Monday, July 10, 2023

Secret Invasion - Betrayed

The third episode of Secret Invasion is only a marginal improvement over the first two episodes of the series It may reveal Gravik's (Kingsley Ben-Adir) big plan of creating Super-Skrulls but it doesn't do much else. It teases us about the relationship between Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Varra (Charlayne Woodard) without exploring it. It kills off G'iah (Emilia Clarke) before she can become interesting, and gives Fury and and Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) the opportunity to bicker like old lovers while stopping the Skrulls force an attack on an infiltrated nuclear submarine.

The submarine plot is by far the most interesting thing about the episode, but even there the story falters as once again Fury refuses to give Rhodey (Don Cheadle), someone uniquely placed to help despite the current disagreements, the details which not only allow him to understand the immediate danger but the larger threat of the Skrulls. As for the Super-Skrulls, its another instance of the MCU doing things out of order in a way that makes little sense. Why introduced the Super-Skrull before the Fantastic Four (because it's the Fantastic Four whose powers the Super-Skrull uses). It's much like waiting to introduce Adam Warlock until after Thanos was dead making the point of his character moot. While I'm guessing the one or more Super-Skrulls Gravik may make could look cool, ultimately it doesn't make much narrative sense.

  • Title: Secret Invasion - Betrayed
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