- Secret Invasion being an Avengers movie would have been more comic-accurate, with the involvement of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the full-blown invasion of the Skrulls.
- The six-episode format of the Disney+ series limited the opportunity to explore the epic Marvel Comics storyline and resulted in the loss of drama and higher stakes.
- The disappointing performance of Secret Invasion could have been avoided if it had been delivered as an Avengers crossover film, providing a bigger scale and a more thoughtful ending.
A fan poster reimagines Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion as an Avengers-level crossover event, rather than a smaller-scale series for Disney+. Secret Invasion premiered on Disney+ on June 21, 2023, as part of Phase 5 of the MCU, and despite being highly-anticipated, was met with a great deal of criticism, becoming one of the MCU’s lowest-rated projects. Samuel L. Jackson returned as former SHIELD Director Nick Fury in Secret Invasion, facing the threat of a rebellious faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who planned to kill off humanity to claim the Earth for their own, but even the espionage and more personal themes of Secret Invasion left viewers wanting so much more from the series.
After Secret Invasion’s release, many pondered whether the Phase 5 series might have been better being delivered as an Avengers crossover film, which would have given the project a bigger scale. A fan poster shared by spideyvegas imagines what this might have looked like, bringing back several past Avengers including Tony Stark’s Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Thor in a battle against the Skrulls.
Shared in April 2020, the fan poster imagined a different story for Secret Invasion long before the series premiered. With the poster titling the project Avengers: The Secret Invasion, this version of Secret Invasion could have avoided many of the complaints garnered by the Disney+ series.
Secret Invasion Being An Avengers Movie Would Have Been More Comic-Accurate
There was some confusion during Secret Invasion as Nick Fury constantly blew off the idea of calling in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to help against the Skrulls, even though one of the Avengers had been replaced. Many felt that the Avengers should have had a role in Secret Invasion, particularly since their involvement would have made the series much more comic-accurate than Marvel Studios’ adaptation. Marvel Comics’ Secret Invasion released in 2008 and depicted a full-blown invasion of the Earth by the villainous Skrulls. This included them replacing several members of the Avengers, which would have been great to explore in the MCU’s Phase 5.
While Secret Invasion’s six-episode format gave Marvel Studios the opportunity to delve deeper into Nick Fury’s MCU backstory and personal life, developing this epic Marvel Comics storyline into a Disney+ series meant that a lot of the drama was lost. Had the Avengers come together to battle the rebellious Skrulls on Earth, Secret Invasion might have had higher stakes, a more thoughtful ending, and would have taken more inspiration from the actual Marvel Comics story. Secret Invasion did set up some huge plot points for the MCU’s future, but the disappointing performance of the series perhaps could have been avoided to begin with.