Emilia Clarke as G’iah in Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion released its sixth and final episode today, closing out the latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this one featuring Nick Fury and the Skrulls. And while you can read all about the episode itself in io9's recap, I wanted to add a little more about something I can’t quite shake. And that’s G’iah.
Skrull character G’iah, played by Game of Thrones and Solo: A Star Wars Story star Emilia Clarke, is the daughter of Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), who at first rebels against her father by siding with the evil Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir), but then comes around, teaming up with Dad and Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). In the season finale though, something happens to her that is, well, potentially very significant. Let’s dive into spoilers.
G’iah can become any MCU hero, like Drax the Destoyer.
The two fight, using all their powers, and G’iah kills Gravik. During the fight, we see that these powers manifest by the body parts of specific Avengers morphing onto their Skrull bodies. So G’iah gets Hulk’s hand, Drax’s arm, Mantis’ head, etc. And at the end of the show, G’iah is still out there, apparently teaming up with Olivia Colman’s powerful, Fury-esque character Sonya Falsworth.
So let’s step back for a minute. We now know there’s a being in the MCU that has the combined powers of every single person who fought in Avengers: Endgame, all in one body. And, we’re supposed to just be okay with this? How can the MCU go on if G’iah is not, all of a sudden, the leader of the Avengers or their greatest threat? Sure, she might remain in hiding, doing the bidding of Falsworth, but on a list of big, dangling, plot threads that these Disney+ shows have opened up, this one takes the cake.
We’ve already discussed how Phase Four of the MCU has left dozens and dozens of characters, plot points, and storylines open for exploration. Everything from Shang-Chi’s rings to Moon Knight’s existence to a Celestial in the sea from Eternals. And with Phase Five stories like Secret Invasion, you would’ve hoped to see some of those things pay off. Oh, sure, we got to see Black Widow character Rick Mason (O-T Fagbenle) in an episode of Secret Invasion and The Marvels is bringing back Disney+ stars Kamala Kahn and Monica Rambeau. But none of those characters have all of the powers of all of the Avengers rolled into one, thanks to Nick Fury basically betraying everyone he loves. It’s just a very big, mostly unwelcome addition.
G’iah loves the Guardians, apparently.
Do we actually think G’iah is going to pay off in a future Marvel show or movie? Or will she be unceremoniously killed off like Gravik or, worse, her father, Talos? Because make no mistake, after appearing in multiple movies and being the best part of Secret Invasion, Talos was killed with very little fanfare and it was not cool. But I digress.
At least now, if you ever have an argument with your friends about who would defeat who in a battle between superheroes, we all have an ace up our sleeves. Because G’iah would beat every single one of them as she has all of their powers and all of the powers of everyone else.
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