It seems incredible but we had been since the summer of last year without releasing any new Marvel series in disneyplus. The recent hits at the box office from the mouse company had made studio executives consider lifting the accelerator a bit and slowing down. With secret invasion, Disney intends to recover the bellows of Wandavision and its first marvelitas premieres. So after months of waiting, we’re still thinking green and this is not a beer ad. After the green of Hulka, we passed to the green of the skrulls. That color so associated in popular culture and in other television series with alien species. From Spock’s Vulcan blood in star trekto the lizards of v, led by the reptilian Diana (jane badler). Although the threat that comes to us here, bears more similarities with the latter. We can’t trust anyone because we don’t know who is friend or foe. The conspiracy has arrived.
Secret Invasion is a spy thriller Marvel style with a luxury cast. On Wednesday the first of the six episodes of this soap opera premiered where Samuel L Jackson resumes his character Nick Fury. Until now, Fury had not had any solo title in the movies of the Marvel universe, limiting himself to the role of luxury supporting role. Although we do not know if here he will end up being eclipsed by the rest of the characters in the cast as the episodes progress. Because we have interpreters of the charism of Olivia Colman (The Crown), Martin Freeman (Fargo and Sherlock), Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), Don Cheadle , Cobbie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother and Stumptown) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones). The series begins with the irruption of a new threat that causes the return of the most famous super agent in Shield to the earth. A Nick Fury who is no longer the same and who has been psychologically touched after Thanos’ snap. He will now have to wage his own war with a shadow enemy. The first chapter has ended with a shocking death, but we don’t know if the thing has been as final as it seems.
The skrulls They have come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and they have done it to stay. With Secret Invasion, the time has come to put this very important alien race in their place in the comics but that for the moment had had a rather secondary role in the adaptations to the screen. So secondary that, until now, the possibility that they could be on the side of the bad guys had not even been considered. And that they were one of the first enemies of The Fantastic Four, Marvel’s first supergroup. Specifically in number two of his collection, edited there by the distant 1962 when the publisher tried to leave behind its old name of Atlas and at the beginning of the revolution that would turn the world of comics upside down. They are green, with pointed ears and a chin that is very reminiscent of Thanos’s (although according to the canon they belong to different races) and have the ability to shapeshift and become anyone. Since then, the Skrulls have been a recurring threat in the stories published by the publisher. One of the most iconic sagas of The Avengers during the 70s it was The Kree/Skrul Warl and many of us hope that it will have its adaptation to the big screen in one of the Marvel cinematographic phases.
The Skrulls debuted on the big screen in 2019 in the film by Captain Marvel, like an alien race of refugees that Nick Fury gave asylum to on Earth. Moviegoers would surely have been a bit perplexed to see that the Skrulls were now part of the good guys. Either one of two, or the writers had gone too far or we had to wait for a turn that the most veterans knew would come. This race has always belonged to the side of the very bad bad guys. In the early 1960s, we came to the United States from the time of the witch huntwhere the conspiracy theorists saw communist enemies infiltrated everywhere. With their shapeshifting abilities, the Skrull could be anyone and be hidden in the highest echelons of power. And his mission was to destabilize. Over the years, it became a cliché for those script twists where we’d meet with some shocking death, only to find out in the next issue or a few months later that the character wasn’t dead, that he was out partying and had been impersonated by someone else. a skrull. One of the most notorious cases was that of Wolverineone of the most popular characters in the X patrol But there are many more examples.
With that ability to infiltrate, many wondered if the Skrulls were behind the political threads that sparked the comics’ superhero civil war. In the third season of Star Trek: Picard we have had a very similar example of what can now come upon us, with the return of the changelings. An alien species and shapeshifter out of Deep Space 9 and with the ability to arouse paranoia among the population with its ability to infiltrate from the shadows.
Although in the comics the motivations of the skrulls were not delved into (they were the bad guys, period), in the series they have tried to humanize the enemy and understand what moves them. In the cartoons they had already had that refugee character after they Galactus your planet is swallowed. But that is another story. In the television series, after being welcomed to Earth, there is a faction of disenchanted very indignant because they have not been given what they promised and they are looked at with skepticism and distrustfacing a institutional racism. And during this time they have been planning their revenge in silence. The first episode starts when that faction of insurgents They decide to carry out an attack on Earth. Curious that the setting where the action takes place in this start of the series is in Moscow. We don’t know if they will have time to put in everything that is supposed to happen or if with this series they will limit themselves to laying the foundations to introduce us to a new enemy. We will see it in the coming weeks.
By the way, Secret Invasion has started with controversyafter knowing that the sequence of the credit titles has been elaborated by means of the use of the artificial intelligence. An event that occurs in full writers strike in the United States that keeps the industry practically paralyzed. One of the collective demands is precisely greater guarantees and legal certainty that they are not replaced by artificial intelligence to reduce costs. For those who saw that possibility as something very remote and that it only happened in science fiction movies the verification has arrived that it is something that is here and now. Like the Skrulls.