This article contains major spoilers for Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion (Season 1, Episode 1) which is now streaming on Disney+.
Marvel Studios’ first episode of Secret Invasion (season 1) has now premiered on Disney+ as of today June 21. Read our full spoiler recap and review below.
Secret Invasion (S1, E1) “Resurrection” Quick Recap
This is just a quick recap and may not be written out in a chronological sense of the events of this episode.
Martin Freeman’s Everett K. Ross kicks off the episode by listening to another character’s theory about how Skrulls are up to something big and nasty. However, it is soon revealed that Ross is in fact a Skrull who is trying to silence this theory plus steal all of its major evidence that suggests such a thing.
Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill and Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos chase down the Ross imposter until he falls off a large building. It’s not too long after this that Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury is called back to planet Earth from the S.A.B.E.R. space station to help with the whole secret Skrull invasion situation.
Hill and Talos catch Fury up to speed just before he goes for a walk outside late at night to only get captured by Olvia Colman’s Sonya Falsworth and her team. This only happens so Falsworth and Fury can have a bit of a catch-up.
Falsworth makes it clear that she would like to deal with the Skrull threat without the assistance of Fury just before he reveals that he wanted to get captured by her. He can even be seen planting a secret listening device in her office without her knowing.
Talos’ daughter G’iah played by Emilia Clarke is revealed to be caught up as a warrior for the Skrull rebellion. However, she is seemingly convinced by Talos to betray her fellow Skrull rebels and join Fury’s side for the upcoming and apparent war that “lies ahead”.
The rebellion is led by a Skrull called Gravik played by Kingsley Ben-Adir (Barbie) who is told to have a complicated past with Nick Fury.
Gravik plans on using three explosive devices in aid of his rebellious attempt to shake the world and eventually wipe out the human species. Fury, Hill, and Talos with help from G’iah all attempt to stop these explosives from going off. However, they do, and it causes quite a chaotic scene amid a public event.
During the post-chaos of the explosives going off, Maria Hill sadly gets shot by Gravik and with what seems to be the end of her character for the MCU.
Secret Invasion (S1, E1) “Resurrection” Review
Secret Invasion‘s first episode “Resurrection” is saturated with exposition for both past and present storylines, however, it’s justified as the story itself does connect to various storylines seen so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As mentioned, the episode spends a lot of time simply explaining every little detail that the audience may or may not need to know to become fully caught up as to what’s going on. This includes dialogue that recaps past MCU events just in case some have forgotten or have not watched every single movie/tv series set in this universe.
However, this exposition-filled episode includes a great use of public outdoor sets for scenes that immerse you in the environment, convincing performances that leave you invested and a story that makes you want to know more with an ending that both shocks you and makes you itch for the next instalment.
4 out of 5 stars.
Season 1, Episode 1 of Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion can now be watched on Disney+.