Mixed messages coming out of Marvel, Sony, and the MCU in general right now with Secret Invasion and Spider-Man: No Way Home both on the way. One sooner than the other. First up, MCU lynchpin, stalwart, and most appearing player Samuel L. Jackson is back.

His thirteenth time in the role, fourteen if you include his What If..? voice work, has confirmed the Secret Invasion is underway and a month after they started production he’s back at work in the eyepatch. In an Instagram post, he announced shooting has started.

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Over six episodes we will see Fury teaming up with the Skrulls perhaps-leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) in something based on the comics storyline of the same name, but with obvious changes to fit MCU continuity.

Secret Invasion was a comic book crossover storyline that ran for an eight-issue limited series in 2008.

The story involved a subversive, long-term invasion of Earth by the Skrulls, a group of alien shapeshifters who have secretly replaced many superheroes in the Marvel Universe with impostors over a period of years, prior to the overt invasion. Marvel’s promotional tagline for the event was:

“Who do you trust?”.

Oscar-winner Olivia Colman, Emmy nominee Emilia Clarke, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Killian Scott, and Christopher McDonald will co-star. Secret Invasion is expected to debut on the Disney+ service sometime in 2022.

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So what of Spidey? Sony wants Holland’s Peter Parker to play with Tom Hardy’s Venom, but the credits stinger in Venom: Let There Be Carnage was quite lightweight and one way, even if it did now place them in the same universe. However, the stars are not aligning.

Sony owns the rights and distributes the new Spider-Man movies under the terms of their deal with Marvel Studios. The character is integrated into the MCU, but Sony owns him for movies. The deal nearly died after Spider-Man: Far From Home but a bit of fan pressure seemed to help push it forward.

However the deal ends with No Way Home and after that, and one more non-Spider-Man movie Holland’s contract as Peter Parker is also done. With this in mind, Holland tells EW that this third Spider-Man movie is treated as a definite end for his character.

“We were all treating [‘No Way Home’] as the end of a franchise, let’s say. I think if we were lucky enough to dive into these characters again, you’d be seeing a very different version. It would no longer be the ‘Homecoming’ trilogy.

We would give it some time and try to build something different and tonally change the films. Whether that happens or not, I don’t know. But we were definitely treating [‘No Way Home’] like it was coming to an end, and it felt like it.”

We will find out for sure as Spider-Man: No Way Home is here sooner than you think. December 17th, to be exact. Secret Invasion will have to wait.

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