Secret Invasion got some of the worst reviews of any Marvel Cinematic Universe project. Kingsley Ben-Adir, who played Gravik in the series, speaks out on how responded to the negative reviews.
There’s been a lot of talk about how toxic the internet can be when it comes to negative reviews lately, especially when it comes to the MCU. Kumail Nanjiani recently spoke out about how the reception to Eternals led him to therapy. However, it seems Kingsley Ben-Adir didn’t take the reception to Secret Invasion nearly as hard, saying his job is done once production wraps.
“I feel like the experience of making a movie is why I do my work, you know,” Ben-Adir told The Direct. “Once we wrap, it’s done. It’s over to you guys and over to them. You know, my job is to come in and find a psychological point of view on the character and try and figure out a journey for the story. And then after that, it’s really–you take your high as the same way you take your lows.”
Given how much hate Secret Invasion got from the internet, it’s good that Kingsley Ben-Adir didn’t let it get to him or his process. While negative reviews can’t be helped, the way people express their distaste has certainly gotten more aggressive over the past few years. It can be disheartening for actors, even those big enough to be in the MCU. Though given it is the internet, it’s not likely the process will change anytime soon.
How Marvel Adapted Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion is based on the comic book storyline of the same name, which was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Francis Yu. The story revolves around a group of Skrulls, an alien race that has the ability to shape-shift and take on the appearance of anyone they want. The Skrulls have infiltrated Earth’s society and are secretly replacing key figures with their own kind in order to take over the planet.
The full Secret Invasion cast also includes Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Kingsley Ben-Adir as Gravik, Emilia Clarke as G’iah, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross. Olivia Colman, Dermot Mulroney, Killian Scott, Christopher McDonald, Carmen Ejogo and Charlayne Woodard are also on board in undisclosed roles.
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