Marvel Studios’ next Disney Plus streaming series, Secret Invasion, is being billed as a paranoid spy thriller and as information about it has slowly trickled out, life is imitating art. Just one month after an official Marvel site revealed Emilia Clarke’s character as Abigail Brand, a new rumor points in an entirely different direction. Or does it…?
According to insider Daniel RPK, Clarke’s character is called G’iah and, as oft-theorized, is a Skrull and the daughter of Talos, who returns as one of the series’ leads. Through set photos and a trailer, Clarke has only ever been seen as a human and according to the rumor, her human name in the series will be Nell. Set photos revealed Clarke’s Nell interacting quite a bit with Kingsley Ben-Adir who is set to play the piece’s villain. Ben-Adir’s character, Gravik, is a Skrull who has a long history with Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos who, from the first trailer for the series, seems to be key to whatever plan the Skrulls have for Earth.
Given that Secret Invasion is based on a comic book event with the tagline “Who Do You Trust?”, it’s certainly worth wondering how much misinformation Marvel Studios may have chosen to let into the wild ahead of the series’ 2023 release. Could Clarke’s character still be the MCU’s version of Abigail Brand? Did Marvel Studios intentionally misrepresent who she was on an official site? In the comics, Brand was an Agent of S.W.O.R.D. working to intercept extraterrestrial threats to Earth. Given that Clarke’s character has been seen working so closely with Gravik in set photos, it’s possible she could be a S.W.O.R.D. spy…but it’s also possible she’s spying on S.W.O.R.D.! Who Do You Trust!
Secret Invasion will stream on Disney Plus in Spring 2023.