In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress Emilia Clarke spoke about the possibility of spending the next ten years of her life starring in her (undisclosed) role for Marvel’s upcoming series, Secret Invasion.
Clarke is undoubtedly best known for playing Daenerys Targaryen (aka Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons) in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. Earlier this year, Clarke was officially cast in Secret Invasion, a Disney+ series that is part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
According to the Disney+ website, Secret Invasion refers to a crossover event that occurred in the Marvel comics and “showcases a faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years.” Olivia Coleman, Samuel Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Kingsley Ben-Adir are also confirmed cast members for the show.
When asked about the potential of spending a decade with Marvel and Secret Invasion, Clarke told The Hollywood Reporter, “I should be so lucky is what I’ll say to that.” In regards to speaking with other individuals who are a part of the MCU, Clarke said, “Everyone has only the highest praise to offer. There’s a reason why actors stay in it. They’re so loved because they’re having loads of fun.”
Aside from Game of Thrones and Secret Invasion, Clarke joined the Star Wars universe in 2018. She starred as Qi’ra in the film Solo: A Star Wars Story. While Clarke hasn’t heard any news from Disney+ about continuing Qi’ra’s story, she is not opposed to revisiting this complicated and intriguing character as she (Qi’ra) “has the most unfinished business” Clarke told The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition to being an Emmy-nominated actress and the founder of SameYou (a charity dedicated to helping those recover from brain injury), Clarke can add “comic book creator” to her resume this year. She co-created M.O.M.: Mother of Madness with Marguerite Bennet and Leila Leiz. Clarke describes her comic as “Deadpool meets Fleabag.”
The main character Maya is a single-mother, but also a superhero. Maya’s powers are influenced by the changes and emotions she undergoes while on her menstrual cycle. Clarke hopes the comic will demonstrate that by attaching superpowers to those feelings and other attributes females hate about themselves, readers will realize that those things should not be shamed, but that they are “unique,” “beautiful” and “should be celebrated.”
Clarke also said she “applauds” the notion that some people might believe Mother of Madness is a homage to Daenerys, remarking that “first and foremost” she “wanted Maya to be a single mother.” Since she enjoys coming up with names, she was ruminating about the title for her comic and had an epiphany of what M.O.M could stand for. She said, “it’s an acknowledgment of how I’m able to give this beautiful fanbase this other thing that I did because they supported me and gave me the props when I was doing [Game of Thrones].” Mother of Madness will be available on July 21st. Fans eager for news can follow the comic book’s Instagram account for more information.
At the end of the interview, The Hollywood Reporter asked Clarke if she’s finally made peace with Daenerys’s ending in Thrones, to which Clarke replied, “I really have. I really, really, really have. I think it’ll take me to my 90s to be able to objectively see what Game of Thrones was, because there’s just too much me in it.” She added, “I have too many emotional reactions for what Emilia, herself, was experiencing at that moment in time when we were filming it.”
Clarke even provided some advice for the cast members of House of the Dragon, an upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off show based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood. Both the book and the show focus on the Targaryen dynasty 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. Since Clarke bleached her own naturally-brunette hair blond for the final season of Thrones, The Hollywood Reporter asked if she’d recommend the cast of House of the Dragon to do the same. Clarke replied with no hesitation: “No, it is not worth it…I literally cut off all my hair because I killed it with a load of bleach.”
She also stated that it is “surreal” seeing House of the Dragon come to life. She said, “I was on my own last time. I didn’t know I had pals” and joked in an interview with Variety about why she wasn’t allowed to keep her iconic blond wig from Thrones: “That’s why they didn’t give it to me when I left. Matt Smith is wearing it.”