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Marvel Studios seems to have revealed which forthcoming title will be its biggest since â€œAvengers: Endgame.â€
Interestingly, the identity of the project is a TV series.
Since 2021, the film studio has released several shows that have tracked the journey of certain characters in between films, while also introducing brand new arrivals that arenâ€™t likely to appear on the big screen.
For example, â€œWandaVisionâ€ was a vital watch ahead of Doctor Strange in â€œthe Multiverse of Madnessâ€ due to the inclusion of Elizabeth Olsenâ€™s Scarlet Witch, while the forthcoming Captain America film, led by Anthony Mackieâ€™s Sam Wilson, might not make much sense without the context of â€œThe Falcon and the Winter Soldier.â€
However, Moon Knight, starring Oscar Isaac, can be enjoyed as a standalone adventure unrelated to any other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) release.
During Marvelâ€™s Comic-Con panel last month, two new Avengers films were announced: â€œAvengers: The Kang Dynastyâ€ and â€œAvengers: Secret Wars.â€
The title of â€œSecret Warsâ€ immediately earmarked forthcoming series â€œSecret Invasionâ€ as a particularly important release. Marvel has now emphasised this by officially branding it a â€œcrossover eventâ€.
Going by the fact that Marvel previously labelled Avengers: Infinity War and â€œAvengers: Endgameâ€ as â€œcrossover eventsâ€, there is now no doubt that Secret Invasion will be the biggest Marvel series to date â€“ one thatâ€™s instrumental in setting up a brand new era for the MCU.
â€œSecret Invasionâ€ will focus on the Kree-Skrull war, which was first hinted at in 2019â€™s â€œCaptain Marvel.â€
This means that many characters seen in the series might not be what they appear. Instead, they could be shape-shifting Skrulls, a group of aliens who are planning to invade Earth by taking on the form of humans.
Cobie Smulders, who will return in the series as Agent Maria Hill, said of the series at Comic-Con: â€œYouâ€™re never going to know who people are. Are they a Skrull? Are they a human? Itâ€™s going to be a bit of a guessing game.â€
While the series will mark the return of Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury), Ben Mendelsohn (Talos), Don Cheadle (James Rhodes) and Martin Freeman (Everett Ross), the big question mark surrounds which other known characters will show up in the series.
In the comics, the series involves many Avengers as well as the X-Men and Fantastic Four, who are set to be introduced to the MCU over the coming years. It seems, at this stage, anybody could show up â€“ which certainly elevates the series in terms of the anticipation stakes.
The series will also introduce Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke and Kingsley Ben-Adir to the MCU, all of whom are playing mystery new characters.
â€œSecret Invasionâ€ will be released in early 2023, with the two new Avengers films set for 2025.