[This story contains spoilers for the first two episodes of Secret Invasion.]
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Your release date has changed, as have many other Marvel projects. How much adjustment did you have to make to account for other stories and release date changes?
Oh, if this is the reality of what happened, I never felt that way. My only feeling is that we’re chasing the story until it’s everything it needs to be: clear, emotionally real, exciting, etc. I think Kevin said this morning (at the press conference) that we’re releasing it now because it’s done. There is no other strategy.
For example, Nick Fury in November’s The Marvels, so do you have to communicate with that team to make sure you keep him in the right place?
The answer is yes, but they are not long conversations. It’s simple, “Where do you need him? Do you need him here? Great.” And then we write it in. So this sort of thing is easy because it’s all above my pay grade.
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forehead hug between Fury and Skrulls, I don’t remember when Captain Wei . Do you know the reason behind it?
We’re just looking for a different connection between Skrull and Skrull and Nick Fury and his Skrull friends. It was a conversation with Sam Mendelsohn and Ben Mendelsohn, just looking for ways to do something different. Skrulls aren’t from Earth, so they probably don’t shake hands for some reason. This is just an exploration of what might be different.
There is conflict between the US and Russia in this show, so is anyone concerned about these real life parallels?
Well, the real life parallels didn’t really emerge until we were halfway through filming, so it was coincidence, serendipity Coincidence, danger, and all of the above. But what I love about this show is that it’s real and grounded. The stakes are Earth and humanity, not more abstract or fictional things from outer space. So the real-life conflict between Russia and the US only makes the story feel more real.
I really like the exterior stairs shot in the opening episode. Martin Freeman’s character runs up the stairs with motion sensor lights, and the shot is filmed through a window on the outside of the building. Where does it rank in terms of your favorite shot from the show?
I can’t say I have a favorite lens. Every shot we do is in service of the story, and if any one of them jumps out for any reason then we’ve failed.
211025 “Secret Invasion” now airs Wednesdays on Disney+. This interview has been edited for length and clarity .