Secret Invasion Villain Gravik Has an Unexpected Power

The enemy in Marvel’s Secret Invasion may not be quite what you expect.

Kingsley Ben-Adir as Gravik in Secret Invasion
Photo: Gareth Gatrell/Marvel

There’s an expression (and we’re paraphrasing here) that says many of the best villains believe that they’re the hero of their own story. In terms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that certainly seems to be a consistent theme: look at someone like Thanos, for example, who believes his insane quest to randomly wipe out trillions of lives is somehow a good thing for the cosmos.

However, in the case of Gravik – the rogue Skrull who leads an army of followers in a plan to take over the Earth in Marvel’s new series, Secret Invasion – that paradigm may be shifting slightly. This antagonist may want his people to believe that he’s acting, or least that he thinks he’s acting, in their best interests, but his true motivations may be hidden even from those who trust him most.

“I don’t think he believes in anything good,” says actor Kingsley Ben-Adir, who plays the sinister shapeshifter on the just-launched Disney+ series. “I would think he wants his people to believe that. But I think that his ability to manipulate the community of Skrulls is one of his powers, and actually what’s operating underneath that is something else.”

To be sure, Gravik does have a tragic backstory and is fueled to some extent by his rage at Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and now-deposed Skrull leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), who have made what he sees as empty promises to find the Skrulls a new home planet of their own. But Ben-Adir suggests that there’s more to what drives Gravik than meets the eye.


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