'Invincible' Season 2: Release Date on Amazon Prime, Cast and Plot
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The new animated superhero show Invincible has just finished up season 1, and it has already been renewed for not only season 2, but a third installment as well. Invincible has been a success for Amazon, garnering both critical praise and high viewership. These renewals show that Amazon has plenty of confidence in the show and its creators.
Invincible follows the story of teenager Mark Grayson (played by Steven Yeun) who after years of waiting finally develops superpowers inherited from his father Nolan, the world's most famous superhero Omni-Man (played by J.K. Simmons). Amazon's Invincible is based on the Image Comics series of the same name, created by Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, and artist Cory Walker. The comic is known for blending heightened and silly superhero elements with adult drama and ultraviolence, and the Invincible show is aiming to capture that balance too.
Invincible season 2 release date: 2022?
There’s no confirmed release date for Invincible season 2 yet. However, we suspect that Amazon will want to exploit its popularity and get to work on it as soon as possible.
Given that Invincible season 2 was only announced on April 29, it’s unlikely that any major work will have begun. Sure, Kirkman and the series’ executive team may have had discussions on what plot points to build the next season around (more on this later). From animation, art, script and voice actor perspectives, though, we don’t think much - if anything - will have been done. That said, sometimes animated shows get an early renewal behind-the-scenes because of the long turnaround it takes to make further episodes, so it's possible that it's further along than we think.
With all that in mind, don’t expect to see Invincible season 2 take flight before the second half of 2022. Unless the creative team crunches on season 2 and gets it out early next year, we would be surprised to see it before summer 2022. A show like this needs as much care and attention to detail as possible, so that’s what we’re hedging our bets on.
Invincible season 2: Cast
Much of the main cast of Invincible season 1 are likely to return for a second season. This includes Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh (Nora Grayson), Zazie Beetz (Amber Bennett), Gillian Jacobs (Atom Eve), and Zachary Quinto (Robot) as all of their characters play key roles in comic's story going forward. Also likely to return are guest actors like Ezra Miller (DA Sinclair), Seth Rogen (Allen the Alien), and Mahershala Ali (Titan). All of them become bigger parts of the story as the series goes on. J.K. Simmons might not initially appear as Omni-Man in the next installment, as he was last seen flying off into deep space. Readers of the comic know where he's going, and there's a good chance that he'll come back into the story at the end of season 2.
Invincible season 2 Plot: what do the comics hint at?
The comic series is a fun but convoluted one. There are many directions that season 2 could go in, but we already have an idea of what the next installment could entail. This is based on the season 1 finale and some hints that the official Invincible Twitter account has already dropped.
First, let’s look at Invincible episode 8. Mark, aka Invincible, and the Guardians of the Globe are all that now stands between Viltrum’s invasion of Earth. Omni-Man was supposed to conquer the planet for the Viltrumite Empire but, after realizing that he couldn’t kill Mark and, by proxy, enslave humanity for his people, he tearfully heads out into space for an unknown destination.
Season 2 is certain to pick up this plot thread. Mark will be tasked with keeping Earth safe from the Viltrumites and, in turn, help the Coalition of Planets halt their universe-wide expansion. Mark already knows that a Viltrumite fleet is on its way thanks to Allen the Alien’s warning. The latter has a big part to play in the comics from this point on, so if they’re anything to go by, Mark and Allen’s friendship will only grow stronger from here on out.
As an extension of that, we should find out where Omni-Man/Nolan has gone. In the comics, Nolan flies off to invade another planet, which he hopes will act as recompense - with the Viltrum Empire - for deserting his posting on Earth. There’s a lot more for the TV series to cover regarding Mark and Nolan’s relationship, which is also covered extensively in the comics. We’ll be here forever if we dive too deep into this father-son bond so, for now, we’ll say we hope to see some of J.K. Simmons’ Nolan next season.
If nothing else, we’ll definitely be entering cosmic territory in season 2, so expect stranger worlds, weirder characters and a universe-spanning plot to translate from page to screen.
The season 1 finale also teased other potential story beats for its successor, too. We should get a continuation of the Sequids storyline, which didn’t get a proper ending in season 1. Here, we know that a Martian has infiltrated Earth after he traded places with one of the human astronauts. In tandem to that, the astronaut who was left behind on Mars is now being controlled by the Sequids, which could spell bad news for Earth if this parasitic race charts a course for the blue planet.
We may also see Titan and Battle Beast’s stories fleshed out in more detail. The last time we saw the duo, they had taken over Machine Head’s criminal organization and teleported away from Earth respectively. Their tales continue in the comics, and Kirkman has already alluded to fan favorite Battle Beast getting more screen time in Amazon’s adaptation.
One interesting tidbit is new story elements that didn’t make it into Invincible’s comic run. In a chat with Beyond the Trailer, Kirkman revealed that he hoped to include storylines in the TV show that he couldn’t fit into the graphic novels when he was writing them. One example that Kirkman gives concerns Damien Darkblood, who was banished back to Hell by Cecil Stedman in episode 4, but it’s unclear if this will form part of season 2.
Finally, Kirkman himself has revealed more of where season 2’s plot could go - and it could include arguably Mark’s biggest nemesis from the comics. We’ll refrain from spoiling that reveal, or much of the graphic novels’ exploration of time travel or alternate dimensions, here. If you’re not fussed about hearing comic and potential season 2 spoilers, though, you can see why Kirkman says in the tweet below.
Invincible Season 2 Renewal
Invincible season 2 and season 3 have both been officially announced by Amazon. After much fan campaigning for Invincible to get a second season while the first was still airing, Amazon showed how much faith they have in Kirkman and his team with their double renewal situation. Invincible is clearly going to be a long-term investment for the streaming service.
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