Secret Invasion has been sold as Nick Fury saving the world from a Skrull invasion that threatens to wipe out humanity. The series’ second episode answers the question on everyone’s minds: Why not just call the Avengers?
Readers Beware! Spoilers for Episodes 1 and 2 of Secret Invasion lie beyond this point. Read at your own risk!
The second episode of Secret Invasion sees Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury meeting with Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes to talk about the ongoing Skrull invasion. During the meeting, Rhodey questions why Fury hasn’t called in the Avengers to deal with such a big threat. The reason, according to Fury, is that he can’t risk the Skrulls replicating any of the Avengers.
While some may find this silly, the context of the episode entirely justifies Nick Fury’s reasoning. Don Cheadle has to do all he can to prevent a world war just because Fury, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., was present at a bombing in Russia. If an Avenger was seen there or, even worse, planted the bomb themselves, there would be nothing anyone could do to stop immediate retaliation. So as fun as it would be to see the Hulk take on a horde of Captain Americas, it seems to not be in the cards, at least for the MCU.
How Marvel is adapting Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion is based on the comic book storyline of the same name, which was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Francis Yu . The story revolves around a group of Skrulls, an alien race that has the ability to shape-shift and take on the appearance of anyone they want. The Skrulls have infiltrated Earth’s society and are secretly replacing key figures with their own kind in order to take over the planet.
The full Secret Invasion cast also includes Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Kingsley Ben-Adir as Gravik, Emilia Clarke as G’iah, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross. Olivia Colman, Dermot Mulroney, Killian Scott, Christopher McDonald, Carmen Ejogo and Charlayne Woodard are also on board in undisclosed roles.
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