Marvel Studios’ next Disney+ series looks on the surface to be a typical MCU action blockbuster in serialized form. Secret Invasion is one the most anticipated shows coming to Disney+ in early 2023, having seemingly been delayed from this year due to the continued Covid effect on many productions over the last couple of years. While we still have the one-off Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special to come this December, fans are now focusing on the arrival of Secret Invasion, which according to actor Martin Freeman is not a run-of-the-mill Marvel story.
Secret Invasion sees the return of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, one of the longest serving characters to have survived in the MCU, who will be teaming up with shape-shifting Skrull Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) to handle a complete infiltration of the Earth by millions of Skrulls in the guise of various humans. Coming along for the ride in this latest MCU installment will be MCU returnees Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle and Martin Freeman who reprises his role as Everett K. Ross. While discussing his role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with Digital Spy, Freeman commented on the different feel of Secret Invasion.
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“It feels pretty different to stuff I’ve seen. It does feel like a little departure. Yeah, it does — in ways that I wouldn’t be that able to describe. Again, I’ve not seen it. I’ve not even read all of it.”
From his comments that he has “not even read all of it”, it is clear that Freeman’s role in the show may be limited, but that does not mean that he won’t have an integral part to play in the overall story. As with many MCU projects, it is the sum of its parts rather than about its individual players.
How Will Secret Invasion Impact The MCU?
In the most part, the Disney+ arm of the MCU has been a valuable tool for Marvel Studios to be able to tell stories that maybe would not have been possible to tell on the big screen, for one reason or another. It has allowed them to be experimental, focus on single characters, and also set up some bigger future events without having to find space in an already packed-out theatrical release slate. For that reason, there is a question about what kind of impact Secret Invasion will have on the MCU’s future.
Secret Invasion was originally announced as a theatrical movie, but over time the change was made following the arrival of Disney+ to create a series from it instead. What that does is give Marvel Studios the chance to explore the character of Nick Fury in greater detail than they have been able to so far, while delivering a story that reportedly takes place within the time of The Blip, something again that Marvel probably wouldn’t want to return to now that the Multiverse Saga is well underway.
While it is pretty much expected that the main threats of the show will be all wrapped up by the final episode, the context will most likely continue to follow Kevin Feige’s statement that Phase 4 was all about the MCU dealing with the fallout of Avengers: Endgame. However, with The Marvels seemingly being moved to summer 2023 because of delays in the release of Secret Invasion, it is clear that the show will have implications for at least that movie in the grand scheme of all things Marvel.
Secret Invasion is expected to arrive on Disney+ early 2023.