Secret Invasion: Marvel Studios Had One Request for Nick Fury’s MCU Return

Secret Invasion director Ali Selim teased Nick Fury’s transformation in the highly-anticipated Disney+ series.

In a recent interview with Total Film, Selim opened up about Samuel L. Jackson’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after four years since last starring in 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. For his twelfth time portraying the former S.H.I.E.L.D director, Selim revealed that Marvel Studios had “required and requested” Jackson to become “a film-noir character” for Secret Invasion, in which Nick Fury must transition into “more of a lone wolf, Western character as the show goes on.” Selim also mentioned some of their inspirations for Fury’s returns including classic Western movies like The Third Man and The Searchers, as well as Clint Eastwood’s performance in 1992’s Unforgiven.

After eleven blockbuster movies, the Oscar-nominated actor is finally leading his first solo MCU project. In a previous interview, Jackson confirmed that fans will see a more vulnerable side to Nick Fury in Secret Invasion, as he continues to deal with the aftermath of the last two Avengers movies, Infinity War and Endgame. “Here you have a guy who’s showing his face, and showing his age,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to humanize someone that everybody thinks is superhuman.”

What to Expect in Secret Invasion?

Secret Invasion hails from head writer Kyle Bradstreet and is based on Marvel Comics’ popular comic book crossover series of the same name which was published from April to December, 2008. According to the synopsis, the show takes place “in the present-day MCU” where Fury takes on an army of shapeshifting rogue Skrulls who are planning “a clandestine invasion of Earth.” Joining him in the fight to save humanity are returning MCU vets Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, and Don Cheadle as Rhodey.

In addition, the series will also introduce new characters to the long-running blockbuster franchise in the form of Oscar winner Olivia Colman as MI6 agent Sonya Falsworth, Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke as Talos’ grown-up daughter G’iah, and The OA alum Kingsley Ben-Adir as main antagonist Gravik. Following his appearance in Secret Invasion, Jackson will next be seen in Nia DaCosta’s The Marvels starring opposite Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel.
Secret Invasion is scheduled to debut on June 21, exclusively on Disney+.
Source: Total Film via The Direct

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