"Secret Invasion" is a good Marvel series that arrives at the wrong time | Review
The series focused on Nick Fury and the Skrulls has above-average quality for genre productions - it's a shame that hardly anyone has watched it.
There's no mistake in saying that the audience is a little tired of superhero movies and series. Especially when such productions fail to deliver good quality in the script, visual effects, etc. It's in the midst of this context that "Secret Invasion" premieres on Disney+, a Marvel series that has good qualities but arrives a little late to the party.
"The Marvels" will serve as a "sequel" to "Secret Invasion" Samuel L. Jackson doesn't care about Marvel movie critics Inspired by the plot of the comics of the same name, the production shows that the Skrulls are living on Earth after losing their home. The most significant characteristic of this race is their ability to assume the form of any person. Thus, the series relies on a successful atmosphere of suspense, playing with the idea of whether those we see on screen are the real characters or Skrull impostors.
All of this is woven into the story of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who, during the events of the film "Captain Marvel" (2019), promised to find a home for the Skrulls if they helped with certain missions around the world. The promise, however, was never fulfilled, and Fury now deals with the revolt of an entire race, scattered and disguised on Earth.
This synopsis indicates that "Secret Invasion" oscillates between action and suspense, and that's what unfolds over the six episodes. However, as mentioned above, action for the sake of action hasn't been pleasing the audience as much, and the new Marvel production hits the mark by focusing more on Nick Fury's desires and insecurities than on big chases - they still exist and are as tedious as one can imagine, but at least they are not the main highlight of the series.
After years orbiting the Avengers' universe, Fury takes the spotlight, and the audience discovers more about his mysterious life, including personal details never mentioned before. Although it requires a certain suspension of disbelief to believe everything shown about him, the fact is that we are convinced by Samuel L. Jackson's excellent performance, as he seems very comfortable accessing other layers of Fury's character.
Other notable names in the cast include Ben Mendelsohn, who delivers a more "tired" and mature version of Talos, and Olivia Colman, who, as always, creates a character difficult to read but easy to like, as Sonya Falsworth, a character who doesn't exist in Marvel comics.
Skrulls no longer believe in human promises - are they wrong? (Divulgação) With characters who can assume the appearance of anyone, "Secret Invasion" succeeds by not creating a battle on the frontline. After all, if the Skrulls can easily camouflage among humans, they start their revenge by working behind the scenes and exposing how fragile the fabric of our society is.
A few provocations here and there, explosions in certain parts of the world, and there you have it: two nations with immense military power are pitted against each other. Humanity is easily manipulable, and the Skrulls bet that self-destruction can either make the planet more vulnerable to an invasion or be the perfect revenge, especially against Fury and his broken promises.
In this sense, "Secret Invasion" doesn't refrain from portraying some Skrulls as villains, especially those who have become more radical, but it shows that there is some validity in the questions they bring. After all, if the human race isn't trustworthy even among themselves, can we judge entirely those who were betrayed by one of us?
There is some maturity in these discussions, although at certain moments, the series doesn't take many risks and only brushes over deeper subjects. It leaves the feeling that there wasn't a more substantial story to compose the entire season of a series. Even with only six short episodes, "Secret Invasion" could easily have been resolved in a feature-length film, which would make some moments more dynamic.
However, despite these negative points, there's no denying that the production is a good addition to Marvel's catalog. It's a shame, though, that it arrives at a time of superhero universe fatigue, and not many people are interested in watching Nick Fury fighting his own demons.
For those willing to give it a chance, "Secret Invasion" is complete and available on Disney+.