Marvel Studios' 'Secret Invasion.'

Marvel Studios' 'Secret Invasion.'

The title might be ‘Secret Invasion’ and it might hail from Marvel –– notoriously a company that likes to keep details of its movies and series under wraps –– but we’re finally learning more about the next MCU series to arrive on Disney+.

‘Secret Invasion’ will see Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn’s Skrull Talos facing off a brand new threat from a splinter group of the latter’s alien race.

As covered on Entertainment Weekly (and originally reported by Vanity Fair), the show also features Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke in key roles, and now we have new details about them.

Ben Mendelsohn as Talos in Marvel Studios' 'Captain Marvel.'

Ben Mendelsohn as Talos in Marvel Studios' 'Captain Marvel.'

When did we first meet the Skrulls?

A longtime enemy in the comics, the Skrulls were given a fresh twist by 2019’s ‘Captain Marvel’, as it was revealed that the Skrulls were actually alien refugees of a devastating conflict with fellow extraterrestrials the Kree.

Though Skrulls such as Talos and his team used their shape-shifting abilities (they can mimic any person) to push their agenda, they soon let Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) and Fury know the true nature of their struggle.

At the end of the movie, Fury promised to help the Skrulls find a new home, but since ‘Captain Marvel’ was set in the 1990s and there has been little progress since then, the story has taken another turn.

There is a facet of Skrulls, unhappy with the situation, who are now taking matters into their own hands.

Led by Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir), this splinter group has become radicalized, and aims to get what they believe they’re owed by stealth or by force.

Emilia Clarke in 'Terminator Genisys.'

Emilia Clarke in 'Terminator Genisys.'

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Who does Emilia Clarke play in ‘Secret Invasion’?

Among Gravik’s followers is someone very close to Talos, his daughter G’iah, played by ‘Game of Thrones’ veteran Clarke.

Here’s what Clarke says about the situation:

“These people promised a lot of stuff a long time ago, and not a lot has happened. So understandably, a certain amount of resentment has been built. There’s a lot of emotions that live within her, and there’s a lot of confrontational aspects to her character that have come from circumstance. You understand why she has the feelings that she does.”

And here’s what Clarke says about her character:

“There’s a kind of punk feeling that you get from this girl. She’s a refugee kid who’s had Talos for a dad, you know what I mean? Maybe the fact that we didn’t know he had a kid up until this point tells you everything you need to know about their relationship.”

Olivia Colman in 'Empire of Light.'

Olivia Colman in 'Empire of Light.' Photo by Parisa Taghizadeh, Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

Who is Olivia Colman in ‘Secret Invasion’?

On the other side of the conflict, we have Olivia Colman’s character, a high-ranking member of Britain’s intelligence service MI6 (think the real-world organization that employs James Bond in a whole other fictional universe). She’s apparently been both friend and foe to Nick Fury in the past.

Says Jackson of Colman’s character,

“It’s somebody that you’ve never seen her play before. She’s cold-blooded and just relishes being that person.”

The cast for the series, which reportedly, though it has yet to be officially confirmed, kicks off on Disney+ on June 21st, also includes returning MCU veterans Cobie Smulders, Martin Freeman and Don Cheadle.

Marvel Studios' 'Secret Invasion.'

Marvel Studios' 'Secret Invasion.'

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