For those hoping that a series like “Secret Invasion” might help the Marvel Cinematic Universe beat the all-too-common claims of relying on a formula, well, that probably won’t help. Of course, the MCU movies have had a much harder time juggling the needs of a shared universe, the expectations of four whole quadrants of moviegoers, and perfecting the blockbuster model that could lead to consistent box office success. But when Marvel President Kevin Feige first announced the production of multiple Disney+ Marvel shows, a common narrative sprouted that the streaming space would give the studio the ability to get creative and to deliver the kind of stories that audiences have truly never seen before.
Unfortunately, the results have been somewhat inconsistent on this front.
The rather mixed audience receptions for “Hawkeye”, “Moon Knight” and “She-Hulk” largely speak for themselves, but the sense of complete disinterest surrounding “Secret Invasion” only highlights this recurring trend. uninspired cliffhanger endings. Much more. Less is usually more when killing off major characters, especially in comic book adaptations, but “Secret Invasion” has shown no signs of curbing that any time soon. Gravik may be emerging as one of the deadliest antagonists in the entire franchise, but a complete villain is more than a penchant for killing. And if the only trick this show has up its sleeve is to either fool viewers with unsatisfactory explanations or rely on the “Game of Thrones” shock tactics strategy, well, it’s hard to tell. ‘imagine “Secret Invasion” making it feel. somewhat helpful in delivering his own red wedding, at the very least.
With only two more episodes to change the narrative, “Secret Invasion” certainly has its work cut out for it.