Skrulls, Skrulls everywhere! Secret Invasion Episode 2 has viewers questioning MCU events dating back all the way to Phase 1! Not only is there a certain level of uncertainty about whether what’s being shown on screen can be taken at face value, but there’s also the potential for subtle hints that might lead to a future reveal. Long story short, this series has proven to be a legitimate mental exercise for fans thus far, and it’s safe to assume that the final four episodes will be no different.
Last week, our Secret Invasion episode 1 Skrulls power rankings consisted of all seven shape-shifters with speaking roles. This week however, instead of expanding the list, it has been condensed into the series’ top 5 Skrulls. Those who have been removed entirely are Poprishchin (deceased, previously ranked third), Everett Ross (deceased, previously ranked seventh) and Beto (previously ranked sixth). There is also a brand-new addition to the rankings, along with some shifting among its occupants.
*Warning: Spoilers ahead for Secret Invasion episode 2*
Secret Invasion episode 2 Skrulls power rankings
A disclaimer to anyone who missed last week’s edition: in order to qualify for our power rankings, a character must be an established Skrull, or impersonated by one during an episode of Secret Invasion. Skrulls that have appeared in previous projects, but not in this series, will not be included. This means certain characters could be added to the field following an upcoming episode. Without further delay, let’s dive in!
Last week: unranked
“Nicky, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do!” Making her debut in the fifth spot this week is Varra (Charlayne Woodard), who bookends this episode. She speaks with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) at the very start of episode two and…is apparently married to him at the end of it! What’s most interesting about this revelation is that it’s not clear whether Fury is aware of her true identity. He knows Varra the Skrull of course, but Mrs. Fury taking on human form once Nick enters the house is cause for suspicion.
Last week: 5 (up one spot)
There’s still a great deal of mystery to Pagon (Killian Scott) as his role in episode two is once again fairly limited. He rises a spot this week by default, as three of his counterparts have been removed altogether. To become Gravik’s right-hand man, however, one needs to be able to stomach carrying out his dirty work. This internal fortitude is displayed firsthand when Brogan (Ben Peel) is revealed to have given up valuable intel during an interrogation with Sonya Falsworth, and Pagon is tasked with killing him.
Last week: 2 (down one spot)
It’s clear after Secret Invasion episode 2 that G’iah (Emilia Clarke) doubts her allegiance to Gravik’s cause. She spends the majority of this episode in super sleuth mode, trying to uncover what his secrets. Now armed with the truth that Gravik is trying to experiment with the DNA of other creatures to become more powerful (did someone say ‘Super Skrulls?’), the question becomes: what will she do with this information? Any more sneaking around and G’iah could be in trouble with Gravik.
Last week: 4 (up two spots)
The return of the king! Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) is in his bag during episode two, between tactfully retrieving Fury from the scene of the explosion in Moscow, taking the form of a blonde woman to help maintain their cover during their train ride, and setting up an upcoming face-to-face meeting with Gravik. This is not the more shell shocked, reserved individual from the Secret Invasion premiere. If trailers are to be believed, that forthcoming meeting is going to throw Talos for a loop, so trouble appears to be waiting for him. He and Fury need to reunite to stand any chance of thwarting Skrulls’ invasion, and they need to do so soon.
Last week: 1 (no change)
Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir) proves once again to be a menacing presence in episode two, as his plan continues to take shape. Walking into the Skrull Council meeting (shoutout to Christopher McDonald, aka Shooter McGavin) in a very calmly usurping manner is such a power move, you can’t help but respect it. Gravik has already proven to be a top-notch antagonist, so once he obtains enhanced abilities from the Skrulls’ DNA harvesting experiments, there’s no telling how much of a threat he’ll be. Earth might be in trouble!
Which characters could be revealed to be Skrulls?
As the second episode of Secret Invasion doesn’t inject any substantial new human characters into the mix, this list hasn’t changed much from the week prior. Each character continues to provide reasons why they should remain under a microscope moving forward. The following three figures remain most likely to be revealed as Skrulls before Secret Invasion concludes. Just like last week, only characters who have appeared in episodes of Secret Invasion will be considered.
3. President Ritson
Last week: 3 (no change)
This lame duck President’s absence from Secret Invasion episode 2 doesn’t bump him from our list of potential Skrulls, primarily because there aren’t a lot of new human characters being introduced. It’s a safe assumption that he will re-appear soon, and it’s still very reasonable to be suspicious of what he may be hiding. Ritson’s (Dermot Mulroney) close working relationship with the next individual on this list is yet another reason to keep an eye on him.
2. Col. James Rhodes
Last week: 1 (down 1 spot)
Some might wonder why Rhodey (Don Cheadle) would drop a spot on this list after his somewhat bizarre behavior in episode two. His drop has less to do with him and more to do with the actions of the new occupant of the number one spot! Rhodey is definitely up to something; he is far too combative with Fury during their sit down meeting and fairly dismissive of his revelation that one million Skrulls have infiltrated the Earth. Rhodey’s newfound influence seems to have gone to his head…if it’s really him.
1. Sonya Falsworth
Last week: 2 (up one spot)
Sonya (Olivia Colman) displays the kind of behavior in Secret Invasion episode two that alludes to the fact that she’s the furthest thing from a Skrull…which is exactly why she just made the top spot on our list. Yes, she interrogates and brutally tortures Brogan, but why should that let her off the hook? Just because she might not be working with Gravik or Talos doesn’t mean that she isn’t a shape-shifter herself! Perhaps Sonya has her own agenda and wants to make sure she stays ahead of the competition. This is not the time to grow less suspicious of Ms. Falsworth.
Are there any new potential Skrulls on the horizon?
For now, it’s tough for a newly introduced human character to make our list of possible Skrulls. Gravik and his ilk have already infiltrated the highest levels of world government, so outside an Avenger, it would be difficult to top the President of the United States, head of MI6 and a U.S. Government envoy. If the first two episodes are any indication, the next big reveal is sure to be a jaw-dropper!
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