Secret Invasion #3 NM McNiven Limited 1:25 Variant Cover Marvel Skrulls Disney+


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Secret Invasion (2008) #3B

Published Aug 2008 by Marvel
Limited 1:25 Incentive Variant Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
32 PGS/Cardstock Cover


Its Avenger versus Avenger. Hero versus hero! Norman Osborn versus Captain Marvel?? The Initiative versus an army of Super-Skrulls? Is Tony Stark really a- -? And who’s that guy with an eye patch coming to save the day?? And, oh man, who did he bring with him?

Featured Characters:
Young Avengers
Patriot (Eli Bradley)
Hawkeye (Kate Bishop)
Hulkling (Teddy Altman)
Wiccan (Billy Kaplan)
Vision (Jonas)
Speed (Tommy Shepherd)
Mighty Avengers
Iron Man (Tony Stark)
Diamondback (Rachel Leighton)
Stature (Cassie Lang)
Gauntlet (Joseph Green)
Prodigy (Richie Gilmore)
Taskmaster (Tony Masters)
Proton (Geldoff) (Death)
Crusader (Z’Reg)
Batwing (James Santini)
Gorilla Girl (Fahnbullah Eddy)
Red 9 (Wallace Jackson)
Geiger (Delilah Dearborn)
Sunstreak (Andrea Roarke)
Annex (Alex Ellis)
New Avengers
Echo (Maya Lopez)
Nick Fury
Slingshot (Yo Yo Rodriguez)
Quake (Daisy Johnson)
Phobos (Alexander Aaron)
Hellfire (J.T. James)
Stonewall (Jerry Sledge)
Druid (Sebastian Druid)
Skrull Imperial Starfleet
Skrull Army
Spider-Woman (Veranke) (Impersonates Jessica Drew) (Revealed as Skrull Queen)
Yellowjacket (Criti Noll) (Impersonates Dr. Hank Pym)
Edwin Jarvis (Skrull) (Impersonates Edwin Jarvis)
Captain Marvel (Khn’nr) (Impersonates Mar-Vell)
Super-Skrull variants
Maria Hill
Norman Osborn
Venom (Mac Gargan)
Songbird (Melissa Gold)
Swordsman (Andreas von Strucker)
Moonstone (Karla Sofen)

We begin the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier floating in the ocean in the Bermuda Triangle. Maria Hill and several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents go to the flight deck to survey the damage. There they find Jarvis and some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents already on the flight deck. Jarvis asks Maria Hill if she is ready to offer her full and total surrender.

We cut to Thunderbolts Mountain where we see Captain Marvel beating up Venom. Normon Osborn approaches Captain Marvel and says that Captain Marvel does not act like who he appears to be. Osborn asks if Captain Marvel will have a drink with him and talk things out.

We hop over to Camp Hammond where the members of the Initiative are all being gathered together. Yellow Jacket arrives on the scene and tells everyone that New York is under attack by aliens, but he doesn’t know who they are exactly. Yellow Jacket tells the Initiative members that this is what they have been training for.

We shift to Time Square in New York where the Young Avengers are brawling with the Super Skrulls. Hulkling attempts to talk with the Super Skrulls figuring that the fact that he is half-Skrull might help. The Super Skrulls ignore Hulkling and continue their attack. The Super Skrulls get the upper hand and are beating the Young Avengers. Suddenly, the cavalry arrives on the scene in the form of The Initiative members.

We slide over to the Savage Land where we see Spider-Woman attacking Echo. Echo tells Jessica to stop attacking. Echo says that she is not a Skrull. Spider-Woman responds “I know.” Spider-Woman then blasts Echo and takes her out.

We then see Tony working frantically to try and stop the Skrull virus that is infecting his tech. Spider-Woman walks into the lab and tells Tony that he can relax. That he did it. That his work on Earth is done. Spider-Woman says that Tony will go down in history as the greatest warrior in the Skrull armada. And that Tony will always and forever have the undying love of his queen. Spider-Woman then kisses Tony.

Tony yells “I am not a Skrull!” Spider-Woman explains that that is what Tony was trained to think. Spider-Woman says that she is sorry the truth had to be hidden from Tony. That Tony served the role of turning hero against hero and positioning himself as the world’s most important person.

Spider-Woman calls Tony by his Skrull name “Kr’Ali” and tells him that she praises him and loves him. That his day is well earned.

We cut back to Times Square where the Super Skrulls are laying a beating on both the Young Avengers and the Initiative members. Vision tells the Skrulls that they will not win. That others will come to stop them. The Super Skrulls answer back by blasting Vision’s head into little pieces. We then see the Skrulls killing a member of the Initiative.

The Super Skrulls stand victorious over the bodies of all the fallen heroes. Suddenly, the Super Skrulls begin to vibrate and then explode. We then see that Nick Fury in his S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform and his new Howling Commandos have arrived on the scene.

Secret Invasion is an upcoming American television miniseries created by Kyle Bradstreet for the streaming service Disney+, based on the Marvel Comics storyline of the same name. It is intended to be part of the television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. Bradstreet serves as head writer.

Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as Nick Fury from the film series, along with Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, with Cobie Smulders also starring. Development of the series began by September 2020, with Bradstreet and Jackson attached. The title and premise of the series, along with Mendelsohn’s casting, were revealed in December 2020. Additional castings occurred throughout March and April 2021, followed by the hiring of Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim to direct the series that May. Filming had begun in England by September 2021, with additional filming planned across Europe.

Secret Invasion is expected to premiere in late 2022, and will consist of six episodes. It will be part of Phase Four of the MCU.

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury: The former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. who is working with the Skrulls in deep space.
Ben Mendelsohn as Talos: The leader of a Skrull sect and an ally of Fury.
Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill: A former high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works closely with Fury.
Additionally, Kingsley Ben-Adir has been cast as a “lead villain”, with Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, Killian Scott, Christopher McDonald, and Carmen Ejogo cast in undisclosed roles.

Feige said the series would not be looking to match the scope of the Secret Invasion comic book storyline, in terms of the number of characters featured or the impact on the wider universe, and noted that the comic book featured more characters than the crossover film Avengers: Endgame (2019). Instead, he described Secret Invasion as a showcase for Jackson and Mendelsohn that would explore the political paranoia elements of the Secret Invasion comic series “that was great with the twists and turns that that took”.

When it comes to Nick Fury himself, the state of the MCU is very reminiscent of the buildup to Secret Invasion in the comics. Once again, Fury is at a point in his life where he’s left SHIELD behind and is quietly pursuing his own agenda. Thanks to the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, SHIELD has been officially dismantled and most of the world believes Fury is dead.

It stands to reason that the Secret Invasion TV series will follow the same basic premise as the comic, with Fury coming out of the shadows to deal with a clandestine alien invasion. The series sees Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders once again reprising their roles as Fury and Maria Hill, respectively, while Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos also plays a key role in the series. Zachary Quinto is also rumored to be making an appearance.

That being said, fans shouldn’t necessarily expect a close adaptation of the comic. We don’t even know for sure the Skrulls are the ones invading Earth this time. Don’t forget that 2019’s Captain Marvel revealed Fury has been working alongside Talos and other Skrulls since the ’90s. The post-credits scene in Spider-Man: Far From Home hints at Fury’s ambitious plans, which may involve spearheading SHIELD’s space-focused sister agency SWORD.

The Skrulls have thus far been painted in a much more heroic light in the MCU, whereas their longtime rivals the Kree are the imperialistic aggressors. Given that some Kree can pass for human (such as Annette Bening’s Mar-Vell and Jude Law’s Yon-Rogg), they may be the ones infiltrating Earth’s governments. Or perhaps Fury and Talos are working against a rival faction of Skrulls who have a less favorable opinion of Earth.

It also appears the series will downplay the Avengers and other superhuman characters. The rest of the confirmed Secret Invasion cast includes MCU newcomers like Emilia Clarke, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Olivia Colman. None of these actors have confirmed roles yet, though Ben-Adir will reportedly play a major villain in the series. Rumors suggest Clarke may be playing Abigail Brand, the green-haired, half-human director of SWORD.

Many Marvel fans are wondering what role, if any, Fury’s Secret Warriors team will play in the Secret Invasion series. That question is complicated by the fact that we’ve already seen a version of this team in an MCU-adjacent series.

The Secret Warriors factor heavily into Agents of SHIELD: Season 3, and Chloe Bennett’s Daisy Johnson (nicknamed “Skye” in the series) is a main character throughout the show’s seven seasons. However, Agents of SHIELD became increasingly disconnected from the larger MCU over time, and Marvel Studios’ film and streaming projects still have yet to openly acknowledge the events of the series. As far as the Avengers are concerned, Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson has been dead since 2012.

There’s also the fact that Skye doesn’t have a close relationship with Fury in the MCU. Agents of SHIELD instead positions the resurrected Coulson as her mentor/father figure. That, coupled with Bennett’s denial that she’ll be appearing in Secret Invasion, has led some fans to assume the Secret Warriors will be rebooted in the MCU proper. Still, with Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk both making the jump to the main MCU, there’s always a chance the cast of Agents of SHIELD will return.

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