When trying to figure out why a studio would tell the director not to read the source material they’re adapting, it raises more questions than answers. Why wouldn’t you want to join a storyline that already has a built-in fanbase? Even if you deviate, wouldn’t you want to include elements of the script so it doesn’t sound like a borrowed title meant for bait and switch? Luckily for us, Ali Selim has bled the air on the “Secret Invasion” goal in the MCU.
“This show comes from the energy created by Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn,” Selim explained. “And Marvel said, ‘We have to continue with this energy. So it really started out as a re-enacted cop buddy movie, then telling a story that presumably and undeniably expands on what’s in the comics, but the comics aren’t a basis for that. In the end, it seemed to come down to using elements from the comic book storyline, but focusing more on what the MCU had already built with the characters and fitting into the larger universe.
Selim went on to say that his goal of reading the script, even after being told not to, was simply his desire to stay informed and then figure out why the studio didn’t want him to read it. Hopefully, after seeing the series come to an end, fans will also understand the purpose of the gaps.