Invincible season 2: key information
– Releasing in late 2023
– First trailer released in January
– Story details teased by cast and crew
– New cast members reportedly revealed
– Season 2 will have a “large or small” focus on another big villain
– No word on which comics are being adapted
– Third season being developed alongside season 2
– “Smaller gap” expected between season 2 and season 3 release dates
– Season 4 hasn’t secretly been greenlit
It’s almost time to put those “Where’s Invincible season 2, William?” memes to bed. The hugely popular animated series is due to return to our screens later this year so, with each passing month, its launch date draws ever nearer.
And we’re delighted, honestly. Invincible is one of the best Prime Video shows ever made, so it’s been a long wait for its second installment to arrive. With a firm late 2023 release locked in now, though, it won’t be much longer before it takes flight on Amazon‘s main streaming service again.
While we wait for Invincible‘s second season to launch, there’s plenty of reading for you to do on the R-rated Prime Video series. In this guide, you’ll find details concerning its potential release date, cast, teaser trailer, plot specifics, the show’s future, and more.
Full spoilers follow for Invincible season 1. Potential spoilers for season 2 and the graphic novel series are also incoming.
Invincible season 2 release date: what we know
Invincible season 2 doesn’t have an official release date. However, Amazon has revealed it’ll arrive on its streaming service in late 2023.
Invincible seasons 2 and 3 were greenlit in April 2021. And, as showrunner Simon Racioppa told TechRadar in March 2022, the Invincible crew have been “working hard” on season 2 for a long, long time. Judging by the teaser (more on this shortly), that certainly seems to be the case.
Additionally Khary Payton, who plays Black Sansom, told ScreenRant: “We finished season 2. We’re onto season 3, but it’s so hard to say right now [when season 2 is coming out].”
So, when will Invincible season 2 be released? If we had to pick a month, we’d say October. That gives the development team another five months to officially wrap production and ensure Invincible‘s next outing is as good as it can be.
Invincible season 2 trailer
The first Invincible season 2 teaser was revealed in January, just two days before the comic series’ 20th anniversary. It shows Mark and Allen reuniting in a BM burger joint to – in the most meta way possible – discuss what Mark’s been up to and why season 2 is taking so long to arrive.
Unfortunately, the trailer doesn’t reveal much from plot or character arc perspectives. However, there are a few blink and you’ll them moments that potentially tease what to expect.
Potential story spoilers follow.
The biggest clue concerns a script page, which teases a showdown between Invincible and The Immortal. That’s despite the latter apparently dying at Omni-Man’s hands (again) in episode 8. As the final episode of season 1 showed, though, The Immortal isn’t dead, so we could see Mark and The Immortal battle in the next season. That’s if this isn’t a misdirect on the writing team’s part, which would tie into the trailer’s joke-laced nature.
Other notable Easter eggs include what appears to be a younger Eve sitting in the booth behind Mark (is she with the scientist who created her?), a possible first-look at season 2’s main villain (more on him later), and another mention of the planet Urath. You know, the world Allen was supposed to be keeping tabs on and eventually challenge its champion for. As was revealed in season 1, however, he’s been watching over Earth instead. Oops.
Invincible season 2 cast
We expect these actors 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
Zachary Quinto voiced Robot in season 1, but it’s unclear if he’ll return. In the first season, 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 took over vocal duties for Rudy, so we don’t know if Quinto will be back. Robot plays a huge role in the comic series, but we don’t know if events involving him will be part of Invincible season 2 or a future installment.
Other returnees could 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). Invincible‘s original creator Robert Kirkman, who also works on the TV adaptation, has hinted at some of their returns, but we’re unsure who’ll be back.
Kirkman has also expressed interest in more of The Walking Dead‘s TV cast voicing other characters. Yeun, Marquand, Laurie Cohan, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Lennie James have lent their voices to the show already, but Kirkman wants more to appear (per ComicBook.com). And it appears Kirkman has got his wish with another Walking Dead alumnus joining Invincible‘s ranks – that being Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who’ll also star in season 4 of The Boys, another Prime Video series.
Invincible season 2 plot
Major spoilers follow for Invincible season 1 and the graphic novels.
Invincible season 2 could explore various storylines from the comics, but it’s likely to draw inspiration from issue 24 onwards. That’s based on Invincible‘s season 1 finale, plus how the overarching narrative and side stories play out in the graphic novels.
First, let’s discuss the season 1 finale. Omni-Man was supposed to conquer Earth for the Viltrumite Empire but, when he realized that he couldn’t kill his son Mark and enslave humanity for his fellow extraterrestrial conquerors, he tearfully headed 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 forthcoming Viltrumite invasion and help the Coalition of Planets stop the former from carrying out their universe-wide expansion.
Mark already knows that an invasion fleet is on its way thanks to Allen and, with the latter having a more prominent role in the comics moving forward, we can expect the duo’s friendship and power levels to grow in the TV show, too. Here’s hoping the first season 2 teaser is just the tip of the iceberg, as far as their burgeoning bromance goes.
We should also find out where Omni-Man/Nolan has gone. In the comics, Nolan invades another planet, which he hopes will act as recompense – with the Viltrumite Empire – for deserting his posting on Earth. There’s a lot more for the animated series to cover regarding Mark and Nolan’s relationship, which is explored extensively in the source material. We could write multiple paragraphs on this compelling father-son bond so, for now, let’s say we’ll definitely see some of Simmons’ Nolan next season.
20 years of Invincible!!! We’re celebrating from Cecil’s White Room as @RobertKirkman, Cory Walker and @RyanOttley react to the Season 2 teaser, and spot absolutely zero Easter eggs. #Invincible20 pic.twitter.com/xZFg4kB8wTJanuary 22, 2023
Season 1’s final episode also teased other potential season 2 subplots.
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 spaceman who was left behind on Mars is now controlled by the Sequids, which could spell bad news for Earth if this parasitic race charts a course for the blue planet.
Additionally, Titan and Battle Beast’s stories could be fleshed out in more detail. The last time we saw them, they’d 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. The Flaxans also look like they’ll return, despite Omni-Man’s rampage across their home planet in the show’s second episode.
One interesting piece of news concerns story elements that didn’t make it into Invincible’s comic book run. Speaking to Beyond the Trailer, Kirkman revealed he hoped to include storylines in the show that he couldn’t work into the graphic novels. One subplot concerns Damien Darkblood, who was banished back to Hell by Cecil Stedman in episode 4. However, it’s unclear if this will form part of the new season.
Meanwhile, Kirkman 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
Little is revealed about his backstory in the source material, but Levy’s ability to – without detailing too much – traverse time and space makes him a formidable and recurring foe for Mark to deal with.
Speaking during a 2020 Skybound Xpo panel, 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.”
Elaborating on how Levy factors into season 2 (per Inverse), Kirkham teased: “Some large or small aspect of season 2 focuses on the Angstrom Levy character. He’ll be a new villain that comes into the series. And if you’ve read the comics, you’re aware of who he is and what his deal is. He’s a villain that has access to multiple dimensions, and so it’s another one of those dang multiverse things. We do things in a different way [than the comics], so there’s a little bit of a unique flavor to what we’re doing.”
Additionally, based on the impending arrivals of Levy and the Viltrumite fleet, Invincible’s next instalment will enter more cosmic territory. Expect stranger worlds, weirder characters, and a multiverse-spanning plot to feature more heavily next time around. Kirkman has also teased 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 show get?
In total, there are 144 Invincible comic issues, spanning 20 years of Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley’s careers. The TV adaptation altered the order of certain plot points in its first season, but those eight episodes only covered the first 23 issues. If a similar trajectory is maintained for future seasons, Invincible might end around the season 7 or 8 mark.
Kirkman has said there could be more or less than that, telling ScreenRant there’s a “rough roadmap for where things from the comics will fall”. Additionally, he told Inverse 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 exaggerating, but we could certainly see Invincible running for five seasons. If audiences want more, Amazon would be silly to end it after three seasons.
Speaking of when we should expect the show’s third entry to arrive, Kirkham told Collider: “I can’t say. Far enough along that there won’t be a similar gap between Season 2 and Season 3. This is the pain. This area right now is the pain for Invincible fans. So once we’re through this, once Season 2 comes out, hopefully, it should be smooth sailing from there on. There won’t be these big, large gaps, theoretically.”
Invincible‘s renewal post-season 3 depends on whether it continues to draw in audiences in its next two seasons – or will it? Speaking to Collider, Seth Rogen seemed to suggest Invincible will continue after season 3. However, Amazon Studios exclusively told TechRadar that “nothing official has been announced”, so we’re unsure if we’ll get a fourth season and more.
Amazon has had major success with its live-action series based around another R-rated comic book series in Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys. There’s no reason, then, why Invincible season 2 can’t build on its predecessor’s foundations and stick around for many more years to come.