The Marvel Cinematic Universe is bringing an iconic comic book storyline to life on Disney Plus in 2022. Secret Invasion is an upcoming miniseries that will consist of six episodes and feature characters from the MCU, including Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury. The television series is based on the 2008-2009 comic book crossover event, which showcased a faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who had been infiltrating Earth for years.
Aside from the main premise, Marvel/Disney has been pretty tight-lipped about what it’s in store for Secret Invasion. Below, HollywoodLife has rounded up everything we know so far about Secret Invasion, including its expected release date, cast, and plot details.
What Do the Trailers Reveal?
Marvel has not released the official trailer for Secret Invasion to the public. But the teaser trailer was screened at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con in July 2022. Here’s how Comicbook.com described the trailer. “Nick Fury emerges from the light of a ship. He is returning to Earth and has not answered Maria Hill’s calls for help. He tells her this is different. War Machine is questioned about his security detail. Talos encounters evil Skrulls who suddenly emerge. Fury is ready to fight, but [Olivia Coleman’s character] tells him he is in ‘no shape’ to take on the fight. Fury wants to take ‘them’ on. A motorcade is flipped. A look at Emilia Clarke. Talos wants to know what the Skrulls want from Nick Fury, and it is not revealed in the trailer.”
What Is The Series Based On?
It is inspired by writer Brian Michael Bendis‘ hit eight-issue comic book series that ran from April to December 2008. The comic series explored The New Avengers, The Mighty Avengers, The Young Avengers, and more heroes learning that the Skrulls had successfully been disguising themselves on Earth for years. Spider-Woman was the first superhero to be revealed as a Skrull. Eventually, a bunch of the heroes like Iron-Man, Captain America, and Spider-Man (and even some villains) united to stop the Skrulls. They were also able to rescue the people swapped out by the Skrulls. It’s unclear how similar the TV show’s plot will be to the Marvel Comics.
What Will The Series Be About?
Marvel/Disney hasn’t said much about the plot of Secret Invasion. The show’s official longline, which was revealed when the show was officially announced in December 2020, says that the series “follows a sect of Skrulls who have infiltrated all aspects on Earth.” The following month, Kevin Feige briefly discussed the show in an interview.
“I mean, we’re interested in the political paranoia aspect of Secret Invasion and really showcasing the stars with Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn, two amazing actors that you want to have in any series, and we’re very lucky to have them for that,” he said. “That’s the sort of primary focus of that and, of course, it will tie into other things and the Skrulls in ways you haven’t seen before, but yes, anything could be anything. Wise words. But we wanted to do that as a series because it would allow us to do something different than we’ve done before.”
The first footage of Secret Invasion was shared by Marvel on Disney+ Day (Nov. 12). It showed Nick Fury, as well as what appeared to be Queen Veranke, who disguised herself as Spider-Woman in the comic series. Marvel also unveiled the official logo for Secret Invasion on Disney+ Day.
When Can We We Expect To See ‘Secret Invasion’?
At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel confirmed that Secret Invasion is coming out in Spring 2023, as part of Phase Five of the MCU. The series was initially planned to come out in 2022, but it was delayed. In the MCU release timeline, Secret Invasion will follow Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania which comes out on February 17, 2023. The next MCU project after Secret Invasion is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, set for release on May 5, 2023. The rest of Phase 5 consists of Echo, Loki Season 2, Ironheart, Agatha: Coven of Chaos, and Daredevil: Born Again, all TV shows that will stream on Disney+, and The Marvels, Blade, Captain America: New World Order, and Thunderbolts, all theatrical films.
Where Can I Watch ‘Secret Invasion?’
Secret Invasion will be available to stream exclusively on Disney+. That’s where all of Marvel’s projects live, including all television shows. WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, and Hawkeye all came out on Disney+ in 2021. Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk were all 2022 releases.
Who’s In The Cast?
Secret Invasion will star Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), whose been in 11 Marvel movies. Ben Mendelsohn will star as Talos, the leader of a Skrull sect who is an ally of Fury’s. Talos first appeared in Captain Marvel, where he and his fellow Skrull were refugees and running from the Kree army. In the post-credits for Spider-Man: Far From Home, Talos is revealed to be disguising himself as Fury, who is commanding a Skrull spaceship. Former SHIELD agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smolders) and James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle) will also appear in the series. Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) is appearing for the first time since Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. He’ll also pop up in the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Some new cast members have also signed onto Secret Invasion. They include Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, The Crown star Olivia Colman, Killian Scott, Christopher McDonald, and Carmen Ejogo, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There’s still no official details about their characters minus Olivia’s, who is an old ally of Fury’s. Kinglsey Ben-Adir is confirmed to be playing the lead villain. Dermont Mulroney is expected to appear as United States President Ritson.
Emili confirmed her casting in an interview with Jimmy Fallon in July 2021. “I’m already scared,” she said. “The first people I spoke to from Marvel were their security team and I am convinced that there is a man outside my house. There’s been a car parked there for a long time, and I swear to God, he’s undercover.”
Who’s The Team Behind The Scenes?
Kyle Bradstreet is the creator and executive producer of Secret Invasion. This is his first project for Marvel. Additional executive producers include Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz. The six episodes will be directed by Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim. They will divvy up the episodes between them two to direct. Filming on Secret Invasion officially began by September 1, 2021 in England and wrapped by late April 2022.