The Ronin has exclusively confirmed that the working title for Marvel’s Skrull event crossover series, Secret Invasion, will be Jambalaya. This is simply the production title the studio will use during the filming of the show in the United Kingdom, which is said to go in front of cameras sometime in the fall.
In the comics, Secret Invasion focuses on the reveal that multiple people in power and even superheroes have been replaced with an alien race with the ability to shape-shift, called the Skrulls. They were first introduced in Captain Marvel as peaceful cosmic refugees and covered for Nick Fury and Maria Hill while they were seemingly off-world having a space station built (for S.W.O.R.D.?), as seen at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The versions of the Skrulls we’ve previously seen don’t have Super-Skrull abilities, because that had been tied to the Fantastic Four film rights. With the rights back at Marvel Studios, it means that the Skrulls can now mimic the superpowers of various heroes and villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making them even more dangerous opponents than before.
While the show is being billed as a crossover event they haven’t officially announced if cast members from the Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels, will have duel roles on the Disney+ series, but it’s sort of expected given that S.W.O.R.D. is likely a key element in both projects. It also doesn’t hurt that Nia DaCosta’s The Marvels is confirmed to be filming primarily at Longcross Studios in Surrey, England, making the possibility of cast cross-pollination very good.
Secret Invasion’s impressive cast 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), Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night In Miami, Peaky Blinders) said to be playing a villain, and most recent addition to the Marvel series is character actor Christopher McDonald (Hacks, Happy Gilmore).
The show’s head writer is Kyle Bradstreet with directors Thomas Bezhucha (Let Him Go) and Ali Selim (The Looming Tower) recently announced.
Other recent working titles for Marvel feature film projects include the following.
BLACK WIDOW = BLUE BAYOU
ETERNALS = SACK LUNCH
SHANG-CHI & THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS = STEAMBOAT
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS = STELLAR VORTEX
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME = THE NOVEMBER PROJECT
THOR: LOVE & THUNDER = THE BIG SALAD
CAPTAIN MARVEL 2 = GOAT RODEO
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER = SUMMER BREAK
ANT-MAN & THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA = DUST BUNNY
Given that production is taking place later in the year, we shouldn’t expect to see Secret Invasion begin airing on Disney+ until late 2022 or early 2023.