Secret Invasion Episode 3 Confirms [SPOILER] Is a Skrull

In the third episode of Marvel Studios' Disney+ series Secret Invasion, a shocking revelation confirms that one of the Avengers' closest allies is, in fact, a Skrull.

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Secret Invasion Episode 3, "Betrayed," now streaming on Disney+.

The latest episode, titled "Betrayed," drops several hints suggesting that James "Rhodey" Rhodes, portrayed by Don Cheadle, has been replaced by a Skrull. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) informs Talos that there is a rebel Skrull of high rank within the U.S. government, currently in London. Notably, Rhodey had been present in London as the United States' Envoy. Additionally, Fury tells the Skrull impersonating Talos that nobody addresses him by his first name, something Rhodey did during their conversation in the previous episode.

Towards the end of "Betrayed," Fury's wife places a phone call and asks to speak with the rebel Skrull leader, Gravik. The voice on the other end, unmistakably Cheadle's, responds, "Yeah, well, you're talking to me." This confirms that Rhodey has indeed been replaced by a Skrull. However, the exact timing of Rhodey's substitution remains unknown.

Don Cheadle has portrayed Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine since taking over the role from Terrence Howard in 2010's Iron Man 2. It is improbable, though not impossible, that Rhodey was a Skrull during the events of The Infinity Saga, as it would undermine his friendship with the late Tony Stark. So far, Cheadle has made only one other appearance in the Multiverse Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, guest-starring in the series premiere of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021). Fans eagerly anticipate further revelations about Skrull Rhodey in the upcoming episodes of Secret Invasion.

Who Can Nick Fury Trust?

In the latest episode of Secret Invasion, titled "Betrayed," another revelation unfolded as it was confirmed that Fury's wife, Priscilla (played by Charlayne Woodard), has been in contact with Gravik. When Priscilla first appeared in the second episode, some fans speculated about whether Fury was aware of her being a Skrull. Director Ali Selim shed light on the matter, explaining that Fury does know, although they intentionally left it ambiguous in the episode: "In the script, he knows. And when we shot it, it was interesting that maybe he didn’t know. We ultimately edited it in a way that made people feel like, 'I wonder if he knows or not.'" However, Episode 3 confirms that Priscilla is indeed collaborating with Gravik to some extent, proving fans' suspicions right.

Secret Invasion draws inspiration from the popular 2008 Marvel Comics storyline of the same name. The series follows Nick Fury as he uncovers a covert invasion of Earth orchestrated by a radicalized faction of Skrulls—a shape-shifting alien species introduced in the MCU in 2019's Captain Marvel. The first three episodes of Secret Invasion are now available for streaming on Disney+.

Source: Disney+

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