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MCU's Secret Invasion Show Will Have Fewer Characters Than The Marvel Comics Story


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The MCU's Secret Invasion show will have fewer characters than its comic book counterpart, says Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. The comic plot sees the shapeshifting Skrulls pose as some of Earth's Mightiest Heroes in an attempt to take over the world. Dozens of Marvel characters come into play in the arc on top of the fact that the Skrulls then pose as them. The narrative will have to be adjusted according to what has already happened in the MCU, as Tony Stark plays an integral role in the plot, but he has since died.

The Disney+ series was announced at Disney's Investor Day 2020. Little else is known about the show. No release date was given when it was announced, but it is assumed to be a part of MCU's Phase 4, which kicks off in earnest on January 15 with WandaVision. The only announced casting for the show is Samuel L. Jackson, who will reprise his role as Nick Fury, and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos, who was last seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Feige told Comic Book that Secret Invasion is designed to bring forth Jackson and Mendelsohn's characters, hinting at the series' focus. He also says that, while it will be a large piece of Phase 4's puzzle, it won't bring together a massive amount of characters akin to 2019's Avengers: Endgame. He goes on to say that the series will tap into the paranoia elicited by the Skrulls impersonating well-known characters and that their focus is on the quality of the storytelling and not the quantity of heroes in the mix.

Well, there were more characters in the Secret Invasion comic series than there were in Endgame so, no. It's not that but it very much is a showcase for Sam Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn and tapping into the paranoia elements of the Secret Invasion comic series that was great with the twists and turns that that took. So, that's certainly our focus more than, 'Can we cram in more characters than Endgame? Like publishing?'

 

Secret Invasion seems like it is gearing up to be the Disney+ version of an Avengers film. The plot will surely have to be tweaked, as some key elements of the arc in the comics have yet to be introduced or, like Tony Stark, their fates have been changed in the cinematic universe. This may seem like an issue, but it actually allows for the series to keep viewers on their toes, throwing new twists and turns at fans that they won't see coming, including just who could be a Skrull and who is their real self.

It's not clear if the series will be a one-off, like Netflix's The Defenders, or if it will be an ongoing series. It's looking more and more likely that it will be a miniseries, though, one that brings together the disparate Disney+ series for one massive event. It's also sure to tie into some of the theatrical entries in the MCU, which could culminate in a massive team-up, a la Avengers: Endgame. Secret Invasion is likely a long way off, with the earliest it could be released being 2022. That would give Marvel enough time to set up and hit all the plot points necessary to bring together their next great climactic event.

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