A new clip from the upcoming Disney+ miniseries Secret Invasion was released online on Thursday, offering fans a chance to indulge in their own spy skills in addition to the spy-related paranoia and suspicion expressed in the clip itself thing up.
The clip — what feels like an entire scene from the series starring Martin Freeeman as ex-CIA agent Everett Ross — wasn’t posted to either YouTube or Twitter. Instead, the official Marvel Studios Twitter account urged fans to decode one mystery board This revealed a password for the “theinvasionhasbegun.com” website, which they used to unlock an “encrypted” file on the website.
In the clip, Ross navigates the streets of Moscow to meet up with an agent named Prescott, who we’re pretty sure plays Game of Thrones fan favorite Richard Dormer. (Its cast has yet to be officially announced or listed on IMDb Pro, but if you’ve seen Game of Thrones you can’t miss it, even with its newly revealed fake American accent).
Prescott goes full “It’s always sunny in Philadelphia“He revealed to Ross his own wall full of news clippings from reported terrorist attacks around the world, which he believes are all linked.
“Do you think the same people are behind all this?” Ross asks.
“Not humans,” Prescott replies. “Skulls.”
Prescott then recaps the events of Captain Marvel, at the end of which Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) promise to find a new home for the shape-shifting alien race. The 2019 film turned the concept of the Skrulls on its head and turned them into innocent fugitives, unlike the villains they were first introduced to in the 1962 second installment of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s “Fantastic Four.”
Prescott says the Skrulls have since turned against humanity, but this pushes Ross back as the only contact between humans and the Skrulls was through Fury.
And where is Fury? Prescott inquires.
“He’s on SABER!” exclaims Ross, giving fans the first on-screen mention of the massive space station that Fury was lounging on in the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Fury was also featured in the trailer for the upcoming movie “The Marvels” and on Disney on the channel official summary because the film introduced the term (we still don’t know what it stands for). SABER appears to be essentially the same station as the SWORD space station in the comics, first introduced in 2004’s “Astonishing X-Men” by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. It stands for Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division. SWORD also exists in the MCU, but as a division on Earth, first appearing in “WandaVision”.
Ross demands proof of Prescott’s conspiracy theory, and in response the paranoid agent hands him a plaque that purportedly contains information about an attack that will “set the world on fire.”
Ross looks at the board (without revealing the contents to the audience) and asks that the proof be taken to give directly to Fury. He seems shaken by what he saw, but before he can leave Prescott’s basement, the agent attacks him and the scene is interrupted. Apparently, Prescott thinks Ross was compromised.
The rest of the clip recycles bits and pieces from scenes we’ve previously seen in other trailers, including Nick Fury talking to James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) being ambushed by his fellow Skrulls, and more a star-studded cast that includes Kingsley Ben-Adir, Olivia Coleman, Emilia Clarke, Carmen Ejogo and Christopher McDonald.
Secret Invasion arrives June 21 on Disney+.