Marvel’s ‘Secret Invasion’: Release Date Details, First Trailer & More You Need To Know

A secret no more! The first trailer for Marvel's 'Secret Invasion' dropped at D23. Here's everything we know so far about the highly-anticipated series.

Nick Fury is facing the fight of his life in Marvel’s Secret Invasion. Marvel Studios unveiled the official first trailer for Secret Invasion on September 10 at the D23 Expo, and it’s full of suspense. Emilia Clarke will play a crucial role in the series, her TV role since ending her run on Game of Thrones.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is bringing this iconic comic book storyline to life on Disney Plus in 2023. Secret Invasion is an upcoming miniseries that will consist of six episodes and feature characters from the MCU, including Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury. The television series is based on the 2008-2009 comic book crossover event, which showcased a faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who had been infiltrating Earth for years.

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Samuel L. Jackson in the ‘Secret Invasion’ trailer. (Marvel Studios)

Aside from the main premise and this trailer, Marvel/Disney has been pretty tight-lipped about what it’s in store for Secret Invasion. Below, HollywoodLife has rounded up everything we know so far about Secret Invasion, including its expected release date, cast, and plot details.

What Do the Trailers Reveal?

The first trailer begins with Maria Hill saying to Nick Fury, “For years, you’ve been avoiding Earth. I have called for your help plenty of other times, and you’ve been pretty content to let those calls go straight to voicemail.” He responds, “Yeah, well, this is different.”

Fury starts asking questions. He asks Rhodes how much he knows about his security detail. Fury has suspicions. Big ones. Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos says to Fury, “We gotta be very careful now.” Olivia Colman’s character remains a mystery, but she does tell Fury, “You’re in no shape for this fight that lies before us.”

The trailer also reveals the first footage of Kingsley Ben-Adir and Emilia Clarke’s characters. “This is just the beginning,” Emilia says. Fury wants to take on this “war” alone. “I’m the last person standing between them and what they really want,” he admits. This teaser trailer was screened at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con in July 2022, but it was not released to the public.

What Is The Series Based On?

It is inspired by writer Brian Michael Bendis‘ hit eight-issue comic book series that ran from June 2008 to January 2009. The comic series explored The New Avengers, The Mighty Avengers, The Young Avengers, and more heroes learning that the Skrulls had successfully been disguising themselves on Earth for years. Spider-Woman was the first superhero to be revealed as a Skrull. Eventually, a bunch of the heroes like Iron-Man, Captain America, and Spider-Man (and even some villains) united to stop the Skrulls. They were also able to rescue the people swapped out by the Skrulls.  It’s unclear how similar the TV show’s plot will be to the Marvel Comics.

Nick Fury
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury (Photo: Everett Collection)

What Will The Series Be About?

Marvel/Disney hasn’t said much about the plot of Secret Invasion. The show’s official longline, which was revealed when the show was officially announced in December 2020, says that the series “follows a sect of Skrulls who have infiltrated all aspects on Earth.” The following month, Kevin Feige briefly discussed the show in an interview.

“I mean, we’re interested in the political paranoia aspect of Secret Invasion and really showcasing the stars with Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn, two amazing actors that you want to have in any series, and we’re very lucky to have them for that,” he said. “That’s the sort of primary focus of that and, of course, it will tie into other things and the Skrulls in ways you haven’t seen before, but yes, anything could be anything. Wise words. But we wanted to do that as a series because it would allow us to do something different than we’ve done before.”

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Secret Invasion (Photo: Disney+)

The first footage of Secret Invasion was shared by Marvel on Disney+ Day (Nov. 12). It showed Nick Fury, as well as what appeared to be Queen Veranke, who disguised herself as Spider-Woman in the comic series. Marvel also unveiled the official logo for Secret Invasion on Disney+ Day.

When Can We Expect To See Secret Invasion?

At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel confirmed that Secret Invasion is coming out in Spring 2023, as part of Phase Five of the MCU. The series was initially planned to come out in 2022, but it was delayed. In the MCU release timeline, Secret Invasion will follow Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania which comes out on February 17, 2023. The next MCU project after Secret Invasion is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, set for release on May 5, 2023. The rest of Phase 5 consists of EchoLoki Season 2Ironheart, Agatha: Coven of Chaos, and Daredevil: Born Again, all TV shows that will stream on Disney+, and The MarvelsBladeCaptain America: New World Order, and Thunderbolts, all theatrical films.

Cobie Smolders
Cobie Smolders as Maria Hill (Photo: Everett)

Where Can I Watch Secret Invasion?

Secret Invasion will be available to stream exclusively on Disney+. That’s where all of Marvel’s projects live, including all television shows. WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter SoldierLokiWhat If…?, and Hawkeye all came out on Disney+ in 2021. Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk were all 2022 releases.

Who’s In The Cast?

Secret Invasion will star Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), whose been in 11 Marvel movies. Ben Mendelsohn will star as Talos, the leader of a Skrull sect who is an ally of Fury’s. Talos first appeared in Captain Marvel, where he and his fellow Skrull were refugees and running from the Kree army. In the post-credits for Spider-Man: Far From Home, Talos is revealed to be disguising himself as Fury, who is commanding a Skrull spaceship. Former SHIELD agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smolders) and James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle) will also appear in the series. Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) is appearing for the first time since Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. He’ll also pop up in the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Some new cast members have also signed onto Secret Invasion. They include Game of Thrones star Emilia ClarkeThe Crown star Olivia Colman, Killian Scott, Christopher McDonald, and Carmen Ejogo, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There’s still no official details about their characters minus Olivia’s, who is an old ally of Fury’s. Kinglsey Ben-Adir is confirmed to be playing the lead villain. Dermot Mulroney is expected to appear as United States President Ritson.

Emili confirmed her casting in an interview with Jimmy Fallon in July 2021. “I’m already scared,” she said. “The first people I spoke to from Marvel were their security team and I am convinced that there is a man outside my house. There’s been a car parked there for a long time, and I swear to God, he’s undercover.”

Who’s The Team Behind The Scenes?

Kyle Bradstreet is the creator and executive producer of Secret Invasion. This is his first project for Marvel. Additional executive producers include Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz. The six episodes will be directed by Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim. They will divvy up the episodes between them to direct. Filming on Secret Invasion officially began on September 1, 2021, in England and wrapped by late April 2022.

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