‘Secret Invasion’: It Never Ended Any Other Way (Spoilers)

Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for the first episode of The Secret Invasion.Secret Invasion Without wasting time proving itself to be a high-stakes superhero spy thriller, the first episode seems to kill off one of the longest-running characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After 11 years with the series, the decision to write the character out was audacious and likely controversial with fans and critics alike, but the actual staging of the death in the story was handled well. The scene is given the tragic edge it deserves, and the way the character walks out respects her role in the series and adds to the series’ theme, which ultimately leads to a respectful exit.

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exist Secret Invasion Episode 1 “Resurrection” Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) returned from outer space at the request of ally Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), they discover that a rogue group of shape-shifting aliens known as the Skrulls have formed a radical group called the Resistance, which plans to conquer Earth. The trio set out to stop the Russian Resistance bombing, but took Talos’ daughter G’iah (emilia clark) to help them track the bait, resistance leader Gravik (Kingsley Ben Adil) successfully triggers the real bomb, causing a series of devastating explosions. Maria helped the wounded and frightened civilians attempt to evacuate, while Fury continued to pursue Gravik. However, Gravik used his powers to disguise himself as Fury. Relieved, Maria greeted the man she believed to be her mentor, but Gravik shot her in the stomach before fleeing. The real Fury soon arrives, heartbroken and holding Maria as she appears to be dead, before Talos forces him to flee.

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Who is Maria Hill?

Secret Invasion Episode 1 - Cobie Smulders
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Maria launched in 2012 the Avengers. She’s a senior agent for S.H.I.E.L.D., the government agency charged with investigating Superman and related events. She reported directly to Nick Fury, then director of the agency. While she helped Fury form the original Avengers team to fight Loki’s (tom hiddlestonThe two didn’t always agree on the alien invasion, and Hill took issue with some of Fury’s decisions. However, by the end of the film, after the Avengers successfully defeat Loki, she seems to agree with Fury on the necessity of superheroes.

When Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The two have a closer working relationship. When Fury discovered evidence of corruption within S.H.I.E.L.D., Maria was the first person he contacted for help. She helped him fake his death after he was targeted by Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (sebastian stan). This shows just how much Fury trusts Maria, as he keeps the secret of his existence from many of his other close associates, including Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), at one point because he feared they might be part of a conspiracy. Obviously, he knew Maria would not.

After Fury, Maria, Natasha and Steve Rogers/Captain America (chris evans) discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by Hydra for decades, and they dismantled both organizations. Maria has since gone on to work at Stark Industries, where she provides logistical support to the Avengers as they regroup to hunt down the remaining Hydra forces.However, she still reports secretly to Fury, as in Avengers: Age of Ultron When she contacts her boss so he can confront Tony Stark/Iron Man (robert downey jr) about his decision to create the now rogue Ultron (james spade). Although this caused some humorous outrage on Tony’s part, Maria remained in the ranks after the Battle of Sokovia. However, she and Fury are conspicuously absent. Captain America: Civil Warwhen the Avengers fell apart over the Sokovia Accords.

Maria Hill’s Ending Fits Her Life’s Trajectory

Samuel L L Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill in 'Secret Invasion'
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Although she has a long history of Marvel before Secret Invasion, Maria never took much in terms of character development. But in some ways, it also explains why her death on the show is fitting. Unlike many of the costumed heroes in the series, Maria never lets her personal luggage interfere with her work, where her most important duty is saving lives. Her identity as a spy and her devotion to this part of her life made her a kind of cipher, even though we always knew her intentions were honorable. Having the character die while on the ground helping civilians through a crisis is a strong tribute to her dedication and heroism.

The early scenes of the episode and the manner of her death make it all the more tragic and help set the dark, dangerous tone the series is aiming for. In Resurrection, multiple characters notice that Fury seems to have lost a step when leaving Earth, and question whether his age and/or changes in behavior make him unsuitable for a conflict with Gravik. Maria herself has insisted that she believes Fury is never the same after returning five years after being wiped by Thanos (josh brolin) bite Avengers: Infinity War. She repeated the advice Fury once gave her, that the Spy should resign as soon as it became apparent that he was no longer at his best, or risk hurting the Spy and anyone around him. Maria’s death confirmed this in the most devastating way, and it’s hard to imagine how Fury would ever forgive himself for losing her, even though it wasn’t actually his fault.

Unfortunately, Maria’s death was the result of a failure of her own spy instincts. The fact that it never occurred to her that the fury she saw after the explosion could be a Skrull seems at first to be an inopportune moment for this pragmatic, capable agent, but as one continues to reflect on At the time, this scene really demonstrated the strength of her bond with Fury. Just seeing him makes her feel safe and happy amidst the violent chaos, which makes Gravik’s ruse all the more devastating.This reinforces the notion that “no one can be trusted” Secret InvasionFury is unlikely to forget that lesson after such a disastrous loss.

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