Secret Invasion Review

Disclaimer: The Fandasd were able to screen the first 2 episodes of Secret Invasion. Our review pertains to these episodes. Secret Invasion premieres exclusively on Disney+ on June 21, 2023.

There is a moment in Secret Invasion when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is tailing a Skrull who might have a weapon of mass destruction. As Fury follows the Skrull, they are constantly changing their appearance as they turn a corner, walk through a crowd, or walk past a display. This is the brilliance of this show! Knowing that you do not know who the person next to you is builds the tension in this latest spy thriller from Marvel Studios.

When we first were introduced to the Skrulls in the Marvel Cinematic Universe we know that this moment would come. Secret Invasion was a huge storyline in the comic books that change the perception of many of the events our favorite superhero went through. Now, while I don’t think the MCU is going to change anything that we have seen before in the movies, I do feel that this is a great starting point to show us the dangers of not knowing who your enemy is.

Kingsley Ben-Adir as Rebel Skrull leader Gravik in Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.

The story begins with Fury coming to Earth from Saber. Nick has been through a lot and he is not the same man that we last saw. He looks more ragged and battle-tested than before. Fury connects with Agent Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) regarding an insurrection happening within the Skrulls. Not wanting to give too much away about the plot but a promise was made and not kept. Due to this, some people are not happy.

The acting in these 2 episodes is superb. Fury is still trying to get into his groove after being away from Earth for a while. His allegiance is questioned due to his lack of contact with those he left in charge. Ben Mendelsohn, is fantastic as always. You can see the bond that he has with Fury but you can also see the conflict within him when fighting his own people. One of the standout performances comes from Olivia Colman as Sonya Falsworth. Sonya is not someone to mess with and she can handle her own against Fury. I can not wait to see more of this character as the episodes come out. Emilia Clarke and Kingsley Ben-Adir also shine in their roles and we will see how their characters develop as the season continues.

(L-R): Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Marvel Studios’ SECRET INVASION, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Des Willie. © 2023 MARVEL.

Yes there are easter eggs within the episodes and yes there are moments where you might scream at your television, but Secret Invasion is going to be a game-changer for the MCU. After the first two episodes, you will be asking yourself: Who can you trust and who will you trust?

Final Thoughts: Secret Invasion brings the action down-to-Earth with a spy vs spy thriller. The action is intense and fierce within the first 2 episodes. With the incoming war with the Skrulls, we feel the tension throughout the episodes and there are plenty of surprises that will knock the viewer off of their feet. Secret Invasion starts off with a punch hopefully the rest of the series keeps the same pace.

Kid-Friendly: Secret Invasion has a tone akin to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It is very deep in espionage and might be a little slow for younger viewers.

Violence: For a Marvel show the violence is on par with the Marvel Netflix shows. Some of the fights are brutal and an interrogation scene in the second episode is a little rough to watch. Although a bomb is detonated in one episode there are no images of the aftermath in relation to the people on the scene.

In Marvel Studios’ new series “Secret Invasion,” set in the present day MCU, Nick Fury learns of a clandestine invasion of Earth by a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls. Fury joins his allies, including Everett Ross, Maria Hill and the Skrull Talos, who has made a life for himself on Earth. Together they race against time to thwart an imminent Skrull invasion and save humanity.

Marvel Studios’ “Secret Invasion” stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Cobie Smulders, Martin Freeman, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Charlayne Woodard, Killian Scott, Samuel Adewunmi, Dermot Mulroney, Christopher McDonald, Katie Finneran, with Emilia Clarke and Olivia Colman, and Don Cheadle.

1 thought on “Secret Invasion Review”

  1. I am always happy to see Cobie Smulders in the MCU. She has the attitude for comic book stories and I’m also looking forward to seeing Olivia Colman. Looking forward to the easter eggs. This was an insightful review, It’s a good read, I enjoyed it. My thumb hit a a couple ads hope it’s enough for a cup of coffee ☕😄👍🏽👏🏽

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