Ali Selim on Rhodey’s Skrull Timeline

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Marvel’s Secret Invasion is now over as of some days in the past, and raised a number of questions throughout its six-episode run. Most of them we’ll must see play out in different films or reveals within the coming years (in all probability), however one of the essential proper now could be: how lengthy has Rhodey (Don Cheadle) been a Skrull? Following the present’s finale, director Ali Selim gave a solution to ComicBook that, to cite Hermes from Futurama, raises additional questions.

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Based on Selim, the Skrull infiltrator Raava (Nisha Aaliya) hanging round as Rhodey since 2016’s Captain America: Civil Battle. He cites Rhodey’s incapability to stroll in episode six as proof, since he ended up paralyzed throughout the occasions of that film and required help strolling when rescued from Skrull captivity. “From there,” Selim continued, “does it must be definitive, or is it extra enjoyable for the viewers to return and revisit each second, each Rhodey second and have a look at it with a special lens now that they suppose, ‘Oh, he would possibly’ve been a Skrull there.’ And make the choice for themselves, or it’ll be answered in Armor Wars.”

Take this for what it’s value, as a result of I’ve but to look at the present (a choice that was apparently the right one), however the concept of a Skrull hanging round as Rhodey since 2016 doesn’t actually work. If we go by his following appearances (the top of Civil Battle, each Avengers: Infinity Battle and Endgame, then Falcon & the Winter Soldier), there isn’t actually something in any of these to play at him being a double agent. Nothing in these films is out of character—saying the Avengers ought to simply time journey and murk Child Thanos feels fairly on model—and he’s not in Falcon lengthy sufficient to make you suppose one thing’s up. And since Raava acquired killed within the finale, meaning any definitive solutions could also be in an unrelated film, which is deeply unsatisfying. It’s a twist for twist’s sake, and somebody throughout manufacturing ought to’ve requested, “Are we doing this as a result of it is smart for the character, or as a result of it’s a probably cool factor to finish an episode on?”

Secret Invasion’s complete first-episode season is on the market in full over on Disney+.


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