There has been lots of talk from some Hollywood talent throwing shade at superhero movies. From Quentin Tarantino to Ridley Scott to Martin Scorsese, people are sometimes queuing up to criticise. You might imagine an Oscar-winning actress with a fine body of work in independent films would also have that view. Not Olivia Colman.
She couldn’t be happier to be making her MCU debut in the upcoming Secret Invasion series on Disney+. While out promoting her collaboration with Sam Mendes, Empire Of Light, she spoke with USA Today about the Marvel project:
“I feel slightly unfaithful to the smaller films, but I am a Marvel fan. After every Marvel film (was released), I’d go to my agent, like, ‘Can I be a superhero?’ So eventually, I got to do a tiny bit in a Marvel (show) and I was thrilled. I got to meet Samuel L. Jackson – the other Sam that I love – and Don Cheadle.”
Regarding comments from directors about the genre, she was forthright:
“I know that there’s a fight for spaces in cinema, and I understand all that. But I had a ball doing it.”
According to the cast listing, Colman will play Special Agent Sonya Falsworth. People who know things about comic books have already pointed out that one of the Howling Commandos in The First Avenger was James Montgomery Falsworth.
Samuel L. Jackson returns for Secret Invasion and is joined by Don Cheadle, Ben Mendelsohn, Cobie Smulders, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Emilia Clarke, and Martin Freeman.
Filming had begun in London by September 2021, and concluded in late April 2022. Additional filming occurred across West Yorkshire and in Liverpool, England.
Secret Invasion is scheduled to premiere in early 2023, and will consist of six episodes. It will be part of Phase Five of the MCU.