There’s a stellar cast coming to one of the MCU’s most exciting upcoming projects, Marvel’s Secret Invasion, and several actors are already confirmed.
With production on Marvel’s Secret Invasion gearing up to start later this year, audiences are clamoring to learn more about the cast and what roles they may be bringing to life for the small screen superhero spectacular. Secret Invasion is one of several upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe series set to debut on Disney+. It will join the already released series WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and Hawkeye, as well as other shows coming out in the coming months.
Secret Invasion is set to explore a world in which the newly-introduced Skrulls have begun infiltrating Earth and have worked their way into high-ranking positions all over the globe, a feat which has been teased following the events of WandaVision. There’s no release date for the series at this time, but there are several confirmed actors, and the series has been announced for late 2022. Secret Invasion season 1 will consist of six episodes. The series is a loose adaptation of the 2008 Secret Invasion Marvel Comics crossover, which itself was inspired by the highly influential 1980s Secret Wars storyline.
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Following the announcement that Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn would be reprising their roles from Captain Marvel, the Secret Invasion cast has since grown to include some famous faces who will no doubt add some pulling power to the already highly-anticipated Disney+ show. They should entice Marvel’s existing audience and possibly bring in new viewers as well. With filming on Secret Invasion having begun in fall 2021 in Europe, here are the cast members who will be tackling one of the comics’ most intriguing and exciting storylines.
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Returning to the MCU once again as former S.H.I.E.L.D. superspy Nick Fury, Jackson has landed the lead role in the Secret Invasion cast alongside his Captain Marvel co-star Mendelsohn. A cinematic stalwart for Marvel since his post-credits cameo in Iron Man, Jackson has long been a staple of the MCU, and this latest project will no doubt set up the franchise for far bigger and greater things.
Ben Mendelsohn as Talos
Mendelsohn may have earned a reputation for playing villains and criminals such as Orson Krennic in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Nolan Sorrento in Ready Player One, but his stint as Talos in 2019’s Captain Marvel showed that the Australian native has more to his repertoire. Responsible for introducing the Skrulls into the wider MCU, Mendelsohn led the charge with his outstanding performance, and teaming up with Jackson’s Nick Fury will surely pave the way for more memorable moments in Marvel’s Secret Invasion.
Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
Cobie Smulders is also among the confirmed actors reprising a previous MCU role, as Nick Fury’s close companion Maria Hill. Previously best known for her role as Robin in How I Met Your Mother, Smulders has portrayed Hill in many Marvel Cinematic Universe movies as well as the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show and the Disney+ series What If. No longer a part of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hill and Fury will be working with the Skrulls in deep space.
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Fresh off her stint as the infamous Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Clarke is an outstanding actress with no shortage of range and ability and is one of the confirmed actresses for Secret Invasion. Clarke’s Secret Invasion role is being kept well under wraps by Marvel and Disney, though there are theories that suggest she could be portraying a certain member of Skrull royalty or a S.W.O.R.D. agent after it was revealed that the organization does indeed exist in Marvel’s WandaVision. More recent photos from the set of Secret Invasion have cast doubt on the idea of Clarke playing an alien role, but exact details of her part are still under wraps, with Marvel notoriously spoiler-averse.
Speaking of royalty, Academy-Award-winning actress Olivia Colman has also been confirmed as one of the latest additions to Marvel’s Secret Invasion. With fantastic range, spectacular talent, and razor-sharp wit, Colman will no doubt fit right in alongside her co-stars in the MCU. With her past work in The Crown, The Favourite, and more, she will bring even more gravitas to a show that is already not lacking in that department.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing additions to the Secret Invasion cast, Ben-Adir is joining the ranks of the show as the lead villain, according to Deadline, which first reported the news. Having reaped the rewards of his awards-worthy performance as Malcolm X in the Regina King-directed One Night in Miami, Ben-Adir is swapping Miami for the MCU in what will surely prove to be an inspired bit of casting by Marvel and Disney.
Another mysterious addition to the cast of Marvel’s Secret Invasion, Killian Scott joins his co-stars in yet another role that is completely shrouded in mystery. Having previously starred in Dublin Murders, Scott brings his own brand of talent to an already stacked cast. With little-to-no details as to what role each actor could be playing, outside of Mendelsohn, Smulders, and Jackson, the door is open for Scott to play any kind of character in Secret Invasion.
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Christopher McDonald is another confirmed actor in Secret Invasion with a currently unknown role. McDonald is a journeyman actor with dozens of film and television roles, largely playing villains, and may be familiar to superhero fans as the voice of Jor-El in Superman: The Animated Series and an older Superman in Batman Beyond. There has been some speculation that McDoanld could be the MCU’s Norman Osborn, but nothing has been confirmed so far.
Carmen Ejogo has also been added to the upcoming Marvel show, with an unknown character confirmed for the Secret Invasion cast. Among Ejogo’s many previous on-screen roles are President Seraphina Picquery in two Fantastic Beasts movies, Coretta Scott King in Selma, Karine Oram in Alien: Covenant and Amelia Reardon in True Detective season 3. Time will tell what Ejogo’s MCU character will be and what role she will play in Marvel’s Secret Invasion.
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