The adventures of Mark Grayson and his epic rise to superhero status received near-universal praise once it received an animated adaptation early last year. Long-time comic book fans know that the source material the show’s based on is quite extensive, so it’s no surprise to hear that Invincible Season 2 is getting made for sure.
At the same time, fans who only got into the Invincible craze through the show are in for a wild ride when season 2 comes around. The show has followed the comic very closely until now, so we can expect Invincible Season 2 to expand Mark’s world beyond the boundaries of superheroism as a new cast of friends and foes makes its stellar debut in the coming seasons.
A Superhero World
Part of the reason why the Invincible comic got so popular among comic book fans is that the world that it portrays differs wildly from the usually cynical take on alternate superhero universes. Another show currently streaming on Prime Video, The Boys, is the polar opposite of Invincible’s almost fanboyish approach to the whole superhero business.
It’s refreshing to see Mark’s dedication to becoming a hero, especially contrasted with The Boys’ sheer cynicism. Sure, fans know that the comic goes a bit dark at times, but the struggle between Invincible and Omni-Man is a nice throwback to a simpler time in the history of superhero comics. Invincible Season 2 will expand upon the story of Omni-Man — who is now a proper villain in the context of the show.
Another character that we might get to know better in Invincible Season 2 is Atom Eve. Also known as Samantha Eve, the superheroine could be considered the tritagonist of the show moving forward, as her story closely ties in with that of Mark, as comic book fans might already know. No spoilers, but Invincible and Atom Eve’s relationship is integral to the plot of the comics, and we might be beginning to see that connection budding in Invincible Season 2.
New — And Even More Evil — VillainsinInvincible Season 2
So far, the biggest threat Invincible has had to face has been his own father, Omni-Man. However, that might soon not be the case, and Invincible Season 2 introduces a whole new cast of villains for Mark to face off against.
Some of the show’s minor recurring villains, like the Mauler Twins, become a series staple in the comics, so we can expect the same to happen in the animated version. However, some other characters, like the enigmatic Robot, have some clear ulterior motives that clash with Mark’s firm moral principles.
The new Guardians of the Globe might also find some heavy resistance from some new faces on the villains’ side. A character that’s been rumoured to appear in Invincible Season 2, and one that might redefine the structure of the show moving forward, is Angstrom Levy.
A mysterious man with the power to create portals to alternate realities, Levy blames Mark for an accident that left him disfigured. In the comics, Levy manages to contact alternate-reality versions of Invincible to destroy the original Mark’s reputation and is the sole responsible for many of Mark’s family tragedies.
While Omni-Man might have been one of Invincible’s biggest threats, Angstrom Levy is popular among comic book fans because he could be considered Invincible’s first real archnemesis, which is why his appearance in Invincible Season 2 was so expected by long-time fans of the series.
To the above-mentioned fans’ delight, Angstrom Levy has been confirmed thanks to the new teaser trailer and will be voiced by Sterling K. Brown, so there is no need to guess about his impending introduction anymore.
All that said, there’s a bigger threat on the horizon for Mark and his allies, and that’s the looming shadow of the Viltrum Empire. Things are about to get intergalactic in Invincible Season 2, and with that comes a new era for the young superhero and the world he fights so hard to protect.
The conquering Viltrum Empire is an ever-present threat in the world of Invincible. So far, in the show, we’ve only seen a fraction of what one Viltrumite can do — now imagine what an entire race of super-superpowered individuals can do to a planet. Nolan Grayson, aka Omni-Man, is a complex and fascinating character all through Invincible’s comic book run, and his backstory will surely be expanded upon in Prime Video’s Invincible Season 2.
A perfect society where might makes right, Viltrum is known all over the galaxy for its constant warring and relentless thirst for conquest. Several planets have banded together to put a stop to the violent Viltrumites, which in turn spawned an ever-growing need for champions to protect planets against the Empire. Thus, the Coalition of Planets was born.
We’ve already heard a bit about the Coalition in the show’s first season. Allen the Alien, a Champion Evaluation Officer working for the Coalition, put Mark’s strength to the test in the early episodes of the show, and it’s thanks to him that we know that the world of Invincible is much bigger than what initially seems.
The show’s first season hinted toward the bigger picture that’s the backdrop to Invincible, but there’s a good reason to believe that the second season will expand the story in new and exciting ways, only aided by the new teaser trailer including a scene where the Viltrumites are mentioned, including a possible backstory about The Great Purge.
Even though the Invincible comics were created by Robert Kirkman — who already had a considerable fan following thanks to The Walking Dead — there was no indication that the show was going to be as popular as it is now. That might be the reason why the show has a confirmed second season, and a third season is also in the pipeline at Amazon Prime Video.
Knowing that another season is coming up might be a great incentive for the show’s writers to add more complex stories to the animated version of Invincible.
Considering the positive reception of the show, it would be safe to say that we might be looking at a show that will end up having more than five seasons — even more if the showrunners are trying to adapt the comic book’s plot in its entirety.
on the 22nd of July, Prime Video released its latest teaser trailer for Invincible season 2 on its YouTube channel, where Mark can be seen flying through the air while the MC from a high school graduation speaks in the background before panning to an empty seat which was probably reserved for Mark.
A host of characters and visuals shoot across the screen with voice snippets as the trailer confirms that the returning cast consists of Steven Yeun (of course), Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Zazie Beetz, Walton Goggins, Gillian Jacobs, Jason Mantzoukas, Khary Payton, Ross Marquand, as well as Kevin Michael Richardson, Chris Diamantopoulos, Mark Hamill, Grey Delisle, Andrew Rennels, Fred Tatasciore, Gary Anthony Williams, Clancy Brown, Zachary Quinto, Reginald Veljohnson, Melise and Zehra Fazal.
New to the cast are fantastic names like Chloe Bennet, Rob Delaney, Luke MacFarlane, Jay Pharoah, Rhea Seehorn, Kari Wahlgren, Shantel Vansanten, Cliff Curtis, Calista Flockhart, Scoot McNairy, Lea Thompson, Camden Coley, Peter Cullen, Tim Robinson, Eric Bauza, Sterling K. Brown, Tatiana Maslany, Daveed Diggs, Ella Purnell, Lincoln Booin, Josh Keaton, Paul F. Tompkins, Ben Schwartz, Micah Aliling, Cleveland Berto, and Phil Lamarr.
The inclusion of so many new names is an exciting nod to just how much more the second season of the animation has to offer. Not only were we given hints about who might be a part of the second season, a certain line implies a bit of the plot of the season, saying, “Viltrumite against Viltrumite? That has not happened since the Great Purge.” So it’s safe to assume that we are going to get some truly impactful action.
Invincible Gets Some Updates on Season 2 and Season 3
“If you can push through” and “do what needs to be done, you’ll do just fine.” – Nolan Grayson, aka Omni-Man
The only problem with binge-worthy series and animated series is the anticipation of whether they will be renewed, and then if they are, the wait for the new season before you can binge it again. One of the most popular animated series on Prime Video right now was renewed for a second and third season, and a voice actor from the cast gave a few updates about its progress.
The series was well received by viewers and critics alike, experiencing high viewership since its premiere. Based on the reviews and the viewership, Amazon decided to renew the series for an additional two seasons. Now that we have a better idea of the arrival of season 2, all that is left is to hear more about season 3.
Khary Payton, the voice actor behind Black Samson, a superhero who stands amongst those who will be selected to be the new Guardians of the Globe, chatted to The Movie Dweeb in an interview for YouTube about Invincible. He shared that while they were working on the episodes for the second season, they were already working on Invincible Season 3.
Although he was excited about the show being renewed for two more seasons, he is happy to be reunited with Kirkman from The Walking Dead. “We’re recording Invincible right now, and he’s just so very down to earth, and not… there’s just nothing put upon about the guy. And every once in a while I just look at him, like, this is, he’s a genius. You Know. And to talk to the guy, he just doesn’t come off that way at all.”
Thanks to the second and third seasons being renewed at the same time, the wait between season 2 and season 3 is thankfully expected to be relatively short.
“We finished season 2. We’re on season 3. But it’s so hard to say right now. There was a glut of animation studios just trying to get so much done and literally it was like, projects sitting there with a backpack full of material. They’re like, ‘Anytime you’re ready.” There was literally a line for the really great studios to just get this work out. So, I honestly can’t tell you. I’m dying. I am so glad they greenlit 2 and 3 at the same time, because that means when 3 comes out, it will feel like just next season, and not like, a lifetime. But, yeah, it’s gonna take a while, I wish I could say otherwise.”
Luckily for all of us who have been quietly waiting for a release date for season 2, Amazon Prime Video has announced that the first half of the eight-episode season will air on the 3rd of November, while the second half will be premiering sometime in early 2024.
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