Marvel Studios has recently unveiled the complete series of Secret Invasion on its streaming platform, Disney+. Despite anticipation, the series has garnered mixed reviews and has been recognized as one of the studio's lowest-rated projects on Rotten Tomatoes.
This marks a significant deviation from what Marvel fans have come to expect. Secret Invasion made some bold moves in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), such as introducing an overpowering character and unveiling that James "Rhodey" Rhodes (portrayed by Don Cheadle) had been a Skrull all along.
These narrative choices have stirred considerable discussion, but one missing element has caught fans' attention: the absence of a post-credits scene. In an enlightening interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director Ali Selim addressed the reason behind this unorthodox choice.
He revealed, "None that I was privy to. There may have been discussions in the upper offices where I wasn't involved, but I don't know. I think that they use those end-credit sequences to launch something or to resolve something, and maybe this story feels like it resolves itself.
So I don't know what they're launching other than Nick Fury went up in the spaceship to get ready for The Marvels." This candid response from Selim provides insight into Marvel's strategic thinking. Often, post-credit scenes serve as teasers or closure, but the creative team felt that Secret Invasion's storyline stood complete on its own.
Selim further opened up about the two specific instructions he received from Marvel Studios for the series. In a recent conversation with The Wrap, he noted, "I didn't feel any constraints. All I was told is, Fury's got to go up.
That was it. So we just had to have Fury go up at the end, and it would be great if Rhodey — if his legs didn't work. And that's it."
Secret Invasion: A Skrull Takeover
The Secret Invasion storyline centers on MCU stalwarts Nick Fury (Samuel L.
Jackson) and Talos (Mendelsohn) as they combat an invasion of shape-shifting Skrulls who have permeated every facet of life on Earth. The series also features appearances from Cobie Smulders, Martin Freeman, and new cast members including Emilia Clarke and Olivia Colman.
Under the pen of Kyle Bradstreet and direction of Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim, Secret Invasion attempts to explore uncharted territory within the MCU. Whether or not this experiment pays off will ultimately be determined by the fans' reception.
All episodes of Secret Invasion are now available exclusively on Disney+. Fans and critics alike are keeping a close eye on how this series fits into the broader MCU landscape, setting the stage for what promises to be an exciting phase of new releases and storytelling directions.
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