Los Angeles, Jun 21 (EFE).- The Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off its summer season on Wednesday with the launch of the first episode of “Secret Invasion,” a miniseries streamed by Disney+ in which acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson delves deeper into his role as enigmatic superhero Nick Fury.
Billed as a sort of sequel to the 2019 film “Captain Marvel,” “Secret Invasion” is a spy thriller centered on the efforts of Fury and his allies to thwart an invasion of Earth by a group of renegade “Skrulls,” a race of extraterrestrial shapeshifters that hail from the planet Skrullos.
The series unfolds over six one-hour chapters to be released through July 26 and explores different aspects of Fury, the former director of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.).
In his fight to save humanity, he is assisted by shady MI6 agent Sonya Falsworth (played by Olivia Colman), former CIA agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman), former high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Skrull sect leader and Fury ally Talos, among others.
“It’s a story of intrigue about a group of people that have been promised something and that promise has been broken and now they’ve decided to find a way to live in a space that’s not theirs and possibly have to start a war to get peace,” Jackson told Efe prior to the series’ debut, careful to avoid any spoilers.
Amid the battle against a group of green-skinned, extraterrestrial shapeshifters who can simulate any human being they choose, a permanent question hovers over the series created by Kyle Bradstreet: “Who do you trust?”
In this latest TV series, the ninth in the MCU, less emphasis is placed on action scenes and superpowers and more on human aspects that allow audiences to relate to and empathize with the characters.
In her remarks to Efe, Colman said it was exciting to be a part of the MCU for the first time and work alongside actors such as Jackson.
She added that the series has the advantage of being particularly accessible to people new to the MCU as well as those well-versed in all the intricacies of that cinematic universe.
“I think it’s less necessary (to be a hard-core Marvel fan) in this than many (other MCU titles). I think you can watch all of them actually on their own. Sometimes you might go … having the previous information might make that more useful. For this one, I think you can watch it as a stand-alone,” Colman said.
After the disappointing box-office performance of the 2023 superhero film “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” the MCU is hoping to bounce back quickly with this miniseries directed by Ali Selim (“Sweet Land”) and featuring a cast that also includes Emilia Clarke, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Killian Scott, Carmen Ejogo and Christopher McDonald. EFE