As avid comic book fans, we couldn’t help but feel excited when we heard that Secret Invasion was going to be adapted into a TV series on Disney+. After all, the original storyline by Brian Michael Bendis was one of the most epic and action-packed arcs in Marvel Comics history. Unfortunately, the live-action adaptation failed to live up to our expectations.
The miniseries was created by Kyle Bradstreet based on the Marvel Comics storyline by the same name. The six-episode series was directed by Ali Selim while Bradstreet, Brant Englestein, Brian Tucker and Roxanne Paredes all shared on the writing duties.
Secret Invasion saw Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as Nick Fury from the film series. Also starring are Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, with Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Kingsley Ben-Adir as Gravik, Dermot Mulroney as President Ritson, Emilia Clarke as G’iah, Olivia Colman as Sonya Falsworth, and Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes.
Secret Invasion tried to pack too much information into a limited number of episodes, which resulted in confusing storylines and half-baked character development. While we appreciate a good mystery, Secret Invasion left us scratching our heads at times, wondering what was actually going on. As a result, we felt disconnected from the characters and their motivations.
Another issue with the TV series was its lack of focus on the Skrulls. In the comics, these shapeshifting aliens were central to the plot and posed a significant threat to the Marvel Universe. However, in the TV adaptation, the Skrulls were more of a side note, with most of the action revolving around Nick Fury and Talos. While we enjoyed seeing Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn reprise their roles, we couldn’t help but feel cheated out of a proper Skrull invasion storyline.
Furthermore, the pacing of the show was off. Some episodes felt rushed, while others dragged on without anything significant happening. It was hard to keep track of the timeline and the various subplots that were supposed to tie together. By the time we reached the finale, we were left feeling underwhelmed and unsatisfied.
Despite its flaws, Secret Invasion did have a few redeeming qualities. One of the highlights of the show was the impressive action sequences. The fight scenes were well choreographed and visually stunning, which kept us engaged even when the plot felt thin. Additionally, the cast was stacked with talented actors, including Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, Don Cheadle, and Kingsley Ben-Adir. However, these positives couldn’t quite make up for the shortcomings of the series as a whole.
Secret Invasion was a missed opportunity for Marvel Studios. While we appreciate the effort put into the show, it ultimately failed to capture the essence of the original comic book arc. The convoluted plot, lack of focus on the Skrulls, and poor pacing all contributed to a subpar viewing experience. However, there were some bright spots, such as the impressively talented cast. As always, we’ll continue to support Marvel’s creative endeavors, but we hope that future adaptations deliver a more compelling narrative.
Secret Invasion premiered on June 21 and ran every Wednesday until July 26 only on Disney+.