July 8, 2012
Joshua Fine and Christopher Yost (Story); Christopher Yost (Teleplay)
The shape-shifting aliens known as the Skrulls begin their invasion of Earth, starting with Wakanda and only Ms. Marvel is there to stop it. But how do you fight your enemies when they look just like your friends?
On the Damocles, a Skrull shuttle is discovered and tracked as it comes out of hyperspace in a near-Earth orbital approach. Ms. Marvel mobilizes and is in hot pursuit, re-entry friction being what it is. When the craft is positively identified as Skrull, Ms. Marvel calls upon the Avengers to assemble. The Skrull ship lands in Wakanda, and out walk... the full team of Avengers?
This team claims to have been ambushed by the Skrulls as they were returning from Asgard, captured then taken to a Skrull prison ship so escaping, they stole a Skrull shuttle and made it back home. Their landing has not gone unobserved by the Wakandans but however, they're under observation.
Tony Stark has been in seclusion, ignoring the outside world for weeks, working on multiple attempts at creating an alien life form detector, without success. Stark lunges for his helmet as some force carves a hole in his lab wall - it is Doctor Doom, and decides to pay a visit and have a word with him.
The Skrull Avengers explain to Ms. Marvel that Wakanda is the true goal of the Skrull invasion; they want the Vibranium Mound. They convince Ms. Marvel to help them stop the Skrulls.
Nick Fury is studying his bulletin board of Skrull suspects, and is joined by Quake. She reports that while the Hulk was taken by the Hulkbusters four days ago, he seems to have vanished off the grid.
The Avengers approach a Wakandan city, and are confronted by King T'Challa and his guards (which appear to be Dora Milaje in combat armor). T'Challa gives orders that the intruders must turn back and leave or be destroyed. Ms. Marvel, confused, steps between the two forces and calls for calm; the Black Panther's troops rise from the tall grass.
At Stark's lab, he and Doom tussle, but ultimately talk. Doom tells Stark that Doom knows what Stark has been working on - a Skrull detector. Dr. Doom gives Stark a chip which will allow Stark's detector to do a genetic reset on a Skrull, exposing their true forms and their true nature, but that is all the help Doom will give him - fighting the Skrulls is beneath him, and what lackies like Stark are for.
Fury reviews the footage of Captain America (Skrull) talking the Hulk into surrender, as well as footage of Captain America starting a fight with the Kree (even though Ronan the Accuser is evil), and determines that he's been replaced.
Ms. Marvel and the Skrull Avengers fight the Black Panther and the Wakandan defense, which includes gun emplacements, battle robots, Dora Milaje and the soldiers. Hawkeye (Skrull) is about to kill the real Black Panther, when he's struck by an arrow himself. The real Avengers have arrived Hawkeye and Wasp.
Stark has integrated Doom's chip into his armor, and the Black Widow startles him, bringing a request that Stark should meet with Fury immediately.
The Avengers battle their doppelgangers. The Thor (Skrull) is knocked from the sky by a Wakandan battle-tank, and the mechanical Mjolnir explodes. The fake Thor is exposed, just before the Black Panther has defeated his Skrull imposter, and exposes him as well. Ms. Marvel joins the real Avengers, and the battle against the remaining Skrulls is short-lived, with Iron Man (Skrull) explaining everything to them before meeting their defeats.
The Black Panther declines to rejoin the Avengers, Ms. Marvel tries to persuade him but fails.
Nick discovers that Mockingbird; didn't tell him about the Hulk's attack on the Helicarrier, also figuring out that the imposter is really Queen Veranke, then blasts Fury, Quake and the Black Widow unconscious before activating a virus in the Iron Man MK 9 armor, shutting down Iron Man. She issues the final invasion orders.
- After Ant-Man (Skrull) was defeated he didn't revert back to his Skrull form.
- Since the original Captain America (Skrull) was already on Earth, they didn't have to make another Captain America (Skrull) II.
- Loki's War is mentioned in the episode.
- Doctor Doom mentions the Skrull scanner he built in The Private War of Doctor Doom.
- The episode continues on with the Skrull invasion storyline.
- Multiple facts from Nightmare in Red are mentioned in the episode.
- S.W.O.R.D. Agent: Ms. Marvel, what is your status?
- Wasp: Avengers Assemble! But only the human ones!
- Quake: Director Fury.
- Nick Fury: I'm not Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. anymore, Daisy.
- Quake: Understood, Director. I got intell something S.H.I.E.L.D.'s keeping him quiet The Incredible Hulk was capture Ross' Hulkbusters 4 days ago but there's no trace of them. He's off the grid gone.