Marvel’s latest Disney Plus series, Secret Invasion, now holds the title for the most poorly reviewed episode of any MCU television series, sinking to a dismal 8% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing. Following the airing of the recent season finale, the show’s director Ali Selim has weighed in with his thoughts on the series, which sees Samuel L. Jackson return as Nick Fury.
Speaking to Variety, Selim admitted that he had not read any reviews connected to the series. “With all due respect. For me, I view all the storytelling work I do as a dialogue with an audience. When the show is finished and put up on the screen, that’s my half of the dialogue. And the audience then starts their half of the response to it. I think that’s valuable, but I don’t know. I don’t know how to answer the question.”
Selim added that he didn’t “feel bad about mixed reviews. If you had unanimously good reviews, every movie would gross $10 billion, trillion dollars, right? [Projects] resonate with different people at different times for different reasons, and Marvel has a very devoted — even rabid — fan base who have expectations and when their expectations aren’t fulfilled, they move in the other direction; they give it a thumbs down.”
“I don’t know — is it our job to fulfill their expectations? Or to tell the story that we’re telling? So, it’s a tricky thing. I would love it if everybody loved it, but I also don’t have that expectation myself, so I feel great about the response to it.”
Secret Invasion further stars Ben Mendelsohn, Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, and Kingsley Ben-Adir as the series antagonist Gravik, a Skrull rebel leader.