Prime Video’s Invincible dropped a new trailer this week, showing the series will return with part two of the second season coming to the platform on March 14.
The streamer made it known on January 19 that a release date for the second half of the second season would be confirmed this week, posting a teaser on X. On January 22, the trailer for part two launched on YouTube, completing the eight-episode season with four new episodes.
March 14 also marks the 21st anniversary of the inception of the comic book by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley that inspired it.
The series wasn’t originally intended to debut in two chunks, but co-showrunner Simon Racioppa said it was “the best way to present season 2” to the franchise’s devoted fans.
Invincible is an adult animated superhero series focused on Mark Grayson, a typical 17-year-old whose father is Omni-Man, the most powerful superhero on the planet. As he grows into his own powers, Mark realizes his father’s legacy isn’t as heroic as it seems when he learns his father is part of a fascist alien race bent on galactic domination.
Mark is still reeling from Nolan’s betrayal in season one and struggles to rebuild his life as he faces new threats and his biggest fear – he might become his father after all without realizing it.
The show stars Steven Yeun, J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Zazie Beetz, Grey DeLisle, Chris Diamantopoulos, Walton Goggins, Gillian Jacobs, Jason Mantzoukas, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Seth Rogen. The series is a hit with fans and was nominated for an Annie Award, Online Film and Television Association Award, and Hollywood Critics Association Award. It won the Golden Tomato Awards and Gold Derby Awards in 2021. Yeun and Simmons were both nominated for an OFTA Television Award for best voice-over performance in 2021.
Invincible debuted on Prime Video in March of 2021 and returned for the first half of season two on November 3. It has quickly become one of the most popular shows on Amazon’s streaming service.
Prime Video has lots of superhero series to choose from, including The Boys, Eternals, and Power, which depict the ups and downs of superhuman life. Show creator Robert Kirkman said in an interview with Variety last October that audiences are growing weary of the massive amounts of superhero content dominating the entertainment industry for the past 20 years. He hopes Invincible launched at just the right time to be relevant and interesting to audiences.
“Invincible’s main goal was to say, ‘You think you know what superheroes do?’ And the comic became very popular because of that,” said Kirkman. “And so Invincible the show is coming at a time when the general audience is extremely superhero literate. So hopefully the same thing that happened in comics, where people who had been reading Marvel and DC comics for years were like,” Wait, Invincible makes me feel like when I first started reading comics.”
Kirkman plans for the series to run seven or eight seasons and hopes the gap between seasons 1 and 2 is the longest the series will see. The show saw pauses due to COVID-19 shutdowns and having to assemble the cast and crew, causing production to halt for quite some time. He’s aiming for a new season every 12 to 18 months.
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