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‘Invincible’ Season 1 Recap: What To Remember Before Season 2

Watching ‘Invincible’ can hurt more than a punch from Omni-Man.

The second part of Invincible Season 2 debuts in March after a four-month wait. The first season was released almost three years ago to much praise from fans. But after all this time you might need a jog down memory lane — we’ve got you covered with our Invincible Season 1 recap.

Invincible is an animated adaptation of the comic books of the same name. The show released in 2021 on Amazon Prime starring Steven Yeun in the title role. The series also features the voice talents of J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Gillian Jacobs, Zazie Beetz, and Seth Rogen, to name a few.

Who Is Invincible?

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Although Mark looks like an everyday teenager he was always destined to be a superhero. Image Credit: Prime Video.

The show follows the life of superpowered teenager Mark Grayson (Yeun). Unlike most superheroes, Mark still has living parents and it is because of his father that he is growing into some pretty cool superpowers. Mark’s dad (Simmons) is an alien from the planet Viltrum who fell in love with his human mother. He is also the superhero Omni-Man who shares similar powers to Superman.

The first season of Invincible is all about Mark growing into his superpowers, fighting bad guys, and getting lessons from his Dad. But he also has to deal with the everyday life of a high school senior. He has to worry about getting into college and he finds himself crushing on multiple people. At first, Mark falls for fellow superhero Atom Eve (Jacobs), but she is in a relationship with Rex Splode (Jason Mantzoukas). That is until Rex cheats on Eve, but by then Mark has already entered into a relationship with Amber Bennett (Beetz), a classmate from school.

When he is not worrying about girls, Mark finds himself and his family in the middle of a plot for intergalactic conquest.

Who Are the Other Heroes of ‘Invincible’?

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Invincible isn’t the only hero on Earth with problems. Image Credit: Prime Video.

After the death of the Guardians of the Globe, a new B-team of superheroes gets chosen to protect Earth. This new team includes heroes like Rex Splode, Monster Girl (Grey DeLisle), Dupli-Kate (Melise), and is led by Robot (Zachary Quinto) who has some secrets of his own.

Throughout the season Robot works alongside the villainous Mauler Twins (Kevin Michael Richardson) to create a clone of Rex Splode. We learn Robot is actually controlled by a deformed human who wishes to implant his consciousness into the Rex Splode clone. Although this storyline starts off suspiciously, it’s revealed to be a labor of love as Robot wants to have a “normal” body so that he can start a relationship with Monster Girl.

In his superhero exploits, Mark also befriends another important ally, Allen the Alien (Rogen). Allen is a Cyclops alien from a race known as the Unopans and a representative of the Coalition of Planets. He visits different planets across the galaxy in search of beings strong enough to challenge the Viltrumites. As a half-Viltrumite himself, it seems like Mark might just be one of those challengers.

‘Invincible’s Villains of the Week

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Mark must learn on the job when he faces off against this evil cast of characters. Image Credits: Prime Video.

Before facing off against his Dad, Mark fights a gallery of bad guys in the earlier episodes of Season 1, any of which could appear again in Season 2. Mark fights an army of Lava men controlled by Doc Seismic (Chris Diamantopoulos), a villain who creates earthquakes. There is also the aforementioned Mauler Twins, a scientist strongman duo who are actually clones, not twins.

One of the more interesting villains is the Flaxans, a society of aliens who come from a planet that experiences time faster than Earth — a couple of minutes on Earth equals years for the Flaxans and they use this advantage to mount multiple attacks with increasing levels of technology each time. Invincible faces off against the mobster Titan (Mahershala Ali) and a giant lion mercenary named Battle Beast (Michael Dorn). At one point Mark also must save his friends from cyborg monsters created by D.A. Sinclair (Ezra Miller).

While on a mission to Mars, Mark comes across the Sequid parasites. These pink squid-like aliens destroy worlds by taking control of their hosts with a hive mind. The species crash-landed on Mars and were unsuccessful in destroying the Martians because of their shape-shifting abilities. However, on his Mars mission, Mark is accompanied by US astronauts, and unbeknownst to him one of the Martians switches places with the astronauts before they travel back to Earth. The Sequids then take control of the real astronaut that was left behind. They use this astronaut to invade the Martians and are last seen boarding a ship for Earth.

Omni-Man Isn’t the Hero He Appears To Be

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The last thing a hero wants is for their Dad to turn out to be a supervillain. Image Credit: Prime Video.

The first episode of Invincible ends with a surprise reveal — Omni-Man is a murderer. He single-handedly massacres the Guardians of the Globe, a team of superheroes not unlike the Avengers. Throughout the course of the season, we learn that Omni-Man does this to weaken Earth’s defenses. This is because Viltrum, the planet Omni-Man is from, is a society who have spent generations expanding its empire by conquering planets. They send out a proxy like Omni-Man to prepare different planets for a Viltrumite takeover.

Eventually, Mark finds out about his father’s true intentions and Omni-Man attempts to recruit him to the Viltrumite cause. But Mark is also half-human and doesn’t quite like the idea of letting Earth become conquered by aliens. Father and son butt heads in an emotional confrontation with both feeling betrayed by the other. Unfortunately for Mark, his father is much stronger and more experienced, so the fight is quite one-sided. But when it comes time to finish off his son, Omni-Man is unable to deliver the final blow. The season ends with Omni-Man flying off into space without a goodbye.

Now that you’re caught up on Invincible Season 1, make sure to read our Invincible Season 2 recaps before Part 2 hits Prime Video on March 14.

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