Game of Thrones/MCU fans, now is your time. Today, it was announced that Emilia Clarke is in “final negotiations” to join the cast of Marvel’s latest Disney Plus TV series, Secret Invasion. We don’t actually know who the British actress is set to play in the show as yet, but the news that Clarke is joining the Marvel universe has left the internet reeling.
Secret Invasion is loosely based on the comic book event of the same name and will star Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn as Nick Fury and Skrull leader Talos, respectively, as they discover that the shapeshifting aliens have launched an undercover invasion of the planet. Monday brought the news that Oscar-winner Olivia Colman had likewise boarded the project, and that was cool enough, but the series is now even more of a must-see thanks to Clarke’s involvement.
Here are just some of the ecstatic reactions going around on social media right now…
still not over the fact that freakin EMILIA CLARKE is JOINING THE MCU AAAAAAAA ?????
— ??? ? || ? explorer academy – book 4 (@savlin_nosh) April 20, 2021
Quickly becoming the MCU series I am most looking forward to. First Olivia Coleman, now Emilia Clarke! https://t.co/2j2Jo9rzrH
— Geoffrey Winssinger (@GWinssinger) April 20, 2021
Emilia Clarke and Olivia Colman? Okay im becoming an mcu stan https://t.co/M92wfH5YZt
— S. (@casskain) April 20, 2021
EMILIA CLARKE IS A PART OF THE MCU. I REPEAT EMILIA CLARKE IS A PART OF THE MCU pic.twitter.com/rP2tE34C9N
— Justice For @/TargaryenNation (@Targ_Nation) April 20, 2021
As she should be.
emilia clarke finally in the mcu as she should be pic.twitter.com/ITrIkKkfoW
— caitlin (@venomcavoy) April 20, 2021
Let’s not forget that Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami) is also attached to play the main villain of the piece.
sam jackson, olivia coleman, emilia clarke, ben mendelson, & kingsley ben-adir… the cast of SECRET INVASION is absolutely incredible pic.twitter.com/ohLvBM0wiS
— ً (@photonsblast) April 20, 2021
This could be one of the best casts in the whole MCU.
Olivia Coleman yesterday, Emilia Clarke today.
It will be one of MCU's best casts, mark my words. pic.twitter.com/QMYvGPrYDv
— Igorcio (@Igorcio147) April 20, 2021
Clarke and Colman – what a duo!
EMILIA CLARKE AND OLIVIA COLMAN TOGETHER IN 'SECRET INVASION' ??????????? pic.twitter.com/NWnxuPCEuv
— agos ? (@vllanellxdnerys) April 20, 2021
Remember, Kit Harrington and Richard Madden are also both set to appear in this November’s Eternals.
EMILIA CLARKE, RICHARD MADDEN AND KIT HARRINGTON IN MCU WHO CHEERED pic.twitter.com/SNSH8ZUqBL
— ceo of eternals™ | elektra's gf ? (@lokiunofficial) April 20, 2021
The cast and crew of GoT is taking over the MCU!
Game of Thrones people moving to MCU is my favourite thing now ??
– Emilia Clarke in Secret Invasion
– Richard Madden & Kit Harrington in Eternals
– Peter Dinklage was in Infinity War (I want to see more of Eitri tho?)
– Ramin Djawadi is going to compose Eternals pic.twitter.com/j72aj64qaw
— Shruti Rao (@shrutiraoart) April 20, 2021
But here’s the question we all want the answer to: who is Clarke playing in Secret Invasion? One popular idea that’s going around is that she’s been cast as Abigail Brand, the head of S.W.O.R.D. in the comics. The organization will be needing a new chief after Tyler Hayward was arrested in WandaVision, after all.
Emilia Clarke as Abigail Brand? ? pic.twitter.com/Y2BLfy9iqw
— ⩔ Nação Marvel ✪ (@NacaoMarvell) April 20, 2021
Nobody is doing it like her.
Game of Thrones ✅
Star Wars ✅
Who's doing it like Emilia Clarke? pic.twitter.com/TsxgqvnLVu
— ℝίτα ? (@JonxDanyy) April 20, 2021
Whoever she’s portraying, it stands to reason that Marvel wouldn’t waste an actress of Emilia Clarke‘s caliber on a one-off character, so maybe we can look forward to her having an ongoing role in the franchise moving forward. In any case, expect her to make her MCU debut when Secret Invasion drops on Disney Plus sometime in 2022.