The idea of an extra-terrestrial force invading our planet with technology beyond our capability or understanding is a petrifying thought. As a storytelling tool, alien invasions have been done to death in movies, books, TV series, radio shows and comic books.
You know what's scarier than a full-blown invasion, though? What if aliens came to our world without anyone noticing? In Marvel Comics' Secret Invasion arc, the superhero community learn that the intergalactic Skrull Empire have made plans to conquer Earth. But the Skrulls are not going to invade our home... they already have.
Using their shape-shifting abilities, the Skrulls infiltrated human society years ago. Since Earth's Mightiest Heroes didn't know whether their own family, friends, or teammates were who they said they were, it wasn't long before they turned on one another.
The X-Men, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four may have defeated the green-skinned spacemen many times in the past, but this was the closest the Skrulls ever came to conquering the forces of Earth.
Since Marvel Studios has announced Secret Invasion will be adapted into a Disney+ TV series, now is the perfect time to revisit this iconic comic event.
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
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