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Marvel's Secret Invasion: Everything we know so far

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
(Image credit: Disney.com/Marvel Studios)

Marvel's Secret Invasion just got even more star-studded. One of the many upcoming Marvel Disney Plus shows, Secret Invasion is now adding an actor we've loved to hate to its ranks, on top of the Queen (and mother of dragons) it's recently added. Oh, and the way they're talking about it, Secret Wars looks like the biggest Marvel show yet.

Based on what we know, Marvel's Secret Invasion looks to be a bit more wild than Falcon and Winter Soldier, but not as weird as WandaVision. And, in a way, that makes a lot of sense for this particular show. 

The whole premise is about what we don't know, as a big mysterious force infiltrates live on earth, and only Nick Fury and his friend Talos can help. Don't know Talos? Well, now's a great time to fire up Disney Plus and watch (or re-watch) Captain Marvel. That way, you'll be able to tell a Skrull from a Kree, and be ready to grok what's next in the MCU.

As for the show's pedigree, Kyle Bradstreet (Mr. Robot) is on board to write and serve as executive producer. The show is set to enter production in the UK and Europe this fall.

Marvel's Secret Invasion latest news (updated Sept. 10)

  • A Secret Invasion trailer is here!
  • Don Cheadle has joined the cast of Secret Invasion
  • Emilia Clarke's been seen on the set of Secret Invasion

Secret Invasion trailer

The Secret Invasion trailer that ran at D23 showed us a Nick Fury returning to Earth, and a Maria Hill who was annoyed that it took him this long. But Fury isn't back because of one of her needs, but to stop "them" — with the "them" being the shape-shifting Skrulls. Kingsley Ben-Adir is playing one, and we see him surrounded by a pack of lookalikes.

Marvel's Secret Invasion set photos

We've got our first look at Emilia Clarke on the set of Secret Invasion. Her very non-descript look doesn't shout "Skrull!" but she wouldn't be a good Skrull if it did, would she? Samuel L. Jackson and other cast members were seen on set.

Marvel's Secret Invasion plot

Yes, the shape-shifting alien race known as Skrulls — which you may have first learned about when watching Captain Marvel — are back, and they've snuck into positions of great power. And we're going to need a Skrull's help to take them down. 

Marvel's Secret Invasion reunites Nick Fury with friendly intergalactic Skrull Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) to out the Skrulls who have fooled humanity. We're guessing there will be a fair amount of espionage, but we're hoping for big cameos from famous folks who have been Skrulls all along. 

Marvel's Secret Invasion release date speculation

Just like the force of Skrulls that the show is focused on, Marvel's Secret Invasion is sneaking up on us (for now). It doesn't have a firm date yet, but in the Marvel Phase 5 and 6 announcements, we saw it placed as "Spring 2023" on the timeline.

The other Disney Plus shows without a date are:

  • Loki season 2
  • Armor Wars
  • Ironheart
  • Wakanda-set series from Ryan Coogler

Marvel's Secret Invasion cast 

Currently, the cast of Marvel's Secret Invasion is short. How short? Jackson and Mendelsohn are only two of the six of the names we know. On April 19, word broke in The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) that Olivia Colman (The Crown, The Favourite, Fleabag) is in talks for a role in the series. And on April 20, Deadline (opens in new tab) broke the news of Emillia Clarke (Game of Thrones) joining the series.

On Sept. 10, at D23, we learned that Don Cheadle would be playing Rhodey in the film, but it also seems like he might not actually be playing Rhodey, but a Skrull instead.

Clarke's told The Hollywood Reporter that she's interested in spending a decade in the MCU, when asked about the possibility, saying "I mean, I should be so lucky is what I'll say to that. Everyone I know and everyone I've spoken to who is a part of the Marvel universe – and actors talk! Everyone has only the highest praise to offer. There's a reason why actors stay in it. They're so loved because they're having loads of fun. So I'm down for that. Sure!"

Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore) is the latest addition to Secret Invasion, and when asked by The Movie Dweeb (opens in new tab) for any hints, he said "He's alive!" When asked if he's going to be Spider-Man foe Norman Osborn, he simply said "No, I’m not saying anything." In the same interview, he intimated that the series will start filming in August 2021.

The other bit of casting news is that Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami) is expected to portray the villain of the show. 

  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
  • Ben Mendelsohn as Talos 
  • Emilia Clarke in a TBA role
  • Olivia Colman in a TBA role
  • Kingsley Ben-Adir in a TBA role, likely the villain
  • Don Cheadle as James "Rhodey" Rhodes
Henry T. Casey
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Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.