Secret Invasion (TV series)

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Secret Invasion
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Created byKyle Bradstreet
Based on
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
Production locationEngland
Cinematography
Running time40–50 minutes
Production companyMarvel Studios
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Release
Original networkDisney+
Chronology
Related showsMarvel Cinematic Universe television series

Secret Invasion is an upcoming American television miniseries created by Kyle Bradstreet for the streaming service Disney+, based on the Marvel Comics storyline of the same name. It is intended to be the ninth television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. Bradstreet serves as the head writer.

Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as Nick Fury from the film series, along with Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, with Cobie Smulders, Martin Freeman, and Don Cheadle also starring. Development of the series began by September 2020, with Bradstreet and Jackson attached. The title and premise of the series, along with Mendelsohn's casting, were revealed in December 2020. Additional castings occurred throughout March and April 2021, followed by the hiring of Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim to direct the series that May. Filming had begun in London by September 2021, and concluded in late April 2022. Additional filming occurred across West Yorkshire and in Liverpool, England.

Secret Invasion is scheduled to premiere in early 2023, and will consist of six episodes. It will be part of Phase Five of the MCU.

Premise

A faction of shapeshifting aliens, the Skrulls, have infiltrated all aspects of life on Earth.[1]

Cast and characters

Additionally, Kingsley Ben-Adir has been cast as a "lead villain",[9] and Olivia Colman plays an old ally of Fury's.[10] Emilia Clarke,[11] Killian Scott, Christopher McDonald,[12] and Carmen Ejogo have been cast in undisclosed roles.[13] Dermot Mulroney is expected to appear as United States President Ritson.[14]

Episodes

The series will consist of six episodes,[15] directed by Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim. The directors will either split the episodes evenly, or one will direct four episodes and the other two.[16]

Production

Development

In September 2020, Kyle Bradstreet was revealed to be developing a television series for the streaming service Disney+ centered on the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury.[2] The character had previously been one of ten properties announced in September 2005 by Marvel Entertainment chairman and CEO Avi Arad as being developed for film by the newly formed studio Marvel Studios, after Marvel received financing to produce the slate of films to be distributed by Paramount Pictures;[17] Andrew W. Marlowe was hired to write a script for a Nick Fury film in April 2006.[18] In April 2019, after Samuel L. Jackson had portrayed Nick Fury in ten Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films as well as the Marvel Television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Richard Newby from The Hollywood Reporter felt it was time the character received his own film, calling the character "the MCU's most powerful asset yet to be fully untapped".[19] Jackson was attached to reprise his role in Bradstreet's series, with the latter writing and serving as executive producer.[2]

In December 2020, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige officially announced a new series titled Secret Invasion, with Jackson co-starring with Ben Mendelsohn in his MCU role of Talos. The series is based on the 2008–09 comic book storyline of the same name,[5] with Feige describing it as a "crossover event series" that would tie-in with future MCU films;[20][21] the series' premise further described it as a crossover event series.[1] Marvel Studios chose to make a Secret Invasion series instead of a film because it allowed them to do something different than they had done before.[15] Directors were being lined up for the series by April 2021,[22] with Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim attached a month later.[16] Marvel Studios' Feige, Louis D'Esposito, Brad Winderbaum,[23]: 21–22 [needs update] and Jonathan Schwartz also serve as executive producers.[24] The series will consist of six 40–50 minute episodes.[15][25]

Writing

Feige said the series would not be looking to match the scope of the Secret Invasion comic book storyline, in terms of the number of characters featured or the impact on the wider universe, and noted that the comic book featured more characters than the crossover film Avengers: Endgame (2019).[26] Instead, he described Secret Invasion as a showcase for Jackson and Mendelsohn that would explore the political paranoia elements of the Secret Invasion comic series "that was great with the twists and turns that that took".[15][26] Jackson said the series would uncover some of the things that happened during the Blip.[4] Cobie Smulders described the series as "a very grounded, on-this-earth drama" that was "dealing with real human issues and dealing with trust".[27]

Casting

Jackson was expected to reprise his role in the series with the reveal of its development in September 2020.[2] When the series was officially announced that December, Feige confirmed Jackson's casting and announced that Mendelsohn would co-star.[5] Kingsley Ben-Adir was cast in an unspecified "lead villain" role in March 2021,[9] with Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, and Killian Scott joining the series' cast in April.[28][11][12] The next month, Christopher McDonald joined the cast as a newly created character, rather than one from the comics, who had the potential to appear in other MCU series and films.[12] Carmen Ejogo had joined the cast by November 2021,[13] and the next month, Smulders was set to reprise her MCU role as Maria Hill.[6] In February 2022, set photos revealed that Don Cheadle would appear in his MCU role of James "Rhodey" Rhodes, along with Dermot Mulroney as United States President Ritson.[29][30][14] The following month, Jackson confirmed that Martin Freeman and Cheadle would appear in the series, with Freeman reprising his MCU role as Everett K. Ross.[7][8]

In September 2021, Chloe Bennet, who portrayed Daisy Johnson / Quake in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., stated that she was not involved in the series, after "rampant speculation" suggested she would be, given the character's prominence in the Marvel Comics story and that Bennet was no longer attached to the live-action Powerpuff Girls pilot by August 2021 because of scheduling conflicts with another project.[31][32]

Filming

Filming had begun by September 1, 2021, in London,[33] under the working title Jambalaya,[34][35] with Bezucha and Selim directing the series,[16] and Sylvaine Dufaux and Remi Adefarasin serving as cinematographers.[36][37] Filming was previously expected to begin in mid-August 2021.[38] Jackson began filming his scenes on October 14,[39] after already working on the MCU film The Marvels (2023) which was filming in London at the same time.[40] Filming occurred in West Yorkshire, England, including Leeds on January 22,[41] Huddersfield on January 24,[42] and in Halifax at Piece Hall from January 24 to 31, 2022.[35] Filming occurred at the Liverpool Street station on February 28, 2022.[29][30][14] Filming wrapped on April 25, 2022.[43] Additional filming was also expected to occur across Europe.[22]

Jackson revealed in mid-June 2022 that he would return to London in August to work on reshoots for Secret Invasion, after doing the same for The Marvels.[44] McDonald was returning to London by the end of July for the reshoots, which he said were to make the series "better" and to go "much deeper than before". He also indicated that a new writer was brought on to the production to work on the additional material.[45]

Marketing

The first footage of the series debuted on Disney+ Day on November 12, 2021.[13] More footage was shown in July 2022 at San Diego Comic-Con. Adam B. Vary of Variety said the footage had an "overall vibe... of paranoia and foreboding", believing the series would fit with the larger "anti-heroic thread" building in Phase Five of the MCU.[46]

Release

Secret Invasion is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ in early 2023,[46] and will consist of six episodes.[15] It will be part of Phase Five of the MCU.[46]

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