First look at Amazon’s next big superhero series, Invincible

Animation was already a prized possession for streamers like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, but in a world strained by the COVID-19 pandemic, series and films that don’t require live-action actors are set to play an even greater role in our entertainment future.

In this challenging new paradigm, could Invincible become one of the great new superhero franchises? That’s the hope.

Based on the comic by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), the animated series aimed at adults revolves around 17-year-old Mark Grayson, whose dad is most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man. As Mark starts aging into adulthood, his powers — super strength, speed, healing, and flight — begin to manifest.

The teaser gives fans a taste of the full-blown fantasy, and the hard-R take on violence. Considering the show is produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who are currently producing The Boys on Amazon, the over-the-top approach should be no surprise.

The voice cast for Invincible is stacked, with Steven Yeun as Mark, J.K. Simmons as Omni-Man, and Zazie Beetz, Walton Goggins, Chris Diamantopolous, Gillian Jacobs, Jason Mantzoukas, and Mark Hamill rounding out the cast. Kirkman also announced that Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Michael Dorn will also play fan favorite character Battle Beast.

The show is set to premiere in 2021.

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Sorta bummed this isn’t live action. Was really into this series when it first came out and imagined AMC picking it up after The Walking Dead and Preacher arrived.

I’m pretty happy this isn’t live action. They would never have the budget to realize the epic battles of the comic.

Same here. And live-action superhero stories are getting better about putting real human beings in spandex and CGI, but the Invincible world has an Avengers: Endgame sized cast of heroes and villains, and that’s a lot of people to try to plausibly costume or design. This is going to work so much better in animation.

Honestly, we needed this. There’s not a lot of action superhero animation anymore. Everything now is either comedic or aimed at really small children. I’m glad we’ve got stuff like this and Young Justice, even if I think we need more all-ages action cartoons.

No mention of co-creator Cory Walker?

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I mean in the teaser trailer. Talking about the rest of the people working on the comic/show in an interview is one thing, but the fact that the co-creator isn’t mentioned in the trailer bugs me. I know Kirkman is the household name at this point, but he’s got the power to say "hey, make sure the teaser says ‘From Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’" or something along those lines. Just give your co-creators credit, people.

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