San Diego Comic-Con was the setting for Marvel’s first trailer for Secret Invasion, a new series starring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury that will premiere on Disney+ in 2018. At Hall H, Cobie Smulders prefaced the clip by saying “This is a darker show, you guys. It’s going to be a little more intense.” A thriller awaits us, and we’ll get to know the individuals even more. There is no way to tell whether someone is a Skrull or a human. At a pub where Smulders Maria Hill tells him she’s tried for years to get through to him, Jackson’s Fury returns to Earth by spacecraft. When Maria inquires as to Nick’s motivation for returning after such a long absence, he responds that he had to attend to a pressing matter.
Is Smulders right when she claims the series would be a darker thriller? We get glimpses of an intense Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Emilie Clarke firing a rifle and Kingsley Ben-Adir with form-changing heavies, and Olivia Colman telling Nick Fury, “You’re in no fit for this, Sulu.” We also catch a peek at James “Rhodey” Rhodes, played by Don Cheadle, and Everett K. Ross, played by Martin Freeman. The teaser for Disney+’s Secret Invasion suggests that the show will be one of the darker tones, with shades of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the sense that it is unclear who is human and who is a Skrull.
And that’s without even mentioning Colman and Mendelsohn, who provide tremendous performances in this darker chapter of the MCU. Aside from his work on the Disney+ series What If…?, Jackson hasn’t appeared in a live-action MCU film since 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. The Marvels, which premieres on July 28, 2023, will also include Jackson. As with his prior work on Mr Robot and Copper, Secret Invasion is written by Kyle Bradstreet.
Let Him Go’s Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim’s Secret Invasion are the directors (The Looming Tower, Condor). Killian Scott, Christopher McDonald, and Carmen Ejogo will also be appearing at Secret Headquarters. Marvel’s Phase Five contains Secret Invasion as well as Echo, Loki Season 2, Ironheart, and Daredevil: Born Again, all of which will be available on Disney+. Phase Five of Disney+ will begin with Secret Invasion. In spring 2023, Secret Invasion will premiere on Disney+.