treatment, and Animal Kingdom.
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