Marvel unveiled the latest trailer on Sunday, offering a bigger look at the star-studded cast, including Emily ClarkeOlivia Colman, Don Cheadle, Martin Freeman, Ben Mendelsohn, Cobie Smulders and Kingsley Ben-Adir.
The series follows Jackson’s Fury, who, alongside a few familiar faces such as Mendelsohn’s Talos and Freeman’s former CIA operative Everett K. Ross, works to expose a conspiracy bent on installing Skrull double agents around the world in positions that change shape. It’s an effort overseen by Ben-Adir’s Gravik, who leads a group of rebel Skrulls who believe the best way to protect their race is to infiltrate Earth and take its resources.
In a recent interview with Vanity purse Jackson teased the upcoming series, explaining the notable absence of Fury’s eye patch, something the actor called part of who the “strong Nick Fury does.”
“It’s part of his vulnerability now,” he continued. “You can look at it and see that he’s not such a perfectly indestructible person. He doesn’t feel like that guy.”
As evidenced by a previous trailer for the series, released in September, Fury will have to answer, at least in part, for his earthly absence. “I’m not back on Earth for a minute. And as Cobie will say, she’s been trying to reach me and contact me, but I’ve ignored her messages,” Jackson explained.
“I think Maria Hill’s patience is really running out,” added Smulders, who plays former SHIELD agent Maria Hill. “She’s always had a close relationship with Nick Fury, [but] he’s been gone so long, and she’s just running around putting out fires.”
Smulders added that fans should expect a more human-driven plot for the show that will feature real, human heroes. “Even though there are aliens and there will be extraordinary fight scenes, this is about people on the ground talking to each other and interviewing people, and doing some real hands-on work to get the necessary information,” she said.
That first trailer teased an action-packed, spy-driven war that will see Fury as the “last person standing between them and what they really want.” It also teased Clarke’s character, G’iah, the daughter of Talos who has a bone to pick with Fury.
“These people promised a lot a long time ago, and not much has happened. So it’s understandable that a certain amount of resentment has built up,” Clarke told the magazine. “There are many emotions in her, and there are many confrontational aspects of her character that arise from circumstances. You understand why she has the feelings she does.
Coleman’s Sonya Falsworth, a high-ranking MI6 agent and longtime ally of Fury’s, was also previewed alongside the return of Cheadle’s Rhodey/War Machine. Of Coleman’s performance and character, Jackson teased that “it’s someone you’ve never seen her play before.” He added, “She’s cold-blooded and just enjoys being that person.”
Secret invasion will premiere on Disney+ on June 21.