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Secret Invasion Episode 3 Review: Rhodes to Redemption


The third episode of Marvel’s Secret Invasion, “Betrayed”, dials up the tension, as Nick and Talos try to stop Gravik’s next attack.

Kingsley Ben-Adir as Gravik in Secret Invasion episode 3
Photo: Gareth Gatrell/Marvel

This review contains spoilers

Not much happens in the third episode of Secret Invasion, but “Betrayed” is easily the best instalment of the Marvel show yet. The show got off to a messy, uneven start, but after a much-improved second episode it seems to have hit its stride here, as the relationships between the main players gel together and the fraught nature of their history deepens. This episode also has some of the best lighting and composition I’ve seen in the MCU to date.

In “Betrayed”, little time has passed since the “Nick Fury has a wife!” twist at the end of last week’s episode. To be clear, we’ve known Nick had a wife since Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but we didn’t know she was a Skrull. Their marriage is naturally a mess, with Nick having been thought dead for five years during The Blip, and Priscilla (Charlayne Woodard) grieving the loss. Instead of trying to get back on track with his wife after his resurrection, Nick struggled to cope with everything, and he disappeared up to SABER to just flat out ignore the Earth and its problems. Not only has he broken his promise and failed to find a solution to the refugee Skrull problem, it looks like he largely abandoned the ones who were on his side, too. Oh, Nick.

Though Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) remains loyal, Nick’s wife Priscilla has had enough of his bullshit, and has apparently drifted to Gravik’s (Kingsley Ben-Adir) rebellion. As Nick concedes to Talos in a quiet and truly engaging scene between the pair, it must be hard for the Skrulls to keep fighting Gravik’s central ideology when they at least partially agree with it. Priscilla is clearly still unsure about whether she should side with the faction or not, but time will tell whose side she’ll end up on.

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