After the mess that was Secret Invasion 1×03, where G’iah (Emilia Clarke) died, I really thought things would be looking up for Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) but that just isn’t the case with Secret Invasion 1×04. Fury continues to suffer loss after loss in this new episode and I’m over it because how much can one man take? The episode tries to make us believe Fury will defeat Gravik until the last scene, which is heartbreaking for everyone, especially the former head of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Despite this episode only having a run time of 39 minutes, the fast pace and action-packed scenes at the end were exactly what we’ve been missing. Some action never hurt anybody – except Fury’s friends do. I’m glad this episode had more of it. With only two episodes left, I hope we see Fury winning some of these battles because right now, Gravik is turning out to be more dangerous than anyone expected.
G’iah is A Super Skrull Badass Now
The first scene from episode 4 was the best one for me during the entire episode because seeing G’iah die last week was HARD when all she was just trying to do was help her father do the right thing. The good thing is G’iah quickly figured out how to use the SuperSkrull machine from one of the human’s memories and it worked. Things are getting interesting now with the Skrull’s new abilities, as shown by G’iah, they will be harder to stop now.
When Gravik spoke to the council, he seemed really confident about his ability to beat the Avengers because of the machine and it all makes sense now because Gravik’s Skrulls are now almost unkillable. After Gravik left, G’iah woke up and escaped the scene to go find her father. For a minute, I really thought they brought Emilia Clarke into the MCU just to kill off her character during Fury’s series, so I’m glad they didn’t do that.
I think G’iah will play an even bigger role in the remaining episodes, as she is the only Skrull outside of Gravik’s army who is enhanced and can use the machine. So I was right!!! Colonel Rhodes turned out to be a Skrull and I think everyone knew this when he fired Fury the way he did. I mean, Rhodes and Fury are ‘brothers’; there’s no way he would kick Fury out after he saved the world countless timeswith the Avengers.
I loved how this was confirmed when he appeared at the secret meeting spot (A Church) to meet with Priscilla. Rhodes asks Varra to kill Fury and shuts down any questions she asks about Gravik – further proving that the real Rhodes is being held captive at the Skrullos camp. The writers were smart with the way they didn’t make Rhodes being a shapeshifting alien so obvious and instead let us figure it out from his nasty behaviour. Don Cheedle’s acting did that.
The sassy remarks, eye rolling and short temper told us all we needed to know. While Rhodes and Varra discuss Fury’s demise, he’s at home listening to everything and you can see the hurt in his face when he realizes his wife is on Gravik’s side.
Gravik Is Always One Step Ahead Of Fury
Gravik and his Super Skrull team arrive in England with a plan to attack President Rutson and blame it on the Russians. I like how they didn’t show Gravik leaving the camp because they would have to explain where G’iah’s body went. I hope when G’iah sees Gravik again, she’ll put a bullet in him as payback. Since there are only two episodes left, it would make sense if G’iah was the one to defeat Gravik. She’s as powerful as him, having gone through the machine, whereas Fury and Talos don’t fathom how strong Gravik has really become.
Plus, if anyone knows his weaknesses, it will be G’iah. Talos’ reunion with his daughter was welcomed when you remember they pointed guns at each other during the first episode. Something about the way this scene is shot makes it feel like their last moment together. Their happy reunion is cut short when G’iah finds out Talos’ great plan for the 1 million Skrulls on Earth is to ‘just keep contributing and show them (humans) our hearts.
Seriously?? Show them your hearts is the stupidest idea, as if this is a Disney film. It is Disney, but this isn’t the fairytale Talos’ character thinks it is. Emilia Clarke’s face the whole time she’s listening is so funny because she really brought out all our feelings regarding Talos’ plan. Gravik’s team has already killed thousands of people with the first attack; there’s no way humans will just ‘forgive’ what happened. No way.
Who Is Really On Nick Fury’s Side In Secret Invasion?
Priscilla returns home ready to kill Fury like she’s been ordered, but something changes when she sits down with him. They sit and talk and Priscilla reveals why she wanted a life with Fury. It all comes down to love and the fact that she wanted to be called “Beloved” by Fury. I liked how this scene played out with them completing the poem simultaneously from their 2012 meeting.
The show really played us when they fired their guns but I loved the suspense in that second not knowing if Fury had shot his wife. It seems weird to me when Fury doesn’t answer Varra at the end. Why would he be so cold-hearted after she proved her loyalty to him? The show is really trying to make it seem that Fury is ungrateful to those who love him, and I don’t like it.
Fury breaking into Colonel Rhodes’s apartment was another scene that initially felt out of place because why would he want to be around him knowing he’s a Skrull? But it made sense when Talos revealed there was a tracker in the drink he delivered. I’m glad Secret Invasion showed Fury can still go on a solo mission and outsmart the bad guys even without the help of his super friends. Let’s not forget he led the Avengers.
Gravik Kills Talos In Secret Invasion 1×04
The funniest scene in this episode was all thanks to Fury because he got Rhodes drunk enough to give the president the worst advice ahead of the peace talks. And if Rhodes drinking on such an important day didn’t alert President Ratson that something wasn’t right, then he might be the dumbest president in this phase of the MCU. Anyway, I appreciated how much they tried with the action scenes, even though the gunshots looked really fake from here though the gunshots.
Gravik has always wanted to kill Talos for making a deal with Fury; this was his chance to get revenge. Gravik shows off his Groot-like powers before standing before Fury. We get to see how the bullets pass through his body without killing him and it’s so cool. Even though we had to wait until Secret Invasion episode 4 to see the Skrull’s powers, it was worth it, but at the expense of Talos. He didn’t deserve to die like that but I see why it had to happen. This is the perfect setup for G’iah to kill Gravik, her father’s death will be the ultimate motivation.
For an MCU villain, Gravik is really starting to grow on me. Unlike Fury and his team, who are focused on many different things while the invasion is going on, Gravik focuses only on his mission. He doesn’t stop to think or grieve those he’s lost like Fury does. He just moves on to the next mission and that’s scary. Hopefully, the next episode will see Fury team up with G’iah and take down Gravik or else there won’t be anything stopping the Skrulls from taking over the planet.
Marvel’s Secret Invasion airs new episodes on Wednesday on Disney+.