Secret Invasion Explores Maria Hill and Nick Fury’s Post-Blip Relationship

Nick Fury and Maria Hill return to the MCU with Secret Invasion, but is their relationship beyond repair?
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Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion finally puts Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in the spotlight as he fights against the Skrulls he once called allies. It’s been a while since audiences last saw Fury, who’s spent most of his time off-world in his spaceship since Avengers: Endgame.

Fury’s absence from things on Earth plays a significant role in Secret Invasion’s plot. However, he wasn’t the only one who Thanos snapped out of existence, and the upcoming Disney+ series explores the strained relationship between Fury and his former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).

Furious at Fury

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Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Marvel Studios’ SECRET INVASION, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL.

The Illuminerdi recently attended the Secret Invasion virtual press conference, where Cobie Smulders and Samuel L. Jackson commented on how their MCU characters are holding up after The Blip. Unfortunately, yet understandably, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for our favorite superspies.

I think Maria Hill came back and someone else was sitting in her desk, and [she] immediately kicked them out and got to work. I think there was just a mountain of cases to get to, which is part of her resentment towards Fury because he was not around.

Cobie Smulders, Secret Invasion press conference

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While Nick Fury thought he was doing the right thing by leaving Maria Hill in charge, his neglect to help her in times of need puts a strain on their once-strong relationship. When Secret Invasion catches up with Hill, she’s a hardened version of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent audiences first saw in The Avengers and rightfully angry with her former boss.

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Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Marvel Studios’ SECRET INVASION, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Des Willie. © 2023 MARVEL.

While things may seem fine for Nick Fury, Secret Invasion assures audiences they are not. Thanos proved Fury wasn’t as prepared for threats to Earth as he thought, and everything’s taken a toll on him and his mental health.

It definitely has a mental health effect on you, and, you know, it causes a different kind of rift between you and the people that you’ve been around, or people that you’re supposed to be close to. Like I said, I haven’t been returning her calls [looks at Smulders]. There’s a few other people I haven’t been calling back either.

Samuel L. Jackson, Secret Invasion press conference

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Fans can get more of Fury and Hill’s story when Secret Invasion premieres on Disney+ on June 21.

About Secret Invasion

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SECRET INVASION, exclusively on Disney+. © 2023 MARVEL.

Release Date: June 21, 2023, exclusively on Disney+

Director: Ali Selim

Head Writer: Kyle Bradstreet

Executive Producers: Kevin Feige, Jonathan Schwartz, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ali Selim, Kyle Bradstreet, and Brian Tucker

Production Company: Marvel Studios

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Cobie Smulders, Martin Freeman, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Charlayne Woodard, Killian Scott, Samuel Adewunmi, Dermot Mulroney, Christopher McDonald, Katie Finneran, with Emilia Clarke, with Olivia Colman, and Don Cheadle

Synopsis: In Marvel Studios’ new series “Secret Invasion,” set in the present-day MCU, Nick Fury learns of a clandestine invasion of Earth by a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls. Fury joins his allies, including Everett Ross, Maria Hill, and the Skrull Talos, who has made a life for himself on Earth. Together they race against time to thwart an imminent Skrull invasion and save humanity. 

Are you excited about Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion? Do you like that they’re exploring Maria Hill and Nick Fury’s relationship? What other characters do you think will be mad at Fury? Let us know your thoughts and theories on social media!

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Danny Bojic

Danny Bojic

Danny Bojic is a writer located in Nashville, TN, who's had a lifelong obsession with video games, comics, movies, and other nerdy things. He's written thousands of articles on topics ranging from movies, TV, and comics to automotive, tech, and video games. With The Illuminerdi, he's attended countless press events, covered conventions, produced online content, and interviewed talent.