One of the most exciting announcements coming from December’s Disney Investors Day was the confirmation of Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn returning to their MCU roles. The two stars will lead the cast for Marvel’s Secret Invasion series for Disney+. Now, as first reported by Deadline, Kingsley Ben-Adir will join the show’s cast as well.
While exact details on who Ben-Adir will play are scarce, the initial report notes he is the show’s main antagonist. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury, a staple of the MCU since its inception. Additionally, Mendelsohn will portray the shape-shifting Skrull leader Talos, last seen acting as Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The series will reportedly run for six episodes on the Disney+ streaming service. Within the pages of Marvel Comics, Secret Invasion is a comic book crossover storyline that ran through a self-titled eight-issue limited series. The story follows a subversive, long-term invasion of Earth by the Skrulls. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, the series sees The Avengers teaming with The Fantastic Four and the X-Men, among others, to confront and end the threat of the Skrulls. However, in the MCU, the Skrulls are not as conniving as their comic book counterparts. Talos and Soren seemingly have a friendly partnership with Nick Fury. Additionally, a Skrull appears during the season finale of WandaVision to recruit Teyonah Parris‘ Monica Rambeau for an unknown assignment from Fury.
Kinglsey Ben-Adir is an accomplished thespian with a litany of theatre performances in London’s West End stages. Additionally, the actor is known for a starring role in the second season of the Netflix series The OA as well. Most recently, Ben-Adir stars as Malcolm X alongside Leslie Odom, Jr., Eli Goree, and Aldis Hodge in Regina King’s directorial debut One Night in Miami. The role in Secret Invasion will be the second time Ben-Adir appears on the Disney+ platform following a role in the Christmas film Noelle along with Bill Hader and Anna Kendrick.
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