Marvel’s ‘Secret Invasion’ Adds ‘Happy Gilmore’ Actor Christopher McDonald

Marvel Studios is hyping-up Secret Invasion as their big crossover event series, which says a lot considering that while WandaVision and The Falcon & The Winter Soldier seemingly helped to set up future film projects there wasn’t much of a event/crossover status they felt sort of self-contained in their own pockets of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Secret Invasion’s premise is that the shape-shifting Skrulls have been infiltrating all positions of power across the globe, even replacing various members of the Avengers over the years since they arrived on Earth back in the 1990s. However, the aliens were introduced in Captain Marvel as refugees and in Spider-Man: Far From Home were essentially covering for Nick Fury/Maria Hill as they’re seemingly off-world as the Skrulls are building a space station for the humans.

Another casting addition to Secret Invasion has been revealed by Deadline, as American character actor Christopher McDonald has landed an undisclosed role in the Marvel series that they claim is newly created and could crossover other projects including film. He most recently worked on the HBO Max series Hacks and might be best known as Shooter McGavin in the Adam Sandler golf comedy Happy Gilmore.

This wouldn’t be all that shocking as Secret Invasion and the Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels are expected to shoot around the same time in the United Kingdom, having cast members appear in both projects isn’t hard to imagine at this point given Marvel is calling the series a “crossover event.”

McDonald joins an impressive and growing cast that already consists of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Ben Mendelsohn as Skrull leader Talos, Oscar-winner Olivia Colman (The Favourite, Hot Fuzz, The Crown), four-time Emmy nominee Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Solo: A Star Wars Story), and Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night In Miami, Peaky Blinders) said to be playing a villain.

The show’s head writer is Kyle Bradstreet with directors Thomas Bezhucha (Let Him Go) and Ali Selim (The Looming Tower) recently announced.

Filming is said to begin this fall in the United Kingdom and possibly Europe.


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