Invincible Showrunner Breaks Down the New Season's Release Schedule
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: part 1 and 2
Splitting Invincible season 2 into two parts was primarily a business call to help its creative team overcome pandemic setbacks.
"It was discussed by all parties. When we started season 2, it wasn't the original plan but, unfortunately, many different circumstances came up during production that made us realize this was the best way to do this." showrunner Simon Racioppa revealed in a conversation with TechRadar. Offering the season's first half as a show of faith, Racioppa added, "We want to give the fans some episodes now and then ask them to wait just a little longer for the others. So no, it wasn't a story-based decision but, as I'm sure you know, there are a multitude of things that can happen during production that can affect your release date. We just felt this was the best way to present season 2 and get it out to the fans."
Following the bleak aftermath of season 1 -- in which Invincible and the world learned the devastating truth about his father Omni-Man -- season 2 will expand upon how these revelations impact Mark Grayson's worldview and superhero responsibilities. Season 2 trailers also previewed an exploration of the Invincible multiverse, teasing an alternate, post-apocalyptic dimension and a new threat in portal-opening antagonist Angstrom Levy, voiced by Sterling K. Brown. The actor's performance was heavily praised by series creator Robert Kirkman, who claimed Brown gave Levy "this well-rounded, realistic emotion, there's just a sympathy for Angstrom Levy that comes through much more than I expected, and that's all Sterling."
Prior to season 2's release, Prime Video released a prequel episode adapting the origin and early career of Invincible supporting character Atom Eve, voiced by Gillian Jacobs. A visual novel game, Invincible Presents: Atom Eve, will drop later this year. Early Invincible season 2 reviews, meanwhile, have been overwhelmingly positive, with the series attaining a perfect 100% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this article.
An official release date for season 2's back half of episodes hasn't been announced yet, though they will drop sometime in 2024. Along with Brown, new cast members include the likes of Tatiana Maslany, Cliff Curtis, Daveed Diggs, Ben Schwartz, and Peter Cullen, amongst others. Invincible villain Omni-Man, meanwhile, will appear as a playable guest character in the video game Mortal Kombat 1, with J.K. Simmons returning to voice the Viltrumite. Additional non-Mortal Kombat DLC characters include DC's Peacemaker and The Boys' Homelander, though it's still unknown whether Antony Starr will voice the latter.
Invincible Season 2 will start streaming on Nov. 3 on Prime Video.