Invincible season 2: everything we know so far

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Key information

– No release date set yet
– Announcement coming in January 2023
– Crew “working hard” on next installments
– Voice actors have finished recording season 2 dialog
– No word on what comics will be adapted
– Work on season 3 taking place alongside season 2
– Season 4 hasn’t secretly been greenlit

Finally, we’re about to get some big Invincible season 2 news.

Almost two years after Invincible season 1 ended, the wildly popular Prime Video animated series is set to return to our screens in 2023. How do we know this? Because there’s a major announcement coming in January 2023, which surely means a release date reveal is imminent.

With Invincible being one of the best Prime Video shows of all-time, that’s worth celebrating. Below, we’ll provide more details on this big Invincible season 2 announcement, as well as other key information ahead of the series’ return. That includes its returning cast members, potential plot points, the show’s future, and more.

Major spoilers follow for Invincible season 1 and the comics it’s based on. Potential spoilers for season 2 follow in our cast and plot sections, too. Use the navigation bar on the left of this page to skip ahead if you’re avoiding spoilers pre-release.

Invincible season 2 release date: what we know

Mark Grayson prepares to do battle in Invincible season 1's finale

Calm down, Mark, Invincible season 2 is on the way. (Image credit: Amazon Prime Video)

Invincible season 2 doesn’t have a launch date yet. However, we won’t have to wait much longer for a reveal. As confirmed on Invincible’s various social media channels, a season 2 update is coming in January 2023. 

That month marks the 20th anniversary of Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley’s R-rated superhero comic series, with the first issue landing on January 22, 2003. An announcement around this time, then, was always likely on the cards. Still, we’re glad we were on the money with that – we predicted January 2023 would be when we hear something official – and we’re crossing our fingers for a release date reveal.

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Invincible seasons 2 and 3 were greenlit in April 2021 (opens in new tab). 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.”

In April 2022, lead voice actor Steven Yeun was videoed as he started recording his lines for Invincible season 2:

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A month earlier, J.K. Simmons, who plays Nolan Grayson/Omni-Man, told DiscussingFilm (opens in new tab) the cast were entering the recording booth 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].”

So when could Invincible season 2 officially grace our screens? We think it’ll be sometime in early 2023. There’s still plenty of work to be carried out, regardless of how far along the production pipeline it is. We suspect January 2023 will see a firm launch date announced, with a trailer and other important news coming at a later date.

Invincible season 2 cast

Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun) and Atom Eve (Gillian Jacobs) flying in Invincible

Expect plenty of familiar faces to return in Invincible season 2. (Image credit: Amazon Studio)

Nothing’s been confirmed yet, but we’d 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 be back. 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 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 mifht 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.

Kirkman has also expressed interest in more of The Walking Dead’s TV cast appearing. Yeun, Marquand, Laurie Cohan, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Lennie James have lent their voices to the show already, but Kirkman wants more Walking Dead stars to sign on.

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 he was desperate to return, even though Martian Man died at Omni-Man’s hands.

“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

The new Guardians of the Globe line-up led by Robot and Rex Splode in Invincible

Which comic storylines will Invincible season 2 pull from? (Image credit: Amazon Prime Video)

Major spoilers follow for Invincible season 1 and the graphic novels.

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 Invincible’s season 1 finale and some hints from the series’ official Twitter account.

First, let’s discuss season 1’s last episode. 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.

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 animated series to cover regarding Mark and Nolan’s relationship, which is explored extensively in the comics. We’ll be here forever if we dive too deep into this father-son bond so, for now, but we’ll definitely see some of Simmons’ Nolan next season.

Additionally, the show should be entering cosmic territory. Expect stranger worlds, weirder characters, and a universe-spanning plot to be translated from page to screen.

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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 controlled by the Sequids, which could spell bad news for Earth if this parasitic race charts a course for the blue planet.

We might see Titan and Battle Beast’s stories fleshed out in more detail, too. The last time we saw them, 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 Invincible 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 he hoped to include storylines in the 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.

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.

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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 show, Kirkman also teased (at Skybound Xpo) 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.

Speaking to Collider (opens in new tab) in November 2022, Mantzoukas provided a brief but enticing update about Invincible season 2’s story, saying: “I can tease nothing except that it will be incredible, full stop.” Color us intrigued, Jason.

Invincible season 2 trailer

Mark Grayson's Invincible kicks up some dust on a road as he stares at something off-camera in Invincible season 1

Is there a trailer for season 2 yet? (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

No trailer has been released yet but, with Invincible season 2 set for a major update in January 2023, maybe we’ll get a brief teaser then. Either way, we’ll update this section once one is released.

How many seasons will Invincible’s TV adaptation get?

Omni-Man gives Mark Grayson some hard hitting advice in Invincible season 1

Think, Mark! Why wouldn’t Invincible return after season 3? (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

In total, there are 144 Invincible comics, spanning 15 years of Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley’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.

Or will it? In a chat with Collider (opens in new tab), Seth Rogen seemed to suggest that Invincible will continue after season 3. However, responding to a request for comment from TechRadar, Amazon confirmed that “nothing official has been announced”, so we’re still in the dark over the show’s future.

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.

For more Prime Video-based content, check out our in-depth guides on The Rings of Power season 2 and The Wheel of Time season 2.

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