Secret Invasion is an American superhero miniseries created by Kyle Bradstreet for Disney+ , based on the Secret Invasion comics, by Marvel Comics . It will be theMarvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) television series produced by Marvel Studios , continuing the films in the franchise . Bradstreet is the lead screenwriter.
Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as Nick Fury , along with Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, with Cobie Smulders , Kingsley Ben-Adir , Emilia Clarke , Olivia Colman , Don Cheadle and Martin Freeman also starring. Development for the series began in September 2020, with Bradstreet and Jackson attached to the project. The title and premise of the series, along with the casting of Mendelsohn, were revealed in December 2020. Additional castings took place throughout March and April 2021, followed by the hiring of Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim in May to direct the series. Filming began in Londonin September 2021 and concluded in late April 2022. Additional filming took place in West Yorkshire and in Liverpool , England.
Secret Invasion is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2023 and will consist of six episodes. It will be part of Phase Five of the MCU.
|Created by||Kyle Bradstreet|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||40–50 minutes|
|Production company||Marvel Studios|
|Related||Marvel Cinematic Universe television series|
Nick Fury uncovers a conspiracy to infiltrate shapeshifting Skrull double agents into positions of power across the world.
- Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury :
The former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. who was working with the Skrulls in space for years before returning to Earth. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] Fury has been in space for so long in part because he is “worn out” and uncertain of “his place in the world” following the deaths of his colleagues in Avengers: Endgame (2019). [ 3 ] Jackson said the series would delve into Fury’s past and future and allow him to “explore something beyond the badass of who Nick Fury is”. [ 6 ]Executive producer Jonathan Schwartz added to this, noting that “the sins of his past begin to haunt him once more”, given that the things he has had to do to protect Earth in the past have costs and ramifications. [ 3 ]
- Ben Mendelsohn as Talos: The leader of a Skrull cult and Fury’s ally. [ 7 ]
Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill :
A high-ranking former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works with Fury but is out of touch with him. [ 8 ] The series allowed Smulders to show more depth to Hill than in her previous appearances. [ 9 ]
- Kingsley Ben-Adir as Gravik:
The leader of a group of rebellious Skrulls who have split from the Talos faction, believing that the best way to help their kind is to infiltrate Earth to obtain the resources they need. He sets up his operation in a decommissioned radioactive site in Russia. [ 3 ]
- Emilia Clarke as G’iah: The daughter of Talos. Clarke described G’iah as having “a sort of punk feeling” to her, adding that being “a refugee kid” “toughened her up”. Additionally, she has resentment towards Fury, as he has not been able to fulfill the promises he made to find the Skrulls a new home. [ 3 ] G’iah was previously portrayed as a child in the film Captain Marvel (2019) by Auden L. Ophuls and Harriet L. Ophuls. [ 10 ]
- Olivia Colman as Sonya Falsworth: [ 11 ]A high-ranking MI6 agent who is a longtime ally of Fury, looking to protect England’s national security interests during the infiltration. Described as “a more antagonistic presence” in the series, Schwartz said that she could work with or against Fury depending on the desired goals. [ 3 ]
- Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes : A US Air Force officer and Avenger who operates War Machine ‘s armor . [ 12 ] Jackson described Rhodes in the series as “a political animal and not a guy who has a special suit”, with Rhodes serving as the president’s “right hand man”; this forces him to make “a lot of decisions—some good, some bad”. [ 3 ]
- Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross: An agent for the Central Intelligence Agency . [ 13 ]
Additionally, Dermot Mulroney is set to appear as the President of the United States, [ 14 ] while Killian Scott ,
- Christopher McDonald , [ 15 ]
- Carmen Ejogo , [ 16 ] and
- Charlayne Woodard have been cast in undisclosed roles.
The series will consist of six episodes, [ 18 ] directed by Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim. The directors will split the episodes equally or one will direct four episodes and the other will direct two. [ 19 ]
In September 2020, it was revealed that Kyle Bradstreet was developing a television series for the streaming service, Disney+ , focused on the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury . [ 4 ] The character was previously one of ten properties announced in September 2005 by Marvel Entertainment President and CEO Avi Arad , being developed for film by the newly formed studio, Marvel Studios , after Marvel received funding to produce the list of films that would be distributed by Paramount Pictures ; [ 20 ]Andrew W. Marlowe was hired to write a screenplay for a Nick Fury film in April 2006. [ 21 ] In April 2019, after Samuel L. Jackson portrayed Nick Fury in ten Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films and the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , The Hollywood Reporter ‘s Richard Newby felt it was time for the character to receive his own movie, calling the character “the MCU’s most powerful asset yet to be fully exploited”. [ 22 ] Jackson was hired to reprise his role for the series by Bradstreet, with the latter writing and serving as executive producer. [ 4]
In December 2020, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige officially announced a new series titled Secret Invasion , with Jackson co-starring with Ben Mendelsohn in the role of Talos again. The series is based on the 2008–09 graphic novel of the same name , [ 7 ] with Feige describing it as a “crossover event series” that would connect with future MCU films; [ 23 ] [ 24 ] The series’ premise further described it as a series of crossover events. [ 25 ] Marvel Studios opted to make a series ofSecret Invasion instead of a movie because it allowed them to do something different than what they had done before. [ 18 ] Directors were being cast for the series in April 2021, [ 26 ] with Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim hired a month later. [ 19 ] Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, [ 27 ] and Jonathan Schwartz also serve as executive producers. [ 28 ] The series will consist of six 40- to 50-minute episodes. [ 18 ] [ 29 ]
Feige said that the series does not seek to faithfully follow the Secret Invasion comic book , in terms of the number of characters introduced or impact on the wider universe, and noted that the comic book features more characters than the film Avengers: Endgame ( 2019). [ 30 ] Instead, he described Secret Invasion as a showcase for Jackson and Mendelson, who would explore the elements of political paranoia from the Secret Invasion comic, “which was great with the twists that took place”. [ 18 ] [ 30 ]Feige said the series would serve as a continuation of the Captain Marvel story alongside its sequel The Marvels (2023), but it was entirely different from that film. [ 31 ] Jackson said the series would reveal some of the things that happened during the Blip. [ 6 ] Cobie Smulders described the series as “a very grounded and realistic drama” that was “dealing with real human issues and dealing with confidence”. [ 32 ]Discussing the Skrulls, green-skinned shapeshifting extraterrestrials who can perfectly copy any human being at will, Jackson felt that their inclusion introduced “a political aspect” in the sense that their shape-shifting ability makes people question who can be trusted and ” What happens when people get scared and don’t understand other people? You can’t tell who is innocent and who is guilty in this particular case.” [ 3 ]
Jackson was expected to reprise his role in the series with its development reveal in September 2020. [ 4 ] When the series was officially announced in December, Feige confirmed Jackson’s casting and announced that Mendelsohn would co-star. [ 7 ] Kingsley Ben-Adir was cast as the Skrull Gravik, the “main villain” role, in March 2021, [ 33 ] [ 3 ] and the following month, Olivia Colman was cast as Sonya Falsworth, [ 34 ] [ 11 ] along with Emilia Clarke as G’iah, the daughter of Talos,[ 35 ] [ 3 ] andKillian Scottin an unknown role. [ 35 ] [ 15 ] The following month,Christopher McDonaldjoined the cast as a newly created character, rather than one from the comics, who had the potential to appear in other MCU series and films. [ 15 ] Carmen Ejogojoined the cast in November 2021, [ 16 ] and the following month,Cobie Smulderswas set to reprise her role asMaria Hill. [ 8 ]In February 2022, set photos revealed that Don Cheadle would appear in his role of James “Rhodey” Rhodes, along with Dermot Mulroney as Ritson, the President of the United States. [ 36 ] [ 37 ] [ 14 ] The following month, Jackson confirmed that Martin Freeman and Cheadle would appear in the series, with Freeman reprising his role as Everett K. Ross. [ 13 ] [ 12 ] In September 2022, it was revealed that Charlayne Woodard was cast in the series. [ 17 ]
In September 2021, Chloe Bennet , who portrayed Daisy Johnson / Quake in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series , stated that she was not involved in the series, after “speculation” suggested that she would be, given the character’s prominence in the comic book arc and that Bennett was no longer attached to the Powerpuff Girls live-action pilot in August 2021 due to scheduling conflicts with another project. [ 38 ] [ 39 ]
Frank Walsh is the production designer, while Claire Anderson is the costume designer. [ 40 ]
Principal photography began on September 1, 2021 in London , [ 41 ] under the working title ” Jambalaya” , [ 42 ] [ 43 ] with Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim directing the series’ episodes, [ 19 ] and Sylvaine Dufaux and Remi Adefarasin as directors of photography . [ 44 ] [ 45 ] Filming was expected to begin in mid-August 2021. [ 46 ] Jackson began filming his scenes on October 14, [ 47 ]after already working on the film The Marvels (2023) which was filming in London at the same time. [ 48 ] Filming took place in West Yorkshire , England, including Leeds on January 22, [ 49 ] Huddersfield on January 24, [ 50 ] and in Halifax at the Piece Hall from January 24 to 31, 2022. [ 43 ] As Filming took place at Liverpool Street Station on 28 February 2022. [ 36 ] [ 37 ] [ 14] Filming wrapped on April 25, 2022. [ 51 ] Additional filming was also expected to take place across Europe. [ 26 ]
Jackson revealed in mid-June 2022 that he would be returning to London in August to work on reshoots for Secret Invasion , after doing the same on The Marvels . [ 52 ] Christopher McDonald was returning to London in late July for reshoots, which he said would make the series “better” and “much deeper than before”. He also indicated that a new screenwriter was brought into the production to work on additional material. [ 53 ] Jackson finished his reshoots on August 12, 2022, [ 54 ] while Clarke filmed scenes in London in late September. [ 55 ]Eben Bolter served as director of photography during additional filming, which lasted four months. [ 56 ]
James Stanger and Melissa Lawson Cheung are the editors . [ 57 ] [ 58 ]
In February 2023, it was revealed that Kris Bowers would compose the series’ score and was already working on the score at the time. [ 59 ]
The first image from the series was released on Disney+ Day on November 12, 2021. [ 16 ] More images were shown in July 2022 at San Diego Comic-Con . Adam B. Vary of Variety said the footage had an “overall vibe … of paranoia and foreboding”, believing the series would tie in with the larger “anti-heroic thread” of Phase Five of the MCU. [ 60 ] The first trailer for the series debuted at D23 Expo 2022 in September 2022. Polygon ‘s Austen Goslin felt the trailer was “mostly a recap of the series’ plot”, [ 61 ]while Vanity Fair ‘s Anthony Breznican noted how Fury had both eyes and said that he “seems to have just come to rely on others to help save the world”. [ 62 ] Collider ‘s Tamera Jones felt that the trailer was “packed with action with explosions and intrigue, giving off more of a spy vibe than a fun paranoid mystery”. [ 63 ]
Secret Invasion is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ on June 21, 2023, [ 64 ] and will consist of six episodes. [ 18 ] Previously, it was expected to be released in early 2023. [ 60 ] It will be part of Phase Five of the MCU. [ 60 ]
In September 2022, Feige stated that Secret Invasion will lead up to the events of Armor Wars , with Cheadle confirmed to reprise his role as Rhodes.