Kevin Feige apparently was hoping it would have been the third time a charm but it’s actually three strikes and you are out.
First, it was Brie Larson, then it was Elizabeth Olsen, and now it’s Emilia Clarke as the most powerful in the MCU.
Spoilers follow for Secret Invasion.
While promoting the release of the Captain Marvel movie, Kevin Feige said Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers “will be the most powerful character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” but when fans rejected that, Feige pulled the ol’ switcheroo.
So Feige was then asked of Avengers: Endgame, who is the most powerful superhero, Feige replied Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.
However, Brie Larson and Elizabeth Olsen ain’t got nothing on Emilia Clarke.
Prior to Secret Invasion, there were a lot of rumors about who Emilia Clarke was going to play, with it claimed Abigail Brand from SWORD, which in hindsight would have been lightyears better than the show.
Instead, it’s revealed Emilia Clarke is playing one of those darn and dirty Skrulls, the daughter of Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos (who dies; yawn), G’iah.
Long story short G’iah happens to be a rebel, sided with Kingsley Ben-Adir’s Gravik, who actually comes off as a pretty cool Marvel villain.
Gravik’s grand plan is to start World War 3 between the U.S. and Russia and sacrifice the important humans they have replaced as well as Skrulls in order to achieve his true goal of wiping out the human race and the Skrulls taking over Earth.
It’s revealed Nick Fury has been married to a Skrull (eye roll) and that Fury is actually responsible for Gravik’s plan of creating Super Skrulls, as Fury sent a team of Skrulls into the battlefield following Avengers: Endgame to acquire samples of all the superheroes and supervillains’ blood. It’s called “The Harvest.”
So Gravik wants Fury to give him The Harvest in exchange for stopping World War 3. Fury does exactly that, and Gravik uses the sample and transforms himself into the ultimate Super Skrull with all the powers of the heroes and villains.
However, it’s revealed that Fury in the scene is really G’iah who also now has all the powers of every MCU character and she wipes the floor clean with Gravik who killed her mother and father.
While the above actually doesn’t sound that bad, it’s the execution of the series that happens to be just terrible.
As I said in my review for the first episode, I liked it as the episode set a more serious tone compared to previous goofy MCU movies and TV shows, but the problem is the remaining five episodes are pretty much worthless, which is evident by the show’s low Rotten Tomatoes Score, the lowest rated MCU Disney+ show and that lots of fans are destroying the show on social media.
For something billed as an “event” series, where’s the event? Scoopers are already stating Secret Invasion doesn’t connect to either The Marvels or Captain America 4, and that’s probably for good reason, but you could really watch the first and last episode of Secret Invasion and not miss a beat.
I found it hilarious that in Secret Invasion, Dermot Mulroney plays the president of the United States. He gets attacked, is in the hospital, has internal bleeding, and keeps making presidential decisions? Shouldn’t the VP take over? Also, we already know that Harrison Ford is going to be playing the president of the United States in Captain America 4 and likely Thunderbolts, so what about Dermot Mulroney? Instead of killing Dermot Mulroney off in Secret Invasion, they have Nick Fury remarking that due to Dermot Mulroney’s response to the Skrull invasion that he will be a one-term president? LMAO! Yep, that is how good the writing is!!!
How about this: So in the final episode when Fury goes to confront Gravik in Russia, Fury has to take anti-radiation meds and then Gravik says to him something like ‘You don’t have any more meds hahahaha!’ Well, following Gravik getting defeated, the humans the Skrulls replaced are freed in that same facility. How come those humans aren’t dying of radiation poisoning? There is probably some sort of No Prize answer that explains things, but there is just no real thought going into this series, or really anything Marvel as of late following Infinity War.
Regarding Emilia Clarke, again she embarrassingly beats Gravik who has been the badass villain throughout the entire show, but she cleans his clock pretty easily. I also couldn’t help but think as Emilia Clarke flew around as Captain Marvel — that who needs Rogue?