This article contains major spoilers for Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion (Season 1, Episode 3) which is now streaming on Disney+.
The episode begins with a cold open in which the new Skrull recruit Beto questions the chaos caused by the Skrull invasion. He is easily persuaded by Pagon (Killian Scott) to take the “risk” that comes along with faith.
The cold open continues with Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir) inviting the members of the Skrull council to New Skrullos to showcase his plans for humanity. This also marked the first use of the term “Super Skrull” in the MCU.
After the Marvel Studios intro, we are led to a flashback in New York, 1998. A young Nick Fury (with the eyepatch) enters a cafe. He meets Varra (earlier revealed to be Fury’s wife), who hands him an envelope that is supposed to put “Dreykov’s men on their heels”.
General Dreykov was first mentioned by Loki in The Avengers when Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) was interrogating the God of Mischief. He was also the primary antagonist of Black Widow and was killed in the crash of the Red Room Academy.
Back to present day. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) talks to Priscilla (Charlayne Woodard) and asks her if she’d been in contact with Gravik. She proceeds to condemn Fury for abandoning her twice, after which she receives a phone call from a person seeking some information. It is implied that nick checks who called Priscilla.
At New Skrullos, Gravik wakes G’iah up and questions her trust and allegiance to the cause. She leads him to believe that Brogan was incompetent and spilled the beans to Sonya Falsworth.
Gravik and G’iah fly to London the next day, and head to the London Portraits Museum on the way to which the Skrull general lets G’iah know Talos has called upon him for a parley to discuss her. Talos and Gravik discuss the differences between generals and soldiers, after which they move to a cafe.
At the cafe, Talos and Gravik get into a heated discussion about G’iah, and all the other diners reveal themselves to be Skrulls. Talos warns Gravik that he will reveal all his plans to every single nation in the world, which would remove the element of surprise from his war.
The parley ends with Talos stabbing Gravik with a knife and choking him. However, he does not cause any fatal injuries and warns Gravik to never speak G’iah’s name again. Afterwards, G’iah hands Talos the location of a Skrull-infiltrated warhead strike.
Fury locates Talos and informs him that he has discovered information about a Skrull operative embedded in a prominent position within the US government, who happens to be in London (potentially Rhodey).
Due to their previous disagreement in Episode 2, Talos expresses his resentment towards Fury and declares that he is no longer under his employ. Therefore, if Fury needs assistance, he must explicitly request Talos’ help.
Reluctantly, Fury agrees to this arrangement, and the two depart together. Talos shares the intelligence obtained from G’iah with Fury, who then identifies Neptune as a British submarine.
Afterwards, he contacts Sonya Falsworth (played by Olivia Colman), who has come across the camera he had planted in her office. She reprimands him for invading her privacy but eventually provides him with the name and location of the submarine’s commanding officer, Commodore Robert Fairbanks, whom Fury affectionately refers to as “Bob.”
While traveling towards Bob’s residence in Portsmouth, Fury and Talos engage in yet another dispute regarding Fury’s failure to recognize and appreciate Talos’ significant contributions. Talos expresses to Fury that without him and the rest of the Skrulls, Fury would have never achieved the status he had.
They infiltrate “Bob”‘s house and try to find the Skrull. Talos tells Fury over comms that he’s captured “Bob”, but Fury realises it was Bob in disguise because he referred to Fury as “Nick”.
“Nobody calls me Nick, Bob.”Nick Fury to “Bob”
Simultaneously, the submarine maneuvers into position, having already received the order to launch an attack on the UN flight. Pagon, undercover on the ship, ensures that everything progresses as planned. As preparations for the missile launch are underway, Fury and Talos interrogate “Bob”, seeking the code necessary to abort the mission.
Bob adamantly refuses to disclose the code and further reveals that Gravik had proposed a partnership to Talos, an offer that Talos had rejected. During the tense exchange, Bob mentions G’iah, provoking Talos to take decisive action by shooting and killing “Bob”. With time rapidly dwindling, Talos contacts G’iah and enlists her assistance in retrieving the code from the memories of the real Commodore Fairbanks.
However, this necessitates G’iah blowing her cover, jeopardizing her mission. Ultimately, the code is discovered to be the name of Bob’s son, allowing Talos to issue the command in a timely manner, halting the impending strike and granting Fury a much-needed victory. The missile launch is aborted, and Pagon is apprehended.
G’iah attempts to escape from New Skrullos but she is caught by Gravik, who after revealing that the strike was a decoy to find the traitor within the resistance group, shoots her.
Priscilla heads to the bank, where she finds a gun inside a safety deposit box. It is revealed that she was working for Gravik as well, as Fury had suspected earlier.
The first 3 episodes of Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion are streaming on Disney+.