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Jun 23, 2023

Review: ‘Secret Invasion’

Marvel is back with another hit on their hands. Secret Invasion stars an all-star cast with Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as Nick Fury.

If you aren’t aware of the plot, Secret Invasion kicks off as follows: “Nick Fury learns of a secret invasion of Earth by a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls; Fury joins his allies, and together they race against time to thwart an imminent Skrull invasion and save humanity.”

Secret Invasion is not a slow burn. This espionage-thriller will have you on the edge of your seat as the plot unfolds. This show is a battle royale for Samuel L. Jackson as it showcases the best of the actor’s talents while the story itself takes the MCU into a darker and more mature direction.  This might be Samuel L. Jackson’s best all-around performance asNick Fury. The show allows him to bring full circle all the disparate temperaments we’ve seen in 15 years of movies, as he coalesces his characters into a satisfying whole.

The plot picks up where Captain Marvel left off. Lets rewind. Captain Marvel takes place in 1995 and it comes to a head as she uncovers the truth behind the alien race The Skrulls. Nick Fury promises the stranded aliens that he will find them a new home but then the blip happens and he’s dusted for five years, only to return and body swap for a deep space mission (details?) we’re not sure of as of now. You’re following the time gaps yes? It’s been 30 years and the Skrulls…well they’ve had it. If Nick Fury won’t make good on his promise to find them a new home, they’ll just have to take Earth since he’s been playing hooky on them. To say this is a major threat would be an understatement, and it’s enough to get Nick Fury to leave his space station vacation and come back to Earth. Once back, Nick Fury reunites with Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) to put a stop to the rebel Skrulls, including their leader Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir) once and for all.

Secret Invasion isn’t all fun and games, imagine more James Bond and less Mickey Mouse gets super powers. The tone, aesthetic, and even the villain’s motivation bear a striking resemblance to The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (which was one of our favorites). We’d also say that Black Widow vibes are present in the best way. The kicker to the series is that the Skrulls are hiding in human form. It gives the storyline a bit of a jump scare as anyone at anytime could reveal themselves to be one of the aliens in hiding. The pilot doesn’t take us there, but that just made us want to see episode two as soon as possible.

Oscar winner Olivia Colman joins the cast and easily turns out the best performance as the cheerfully intimidating Sonya Falsworth. Her character is a high-ranking MI6 official who has history with Nick Fury and her own idea of a job well done (two words: “scorched” + “earth”). Olivia is an absolute delight on screen. Is it possible to like her anymore than we already do? Maybe. Yes.