Clarke’s latest project was officially announced with the confirmation that she will be a part of Marvel’s upcoming series, Secret Invasion, which will premiere on Disney+ Hotstar. In a recent interview, she opened about how she was attracted to comics and Marvel.
Emilia Clarke is undoubtedly a familiar name for cinephiles, thanks to her major roles in Game of Thrones and the Star Wars franchise. Recently, Clarke’s latest project was officially announced with the confirmation that she will be a part of Marvel’s upcoming series, Secret Invasion, which will premiere on Disney+ Hotstar. Though no official word has been given on who Clarke will play in the series, speculations suggest that she will play the role of the villainous Skrull princess Veranke- a key character in the Secret Invasion comics.
In an interview with Comic Book, Clarke shared that her admiration for the franchise and the people behind the project were the major deciding factors that really drew her into signing for the upcoming Disney+ series.
"I just think what they're doing right now is so exciting and so cool, and so on the cutting edge of it. I feel like they're like the Apple of this world," said Clarke. "To be part of that family feels like, 'Oh my god, I'm in the cool kid crowd. That's so cool.' Honestly speaking, the people that are making this are what pushed me over the line to really wanting to do it. I just think that everyone's heart and heads are in the right place with this one,” she added.
"I grew up reading fantasy fiction, so I know that's not the same as the actual comic book itself, but that was where my imagination lived," Clarke revealed. "And so, then reading about superheroes for the first time, I'm pretty sure it was Superman that was my first ever. And Spider-Man, I kind of thought he was pretty cool. Spider-Man was the first origin story that I remember as a child reading and being like, 'Oh wow, this is more than what's on the page. This is a bigger world,' and then being allowed into that," said the actress.
Clarke also opened up about how she got into comic books and subsequent adaptations: "My true understanding of the scope of this world happened when I started doing comic cons. That's when I was like, 'Oh, my God, where have you all been? This is madness.' There's so much. There's so much there. And then obviously, now the rise of the blockbuster movie, specifically only being comics. That's what the entire space encompasses. No longer have you got the blockbuster movie with all of the movie stars in it. You now have the movie star as the IP. The movie star is the thing."
The upcoming series Secret Invasion is said to follow shape shifting aliens, the Skrulls - yes, the same creatures we saw in Captain Marvel - who have infiltrated Earth. Ben Adir is expected to play the role of the main villain while Samuel Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury. Ben Mendelson played the role of Talos, who is a Skrull, in Captain Marvel. Kevin Feige’s unit will be producing the series for Disney+ as it has for all other hit MCU titles such as Wanda Vision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier.