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Samuel L. L. Jackson, 'Secret Invasion' Team Meet Different Kind of Nick Fury in Marvel Miniseries

If you’ve seen the Marvel movies, you know Nick Fury. The spy of all spies, the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D., the mastermind behind the Avengers, he’s always managed to maintain a certain amount of mystery over the course of several films. He is played by the inimitable Samuel L. Jackson in a black leather trench coat and trademark eye patch, first appearing in Jon Favreau’s iron Man.

Now, Jackson is in the Disney+ six-episode miniseries Secret Invasion . This time around, Fury ditches the blindfold to reveal his scarred eyes, and according to Jackson, he’s not as unstoppable as ever shake.

“[He’s] old, a little tired, and not as confident as he used to be,” the actor told The Hollywood Reporter at the show’s Tuesday night premiere. “You find out where he lives! Does he live in an apartment? Is that a house?”

Set a few years after the Blip, Secret Invasion finds Nick Fury finally back on Earth after completing a space station operation called SABER for the US government. With the looming threat of the shape-shifting skeletons threatening Earth’s highest authority, Fury returns to finish what he started long ago.

“I think we’re so used to seeing Nick Fury, he can handle anything and he’s always six steps ahead,” executive producer Jonathan Shirley said. Watts said. “He always knows what you’re thinking before you think it, and that’s not exactly what we’ll see at the top of Secret Invasion Nick.”

Director Ali Selim agrees. “Unlike any other Marvel show we’ve seen, [Secret Invasion] is really about a guy with his feet on the ground, and as the first episode begins, He’s getting older, he’s lost a little bit of his mojo,” he said. “I think coming out of the pandemic, as an older person, I understand that, and I think that really drew me in to what this story said about discovery and trust and belief in a moral code.”

After the role play 06, Jackson said he would keep coming back “until they stop calling me,” adding, “Whenever my phone rings, they You can call me.”

His longtime partner Cobie Smulders, who plays Fury’s right-hand man, Maria Hill, echoed the sentiment.

“15 years,” the actress joked about her role in the MCU . “Feels like it!”

On a serious note, Smulders shared that she didn’t even think she got the role after her first audition. “For me, every time the phone rings, I get excited. It’s a particularly exciting role because it’s so tied into Nick Fury’s story,” she continued. “I feel like our characters have been intertwined for so long, so it was great to be invited to explore the story in more depth.”

With Jackson and Smulders, Marvel veterans join the likes of Martin Freeman, Returners) Ben Mendelsohn and Don Cheadle, and like Olivia Colman , Such newcomers Emilia Clarke and Kingsley Ben Adil .

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Secret Invasion marks Clarke’s first major return to television since she was on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Regardless of whether the actress had any hesitation before jumping ship to another major series – after she also appeared in Solo – this The actress promises she’s up for the challenge. “When I remind myself ‘Hey, this is Marvel,’ all the hesitation goes away,” Clark said. “And Olivia Colman. Samuel L. Jackson. Ben Mendelsohn. I mean, for a good reason.”

Clarke plays G’iah, the daughter of Skrull leader Talos (Mendelsohn), who, like her Thrones character, is not one to mess with.

“I think it’s because I’m not a real-life badass, which feels kind of wonderful,” she says of playing powerful, action-packed characters. “Let’s put on a show, maybe we’ll be it, and then they call it quits. I’m definitely not a badass.”

Ben-Adir plays the show’s antagonist, Gravik, He is the leader of a group of rebel Skrulls who wish to populate Earth. But like other Marvel villains that came before him, Gravik isn’t just bad for the sake of being bad. He is passionate about his people’s cause and is willing to stop at nothing to make it happen.

“How was Graviks created? What happened? How traumatized was he before he was ready to turn around and see the damage done to others?” Ben- Adil muses on his character. “It’s just really digging in. The focus is like, ‘Wow, what happens if you don’t really trust anyone? Skrulls, humans, dogs, cats, men, women, children, no one. I think he’s loved before , he had a life everywhere, and now he’s like, ‘Fuck it. I’m an idiot. Now I get it.’ Kind of gross, so I’m having a good time.”

As for what it was like to play against Jackson, Ben-Adil called the experience “nervous — painful at first,” noting that the veteran actor’s involvement was a “huge draw” to the project for him. “. “But we found the sweet spot,” Secret Invasion Launch Event One Night in Miami The actors remember. “It’s been a lot of fun working with Sam.”

When Fury tries to stop Gravik’s rebellion on the show, Jackson emphasizes that the Skrulls are not the enemy.

“They’re not trying to kill us,” the actor said. “They just want to live like everyone else. It’s kind of like the problem we have now. People just come to try and find a better place or a better life for themselves. Like those people, the Skrulls are here too, but they don’t want to Become Secret Invaders. They want to live in their own skin.”

Secret Invasion will premiere on Disney+ in June .

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