“Invincible” is an adult animated superhero TV series developed by Robert Kirkman for Amazon Prime Video, debuting on March 25, 2021. Adapted from the Image Comics series created by Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley, the narrative centers on 17-year-old Mark Grayson’s journey as he transforms into a superhero under the mentorship of his father, Omni-Man, the planet’s most formidable superhero.
Mark grapples with the challenges of balancing his personal life and superhero responsibilities, aiming to demonstrate that he can live up to his father’s heroic legacy. The series features a star-studded cast, including Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, and J.K. Simmons portraying the Grayson family, with the remaining cast serving in recurring roles.
Transitioning to the topic of “Invincible” Season 2, there’s a growing curiosity among many about what lies ahead. In this article, we delve into the strategic storytelling and various aspects of Season 2, shedding light on its production and development.
Invincible Season 2: Multiverse Adventures And Strategic Storytelling
The animated superhero series “Invincible” on Amazon Prime Video, based on the comic of the same name, has been renewed for a second season after its successful debut in 2021. Created by Robert Kirkman, the mind behind “The Walking Dead,” the show follows superhero teen Mark Grayson as he grapples with the complexities of heroism. Season One, adapting the beginning of Mark’s extensive story, revealed his alien origins and the shocking revelations about his father, Omni-Man.
In Season Two, Mark faces new enemies and challenges as the primary defender of Earth. Adding to its impressive voice cast, including Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, J.K. Simmons, and more, Season Two introduces Sterling K. Brown. The plot takes an intriguing turn with a multiverse theme, featuring a dangerous scientist, Angstrom Levy, on a mission to eliminate all versions of Mark across different Earths.
The second season, as revealed by Kirkman, will be divided into two parts. The initial four episodes are released weekly, with the remaining episodes scheduled for an early 2024 premiere. Kirkman emphasized the show’s complexity during a Comic-Con panel, highlighting the need to carefully manage the numerous characters and scenes.
Additionally, the decision to split the season was influenced by the holiday season to avoid the show getting lost amid Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations. According to Kirkman, this strategic pause will enhance the impact of the narrative on the audience.
Invincible Film And Series: Development Details
Announced on April 4, 2017, Universal Pictures initiated the development of a live-action film based on “Invincible,” with Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen slated as directors. The film, intended to be faithful to the comic series, was set to be rated R. Skybound Entertainment and Point Grey Pictures were onboard as producers.
Despite an initial hiatus when the animated series was announced, on January 26, 2021, it was confirmed that the film was still in progress and would be distinct from the series. Seth Rogen later indicated in a 2023 interview that the animated series significantly influenced the ongoing development of the live-action film with Universal, essentially shaping it as a live-action rendition of the animated series.
In a deal with Amazon on August 11, 2017, Robert Kirkman, through his company Skybound Entertainment, agreed to develop various series for Amazon Prime Video. However, due to existing studio commitments, projects already in production or development with other studios were excluded from development for Amazon.
Despite Kirkman’s interest in creating an “Invincible” series, this was temporarily hindered by Universal’s concurrent film development. On June 19, 2018, Amazon announced a series order for “Invincible,” comprising an initial eight-hour-long animated episodes. Simon Racioppa serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside Kirkman, David Alpert, and Catherine Winder.