If you’re a Marvel comics fan, Secret Invasion is a series that you don’t want to miss.
The story revolves around the infiltration of Earth by shape-shifting aliens called the Skrulls, who have been posing as key figures in the community for years in order to take over the planet.
Something that makes this series different is that it leaves the context to which Marvel has accustomed us with its comedy and forced jokes. This series handles the suspense like good old movies of espionage and intrigue. The first chapters are interesting, raising the idea that members of politics have been replaced by Skrulls. The end of the first chapter offers us an unexpected twist adding an element of suspense to the story.
Many criticized the opening for being created with artificial intelligence. But personally, I think it’s adequate apart from the fact that it gives the intro an ominous and mysterious touch, and what to say about the music that fits perfectly with the timing. A great achievement.
Let’s start with the positives. One of the strengths of Secret Invasion is its ability to create a sense of mystery and suspense. The infiltration of Earth by shape-shifting aliens, known as the Skrulls, brings a level of intrigue that keeps viewers engaged. The story plays with the idea that anyone could be a Skrull, even our favorite heroes, and this constant suspicion adds an element of excitement.
The one who shines in the series is is Ben Mendelsohn by a long mile in the role of Talos, former leader of the Skrulls and Nick Fury’s partner trying to be the bridge between humans and the Skrulls and surprisingly Emilia Clarke who with few spotlights looks and plays a serious role even sometimes very emotional.
However, Secret Invasion does have its downsides. One of the major criticisms is the inconsistent pacing. The story starts off strong, but there are certain stretches where the plot seems to drag, and the momentum is lost. Some viewers might find themselves losing interest during these slower moments.
Another drawback is the execution of certain character arcs. While the idea of heroes being replaced by Skrulls is intriguing, the resolution of these plotlines feels rushed and lacks the impact that was promised. Some characters are given less attention than they deserve, and their involvement in the event feels forced rather than organic.
Sam Jackson in the role of Nick Fury is good but falls short. He doesn’t look or feel imposing like the Nick Fury from the movies. He even falls into the same trend that Disney has created lately about putting down older male characters (Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones) which is unfortunate.
Although the most Cringe moment of all (without going into Spoilers) was the end. It brings us back to what Marvel has been doing throuout its phase 4, breaking a narrative rhythm by bringing a socio-political platform message.
In conclusion, Secret Invasion has its ups and downs. It offers a gripping concept with mystery and suspense, and engaging dialogue and some performances that help elevate the story. However, the pacing is inconsistent and the character arcs are not well developed. All of this prevents it from reaching its full potential.
Yes, it is different from everything Marvel Disney has done and although at times it reminds us of what Marvel Netflix was (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Punisher) at the end it feels short. Still, it’s a series worth watching.