Unlike some of Marvel's other recent projects, like the seemingly perpetually leaking Spider-Man: No Way Home, the aptly named Secret Invasion show is, well, very much a secret. Even as pictures of costumed actors, set videos, and looks at wardrobe warehouses spill out, nothing substantive has been established about the series.
This element of mystery even applies to the characters set to appear in the upcoming series. While fans know that actors Emilia Clarke and Olivia Colman will be joining the show, as well as the larger MCU, the roles they are playing are still under wraps.
Even as footage of Clarke's character in action has made its way onto the internet, it's still unclear what role she will be playing in the series. For Colman, fans aren't entirely sure if she's good or evil, but that goes with the territory when it comes to the Secret Invasion storyline.
Multiple fan theories have guessed that Abigail Brand may appear in the series, though whether the character will be brought to life by Clarke, Colman, another actor, or even not at all is still unclear.
Even as the series itself is largely a mystery, recent comments have shed light on the on-set experience, including the relationships between actors...
Secret Invasion's (Inter)Stellar Cast
In a recent live talk with Josh Horowitz, actor Samuel L. Jackson spoke to his experience acting alongside his Secret Invasion co-stars, including Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, Ben Mendelsohn, and Martin Freeman. Jackson had nothing but praise for Clarke, calling her "amazing."
"Emilia, amazing. It’s like, c’mon man, you walk on the set and you go, 'Okay, that’s the Queen of Dragons.' She's so tiny. She's like a fairy, you want to hold her!"
Jackson also shared his excitement at being able to act alongside Olivia Colman, noting that the work was "so glorious and such a ball."
"When I walked in the room and Olivia Colman was standing there, I was just like, ahahah, this is gonna be so amazing! And she looked at me and went like ahahaha! And, you know, we just started laughing. And when we started to work it was so glorious and such a ball. And not this, you know, serious, crazy, deepness, you know. We were just kind of having a good time. She is so amazing and so effective in a scene. You know, it’s those moments that when you’re in the middle of doing it and you feel it and you watch it happen, that when they finally say cut, all you can do is look at the other person and go, oh my god, that was amazing, that was so great! And she’s like, you’re better than I thought! She was great."
Behind the Scenes of Secret Invasion
While these comments don't answer the mystery of who these actors will be playing in the series, they do shed some light on the behind-the-scenes experience, as well as the characters fans can expect Samuel L. Jackson's somewhat different looking Nick Fury to interact with.
It appears that the process of shooting Secret Invasion has been a largely enjoyable affair, with Jackson pointing towards great experiences with Clarke, Colman, Ben Mendelsohn, and even Martin Freeman. The series sees the MCU continue to increase its roster of talented actors, so it makes sense that Jackson would welcome the chance to work with such highly acclaimed figures.
It also seems that fans can expect to see Nick Fury spend a good deal of time with both Clarke and Colman. Whether this is in a friendly or antagonistic capacity, however, is still unknown.
In all likelihood, these roles will shift over the course of the series, with one or both actors revealed to be Skrull agents. After all, that's the strength of the Secret Invasion storyline - the shifting relationships and paranoid, unstable relationships. Giving such talented actors roles as Skrulls makes sense, providing them with a range of emotions and characters to play.
Even so, fans wanting to find out more about the scope and style of the Skrull menace presented in the series will likely just have to wait until Disney chooses to provide a more official look, as for now, the secrets of Secret Invasion are still very much under lock and key.