Following the death of Talos, the Skrulls and Nick Fury are laying everything on the line as they prepare to go to war in the penultimate episode of the Marvel and Disney+ Original Series, “Secret Invasion.” Rhodey Skrull has unleashed the video of Gravik, as Nick Fury, killing Maria Hill. Meanwhile, Fury is turning to Sonya and his own grave to prepare to stop Gravik’s invasion.

This episode was mostly window dressing following the excellence of episode four. This episode didn’t do much on its own, but in the context of the entire series, it got everything into place to set up what appears to be an exciting series finale. G’iah stays with Cilla who Gravik has ordered to be put to death for not killing Fury. In the end, we see why Cilla and G’iah are both to be admired and feared. Meanwhile, Fury is getting help from some expected and unexpected places.

While it was established early that Fury and Sonya have a somewhat adversarial relationship, there’s still a bit of respect and trust between them. They’ve both seen and handled things the average human hasn’t, so they know they can depend on the other when the going gets tough. Sonya is the expected help, and Oliva Colman steals every scene she is in, whether it’s witty banter with Fury or straight up shooting the Skrull who has infiltrated the British government.

The unexpected help comes in the form of Rick Mason. This is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was introduced in “Black Widow.” He was last seen picking up Natasha Romanov at the end of that film. Before this episode, that was his only appearance in the MCU. Mason seemed to be the type of character who was just there for one film, so I wouldn’t be surprised if most people didn’t recognize him. However, he arrives to help Fury and gives him the device Black Widow used to change her appearance in “Captain America and the Winter Soldier,” further interconnecting the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This episode was both great and only fine. For the short time I watched it, it was fine. There was nothing bad about it, but other than the gunfight, and Oliva Colman’s scenes, nothing stood out about it. It was just there. But we’ve known since 2008 the MCU is intertwined in ways that we can’t imagine, and this episode does its part to tie up this series as a whole and the MCU at large. I can’t wait for the finale.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Jeremy Brown

Jeremy has been a big Disney fan since he was a kid growing up during the Disney Renaissance. One day he hopes to go to every Disney Park in the world.

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