Samuel L. Jackson explained why the theatrical release of The Marvels was recently pushed back to July 2023.
Talking about Jimmy Kimmel live (opens in new tab), the veteran Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) actor revealed that the Marvel movie would undergo reshoots in London in August. Jackson, who has played iconic Marvel character Nick Fury since 2008’s Iron Man, also confirmed that Secret Invasion – the MCU TV series starring Fury – would also require pick-ups in London. It looks like August is going to be a busy month for the 73-year-old.
Asked by Kimmel whether filming is over on the Disney Plus show, Jackson replied: “No, it’s not. I’m going back to London, I think sometime in August. But I have to get back. to do stuff with The Marvels and I have to. do stuff for Secret Invasion.”
In April, several points of sale – including Deadline (opens in new tab) – revealed that Marvel Studios pushed back the release date of The Marvels for the second time. The Captain Marvel sequel, which will also feature plots from the Disney Plus series in Ms Marvel and WandaVision, was supposed to hit theaters in November 2022.
However, its release was pushed back to February 2023 due to the pandemic, before being pushed back again until July 2023. Currently, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is further down the production pipeline than The Marvels. Marvel later opted to switch the release dates of the MCU Phase 4 projects, meaning the third Ant-Man solo movie replaced The Marvels in the latter’s February 2023 slot. Based on Jackson’s latest comments, it looks like The Marvels needs more time (and some reshoots) before it’s ready.
As for Secret Invasion, Marvel has yet to decide on an official release date for the Disney Plus series.
Well, publicly at least. The show was expected to release sometime in 2022, alongside the likes of Moon Knight and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Principal photography was completed between late January and early February, according to experts at Marvel, including Charles Murphy (opens in new tab). Clearly though, Secret Invasion also requires more time to germinate. With Marvel Studios’ 2022 roster already looking suitably stacked, it could be that Marvel holds back the Secret Invasion until early 2023.
Review: Wonderfully intertwined
Potentially major spoilers follow for Ms Marvel. You have been warned.
Even if Marvel’s 2022 roster wasn’t quite so full, it would make sense for the studio to release The Marvels and Secret Invasion next to each other. Because? Because the next MCU movie and TV show might be more connected than you might think.
Like this? For starters, Secret Invasion will follow Jackson’s Rage as he discovers a secret invasion of Earth by the Skrulls. You’ll remember those shapeshifting aliens from 2019’s Captain Marvel, with Ben Mendolsohn appearing as the Skrull known as Talos in that superhero movie. Mendelsohn will also reprise his role as Talos in Secret Invasion, the Skrull helping Fury in his quest to get to the bottom of the Skrulls’ unexpected infiltration of our world.
Then there are the rumors surrounding the origins of Miss Marvel’s superpowers. In the fan-favorite hero TV series, which recently began airing on Disney Plus, it appears that Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan gets her abilities from her grandmother’s magical bracelet.
However, there are rumors online that the source of Khan/Ms Marvel’s powers isn’t as magical as we think. If you don’t want to know anything about this particular rumor, which could spoil one of the show’s biggest surprises, check back now..
According to Marvel leakers like CineStealth (opens in new tab), Kamala Khan’s powers are activated by her grandmother’s bracelet. However, the item, which is imbued with cosmic energy, was originally built by the Kree. Like the Skrulls, you’ll remember the Kree as another Captain Marvel alien race – although unlike the peaceful sect of the Skrulls of Talos, the Kree are the bad guys in this movie. Ronan the Destroyer, who was the main villain in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1, is also a Kree.
The main antagonists of Ms Marvel – the ClanDestine – are believed to be descendants of the djinn, the mythological beings seen in early pre-Islamic religious systems. These djinn, however, may be revealed to be human-kree hybrids in later episodes. It’s unclear whether Kamala Khan is also a human-kree hybrid, but we hope that’s the case if she can use the abilities contained in the bracelet.
Of course, you should take these rumors with a giant helping of salt for now. We have no idea if there’s an iota of truth in them, so it’s best to watch the remaining Miss Marvel episodes to be sure.
Said that, What if Kamala Khan/Ms Marvel turns out to be a human-kree hybrid, the bonds between Ms Marvel, The Marvels and Secret Invasion would only grow stronger. In a franchise as interconnected as the MCU, those ties matter.
If the Kree and/or Skrulls are part of Ms Marvel, and either part appears in The Marvels when it hits theaters, it would make sense if Marvel released Secret Invasion. and The Marvels around the same time. The events of one would certainly impact the other, as we’ve seen on multiple occasions in the MCU. For a recent example, just look at the impact of Spider-Man: No Way Home on Doctor Strange 2.
So yes, The Marvels release date has been pushed back due to reshoots. The lack of a definitive release date for Secret Invasion is also due to a similar issue. Also, we can’t help but feel that there’s another big reason behind the expected arrivals in 2023 – that the projects are more intertwined than we previously thought. We’ll find out whenever Secret Invasion has a concrete release date.
Want more about Miss Marvel? You can read our review of its first two episodes here.