Editor’s note: The first episode of Secret Invasion is streaming on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar in India. Disney provided IGN India with press screeners of Secret Invasion Episodes 1 and 2 for this review.
Attention Marvel Cinematic Universe fans! Get ready for the return of the legendary Nick Fury. Now, I must confess that I wasn’t initially thrilled about the idea of Secret Invasion. The absence of Nick Fury since Avengers: Endgame has left a void, and sending him off to space without any explanation was a bitter pill to swallow. But as a dedicated MCU fan, I couldn’t resist diving into this latest escapade.
Secret Invasion can be described as a spy film with a Winter Soldier vibe. The star studded cast and crew have created an “espionage thriller” that draws inspiration from true events. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Samuel L. Jackson shed light on the intriguing connection between the show and real-world politics, saying, “There’s a political aspect that kind of fits into where we are right now: Who’s okay? Who’s not? What happens when people get afraid and don’t understand other people? You can’t tell who’s innocent and who’s guilty in this particular instance.”
And what better way to represent the growing “intolerance” among humans than through a secret invasion of shapeshifting Skrulls? Lack of faith, trust, and intolerance are the perfect ingredients for a society on the verge of collapse.
The first two episodes of Secret Invasion delve into the question of trust. It’s not just Nick Fury’s return that captivates audiences, but the exploration of this theme. In the second episode, we gain insight into the antagonist’s mindset, with compelling monologues and dialogues that make viewers stop and think. Moments like the villain Gravik’s monologue justify the Skrull invasion, highlighting how humans might appear to aliens.
Building upon the “paranoid thriller” style established in Winter Soldier, Secret Invasion takes it to the next level. It’s a breath of fresh air to see an MCU narrative move beyond the typical Americans versus Russia trope, even if it’s subtly implied. The Skrulls have become the new source of chaos in different parts of the world, adding an intriguing twist.
The larger narrative of Phase 5 and the multiverse cannot be overlooked. Nick Fury’s absence hints at a significant reason behind his retreat, and the concept of the multiverse fits perfectly into this puzzle. The presence of menacing Skrulls, who have appeared in various MCU works, is just one piece of the larger picture. The unanswered questions in the initial episodes leave room for mind-bending storytelling that will hopefully explain Fury’s motivations and his return.
One might question the purpose of Secret Invasion within Phase 5, but it’s crucial for the return of Nick Fury and his involvement in assembling The Marvels. The show has the potential to bridge the gap between his absence and upcoming endeavors. With four more episodes to go, we can only hope for more answers than questions.
Secret Invasion remains true to the essence of the MCU post Avengers: Endgame. As a dedicated fan, it’s exciting to see such compelling subjects and emotions at the core of this story. However, the need for this new series is still unclear, even after watching the first two episodes. Let’s hope that as the show progresses, we’ll be rewarded with more clarity and a satisfying conclusion.
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