By Christina Pham
Some scenes from “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!” Season 2 have seemed pretty familiar to comic fans…and with good reason!
To celebrate the upcoming DVD release of "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" Vol. 5 on September 25, check out our side-by-side comparison of stills from the DVD episodes versus those from the Secret Invasion graphic novels by Brian Michael Bendis!
Which similarities and differences do you recognize from our gallery? Do you have a favorite scene or moment from the Secret Invasion storyline? Let us know, and remember to get your hands on "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" Vol. 5 DVD assembling on shelves September 25!
|Viper and Elektra revealed as Skrulls|
MOMENT OF TRUTH: SKRULL-ELEKTRA AND VIPER
At the end of NEW AVENGERS (2004) #31, some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes battle Elektra and her Hand ninjas in Japan, only to discover her true identity after her death!
In this still from “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!” Season 2, Episode 7 (“Who Do You Trust?”), however, Mockingbird tells Iron Man how she learns of Viper’s Skrull-y persona, not Elektra’s!
|The autopsy of Skrull-Elektra/Skrull-Viper|
AUTOPSIES: ELEKTRA AND VIPER
The secret’s out that Elektra wasn’t really herself after all, so Iron Man, Reed Richards and Hank Pym try to figure out how the Skrulls have gone undetected for so long in SECRET INVASION #1.
After Black Widow knocks out Iron Man and takes him to Nick Fury’s safe house, Widow, along with Nick Fury and Mockingbird, reveal Viper’s true identity to Shelhead in “Who Do You Trust?”
|Nick Fury's wall of potential Skrulls|
NICK FURY PLAYS “WHO’S A SKRULL?”
The good guys can’t trust anyone--not even their closest friends or enemies, for that matter. Who’s really who they say they are? Nick Fury’s on a mission to figure out the truth in this panel from MIGHTY AVENGERS #12 and its coinciding frame from Season 2, Episode 11 of “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!” (“Infiltration”).
|Iron Man's armor gets taken out by a Skrull virus|
ALIEN VIRUS DETECTED: IRON MAN’S ARMOR
In SECRET INVASION #1, our heroes argue with one another in the Savage Land until Jarvis--secretly a Skrull--uploads a virus into Tony Stark’s armor from home, immediately bringing Iron Man to his knees in agonizing pain.
During “Infiltration,” Mockingbird reveals her true nature. Iron Man appears unthreatened, until she tells him of the virus that has been uploaded to his armor. When she finishes talking, the virus takes full control of his gear, just like in the comics.
|The Skrulls address the world|
THE SKRULLS’ MESSAGE: DO NOT ADJUST YOUR TELEVISION SET
The Skrulls take over the world’s networks in SECRET INVASION #5, and are broadcasting their message to the world using the identities of prominent celebrities, world leaders and more.
In Season 2, Episode 12 of “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!” (“Secret Invasion”), it’s Captain America who broadcasts the Skrulls’ prophecy to the human race as they react in fear and confusion.
|Skrull-Captain America defeated|
CAPTAIN SKRULL DEFEATED
In NEW AVENGERS #43, Spider-Man, Ka-Zar and Shanna take down Skrull Cap. His final words are, “ I-I am Captain America. I am a human. I am a male. I am the Super-Soldier. I-I am an Avenger.” Guess not.
While the true Super Soldier defeats his imposter in “Secret Invasion,” he talks about the human spirit and how they never give up--ever.
|Queen Veranke as Spider-Woman and Mockingbird|
QUEEN VERANKE: SPIDERWOMAN AND MOCKINGBIRD
The Avengers aren’t too happy with Spider-Woman’s deception as they battle it out with her in SECRET INVASION #7…and the feeling’s obviously mutual as she fights them to the death.
Mockingbird’s betrayal has Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fuming as they team up to defeat her “Secret Invasion,” as the animated epic reaches its incredible conclusion!
For the full animated Secret Invasion epic, pick up "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" Vol. 5 on DVD September 25!