Emilia Clarke, the English actress known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” is set to make her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the upcoming Disney+ TV series “Secret Invasion.”
In the series, Clarke will play the character of Veranke, the queen of the Skrull empire, a shape-shifting alien species that can take on the appearance of any human being. The show will follow Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) as he uncovers a secret plot by the Skrulls to infiltrate powerful positions worldwide.
The Skrulls were first introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the 2019 film “Captain Marvel,” where Fury encountered the species during his time as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the 1990s. In the movie, Fury promised the Skrull leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) that he would find them a new home after their home planet was destroyed.
The casting of Clarke in “Secret Invasion” has generated a lot of buzz among Marvel fans, who are eagerly anticipating the series’ release on Disney+. Clarke’s talent and versatility as an actress make her a strong addition to the already impressive roster of MCU actors.
Jackson references the “Captain Marvel” scene in which Talos reunites with his Skrull family on a space station in Earth’s orbit as the first glimpse of Emila Clarke’s character.
“Remember when Ben was there with his wife and daughter?” Jackson told VF. “She’s the little Skrull girl grown up. She’s his daughter.”
Clarke will portray the grown-up G’iah (pronounced “Guy-ah”), who sees her father as a failure in parenting and leadership.
“It’s hardened her, for sure. There’s a kind of punk feeling that you get from this girl,” Clarke said. “She’s a refugee kid who’s had Talos for a dad, you know what I mean? Maybe the fact that we didn’t know he had a kid up until this point tells you everything you need to know about their relationship.”
A lot of time has passed since Fury made that promise, and the Skrulls have decided to take matters into their own hands in a not-so-friendly way, led by resistance leader Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir) who has radicalized them.
“These people promised a lot of stuff a long time ago, and not a lot has happened. So understandably, a certain amount of resentment has been built,” Clarke said. “There’s a lot of emotions that live within her, and there’s a lot of confrontational aspects to her character that have come from circumstance. You understand why she has the feelings that she does.”
The series will also star Oscar winner Olivia Colman. “Secret Invasion” arrives on Disney+ June 21, 2023.