Gravik launches an assault on the American President that puts Fury and Talos in some of the greatest danger they have ever faced in the latest episode of the Marvel and Disney+ Original Series, “Secret Invasion.” This episode is filled with big reveals, big moves from Gravik and the rest of the Skrulls, and an excellent setup for the final two episodes of this limited series.
The first major reveal is that G’iah is now a Super Skrull. The episode opens in the aftermath of Gravik shooting, and seemingly killing, G’iah at the end of episode three. It looks at how she took precautions and is now almost immortal. This reveal was handled wonderfully. As I wrote in my last episode review, I was worried they were killing off Emilia Clarke’s character too soon. While I figured signing that big of a name to this series meant she was involved for more than half of it, Marvel also tends to kill off characters, so I wasn’t sure what to think. I’m relieved to see G’iah still around and ready to fulfill her purpose in the final two episodes.
The second big reveal is that Rhodey is a Skrull, and Fury knows it. It’s unclear how long Rhodey has been a Skrull and how long Fury has known Rhodey is a Skrull. But it leads to a very interesting scenario where Rhodey orders Priscilla to kill Fury, and Fury and Priscilla both refuse to kill each other. Then, Fury breaks into Rhodey’s apartment to let Rhodey know that Fury knows about him. I would like to think that Skrull Rhodey took over when Terrance Howard was dropped in favor of Don Cheadle, but it’s more likely Rhodey has either always been a Skrull or was replaced during the events of “Endgame.” Still, I think they could’ve made the reveal better. The reveal felt glossed over, even if the conversation where it’s revealed Fury knows was intense. That reveal needed work.
In the end, Talos wears himself out trying to save the President, allowing Gravik to get close enough to kill him. It’s also revealed during this fight that Gravik is also a Super Skrull and has powers similar to Groot as well as others, just like we saw in an earlier episode. It appears that Gravik has killed Talos and that’s the Skrull death I was expecting. While I thought it wouldn’t be until episode five, Ben Mendelsohn’s character seems to have run its course, and his death will likely inspire G’iah to take up his cause and fight Gravik.
This was easily my favorite episode of the show. It delivered a big fight that was still believable for Fury to survive and participate. It delivered some intense dialogue and two interesting reveals, one great and one that could’ve been better. The only thing missing is Olivia Colman. I would’ve loved to have seen her in this episode.
Rating: 4.75 stars
What did you think of episode four of “Secret Invasion?”