Nick Fury famously said, "Last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye." It's a line that was included in Captain America: The Winter Soldier in order to illustrate how the former Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. likes to keep even his closest friends at arm's length (and then lost a lot of its coolness factor when we discovered an alien cat clawed out his eye in Captain Marvel.
Secret Invasion, a film set during Marvel's special panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, will see Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, return to Earth to uncover a plot being enacted by a group of rogue Skrulls; the shape-shifting aliens that Fury and Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) helped create years ago in Captain Marvel. With an exclusive trailer released at the show's panel in 2022, as well as some new information shared by series
The film and the description from Smulders gave the audience in Hall H a surprising insight into the series, and it certainly does not appear to be the kind of buddy-cop comedy that a lot of people were probably expecting. From the trailer itself to who we can expect to see in the upcoming episode, here's what we know so far about Marvel's Secret Invasion.
Does Secret Invasion Have a Release Date?
Secret Invasion has no official release date yet, but Marvel CEO Kevin Feige has confirmed that the Skrulls will begin their master plan sometime in Spring 2023.
Is There a Trailer for Secret Invasion?
The Secret Invasion teaser was screened behind the closed doors of Comic-Con's Hall H, just like the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and isn't yet available to the public. We at Collider were able to capture a glimpse of it and provide further information.
Nick Fury is seen returning to Earth, this time with a full grey beard and without the iconic eye patch of his. We also get a first look at Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke's roles, both of which will be unveiled in the film.
The overall tone that the trailer elicits is extremely dark, far darker than anyone could have imagined. This seems to be pitched as a gritty spy espionage drama, with elements of science fiction-based psychological horror. Cobie Smulders echoed this sentiment when she spoke on the stage moments before the trailer aired:
"This is a darker show. We're going to deepen our understanding of the characters, and it's going to be an exciting thriller, and you're never going to know who people are. Is someone a Skrull or a human?"
This expected style is a significant departure from what we've seen before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a significant tonal shift from how we saw Fury and the Skrulls in Captain Marvel. This welcome change will hopefully lead to iconic aliens showing the cunning and villainy they're known for in the comics that we've yet to see in live-action.
What Are the Origins of Secret Invasion in Comics?
What exactly is Secret Invasion? As Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) from Spider-Man: Far From Home would say, the Secret Invasion plot is "an Avengers level threat."
Secret Invasion takes place not too long after the Marvel comics' Civil War narrative, in a world in which Tony Stark is the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and some heroes are considered outlaws due to the Super Hero Registration Act that began the Civil War. When a hidden plot from the Skrulls is revealed, the parties (and villains) from both sides are forced to band together.
The Skrulls have been abducting many of Earth's citizens, both civilians and superhumans, and replacing them with Skrulls, creating sleeper agents who have been patiently waiting for their chance to strike, including the sacrifice and death of Janet Van Dyne's Wasp, as well as the uncovering of an evil version of the Illuminati known as the Cabal.
Secret Invasion on Disney+ will obviously be smaller in scope than its epic comics counterpart. However, if Loki has taught us anything, it's that the Disney+ shows are still essential viewing for Marvel fans and can still have an enormous impact on the wider Marvel Universe.
Who Is Making Secret Invasion?
Kevin Feige is executive producing and is the showrunner and creator of the show, along with all of the other MCU projects, including Elizabeth cinematographer Remi Adefarasin, Frank Walsh, and Claire Anderson, who designed the Black Mirror.
Who's In the Secret Invasion Cast?
Nick Fury will reprise his role as the good-natured Skrull Talos in Iron Man: Far From Home for the first time since his first end credits scene in the original Iron Man. Other MCU alumni include Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Don Cheadle as James "Rohdey" Rhodes, and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross.
Academy Award-winning actress of The Favourite Olivia Colman and Game of Thrones alum Emilia Clarke is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the very first time. Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Kingsley Ben-Adir (The OA), and Killian Scott (Cavalry) round out the supporting cast.