The ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded all the way beyond cinema entirely. As of early 2021, Marvel Studios began its conquest of the small screen, beginning with projects like WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The foray continues, enlisting MCU regulars (namely Loki and Hawkeye) and newcomers alike. And one such new direction will involve a beloved Marvel Comics miniseries: Secret Invasion.
Disney formally announced this project (among many others) during its Investor Day presentation in December 2020. Here’s everything we know about Secret Invasion so far.
Secret Invasion‘s Plot
The project will span six episodes and will air (presumably weekly) on Disney+. The synopsis for the TV series says:
The crossover event series showcases a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years.
At D23, Marvel released its first trailer for Secret Invasion. Take a look below.
What Is Secret Invasion‘s Comic Event About?
Marvel Comics published the eight-issue miniseries Secret Invasion between April and December 2008. Brian Michael Bendis, who wrote the series, developed its story as a direct follow-up to the 2006 storyline “Annihilation.” Beyond its eight issues, the series tied into numerous other concurrent Marvel Comics series, espousing a preemptive “The Infiltration” banner. Members of superhero teams including Mighty Avengers, New Avengers, Young Avengers, Fantastic Four, Secret Warriors, among others, were included in the story.
Bendis’ comic event tells the story of the Skrulls’ attempted invasion and conquest of the planet Earth. Using shapeshifting abilities, Skrulls take the form and identity of innumerous Earthlings, including top dollar Marvel figures. Skrull Empress-elect Veranke adopts the likeness of Spider-Woman, for instance, and sidles up to her superhero colleagues; over time, the Skrulls permeate additional groups like S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Fantastic Four.
That’s just the gist of the rising action. You can read a more in-depth discussion of Secret Invasion here.
Behind the Scenes
Kyle Bradstreet, writer and producer for Mr. Robot, is handling Secret Invasion‘s script. Thomas Bezucha (Let Him Go) and Ali Selim (The Looming Tower) will direct according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Secret Invasion‘s Cast
Samuel L. Jackson will bring Fury to life onscreen for Secret Invasion. Incidentally, this will mark the twelfth MCU project in which he’s played the character (not counting video games). Ben Mendelsohn, who played Talos in Captain Marvel and (briefly) in Spider-Man: Far from Home, will return as the surprisingly kindly Skrull. Cobie Smulders is also reprising her role as Maria Hill once more, per Deadline. Of course, we can’t have Nick Fury without Maria Hill at his side.
Right on the heels of Once Night in Miami’s Oscar nomination, Variety reported that the film’s star Kingsley Ben-Adir would join the Secret Invasion cast. His role is yet unknown, though reports suggest that he’ll play a villain. Carmen Ejogo has also joined the cast. Meanwhile, another Oscar winner is joining the fray. Olivia Colman is in talks to join the series in a role currently unspecified.
Game of Thrones alum Emilia Clarke and Dublin Murders star Killian Scott have also been cast, although their roles are also under wraps. Christopher McDonald has also joined the show, though we don’t know the role.
Finally, Martin Freeman confirmed to RadioTimes that he would also be reprising his MCU role as Everett K. Ross in Secret Invasion.
Secret Invasion‘s Release Date
Secret Invasion will release in spring of 2023.
Originally published March 15, 2021.