CinemaBlend participates in affiliate programs with various companies. We may earn a commission when you click on or make purchases via links.
It was not until 2019 when the Skrulls were finally introduced into the Marvel movies as the seeming villains of Captain Marvel. However, the shape-shifting alien race will soon be put front and center, along with Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, in the Secret Invasion TV show on Disney+. The title of one of the most anticipated upcoming Marvel TV shows is certainly not a misnomer as little has been revealed about it thus far (as per tradition in the Marvel Cinematic), but the things that we can tell you are pretty amusing, such as what inspired the story.
Secret Invasion Is Based On An Acclaimed Marvel Comics Crossover Event
There was a time in the mid-to-late 2000s when Marvel Comics was in need of a little reinvention with fans voicing their concerns over characters not acting like themselves, especially during the events of the story arc that would later inspire Captain America: Civil War in 2016. The solution they decided on was to explain that these heroes were not themselves at all, but had been replaced by Skrulls in disguise.
This phenomenon was fully revealed and came to a dramatic head in the epic, eight-part crossover event Secret Invasion, which was written by acclaimed former Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis and published in 2008. How exactly the new series adaptation of this popular arc will be depicted (especially with the reinterpretation of Skrulls as good guys in Captain Marvel) is unknown and for how long it will remain a mystery is also currently unknown.
Secret Invasion’s Disney+ Premiere Date Has Not Been Set Yet
Fans began to speculate that a Secret Invasion TV show was in the works when it was reported that a new “secret” series was in development by Marvel Studios in September 2020. At the Walt Disney Company’s Investor’s Day Expo in the following December, Kevin Feige formally announced Secret Invasion, proving the fan theories true.
Since then, despite many other updates in development that we will touch on soon, the official release date for Secret Invasion has still not been confirmed yet. However, with other upcoming Marvel TV shows like She-Hulk and Moon Knight confirmed to be available to stream on Disney+ sometime in 2022, many believe we can expect this series - which will consist of six episodes - to also pop up on that same schedule.
Samuel L. Jackson And Ben Mendelsohn Lead The Secret Invasion Cast
Before its title was officially revealed, Secret Invasion was merely announced as a spin-off series centered on Nick Fury at first. Indeed, Samuel L. Jackson is reprising the former S.H.I.E.L.D. director along with Ben Mendelsohn returning as Talos - a Skrull who, as the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home revealed, has been working with (and occasionally posing as) Fury ever since they met in the mid-1990s.
Among some of the other exciting additions to the Secret Invasion cast are former Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke, Kingsley Ben-Adir (Malcolm X from the One Night in Miami cast), and Olivia Colman - the Academy Award-winning star of The Favourite and Netflix’s The Crown. Irish actor Killian Scott also has a role and Happy Gilmore’s Christopher McDonald is rumored to play Norman Osborn, a Spider-Man villain who actually plays a major part in the original source material.
Thomas Bezucha And Ali Selim Are Directing Secret Invasion
Marvel Studios has been blessed with some talented filmmakers at the helm of some of the best Marvel movies and Disney+ exclusive TV shows thus far, such as the dual efforts of brothers Joe and Anthony Russo on 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Endgame in 2019 most recently. It appears that a duo will be sharing directorial duties on Secret Invasion as well.
In May 2021, The Hollywood Reporter revealed the directors of Secret Invasion to be Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim, both of whom are newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but have some amusing blips on their respective resumes so far. Bezucha (pronounced “bazooka”) is known for writing and directing the 2005 holiday dramedy The Family Stone and crime thriller Let Him Go in 2020 and Selim broke out in 2005 with the historical drama Sweet Land before earning gigs for TV shows like HBO’s In Treatment or the Hulu original miniseries The Looming Tower.
Kyle Bradstreet Is Writing and Executive Producing Secret Invasion
As for the showrunner of Secret Invasion, we have Kyle Bradstreet, who was first announced as the head writer and executive producer when the series was still known just as an untitled Nick Fury TV show. The Rochester, New York native’s television career dates back to when he joined the staff of the short-lived James Purefoy-led drama The Philanthropist on NBC and really hit its stride when he was hired as a writer and producer on the acclaimed USA hit Mr. Robot, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 2015. That may be all the evidence I need to determine that Secret Invasion is in good hands and cannot come soon enough.
The U.K. Production Of Secret Invasion Will Reportedly Begin In Fall 2021
Of course, as previously mentioned, we still have a rough estimate as to when the official premiere of Secret Invasion will be released on Disney+, but at least we do know when the cameras are scheduled to start rolling. Principal photography on the series will reportedly take place in London, England, in the Fall of 2021 under the working title Jambalaya, according to The Ronin.
Even with the information we have, this still leaves us with many questions. For instance, which characters will be revealed as having really been Skrulls the entire time, is Emilia Clarke (or even Olivia Colman) meant to play S.W.O.R.D. director Abigail Brand, and how will the series’ inevitable plot twists change how all the previous Marvel movies in order are perceived? We are certainly looking forward to when Secret Invasion drops on Disney+ to find out.