Invincible is one series that knows how to captivate its audience in the most grotesque way possible. Featuring the age-old question of what would happen if Superman was evil, the comics and the series brought about a world that is like no other in so many ways. This follows the story of Mark, a half-Viltrumite teenager with superhuman abilities, who finds out that his superhero father, Nolan, also known as Omni-Man, isn’t as good as he was made to believe, and his home planet is full of world-ending beings.
Although The Boys’ Homelander is a similar character in the most basic sense, Omni-Man shines in a completely different way, having a clear lack of empathy or any strong feeling for everyone on Earth other than his son. Though this series has a reputation for not shying away from the gore present in the comics, it would seem that one storyline was too much, even for them. The third episode of the second season hints that the most controversial storyline may have been removed.
Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers for Season 2 episode 3 of Invincible
Trigger Warning: This article contains mentions of s*xual assault.
Invincible’s Most Controversial Storyline
There are many parts of Invincible that can be called not suited for all audiences. Be it the time that Omni-Man brutally murdered the entirety of the Guardians of the Globe with his bare hands or the time he ran his son through a moving train, using him as a weapon to kill everyone on board, it is fair to say that nothing is too graphic for this series. At least this was the case, until now. One of the most controversial moments in the comics is the one where another Viltrumite forces herself onto Mark so that she can have his child.
Anissa, a female Viltrumite, tells Mark that she wants to mate with him and conceive his child because of his Viltrumite heritage. When he refuses multiple times, despite her trying to persuade him and seduce him, she forces herself onto him. Overpowering him, she r*pes him and even threatens to do it again. This, in itself, could make this the darkest and most controversial part of the comics, however, what makes this worse is the fact that Anissa did not face any repercussions after it was revealed that she had his child, Markus.
This May Not Feature In The Series
Markus Murphy is an important part of not only the story of Mark Grayson but also the general story as well. While his introduction to this story is inevitable, how he is introduced, or the origin of it, may have been changed. The recent, third episode of the second season, This Missive, This Machination!, May have teased that the introduction of this character may not have to have the dark origin that it did in the comics.
In this episode, Allen the Alien teases the possibility of other Viltrumite children existing as other Viltrumites may have mated with beings of other species to keep their species alive, using Mark as an example, with him being a half-Viltrumite. This could help potentially introduce these two new characters without the need for the storyline where Anissa forces herself onto Mark. There are many alternative ways for this introduction, with the biggest being that of the multiverse. The multiverse was a concept that was established in this season of the series. Using this as an advantage, the series could introduce the character of Markus, who is from a different universe.