Invincible is a superhero animated television series that follows a very different set of heroes as compared to the ones we have experienced on the screen. The series is based on a comic character of the same name created by Robert Kirkman. The narrative solely focuses on the story of a superhero named Invincible who holds superman like powers. His superhero dad, Omni-Man is a kind of replica of superman. Actually, all the superheroes portrayed in the series are somewhat replicas of famous superheroes we know.
‘Invincible’ Season 1 Summary
Mark Grayson, a teenage college student is the son of the most powerful superhero on planet Earth. He wants to become a superhero like his dad Omni-Man but he hasn’t yet gained his powers. Mark feels that his powers will never spring up and he will end up like a normal human being like his mother, Debbie Grayson.
Meanwhile, Omni-Man, for an unknown reason, kills his superhero team known as Guardians of the Globe. The intelligence agency, Global Defense Agency headed by Cecil Stedman tries to find out the superhero’s killer. No one suspects Omni-Man who was found at the scene injured and broken. While he rests in the hospital, his son Mark Grayson finally gets his superhero powers.
The series further explores the formation of the new Guardians of the Globe while Mark trains under his dad Omni-Man to become the ultimate superhero, The Invincible. However, little does he know that his father is a cold-blooded murderer. When Omni-Man’s wife Debbie finds out the truth, she leads an investigation on her own to figure out Omni-Man’s reason to turn into a murderer.
‘Invincible’ Season 1 Ending Explained – Why Omni-Man killed members of Guardians of the Globe?
Art Rosenbaum, the man who stitches superhero suits for them, reveals to Debbie that the blood on Omni-Man’s costume belongs to other superheroes. It also suggests that Omni-Man struck them first thus making him the culprit. Through Debbie, the information travels like a forest fire and soon the Global Defense Agency puts Omni-Man under surveillance. He soon finds out that someone had been spying on him and faces Debbie who asks him to leave the house.
An angered Omni-Man kills Donald Ferguson, a high-ranking agent at Global Defense Agency. The incident sparks an enmity between Omni-Man and Cecil, who unleashes a monster upon him. Mark who was on a trip with his college friends was unaware of all the chaos that happened in his absence. When he arrives at the scene to fight the monster and save his father, he is stunned to look at the brutality of his father.
The much awaited answer to the question, “Why Omni-Man killed members of Guardians of the Globe?” is finally revealed.
According to Omni-Man himself, he is a warrior of the Viltrum Empire and is fighting an intergalactic war for expansion for his planet. The Viltrums are always on a hunt for new territories but sending armies to each planet made their forces thin and their expansion stopped. They came up with a better plan to strike the planet from within with the help of their strongest men. Omni-Man was a part of the few warriors. He was sent to earth to find out their strongest contenders and finish them so that Earth can easily become a part of the Viltrum Empire.
In the last episode, Omni-Man tries to convince his son that he is also Viltrum blood and therefore should join the pursuit of the Viltrum Empire. Listening to his father’s brutal plans and little respect for his mother, Mark revolts against Omni-Man. In a fierce battle between the two, Omni-Man was about to kill Mark when he remembers a fatherly love he once had for him. Omni-Man unable to understand human feelings growing in his heart leaves the planet forever.
To fill the gap, Mark is approached by Cecil to replace Omni-Man and become a part of Guardians of the Globe.
An alien messenger, Allen warns Mark that a Viltrumite doesn’t just leave. A Viltrumite fleet will soon arrive on Earth to finish the takeover. He offers Mark to become a part of the resistance to stop Viltrumite expansion. In a series of ending montages, we see Mark finishing his high school while Guardians of the Globe train and prepare themself for a Viltrumite attack. Cecil employs the mad scientist to create robot humans to combat the upcoming attack.
Invincible Season 2 will follow the story of Invincible and other earthly superheroes who will fight against the Viltrum Empire. Other galactic superheroes might also join in their battle. However, the most anticipating part of season 2 will be to experience the arrival of Omni-Man back to Earth. His decision to choose a side will spice up the drama.
Invincible is an adult animated series. But its narrative is rather too simple. The writing and characters look glossy and childish. Not even a speck of mature writing. At a first glance, the animated series looks like a parody of Justice League. The superhero costumes are too flashy, which look like coming straight out of a fancy dress competition. The names of the superheroes are an embarrassment too. I mean superman becomes Omni-Man. What were the makers smoking when they green-lit the project?
In an era when Marvel and DC are coming up with so many innovative plots and characters, Invincible feels like a museum artifact. There is no innovation and motive behind this show. Why on Earth was it created? When the world is going towards a multiverse story in the superhero domain, Invincible is still stuck in intergalactic wars. Haven’t we seen Justice League or Avengers End Game enough?
Invincible is a dull replica of all the superhero narratives we have already seen. However, Amazon has already announced two more seasons and you never know what a new season might bring. Nevertheless, Season 1 is a complete waste. If you are still willing to watch some gruesome fighting sequences and some gimmick superheroes then give it a try.
Invincible is a 2021 Animated Television series created by Robert Kirkman. Season 1 with its 8 one-hour-long episodes is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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