It seems that no star is too big for Disney Plus as Hollywood legend Samuel L Jackson is gearing up for a limited series following his super-spy Nick Fury, which just added two more huge names to its cast.
Marvel’s Secret Invasion will be inspired by the comic book story of the same name, in which a shapeshifting race of aliens called the Skrulls begin taking over Earth without anybody noticing.
The show made headlines in April when Academy Award winner Olivia Colman and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke were reported as joining the cast, both in undisclosed roles for the time being.
Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One) will co-star as Fury’s extraterrestrial ally Talos, who was introduced in 2019’s Captain Marvel and returned briefly in that summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Read on for everything we know about Marvel’s Secret Invasion so far, and if you want to catch up before the show’s release use our Marvel movies order guide to binge every movie and series.
Marvel’s Secret Invasion release date
There’s no confirmed release date for Marvel’s Secret Invasion series just yet, but the show is currently assembling its cast which suggests that it could start filming in the near future.
Some have speculated that the film could be a prologue to Captain Marvel 2, just as WandaVision was for Doctor Strange 2, with Brie Larson’s cosmic sequel currently scheduled for release in November 2022.
If this does prove to be the case, then Secret Invasion would obviously need to stream sometime before, with RadioTimes.com predicting a premiere in Summer 2022.
Marvel’s Secret Invasion cast
Marvel’s Secret Invasion was first announced in December 2020, with Samuel L Jackson confirmed to be reprising his role as Nick Fury, former director of SHIELD, who was last seen on a space station at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
As that film’s post-credits scene suggested, it appears that he has been working closely with the shapeshifting alien Talos, a member of the Skrulls played by Rogue One’s Ben Mendelsohn, who will co-star in the series.
The two first crossed paths during the events of Captain Marvel, which was set in the 1990s, which has led some to believe that this series could set up events that will unfold in the film’s sequel.
Samuel L. Jackson is back as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn from Captain Marvel returns as the Skrull Talos in Marvel Studios' Original Series Secret Invasion. Coming to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/AuInHMuBRW— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
Marvel’s Secret Invasion gained much attention in April 2020 with two major casting announcements, that sent the project rocketing up fans most-wanted lists.
Academy Award winner Olivia Colman (The Favourite, Peep Show) was first revealed to be in talks for the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter, although there’s no word yet on who she could be playing.
The following day, Variety reported that Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke will also appear in the show, but again, they had no information on the nature of her role.
It has been speculated by fans that either Colman or Clarke could be playing Veranke, the queen of the Skrulls and the leader of their attack on Earth in the original Secret Invasion comic book.
Previously, Kingsley Ben-Adir had been announced for a villainous role in the series (via Deadline), after earning widespread praise for his performance in Regina King’s drama One Night in Miami, where he played Malcolm X.
Marvel’s Secret Invasion plot
As is standard for any Marvel Studios production, plot details for Secret Invasion are being kept top secret for the time being, but we do know that the show will feature “a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years”.
If the comic books are any indication, it’s likely this rogue group will not wish to work in tandem with humanity, as Talos and his allies have, but rather take over the Earth for themselves following the loss of their homeworld.
The original Secret Invasion story saw several major Marvel superheroes replaced by Skrull imposters – think Invasion of the Body Snatchers and you’re on the right track – so this show could sow the seeds for that happening in the MCU.
Marvel’s Secret Invasion trailer
There’s no trailer for Marvel’s Secret Invasion just yet and we’re not expecting one anytime soon as the series is yet to start filming.
However, in the meantime, there’s plenty of other Marvel content to dive into including WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, while upcoming series Loki recently dropped an action-packed trailer.
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