The following contains spoilers for Secret Invasion Season 1, Episode 1, “Resurrection,” which is now streaming on Disney+.
Secret Invasion marks the first time the real Nick Fury has been seen in action after the events of Avengers: Endgame. While the master spy had Skrull friend Talos fill in for him in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the new Disney+ series sees him called back to Earth for the first time since he began work on S.A.B.E.R., the MCU’s mysterious new space station. However, his return to Earth sees Fury questioning whether he’s ready to get back into field work.
Secret Invasion is not the first series to explore the fallout of Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Infinity War, which wiped out half of all sentient life, but it is perhaps offering the most personal insight into the effects of the snap. WandaVision and Hawkeye saw Monica Rambeau and Yelena Belova returning from the Blip, respectively, without realizing any time had passed. Both characters had to come to terms with the loss of loved ones in the five years they had missed, but Secret Invasion takes a deeper dive into how being erased by Thanos has left a lasting impact on Nick Fury.
Thanos Challenged Nick Fury’s Greatest Strength
Throughout his history in the MCU, Nick Fury has always been three steps ahead, as Maria Hill points out in Secret Invasion‘s first episode. As director of S.H.I.E.L.D., he was entrusted with all manner of classified intelligence and security secrets. He made it his mission to have a plan prepared for any potential threat to the Earth. Fury may not have any superpowers, but his countless contingency plans and access to almost endless resources to ensure global security made him a force to be reckoned with. That all changed with a snap of Thanos’ fingers.
While Fury did not appear throughout most of Avengers: Infinity War, the film’s post-credits scene revealed that he and Maria Hill were among those turned to dust by Thanos’ use of the Infinity Stones. Although Fury was able to use his last moments to call on Captain Marvel for help, he was powerless to resist the effects of Thanos’ snap, unable to help undo what Thanos had done, and even his emergency call to Captain Marvel was a gamble that would have been rendered meaningless had she been among those who were killed by Thanos. All of Fury’s typical forethought and preparedness floundered in the face of Thanos’ power, which wiped out Fury in a way he was incapable of countering.
Nick Fury is Still Suffering After Being Slain by Thanos
Nick Fury returned to life, along with all those who were killed by Thanos, five years later when the Avengers traveled through time to retrieve the Infinity Stones. However, Secret Invasion has revealed that his death is still playing on his mind. MI6 agent Sonya Falsworth brings up the snap, telling Fury she believes it has reminded him that “no matter how hard you fight for what’s right, there’s always someone stronger to undermine you.” Fury plays off the comments, but is later seen reflecting on his death at the hands of Thanos, clearly still traumatized by the memory.
As a character who has long been charged with protecting the Earth, Nick Fury has developed a certain degree of paranoia and a need to be able to protect those around him. Being destroyed by Thanos without warning, while not even on the same continent as him, has evidently shaken Fury’s faith in his own strengths. While other MCU series have seen characters recovering from the snap with relative ease, Secret Invasion is already offering a deeper character study that doesn’t shy away from confronting how psychologically damaging being subject to Thanos’ snap could be.
New episodes of Secret Invasion are available to stream every Wednesday on Disney+.