Plotting with all the tactics of a military campaign, the Marvel team has been drip-feeding information about its upcoming Disney+ series ‘Secret Invasion’, which sees the full return of Samuel L. Jackson’s eyepatch-sporting (though not always here, more on that below) tough nut and former S.H.I.E.L.D. boss.

We got some character information on Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke’s ‘Invasion’ characters in a new piece just before the weekend. So naturally, it’s time for a new trailer.

'Secret Invasion,' exclusively on Disney+.

'Secret Invasion,' exclusively on Disney+. © 2023 Marvel.

What’s the story of ‘Secret Invasion’?

The new series catches us up with not only Fury but also the Skrull aliens we met in ‘Captain Marvel’, primarily led by Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos.

Originally believed to be a threat, they were actually revealed as refugees from a catastrophic war with the more dangerous race known as the Kree (for whom Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers initially fought before realizing their less friendly nature and helping Fury fight them alongside Talos).

Yet decades later, the Skrulls haven’t received what humanity promised –– access to a new homeworld of their own and real help –– so there is now a faction dedicated to taking what they’re owed, but duplicity or force.

Led by Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir), the group uses their shape-changing powers to wreak havoc. And among their number is someone close to Talos (spoiler alert: it’s his daughter, G’iah, played by ‘Game of Thrones’ veteran Emilia Clarke.)

To combat this threat, Fury turns not to his Avengers-level super-friends (the trailer makes a point of that, so perhaps the series will explain his thinking) but to some more down-to-Earth associates, including Talos, loyal lieutenant Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman).

And sitting squarely in between the two sides of the conflict we have Olivia Colman’s character, Special Agent Sonya Falsworth, 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.

Casting-wise, we’ll also see Carmen Ejogo, Christopher McDonald, and Marvel veteran Don Cheadle, back as James Rhodes, here in more of a political capability than his usual War Machine style (though we’d be shocked if he didn’t suit up at some point).

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

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What’s up with Nick Fury in ‘Secret Invasion’?

Oh, and talking of a changed style, Fury also has an altered look at times –– he’s not always wearing his trademark eyepatch, which covers a damaged eye.

Says Jackson, speaking to Vanity Fair:

“He just doesn’t wear the patch. The patch is part of who the strong Nick Fury was. It’s part of his vulnerability now. You can look at it and see he’s not this perfectly indestructible person. He doesn’t feel like that guy.”

The series promises to be more of a global political spy thriller, albeit with the alien overtones and of course healthy dollops of MCU lore. But it’ll be a personal mission for Fury, who has been off-planet since the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and realizes that he’s been out of touch in more ways than one. And kicking some scheming alien butt might just be his way to make contact again.

Here's what executive producer executive producer Jonathan Schwartz says about Fury:

“Sins from his past start to haunt him once again. We often see Nick Fury doing the right thing. We don’t always see him doing it in a perfectly morally correct way. All of those things have ramifications. Without getting too specific, the things that Nick Fury’s had to do to protect the Earth have costs.”

And here’s more from Jackson:

"Nick had a whole Skrull spy network because they could shape-shift and go places that people couldn’t go. They kept their word. They worked for him, but he hasn’t done what he said he was going to do. They want a home. They want to live. They want to live like they are. They want to live in their skin. They don’t want to live in ours.”

‘Secret Invasion’ kicks off on Disney+ on June 21st.

Marvel Studios' 'Secret Invasion.'

Marvel Studios' 'Secret Invasion.'

In other Marvel news, there has been another change behind the scenes on the movie front.

Fantastic Four’, the proper introduction (following John Krasinski’s cameo as leader Reed Richards in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’) of the classic comic book characters to the MCU has ‘WandaVision’ director Matt Shakman aboard, and Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer on script duty, but a change is being made.

While Kaplan and Springer are more known for comedy writing, Josh Friedman has some big sci-fi bona fides.

What has Josh Friedman worked on?

Most recently, Friedman was part of James Cameron’s writing team for the ‘Avatar’ sequels (he has a story credit on ‘The Way of Water’). He’s also worked on the script for next year’s ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’.

Before those, he co-wrote Steven Spielberg’s ‘War of the Worlds’ and wrote the story for ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ but might be better known on the ‘Terminator’ front for ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ on TV.

Also on the small screen, he’s run or been part of the development for ‘Foundation’ and ‘Snowpiercer’.

Whether this means a complete re-write or beefing up the sci-fi side of things remains to be seen, but ‘Fantastic Four’ is still currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on February 14th, 2025.

Marvel Studio's 'Fantastic Four.'

Marvel Studio's 'Fantastic Four.'

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