Secret Invasion: Personal relationships begin to fall apart in episode four: Another Wednesday means another episode of Marvel’s Secret Invasion on Disney+. Last week’s episode left a lot of new questions for us, this week’s episode wasted no time in answering a big question, but rather left us with a much bigger moment as we begin the previous part of this series.
The episode begins with Giah, who appears dead on the ground in the woods outside the Scurl compound. However, we immediately learned through flashbacks that he had used Gravick’s machine to inject extremis himself. She recovers from Gravick’s bullet and stands up gasping before starting the title sequence.
We then get a flashback from 2012 in Paris, where Fury meets Priscilla at once. She tells us through a newspaper that this was right after the events of Avengers. This scene does not necessarily give us any new developments, rather it is used as a reference to their relationship and attracts the audience to be more invested in them.
We return to the present time where Priscilla sits in a church to meet the mysterious caller at the end of last week’s episode, who we immediately discover was actually Roddy. Priscilla revealed that Rhodes is working for Grawick, confirming what we all thought: He’s a curl. We also learned that Priscilla is working for Gravić and is now being ordered to kill Fury. She argues that Fury is broken and there is no need to kill her, but Rhodes insists and threatens that if she doesn’t kill him, he will kill her.
Gravik and his men prepare for an attack on an airfield and Pagon explains that Jia is not with them. Grawick informs him that he knew it was their mole and that he had already taken care of it. He also instructs some of his men that in order to convince the Americans that it is the Russians who are attacking, their impending attack must be bigger.
Jia meets Talos in a park as the father apologizes to him for involving his daughter in this fight. Gia tries to get a plan from Talos to find a new home for the Scurls and he tells her that he wants to live with humans. She is not satisfied with his plan and leaves him in frustration. It is clear that there is still some conflict between these two and Jiah’s motivations are going to be interesting going forward.
Priscilla returns home and finds Fury making tea. Both sit down and it immediately becomes clear that they are both aware of the situation. Virtually with cards or guns on the table, they share an intimate moment before aiming at each other and pulling triggers. However, after a mysterious moment, it is revealed that the two deliberately missed out. Fury leaves by warning Priscilla that the Scurls will come for her.
Next, we see a scurl in the shower before they describe themselves as Rhodes. He then steps out into his hotel suite and finds Fury waiting for him with a bottle of bourbon. After some suspicion of Roddy, Fury said there are Scurls close to the president. Of course, Fury knows that Rhodes is the only skral but he doesn’t give that information. Fury tries to get his job back, but Rhodes responds by showing him footage of Maria Hill’s shooting and murder by “Fury” and threatening to release the video.
Fury and Talos sit in a vehicle and explain that Fury used a liquid location tracker on the roads. They see his vehicle leaving the hotel and following him. Rhodes welcomed the president, who is making way for talks with the Russians in an effort to avoid war. When President Ritson sensed the smell of bourbon in Rhodes’ breath and called him out, his convoy headed toward the meeting venue.
Moving forward, Rhodes calls someone that the president is in the fourth vehicle in the convoy, and we see him talking to Gravić and his men, who begin their attack from the helicopter. They launched a rocket at the president’s vehicle, causing it to fall off the road. Fury and Taloz see smoke from a distance and get into action.
We see that Ritson is still alive but now Gavik’s men proceed to attack in the disguise of the Russians. Fury and Talos pass between Grawick’s men and try to get Ritson out of his vehicle. Meanwhile, Gravik goes straight into the fire and uses his new groot abilities to kill a member of the secret service. Fury and Talos reach Ritson and Talos start trying to break the window until Pagon shoots and injures him. Wounded, Talos begins to change back to his scarl appearance but he fights it.
Fury pulls Ritson out of the vehicle while a soldier helps Talos. Rosh turns to look at the soldier with talos and orders him to knock him down. The cop refused and Fury shot him before he identified himself as Gravik and stabbed Talos. Fury shot Gravić twice, including once in his face, but Gravić recovered himself from extremis, much to Fury’s surprise. Gravić and his men retreat and Fury decides to drive with the president, leaving Talos’ dead body behind.
At this point, Secret Invasion has been incredibly well acted and entertained, but, other than Mariah Hill’s death in the first episode, it hasn’t delivered the big shocking moment we know and love from the MCU. Talos’ apparent death may be exactly the same, should it really stick to it. We will have to wait and watch as we have only two episodes left in the series.