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Olivia Colman Reportedly Playing Union Jack in ‘Secret Invasion’

During San Diego Comic-Con we finally got some new information and a first look at Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series Secret Invasion. The crossover comic event series showcases a faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years.

Led by Marvel alums Nick Fury and Talos, the series also adds some new characters we have yet to meet. In fact, according to The Illuminerdi, Olivia Colman is set to play a character long rumored to join the MCU, Falsworth aka Union Jack. Colman’s portrayal will obviously be a gendered swapped iteration of the character seen in the comics. This also lines up with a rumor revealed last year stating that Colman’s character would return in future projects.

In the comics, multiple incarnations of Union Jack appear throughout the decades: first James Montgomery Falsworth (aka Lord Falsworth) in The Invaders, then as James’s son, Brian. The final Union Jack successor is Joey Chapman in Captain America. In the current comic’s run, Union Jack, Joseph Chapman, was involved in the fight against the Skrulls and several other UK heroes. In Captain America: The First Avenger, James appears as one of several POWs held at a HYDRA factory before Captain America frees them to join the Howling Commandos. Played by J.J. Feild, this iteration of James Falsworth was later revealed as an Easter egg, even though it’s not totally clear in the Captain America film.

The character also teams up with Blade, to hunt vampires. Not only that, but Joey becomes one of the Knights of Pendragon, during which he meets Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, and Black Panther. Could Secret Invasion ultimately lead to the introduction to the Knights of Pendragon in the MCU? We will have to wait and see.

Secret Invasion is also set to star Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelson as the Skrull Talos, reprising their Captain Marvel roles. Also set to appear is Colbie Smulders’ Maria Hill, Emilia Clarke (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Olivia Coleman, Killian Scott (The Commuter), Ben-Adir Kingsley (Noelle), Dermot Mulroney, and Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore). Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim will helm the series, with Kyle Bradstreet showrunnning, writing, and executive producing.

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