Bad news, Invincible has come to an end. Good news, it is going to be a movie!
“We are definitely telling the classic story of Invincible, and we are doing some directorial things that will make it more dynamic than just the straight-up story,” Goldberg said. “We’ve come up with some conventions that I think will make it a more cinematic experience that fits in the timeframe more. But we’re not reinventing the wheel here, we’re not going to massively change Invincible. The core story of that comic and the core characters are what makes it great.”
The Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley Image Comics-printed graphic novel, which hopped on the scene in 2003, just recently came to an end on Valentine’s Day with issue No. 144. The story follows teenage superhero Mark Grayson, aka Invincible, who otherwise has a normal life, including a part-time job. His father, Nolan, is also a superhero named Omni-Man, the most-powerful hero on the planet, though he is not human, but a Viltrumite. These beings pioneer the galaxy on missions of benevolence and enlightenment. The book is nothing short of pure chaos, gore and teenage-themed comedy.
The villains are among some of the most-original in any comic book series as well. Throughout its run, there have been some epic battles, including but not limited to The Viltrumite War, which pins Earth’s heroes against those looking to conquer all inhabitable planets, The Invincible Wars, which tabs Grayson against a dozen or so other Invincibles, and Thragg’s fight with Battle Beast in issue No. 115. That is an epic spread! One of the best fights ever featured in a comic.
“I think it is so rare that there’s twists and plot that actually work,” Rogen said. “It really is one of the best parts of the comic, that there are reveals that actually function as giant reveals that you really don’t see coming.”
How do you fit so much awesome, spanning over 140-plus issues, into a single film. You don’t. Rather, you develop an Invincible Cinematic Universe. Excited yet? Each war could be a trilogy. Each epic multi-issue battle could be a feature film and sequel. In all, this could be a 10-movie series. We know, we’re getting ahead of ourselves, but wouldn’t that be so epic? What we, the fans, have working for us is that Rogen and Goldberg are both in total control of the entire Invincible universe, via one Mr. Kirkman.
“We can do anything we want,” Goldberg said. “So many other properties come with a million guidelines. It’s the opposite with Invincible. We’ve been given a universe where we can really go nuts, and thanks to how Kirkman has written the comics, we can kill off people, we can do insane things that you just would not be given the opportunity to do, I imagine, with a Marvel or a DC film.”
No news yet on a possible cast or when production will begin with the project.
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