Is Rhodey A Skrull? 9 Signs War Machine Is Secret Invasion’s Avengers Spy
Caution! This article contains SPOILERS for the third episode of Marvel’s Secret Invasion. Marvel’s latest show, Secret Invasion, has presented several intriguing hints about the true identity of Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes (played by Don Cheadle) and whether he is actually a shapeshifting Skrull in disguise. The world is currently in the midst of a massive Skrull attack in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which could potentially result in a nuclear war and the Skrulls taking over the planet. Trust is in short supply as the Skrulls have infiltrated and replaced numerous leaders and key figures in their quest to conquer Earth. This includes the possibility that Rhodey himself has been replaced, as he is the only Avenger featured in the new MCU series thus far.
In episode 2 of Secret Invasion, Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) arranges a meeting with Rhodey following a devastating bombing in Moscow, orchestrated by Skrulls posing as anti-Russia Americans to frame the United States. After attending an emergency summit on behalf of the White House, Rhodey agrees to meet with Fury, who is addressing concerns from multiple national leaders, some of whom have been confirmed to be Skrulls, such as the NATO head and the UK Prime Minister. However, their conversation is filled with subtle clues that suggest Rhodey’s true identity as a Skrull.
One significant revelation in episode 3 is that Nick Fury’s wife, Priscilla (also known as the Skrull Varra), is still working for the rebels, possibly under duress. She receives instructions to meet someone, presumably to carry out a mission to assassinate Nick Fury. The voice on the other end of the phone is immediately recognizable as James Rhodes, which caught the attention of Secret Invasion viewers on Twitter. It is highly unlikely that it was someone else imitating Rhodey, as he has not made an appearance in the show yet.
While it is possible that Rhodey is actually working for Fury and the gun is intended for someone else, it is worth noting that Gravik, who has made himself invulnerable with the Extremis virus, would not be easily defeated by a simple bullet. In another intriguing moment, Rhodey refers to Fury as “Nick” during their conversation, a detail that has sparked online discussions. This contradicts Fury’s claim in Captain Marvel (2019) that no one calls him by his first name. This could suggest that Rhodey is a Skrull spy embedded within the White House, although it is uncertain if their relationship was close enough to warrant the use of “Nick.” It should also be mentioned that other characters in the MCU, such as Tony Stark and the late Maria Hill, have referred to Fury by his first name.
Rhodey’s comment about Slovakia is another clue that hints at his potential status as a Skrull. During the summit, the representative from Slovakia dismisses Rhodes’ belief that Fury and Maria Hill were only “allegedly” in Moscow during the bombing. Despite the provided evidence from the Russian government, the representative requests more proof and scoffs at Rhodey’s statements. In response, Rhodey jokingly mentions that he would use his War Machine armor to “carpet-bomb” Slovakia if they continue to doubt him. This line, filled with sass, seems more fitting for someone like Tony Stark rather than Rhodey.
During Rhodey’s conversation with Fury, it is revealed that he has been aware of the Skrulls’ existence for nearly 15 years, attending a Pentagon presentation about them in 2010. However, at that time, the Skrulls were still allies with Fury. It is only in recent years that Gravik, a Skrull leader, has incited a movement to forcibly take over Earth due to unfulfilled promises from Fury and Captain Marvel regarding finding the Skrulls a new home. Rhodey’s long-standing knowledge of the Skrulls’ presence on Earth may have made him a target when Gravik’s revolution began. He could have been replaced shortly after the Blip, or even during it, joining the ranks of other humans gradually being replaced by Skrull operatives in the MCU. As an envoy for the White House with access to the current US President Ritson, Rhodey’s position would make him highly valuable to the Skrulls.
The position that Rhodey now holds within the White House raises suspicions. After regretting his decision to sign the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil War, Rhodey defied US Secretary Ross and supported his fellow Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War, despite their status as wanted fugitives. It is peculiar that Rhodey has now aligned himself so closely with the US government in such a high-ranking position, unless his recent actions were those of a Skrull.
In their conversation, Rhodey fires Fury from his role as head of S.A.B.E.R., which undoubtedly aids the Skrulls in their mission. Tensions are high following the deaths of numerous Russian civilians, as well as Maria Hill. The White House naturally wants to sever ties with Fury, and Rhodey confirms that he volunteered to do so. However, it is also possible that Rhodes encouraged Fury’s firing, assuming he is indeed a Skrull working for Gravik.
Rhodey suggests calling the Avengers for assistance once Fury outlines the threat posed by the Skrulls. However, Fury wisely advises against prematurely involving the Avengers, as the Skrulls could easily impersonate them and manipulate public opinion to frame them as terrorists. Nevertheless, the Skrulls may desire the Avengers’ involvement in Secret Invasion to gather DNA samples for their Super-Skrull program, Gravik’s contingency plan for dealing with metahumans.
Furthermore, a visual cue during Fury and Rhodey’s conversation in episode 2 catches the eye. On the table, there is a single green lily leaf in a vase, reminiscent of the Skrulls’ green skin color. While it could be a mere coincidence, Secret Invasion has revolved heavily around themes of paranoia and distrust, urging viewers to question everything.
In conclusion, Secret Invasion episode 3 provides numerous hints that suggest Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes may be a Skrull in disguise. However, the truth remains uncertain, and viewers will have to continue watching the show to uncover the full extent of Rhodey’s involvement in the Skrull invasion.
Warning! This post contains SPOILERS for Marvel’s Secret Invasion episode 3
Marvel’s new Secret Invasion show has revealed several potential clues regarding whether Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) is actually a shapeshifting Skrull in disguise. The world is currently in the midst of a massive Skrull attack in the MCU which could lead to nuclear war and the planet being claimed by Skrulls in the fallout. As such, trust is in short supply as the Skrulls have replaced several leaders and key figures in a bid to take Earth as their own. This could very well include Rhodey, the only Avenger who’s been featured in the new MCU series thus far.
In Secret Invasion episode 2, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) sets up a meeting with Rhodey in the wake of a massive bombing in Moscow caused by Skrulls posing as anti-Russia Americans, framing the United States for the attack. Following an emergency summit he was sent to on behalf of the White House, Rhodey agrees to meet with Fury after appearing before multiple concerned national leaders (some of which are confirmed to be Skrulls such as the head of NATO and the UK Prime Minister). However, several clues during Rhodey and Fury’s conversation could very well be teasing Rhodes’ true identity as a Skrull himself.
10 Secret Invasion Suggests Rhodey Is Priscilla’s Skrull Handler
The end of Secret Invasion episode 3 reveals that Nick Fury’s wife, Priscilla (otherwise known as the Skrull Varra) is still working for the rebels – perhaps under duress. After retrieving a gun from a safe deposit box, Priscilla is given instructions to meet someone to receive her mission, presumably to kill Nick Fury. The voice at the end of the phone is almost immediately recognizable as James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), which almost every Secret Invasion viewer noticed on Twitter:
If it wasn’t Rhodey, it was a soundalike who hasn’t yet appeared in Secret Invasionwhich would be pretty unlikely. There is of course the possibility that Rhodey is actually working for Fury and the gun is for someone else, but the fact that Gravik has made himself invulnerable with the Extremis virus suggests a simple bullet isn’t going to do anything to him…
8 Rhodey Calls Fury “Nick” In Secret Invasion
A big hint that’s been talked about online is the fact that Rhodey calls Nick Fury by his first name during their tense conversation. As a result, this conflicts with Fury’s claims in 2019’s Captain Marvel that no one calls him “Nick”. This could be an indicator that Rhodey might not be who he seems, instead being a Skrull spy embedded within the White House. That fact is made more likely in episode 3 when Fury tells the Skrull Bob Fairbanks that nobody calls him Nick as the villain attempts to lay a trap for him.
However, it should be mentioned that there’s still a small circle of MCU characters who have called Fury by his first name such as Tony Stark and Maria Hill before she died in Secret Invasion’s premiere episode. That being said, it’s hard to know if Rhodey and Fury were close enough that “Nick” was allowed in their relationship. It’s also worth noting that Rhodey was firing Fury from his position at S.A.B.E.R when he said it, so it’s possible Rhoedy using Fury’s first name was a sign of disrespect during their heated interaction (regardless of Rhodey’s possible status as a Skrull).
7 Carpet-Bombing Slovakia As War Machine
Rhodey’s line about Slovakia is another clue that may point to his status as a Skrull. During the summit, the representative from Slovakia is clearly not interested in Col. Rhodes’ commitment to the belief that Fury and Maria Hill were only “allegedly” in Moscow at the time of the bombing. He also requests more evidence despite the provided photos from the Russian government, motivating Slovakia to scoff more than once.
As a result, Rhodey at one point covers his mic and turns to his aide, saying that “if Slovakia rolls its eyes at me one more time, I’m gonna put on the suit and carpet-bomb it”a reference to Rhodey’s War Machine armor. Clearly, the line is full of sass and not to be taken seriously. That being said, it does seem like a line that would be more fitting for someone like Tony Stark.
6 Rhodey Already Knew About Secret Invasion’s Skrulls
During Rhodey’s conversation with Fury, it’s revealed that Rhodey has known about the Skrulls for close to 15 years. Apparently, Rhodey was invited to a Pentagon presentation about the shapeshifting aliens back in 2010. While this could have been a prime opportunity for Skrulls to have replaced Rhodes, it’s important to note that the Skrulls were still Fury’s allies at the time. It’s only within the last few years that the Skrull Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir) has incited a movement to take Earth by force due to years of unkept promises from Fury and Captain Marvel that they would find them a new home.
However, the mere fact that Rhodey has known about the Skrullls’ existence on Earth for so long may have made him a target when Gravik’s revolution was set in motion. He could have been replaced shortly after the Blip or even during the Blip itself, joining countless other humans who’ve gradually been replaced by Skrull operatives in the MCU. As an envoy for the White House with access to current US President Ritson, his position would make him quite valuable to the Skrulls.
5 Rhodey’s New White House Job Conflict With Infinity War
That said, the position Rhodey now holds with the White House is suspect in its own right. After all, Rhdoey came to regret his decision to sign the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil Wara mistake he rectifies in Avengers: Infinity War by defying US Secretary Ross and siding with his fellow Avengers despite their status as wanted fugitives. As such, it’s now odd that Rhodey has joined the US government so directly in such a high position (unless his recent actions were instead those of a Skrull).
4 Rhodey Fires Nick Fury (Which Helps Skrulls)
Because Fury and Rhodey’s conversation ends with Rhodey firing Fury from his role as head of S.A.B.E.R., Fury’s lack of support will undoubtedly make the Skrulls’ mission easier. Tensions are naturally high due to the deaths of thousands of Russian civilians, not to mention Maria Hill herself. Naturally, the White House wanted to sever ties with Fury, and Rhodey himself confirms he volunteered to do it. However, it’s also possible that Rhodes might have encouraged the firing as well, assuming that he is in fact a Skrull working for Gravik.
3 Rhodey Wants To Call Avengers In Secret Invasion
Once Nick Fury lays out the threat and confirms just how dangerous the new Skrull threat is to the world, Rhodey asks why they don’t call their friends and assemble the Avengers. However, Fury rightly says that they shouldn’t be premature in calling the calvary, lest the Skrulls start impersonating the Avengers themselves and get framed as terrorists right alongside Fury himself. However, the Skrulls may want the Avengers’ involvement in Secret Invasionseeing as how they could then attempt to recover DNA samples for their Super-Skrull program (Gravik’s assumed contingency for dealing with metahumans).
2 Rhodey And Nick Fury’s Secret Invasion Conversation Features A Green Lily Leaf
There’s also a key visual cue present during Fury and Rhodey’s conversation in Secret Invasion episode 2. As seen on the table, there’s a single green lily leaf in a vase that’s very similar to the color of the Skrulls’ green skin. While it could be a coincidence, one of the biggest themes in Secret Invasion has naturally been paranoia and distrust. Nothing should be taken at face value in a show where the primary antagonists are shape-shifters, so this lily could likely be connected to the fact that Rhodey is actually a Skrull in disguise within President Ritson’s administration.
1 Armor Wars Plot Could Hint At Rhodey’s Skrull Identity
It’s also worth noting that the plot of War Machine’s upcoming Armor Wars movie does support Rhodey being a Skrull in Secret Invasion. It’s already been confirmed by actor Don Cheadle that Secret Invasion will help set up Rhodey’s arc in Armor Wars where War Machine will be fighting to protect Iron Man’s legacy with his technology from being corrupted, possibly after it falls into the wrong hands. Perhaps several suits and more Stark tech gets stolen and sold on the black market, escaping Rhodey’s notice as he’s been incapacitated while a Skrull has been posing as him in the White House.
New episodes of Secret Invasion air every Wednesday on Disney+