Spoiler Alert: With aliens living amongst humanity and a solider down, episode 1 of Secret Invasion looks like it wants to be on the grimier side will a lot of unanswered questions.
Marvel’s Secret Invasion is finally out and it has the entire world anticipating and furious at the same time. Are Skrulls the bad guys? Because the last time we saw them, we all felt the pain they felt for everything that they had to suffer along with their planet at the hands of the Kree. Thanks to Captain Marvel and Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), they got a part of the justice and friendship they have been seeking. But turns out a lot has changed in 30 years. We now know that a part of the Skrulls have rebelled to take over Earth and Disney+ Secret Invasion dives into this secret war that's about to happen.
Remember when Nick promised to help the Skrulls find a new home in Captain Marvel? Looks like some felt he failed at it and Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir), a Skrull who was close to Nick decided to rebel and take over Earth as their new home. It was also what made Nick return from working at S.A.B.E.R. on aerospace defense systems.
Considering how all the Marvel TV series were successful so far, this show has had a lot of expectations from the fans, and we aren't too happy so far. Sure, we've only seen the first episode so far but shouldn't the pilot be impactful enough to hold the audience and leave them anticipating the release of the next episode? The first episode was all about laying down things to know about this world that will soon be under attack. We get to see the Skrull doing their thing and impersonating one of the top SHIELD agents, Ross and putting agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) back on the field. We also know that Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) is the leader of Skrull refugees, his wife was murdered by the rebels and his daughter G’iah (Emilia Clarke) who ran away is part of them.
The show gives off a very spy-thriller vibe that is an upgraded version of the OG Avengers movies and Agents Of SHIELD combined but it was rather all over the place. In an attempt to feel more grim and dark, there was so much happening in each scene that it failed to hold our attention. Characters were brought back and new characters were introduced with rapid cuts to the next scene. People mentioned how Nick was different ever since the blip, but nobody's talking about how long he was away for or where he was until we come across Rhodey giving the President a rundown of his concerns over Nick and Maria going AWOL.
While we were happy to see some familiar faces, we were equally excited about some new ones. One, in particular, is Olivia Colman’s Sonya Falsworth. The actor made her entry into Marvel as an MI6 agent and old friend of Fury's. Her interactions with Nick looked like the actor herself was having a lot of fun. She was able to add to the mystery of all that we can expect from the show. Honestly, it is always refreshing to see her play any character, especially when she is all smiles but ready to kill you at any point. Another major character is Emilia Clarke as G’iah who had little to do in the first episode. Her realising who killed her mother should have been a major reveal, but since we have little to no major details about her, it was hard to feel remorse for her character.
Maria Hill with Nick Fury
The most upsetting part of the episode has to be having to say goodbye to one of the best characters in the MCU, Maria Hill. Last of the few female characters from the original MCU movies, with zero superhero powers, and Nick Fury’s ride-or-die is killed off in the first episode which feels like Nick’s canon event for him to take the newfound threat seriously. Considering how long Cobie Smulders has been part of the MCU, it was upsetting to see her killed off this way.
Although we are definitely looking forward to the next 7 episodes, fans are really upset with the creators of Secret Invasion and Marvel over the opening credits of this show. It was confirmed by Marvel Studios that the credits were created by AI which has irked the fans. For a major studio that is based on artists and their work, choosing to use AI has raised a lot of questions. As fans continue to diss on this choice, Marvel stated that the decision was made in consideration to the plot of the show. It represented the 'out worldly and alien look' that the show was talking about. It represented Skrulls impersonating humans and people getting confused between what is real and what's not. Despite their clarity, fans are not happy with the direction they took regarding the same.
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