How Marvel’s Secret Invasion could change the MCU

Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL..Talos (Ben Mendelsohn)..Photo: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2019
Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL..Talos (Ben Mendelsohn)..Photo: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2019 /

Here’s how Secret Invasion can be one of Marvel Studios’ best Disney Plus series. 

Disney Plus Day saw Marvel Studios unveil a number of new teases for their upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe series on the Disney Plus streaming service. Among those reveals was a new title card and image for the recently-announced Secret Invasion show. That very crossover is based on a Marvel Comics crossover centered around the Skrulls and their attempt at conquering Earth.

This series was previously announced at last year’s Disney Investor Day, but the new picture of an older and disheveled Nick Fury (which will be discussed later) adds more context to it. Now, we know something is up. Remember, we last saw him on a Skrull ship at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home.

With more information, how can this series be a hit? The following four points can help with that.

Secret Invasion’s backstory

In terms of the Marvel Comics timeline, the plan to conquer Earth started back when Galactus ate the Skrull planet. After that, Earth would become the Skrulls’ new home. Once the first part was fulfilled, the Skrull Queen Veranke put her plan in action.

The story of why the Skrulls invaded Earth is important and will take time to explain. Thankfully, Secret Invasion will be a series, allowing for plenty of time for explanation. The prophecy of Galactus (or whoever destroys it in the MCU) and Earth being their new home could make for an episode in itself. Then, getting into Queen Veranke’s backstory could take up another. She’s the most crucial character in this entire series.

The origin is just the start. We haven’t gotten to the most important part. The Skrulls invade in secret (hence, Secret Invasion).

Who can you trust?

There are a lot of Major characters involved in the Secret Invasion comic book series that haven’t made their MCU debut yet. Among them are Galactus, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), and Elektra (that’s if the Netflix continuity doesn’t count). However, that shouldn’t matter. There are more than enough characters to put in their place if they decide to go in a different direction.

Echo, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), the return of Black Widow (maybe not Scarlett Johansson), and Valentina Allegra de Fontaine are all options. Not to mention the ones who will randomly appear as time goes on.

We’ve already seen  Skrulls posing as Maria Hill and Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home. They can’t be the only ones. Finding out who else was replaced will be part of the excitement. Secret Invasion should build up to the mystery in each MCU project. This way, not even the viewers will know who to trust when the show itself begins.

Powerful queen

As we mentioned earlier, the Skrull Queen is crucial to Secret Invasion. Throughout the build up, Veranke would give speeches about the importance of their mission, discussing how it was all written and to never give up hope. When things looked dark, she found a way to keep her soldiers and followers in line and her emotions in check. Whoever plays her has to instill those same feelings.

We should be looking at someone whose talks are as powerful as Steve Rogers’. They must have an infallible will and courage in the face of defeat. And, above all else, they have to be believable when it’s time to get mean and fight. Thankfully, there are a plethora of performers out there that can make this happen. This writer votes Naomi Scott as his number 1 option.

Secret Invasion’s Nick Fury

Disney Plus day revealed an interesting picture of Nick Fury. In the photograph, he had a much longer unkempt beard and didn’t have his eyepatch. These are two things that are unlike Fury. Some fans believe that this means Fury is a Skrull capture. This is despite the fact that he helped them get settled after being refugees (see Captain Marvel for more on that). In the Secret Invasion comic series, however, Fury helped take out the Skrulls.

When we find out why Nick Fury looks like this, the story has to be believable. Fury isn’t just some random character. He’s the James Bond of the MCU. If he was tricked, then this has to be a heck of a deception. Now, on the other hand, if Fury is working with the Skrulls, there has to be believable reasoning behind his decision to do so. Otherwise, fans might check out immediately. A flimsy excuse would ruin over a decade of Fury’s character development.

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What do you think? Are there other things necessary to make Secret Invasion an entertaining series? Let us know in the comments below.