As information about Marvel Studios’ 2023 streaming series Secret Invasion trickled out during production, one detail that remained a tightly-guarded secret was the identity of Emilia Clarke’s character. Now it seems as though Marvel Studios may have inadvertently let the cat out of the bag.
An official Disney site has released several GIFs from the upcoming series, including one featuring Clarke entitled “It’s the Beginning Abigail Brand.” Rumors and reports have had Clarke playing multiple characters from Brand, to Skrull spy G’iah and even Skrull Queen Veranke.
Of course, given that the series is an espionage thriller, it’s reasonable to question if Clarke really is Brand or if she’s a Skrull who is simming the character. Set photos showed Clarke’s character seemingly working with Kingsley Ben-Adir’s Gravik, who is the villain of the series. In the comics, Brand is a half-alien/half-human mutant who worked with S.W.O.R.D. During the events of Secret Invasion, Brand played a key role in freeing Mr. Fantastic from Skrull imprisonment which helped lead to the end of the takeover.
Secret Invasion is currently slated for a Spring 2023 release on Disney Plus.