Secret Invasion season 1, episode 2 recap: “Promises”

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Marvel Studios' Secret Invasion, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Marvel Studios' Secret Invasion, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL. /

The Marvel Disney Plus show Secret Invasion, is gaining popularity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with its second episode getting a lot of attention. The episode combines politics, secrets, and new insights into characters in an interesting way.

It’s not your usual superhero action-packed story. Instead, it focuses on the hidden world of politics and the complex Skrull race.

Episode 2 continues the story after a devastating attack in Moscow, with Nick Fury taking charge and the Skrulls’ plan becoming clearer.

Secret Invasion season 1, episode 2 recap

The episode opens with a flashback to 1995, showcasing Nick Fury’s initial encounter with the Skrulls alongside Carol Danvers. Two years later, Fury encounters a young Skrull named Gravik, who had managed to escape after his parents sacrificed themselves in a fight.

Fury makes a promise to the Skrulls that if they assist him in defending Earth, he will help them find a new home for their people. Returning to the present, one of the Skrull warriors is captured by authorities while loudly proclaiming his American identity.

Fury and Talos manage to escape and board a train from Moscow to Warsaw. During their journey, Fury asks Talos if there is anything he doesn’t know about the destruction of Skrullos and the escape of its inhabitants.

Talos reveals that there are over a million Skrulls currently residing on Earth, much to Fury’s anger and surprise. In a solemn moment, Maria Hill’s body is transported on a plane back to the US.

Her mother, along with a small group of people, pays their respects. Approaching Fury, Maria’s mother asks him about the circumstances of her daughter’s death.

Fury shoulders the blame, stating that her death was a result of someone targeting him. The media becomes inundated with news about the attack, with speculations of American involvement.

European leaders share their opinions on the matter. Meanwhile, Gravik and G’iah make a stop, with Gravik attending a meeting of the high council of the Skrulls.

It is revealed that Skrulls have infiltrated high-ranking positions worldwide, including the British Prime Minister, the NATO General Secretary, and a prominent American newscaster. Dissatisfied with Fury’s failure to honor their agreement, Gravik advocates for war as their best course of action.

Gravik orchestrates a coup and is elected as the General of the Skrulls, although one council member opposes his appointment. She leaves the meeting and promptly informs Talos of the development.

Returning to their base, Gravik is greeted with cheers from the others. He shares a private conversation with Pagon, who then ventures deeper into the facility, followed by G’iah.

G’iah discovers a lab where a scientist named Rosa Dalton conducts mysterious experiments related to “harvests.” Colonel Rhodes represents President Ritson in an emergency meeting with major EU leaders, denying any American involvement in the Moscow attack unless credible evidence is provided.

During the meeting, Fury contacts Rhodes and requests a meeting in person. Fury and Rhodes meet at a bar, where Fury reveals that the Skrulls have infiltrated their ranks, and it is Rhodes’ responsibility to stop them.

Although Rhodes acknowledges vague knowledge of the Skrulls, he dismisses Fury, citing the need for accountability and teamwork.

Secret Invasion season 1, episode 2 recap: “Promises”
Ben Mendelsohn as Talos/Keller in Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL. /

Sonya takes over the interrogation of the captured Skrull, employing a chemical torture method to extract information. G’iah investigates Rosa’s experiments through the facility’s computers, while Gravik informs her that they have learned the location of their captured comrade.

The prisoner reveals the scientist’s name and mentions a machine that could potentially enhance their strength, before Sonya escapes just as Gravik and Pagon arrive to free him. G’iah contacts the police to expose the safehouse location while she remains alone, forcing them to continue driving.

They eventually stop in a forest, where Pagon kills the prisoner for divulging their secrets. Fury arrives at a house where a Skrull woman is peacefully cooking.

As he enters the kitchen, she observes her human form and reminds him of something important. Fury retrieves a wedding ring from a nearby table, putting it on before warmly embracing and kissing her.

Secret Invasion season 1, episode 2 review

Secret Invasion is a different kind of Marvel show that focuses more on political tricks and hidden plans, instead of just action. This gives it a fresh feel that some people might really like.

The Skrulls, who are portrayed in the show, are not like they were in the comic books. They are shown as a complex group of aliens searching for a new home.

Some of them have extreme ideas. This makes the Skrulls interesting and well-written characters.

Secret Invasion might not be for everyone, especially if you want a lot of superhero fighting scenes. But it’s a smart and different addition to the Marvel world.

It takes risks and tells a good story. With great acting, an interesting plot, and a fresh take on familiar characters, Secret Invasion is worth watching for Marvel fans.

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