Entertainment Invincible season 2: everything we know so far
Invincible season 2: everything we know so far
– No release date for season 2 officially revealed
– Crew “working hard” on next instalments
– Lead star Steven Yeun recording lines
– Other voice actors have finished recording season 2 dialog
– No word on what comics will be adapted for season 2
– Work on season 3 taking place alongside its predecessor
Could Invincible season 2 be with us sooner than we think? It’s certainly a possibility, given the latest updates surrounding the hit R-rated animated series.
It’s been well over 18 months since Invincible season 1 landed on our screens. Unsurprisingly, some fans are growing impatient over a) a lack of updates on the Prime Video show‘s second season, and b) when it’ll launch on Amazon’s streamer. While patience is key on projects of this magnitude – it takes a long time to make an animated show, especially one as highly anticipated as Invincible – we’ve been given some indication recently that there’s light at the end of the production tunnel.
To find out why we think Invincible’s next outing could with us fairly soon, you’ll have to read through our season 2 guide. In it, you’ll find plenty of information concerning the Prime Video series’ return, including its returning cast members, plot points, the show’s future (a third season is also on the way), and more.
Full spoilers follow for Invincible’s first season. Potential spoilers for Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s comic series of the same name are incoming, too, so proceed at your own risk.
Invincible season 2 release date: what we know
Amazon hasn’t confirmed a release date for Invincible season 2 yet. It was announced – alongside a third season – in April 2021 (opens in new tab) and, according to head writer Simon Racioppa, both seasons have been in development for longer than fans think.
“We’ve been working on it [Invincible season 2] for a while,” Racioppa exclusively told TechRadar. “We’re working very hard on it. Basically, every day Robert [Kirkman, Invincible’s co-creator] is working on it, I’m working on it. We’re talking about it, and we are well in on the process. We’ve been working on it longer than I think people are aware, but it takes a while. It’s a big show.”
Another banger from Invincible showrunner @Sraxs!!! And before you ask, yes, he’s hard at work on S2 AND S3 too: https://t.co/m8brIy22L0 https://t.co/Igj5whi97MMarch 4, 2022
Meanwhile, in an April 2022 Twitter video, lead voice actor Steven Yeun was shown starting to record his lines for Invincible season 2.
With how many lines he has, his vocal cords really will need to be… pic.twitter.com/0Chd6KvxxQApril 15, 2022
J.K. Simmons, who plays Nolan Grayson/Omni-Man, also told DiscussingFilm (opens in new tab) that the cast would be entering the recording booth to start work on season 2 very soon. And it seems that some, if not most, of the series’ voice cast have completed their season 2 work. Speaking to ScreenRant (opens in new tab), Khary Payton, who plays Black Sansom, said: “We finished season 2. We’re onto season 3, but its so hard to say right now [when it is coming out].”
In the interim, the official Invincible Twitter account has also regularly responded to fans asking how season 2 is progressing. Recently, those in charge of Invincible’s social media confirmed that seasons 2 and 3 were being developed concurrently:
With all of that said, then, when could Invincible season 2 grace our screens? We don’t expect it to debut on Prime Video until early 2023 at the, well, very earliest. There’s a lot of work that goes into animated shows so, while season 2’s dialog may be complete by now, it’s likely that development still has some way to go.
Curiously, January 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of Invincible’s comic books, with the series’ first issue released on January 22, 2003. Could we see an official release date announcement, teaser trailer, or both drop on that date? We’d be amazed if Amazon, Skybound, the the show’s cast and crew don’t celebrate that landmark with something Invincible TV show-related.
Even so, we’d prefer those involved to take their time with Invincible season 2 and its sequel. Make them as good as possible before they’re released and we’ll be more than happy to wait longer for their arrivals.
Invincible season 2 cast
Nothing’s been confirmed yet (outside of Yeun’s and Simmons’ returns), but we’d expect the actors named below to return for Invincible season 2:
- Steven Yeun as Mark Grayson/Invincible
- J.K. Simmons as Nolan Grayson/Omni-Man
- Sandra Oh as Debbie Grayson
- Zazie Beetz as Amber Bennett
- Gillian Jacobs as Samantha Eve Wilkins/Atom Eve
- Andrew Rannells as William Clockwell
- Walton Goggins as Cecil Stedman
- Jason Mantzoukas as Rex Sloan/Rex Splode
- Ross Marquand as Rudy Conners, Kursk and Bi-Plane
- Mark Hamill as Art Rosenbaum
- Khary Payton as Markus Grimshaw/Black Samson
- Malese Jow as Kate Cha/Dupli-Kate
- Grey Griffin as Shrinking Rae and Amanda (Monster Girl’s human form)
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Monster Girl/the Mauler Twins
- Seth Rogen as Allen the Alien
- Mahershala Ali as Titan
It’s possible that we may see other actors return, too.
Zachary Quinto was the voice of Robot in season 1, but it’s unclear if he’ll be needed again. As the first season revealed, Robot was the artificial host body of Rudy Conners, an individual whose genetic defects initially meant he was unable to live outside of his saline tank. With Rudy’s consciousness being transferred into his new clone body in episode 7, Ross Marquand has taken over vocal duties for Rudy.
So we don’t know if Quinto will return. Robot has a big role to play in the comics, but we’re unsure if those events will be part of Invincible season 2, season 3 or beyond.
Others who may return include Chris Diamantopoulos (Doc Seismic), Fred Tatasciore (Kill Cannon), Clancy Brown (Damien Darkblood), Jeffrey Donovan (Machine Head), Ezra Miller (D.A. Sinclair) and Michael Dorn (Battle Beast and Thokk). Kirkman has hinted at some of their returns (more on this below) but we’re unsure who will do so yet.
As for new cast members, Kirkman has expressed interest in seeing more of The Walking Dead TV series’ cast appear in future seasons. Yeun, Marquand, Laurie Cohan, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green and Lennie James have appeared in various roles already, but Kirkman wants more Walking Dead stars to lend their vocal talents to the show.
Kirkman told ComicBook.com (opens in new tab): “I can’t think of an actor on The Walking Dead I wouldn’t want to work with again. It’s an amazing group of actors. Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan…there’s not really anyone I wouldn’t want to bring in.”
One actor who definitely wants to return is Chad Coleman, who voiced Martian Man in season 1. Speaking to UK newspaper The Daily Express (opens in new tab), Coleman joked that he was desperate to return to the world of Invincible, even though Martian Man died at Omni-Man’s hands early on in the show’s first season.
“It [Invincible] is amazing, obviously,” Coleman said. “Kirkman’s a crazy talented dude, and all the other folks that are involved. I had so much fun and I love the way it looks. I’m just saying ‘Hey man, bring me back for some more.'”
Invincible season 2 plot
Major spoilers follow for the animated series and graphic novels.
The comic series is a fun but at-times confusing one. There are many directions that Invincible season 2 could go in, but we already have an idea of what the next instalment might entail. This is based on the season 1 finale and some hints from the series’ official Twitter account.
First, let’s discuss the Invincible season 1 finale. Omni-Man was supposed to conquer Earth for the Viltrumite Empire but, after realizing that he couldn’t kill Mark and enslave humanity for his people, he tearfully heads out into space for an unknown destination.
Season 2 should pick up this plot thread. Mark will be tasked with keeping Earth safe from the invading Viltrumites, as well as help the Coalition of Planets stop the former from carrying out their universe-wide expansion. Mark already knows that a fleet is on its way thanks to Allen the Alien’s warning and, with Allen having a more prominent role in the comics from this point on, we can expect the duo’s friendship to grow in season 2.
We should also 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 continues to be explored extensively in the comics, too. 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 Simmons’ Nolan next season.
Additionally, the show should be entering cosmic territory in season 2 as well. Expect stranger worlds, weirder characters and a universe-spanning plot to be translated from page to screen.
What’s the plan in the meantime? pic.twitter.com/PZQp2xX7HyMay 3, 2021
Season 1’s final episode also teased other potential subplots for its successor. We should see more of the Sequids storyline, which wasn’t officially concluded. We know that a Martian has infiltrated Earth after he traded places with one of the human astronauts. Additionally, 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 see Titan and Battle Beast’s stories fleshed out in more detail, too. The last time we saw the pair, 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 (opens in new tab) in season 2. The Flaxans also look like they’ll return, despite Omni-Man’s rampage across their home planet in episode 2.
One interesting piece of news concerns story elements that didn’t even make it into Invincible’s comic run. In a chat with Beyond the Trailer (opens in new tab), Kirkman revealed that he hoped to include storylines in the TV show that he couldn’t fit into the graphic novels. One example that Kirkman gives relates to Damien Darkblood, who was banished back to Hell by Cecil Stedman in episode 4. It’s unclear if this will form part of season 2, though.
Finally, Kirkman himself has revealed more of where Invincible season 2’s plot could go and it could include arguably Mark’s biggest nemesis from the comics – Angstrom Levy.
Seasons 2 and 3 might give the show a whole new dimension…or a few hundred pic.twitter.com/zryVPksrngMay 4, 2021
Following that announcement, Kirkman reiterated that Levy will be part of season 2’s story.
Speaking during the virtual Skybound Xpo Invincible panel (where he declined to say when season 2 would arrive), Kirkman said: “He [Levy] really shakes things up. If you’re familiar with the comics and you’ve watched the TV show, you’ll get a sense of where we’re going with the second season, especially if you think really hard about how we adapted the story in the first season.”
For fans of the TV show only, Kirkman also teased that there would be some “crazy stuff coming”, while Jason Mantzoukas revealed that he can’t wait for season 2 to “introduce more villains… like Thragg” and more of the comic series’ intergalactic elements.
How many seasons will Invincible’s TV adaptation get?
In total, there are 144 Invincible comics, spanning 15 years of Kirkman and Walker’s careers. The TV adaptation altered the order of certain plot points in season 1, but the first eight episodes only covered the first 23 issues. If a similar trajectory is maintained for future seasons, Invincible may end around the season 7 or 8 mark.
According to Kirkman, there could be more or less than that. Speaking to ScreenRant (opens in new tab), he said that there’s a “rough roadmap for where things from the comics will fall”. Additionally, Kirkman told Inverse (opens in new tab) that he “could see it going for five… seven… even 10 years. Maybe we run out of comic books and… we do 100 seasons.”
Of course, that last number is Kirkman being excited about his own property, but we could certainly see Invincible running for at least five seasons. If audiences want more, Amazon would be silly to end it after three seasons. Although, much of that will depend on whether Invincible continues to draw in audiences in its next two seasons.
Amazon has had major success with its live-action series based around another R-rated comic book in Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys. So there’s no reason why Invincible season 2 can’t build on its predecessor’s foundations and stick around for many more years to come.