Marvel’s Secret Invasion Casts Christopher McDonald
Marvel’s Secret Invasion has officially found its latest star. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Happy Gilmore and Hacks star Christopher McDonald has joined the cast of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe series, which is set to debut exclusively on Disney+. While it is unknown exactly who McDonald could be playing, the report indicates that he is playing “a newly created character” who could cross over into additional MCU movies and Disney+ series.
While there’s no telling exactly what that role could be, casting descriptions that surfaced earlier this year indicated that the series was looking for a male series regular between the ages of 50-60, who would serve as the series’ main antagonist. It certainly isn’t out of the question that that could be McDonald’s role, whether it be a comic-accurate character or somebody new entirely. The MCU’s Disney+ series have developed a penchant for introducing major characters that carry over into other projects, most recently with Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Val in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Inspired by the Marvel Comics event of the same name, Secret Invasion will follow the newest adventures of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), in a story that is expected to involve a Skrull infiltration on Earth. The series will be showrun by Mr. Robot alum Kyle Bradstreet, and is set to be a unique take on the Marvel Comics arc of the same name. The cast will also include Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Killian Scott.
“Well, there were more characters in the Secret Invasion comic series than there were in Endgame so, no,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told ComicBook.com earlier this year. “It’s not that but it very much is a showcase for Sam Jackson and Ben Mendelson and tapping into the paranoia elements of the Secret Invasion comic series that was great with the twists and turns that that took. So, that’s certainly our focus more than, ‘Can we cram in more characters than Endgame? like publishing?'”
Timeline For the Show
Andrew W. Marlowe was hired to write the script for a Nick Fury project in 2006. The script he wrote was loosely based on Jim Starenko’s Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. series and involved the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. The script was not written for the version of the character appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it was constructed before Samuel L. Jackson was cast but Marlowe said that the script could be “tweaked” for Jackson’s portrayal.
On September 25, 2020, Variety reported that Marvel Studios was developing a series centred on Nick Fury with Kyle Bradstreet attached to write and executive produce.
On December 10, 2020, during Disney’s 2020 Investor Day, Kevin Feige announced that a Secret Invasion series was in development for Disney+ with Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn set to reprise their Marvel Cinematic Universe roles of Nick Fury and Talos, respectively in the series.
On January 11, 2021, in an interview with Collider, Kevin Feige revealed that the series’ first season would consist of six episodes.
On January 18, 2021, Production List revealed that the series was scheduled to start filming on April 5 in Los Angeles.
On March 15, 2021, Deadline reported that Kingsley Ben-Adir had joined the cast of the series and that he would portray the series’ lead villain.
On April 19, 2021, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Olivia Colman had joined the cast of the series in an undisclosed role. That same day, it was reported that the series was scheduled to start filming in the fall in the United Kingdom and Europe. The next day, Variety reported that Emilia Clarke had joined the cast of the series in an undisclosed role.
On April 30, 2021, Deadline reported that Killian Scott was in talks to join the cast of the series.
On May 14, 2021, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim would be directing episodes of the series. The next day, Collider reported that the series was expected to premiere in 2022.
On May 26, 2021, Deadline reported that Christopher McDonald had joined the cast of the series in an undisclosed role.
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