It’s no exaggeration to say that Game of Thrones was one of the most popular television series of all time. The HBO epic won a long list of awards and had fans from all over the world. It may be hard to imagine being part of one such huge series, let alone two – but GOT star Emilia Clarke is preparing to add another blockbuster television show to her resume.
Emilia Clarke, better known to many as the platinum-haired Daenerys Targaryen, has signed on to appear in Secret Invasion, a new show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Given the success of other Marvel programs, like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision, it seems likely that Emilia Clarke could be smack in the middle of another mega hit. But how does she feel about another big series? According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s more than up for the challenge. Emilia Clarke said:
I mean, I should be so lucky is what I’ll say to that. Everyone I know and everyone I’ve spoken to who is a part of the Marvel universe — and actors talk! Everyone has only the highest praise to offer. There’s a reason why actors stay in it. They’re so loved because they’re having loads of fun. So I’m down for that.
I’m glad that Emilia Clarke is down, because it could easily be scary for an actor to take on such a big project. Although it can’t hurt that she’s stepping into a Marvel property. When Thrones first premiered, it was an entirely new series. Anything made by Marvel, on the other hand, will already have a built-in fanbase. This doesn’t mean that the series won’t earn fans on its own merits, but it helps that so many viewers are already familiar with the MCU.
And, according to Emilia Clarke, it sounds like the Marvel actors are happy to sign up for the long haul. Many Marvel actors end up playing their characters for multiple films and even TV shows, like Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. If you can’t stand the company, why stick around for so long? Luckily, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Marvel. It must be less nerve-wracking for Emilia Clarke to sign a company’s contract when so many of her peers have had positive experiences.
Another factor that might have made Emilia Clarke hop in? Secret Invasion sounds awesome. Based on a 2008 Marvel comic series, it’s going to center around the Skrull, the alien shapeshifters we met in Captain Marvel. In the comics, the Skrull had infiltrated the Avengers and were posing as some of the famous heroes. We don’t know how the plot of the TV show will fit into Marvel’s Phase Four storyline yet, but anything involving mistaken identity is bound to cause trouble. It’s also unknown which character Emilia Clarke will play, but I’ve no doubt she’ll be awesome. After all, this is the Mother of Dragons we’re talking about.
Secret Invasion doesn’t have a release date yet, but CinemaBlend will be keeping you updated. In the meantime, you can check out a full release schedule for Marvel’s Phase Four.