The Secret Invasion TV series, everything you need to know

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Secret Invasion is one of the new Marvel Studios TV series to be released in the first part of 2023 on Disney +. This marks the return to action of Nick Fury by taking up the story that began in the movie Captain Marvel, which is set in 1995, when the former SHIELD agent played by Samuel L. Jackson first encountered the Skrull aliens, that is shape-shifting beings capable of assuming the form of other beings, including humans of course. The Marvel Studios Secret Invasion TV series assumes that these Skrulls have sneaked into planet Earth without being recognized.

After the new announcement of the D23 Expo Marvel for the releases of 2023, here is a summary and complete article on Secret Invasion which we update constantly.


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Secret Invasion plot

The plot of the TV series Secret Invasion is about the former director of SHIELD Nick Fury, engaged in facing an invasion of Skrull aliens, who in disguise have been settling on Earth for several years. From this derives the name of the series, as the title literally means "secret invasion", referring to the double-dealing behavior of the Skrulls.

Official synopsis of Secret Invasion

On the official Disney site there is the synopsis relating to the plot of Secret Invasion, which reports as follows:

Secret Invasion is a newly announced series coming to Disney +, starring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as Skrull Talos, characters first met in Captain Marvel. The crossover event series features a shapeshifting faction of Skrull that has infiltrated Earth for years. 

During the event Disney Investor Day 2020, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige stated that Secret Invasion is set during the period of Blip, that is, that period in which half of the life forms in the universe had disappeared due to the actions of the Mad Titan (seen in the movie Avengers: Infinity War). However, this timeline contrasts with the presence in the series of Nick Fury and Maria Hill as we told you in the article Secret Invasion's storyline fuels mystery Nick Fury, as the two characters are part of that group of people who disappeared during the Blip. This article will be updated accordingly as more detailed information is available.

Secret Invasion Trailer

At the Marvel panel present at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2022, the former was shown Secret Invasion teaser trailer, introduced in a video presentation in which other titles coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe were also announced.

During the D23 Expo event in September 2022, among all the Marvel announcements, has been unveiled the first full trailer of Secret Invasion:

In the 2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home movie, it is revealed that Nick Fury is in space with a Skrull faction. The Secret Invasion trailer opens with the return of Fury to planet Earth, who asks the SHIELD agent for help Maria Hill, his longtime resource and colleague. The latter, after trying in vain to contact Fury in recent years, is not thrilled with this return that is anything but disinterested now that he is the man who needs her. Continuing with the images, at the 43rd second, we see Fury also visiting James Rhodes aka War Machine and asks if he's really sure he has trusted people around, clearly implying that there might be Skrulls among them.


After a few short frames focusing on other characters including Everett K. Ross, the general Skrull Talos warns Nick Fury by warning the man to be very cautious because in fact they are walking on a "minefield". In fact, while Talos tries to unmask a Skrull, around the latter appear dozens of threatening doubles towards him. After a series of action sequences, Fury makes it clear that it's just a battle of him:

This is my war. Only mine. I'm the last person left between them ... and what they want.

"What they want" should be the key to the whole plot, as it should explain why Nick Fury has reappeared on Earth and why at a precise moment. 

The cast and characters of Secret Invasion

The Secret Invasion cast sees the return of some well-known faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as some welcome new entries. Below you can consult the list of main characters to understand how they came to be protagonists in Secret Invasion.

Samuel L. Jackson is Nick Fury

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Former SHIELD director and agent, military colonel and CIA agent, Nick Fury played by Samuel L. Jackson makes his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the post-credit scene of the 2008 Iron Man movie, while later he a real role in Iron Man 2. Before landing in Secret Invasion, Jackson made his last MCU appearance in 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home: in the finale of the film with Tom Holland it turns out that Fury had been replaced by a Skrull, who had assumed his form at the request of the man. The real Fury is instead found in space on a Skrull spaceship and will return to Earth in the story that is told in Secret Invasion. Nick Fury's character will also be featured in The Marvels movie, which will also be released in 2023.

Colbie Smulders is Maria Hill 

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Played by actress Colbie Smulders, Maria Hill is a high-ranking SHIELD agent.Her first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe dates back to 2012 in the movie The Avengers, while the last takes place with a cameo in the movie Avengers: Endgame. However Colbie Smulders returns in the ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home, together with Samuel L. Jackson, to reprise the role of Maria Hill even if in fact this last one turns out to be a Skrull identifiable in Talos' wife, Soren . Colbie Smulders after Secret Invasion, will also be featured in the 2023 film The Marvels.

Ben Mendelsohn is the Skrull Talos

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Talos is an alien-race Skrull who first appears in the MCU in the 2019 Captain Marvel movie. Played by actor Ben Mendelsohn, Talos is a shapeshifter and therefore can take on the form of anyone, including humans. He was a general of the Skrull armies and an undercover SHIELD agent and is allied with Nick Fury's team. Mendelsohn in the Talos version appears in the finale of the movie Spider-Man: Far From Home, where he reveals that at the request of Fury he has assumed the shape of him. In addition to Secret Invasion, the character of Talos will also be present in the film The Marvels arriving in 2023.


Don Cheadle is James Rhodes

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James Rhodes is a US Air Force colonel and friend of Tony Stark. For this reason Rhodes, equipped with one of Iron Man's armor, allies himself with the Avengers. Played by Don Cheadle, Rhodes makes his first MCU appearance in the 2008 movie Iron Man and last, before appearing in Secret Invasion, on the TV series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The War Machine character will star in the upcoming Armor Wars series, the plot of which will follow the events of Secret Invasion.

 Martin Freeman is Everett K. Ross 

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A member of the United States Armed Forces and CIA agent, the character of Everett K. Ross played by Martin Freeman first appears in the Marvel Universe in Captain America: Civil War and later in 2018's Black Panther. present in the series Secret Invasion, Freeman will return to play the role of Ross in the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which will be released on November 9, 2022, as reported by the calendar of all Marvel releases of 2022

Olivia Colman is Sonya Falsworth 

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Olivia Colman debuts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as thespecial agent of the organization MI13 Sonya Falsworth, a new character created just for the TV series Secret Invasion.

Kingsley Ben-Adir is the Skrull Gravik

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After much mystery surrounding the role of Kingsley Ben-Adir, in a press conference following the D23 Expo 2022 Marvel Studios revealed some details about it. Actor Kingsley Ben-Adir plays Gravik, the leader of the Skrulls, one of the first confirmed villains in the TV series Secret Invasion.

Emilia Clarke is ??? - Role not disclosed

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Known to the public primarily as the Khaleesi from Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke plays an unknown character in Secret Invasion.

Other cast members:

  • Rune Temte / Bron-Chan
  • Dermot Mulroney / US President Ritson
  • Christopher McDonald / Role not disclosed
  • Killian Scott Fiz / Role not revealed
  • Carmen Ejogo / Role not revealed
  • Noel Fisher / Role not disclosed
  • Irina Kara / Role not revealed

How many episodes of Secret Invasion are there

The first season of Secret Invasion consists of six episodes. The duration should be between 40 and 50 minutes.

Where and when to see Secret Invasion

The Secret Invasion TV series will be released in Spring 2023 in the Disney + catalog, a streaming service also visible via an application on Amazon's Now Smart Stick and Fire Stick.

Development of Secret Invasion

The Secret Invasion TV series was announced in December 2020 during the Disney Investor Day event. official Twitter profile of Marvel Studios, in which the news of the arrival of Secret Invasion and the return of some historical characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is communicated:

Samuel L. Jackson returns as Captain Marvel's Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos in Marvel Studios' original Secret Invasion series. Coming to #DisneyPlus 


The Secret Invasion crew

  • Author: Kyle Bradstreet
  • Executive producers: Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Kyle Bradstreet, Victoria Alonso, Louis D'Esposito, Jonathan Schwartz and Brad Winderbaum
  • Production: Sarah Finn and Jason Schwartz
  • Film script: Kyle Bradstreet
  • Regia: Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim
  • Photography: Remi Adefarasin and Sylvaine Dufauxm

Filming of Secret Invasion

Filming on Secret Invasion was supposed to start in mid-August 2021, but started on September 2021, XNUMX in London e ended on 25 April 2022 in Liverpool. Secret Invasion during the filming period had it as a working title Jambalaya. After a few days of filming, Samuel L. Jackson posted a post on his official Instagram profile with which he confirms to be on the set of Secret Invasion.  

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