Invincible just saw Omni-Man make a bad decision by teaching Mark a harsh lesson as he gives his secret enemy the ultimate weapon against them.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Invincible Season 1, Episode 5, “That Really Hurts,” available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
The last episode of Invincible It certainly proves to be a defining chapter in the lives of the Graysons, as Omni-Man / Nolan decides to let Mark suffer in a beating orchestrated by Machine Head. He doesn’t like how Mark chose to take the mission with Titan against his wishes, so he leaves the duo, as well as the Guardians of the Globe, to be crushed by Battle Beast and company.
However, while Nolan thinks this is tough love and cruel punishment, he may have given his secret enemy the ultimate weapon to use against him and Mark in the future.
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This is none other than Cecil Steadman and the Global Defense Agency, who know that Nolan killed the original Guardians. However, they are playing with the ruse, making him think that they are in the dark, biding his time as part of a mysterious plot. Well, a piece of that puzzle rears its head when we see them responsible for cleaning up the battle scene, leading Mark and the others to recover in their secret hospital.
The pump is delivered half-credit to their headquarters, where the GDA is actually collecting Mark’s blood, conducting experiments on it. But no matter what they use – drugs, viruses, bacteria, prions, nanobots, radioactive treatments, etc. – they just can’t figure out how to kill cells in Earth’s atmosphere. It confirms their worst fears that Mark and Nolan may be unbeatable – that is, for now, as they still have other tests to run.
This really goes to show how shortsighted Nolan is because not only can they create weapons from tissue and understand their physiology by cracking the genetic code, but Cecil could even clone them. To make matters worse, after Nolan initially assassinated the Guardians, the GDA cared for Omni-Man to regain health as well, so they have his DNA as well.
It’s a gift as Cecil already has Robot in his ranks, who in turn is working with the Mauler Twins cloning experts. In the comics, Cecil didn’t mind working with enemies as long as it benefited him, so Nolan is inadvertently preparing. We can’t even stop Cecil from making hybrids of Viltrumites and humans, bringing them together to create an army of super soldiers in the name of global security and invasions.
It will be interesting to see if he really does haunt Mark as well or if Invincible subscribes to Cecil’s vision in case he finds out that his father is evil. Either way, Cecil doesn’t trust them and even if Mark works for him, the boss will always look to find weaknesses to use against them to protect Earth.
Invincible stars Steven Yeun, JK Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, Mae Whitman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Melise, Kevin Michael Richardson, Khary Payton, Gray Griffin and Max Burkholder. The series is produced by Skybound and is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Simon Racioppa, David Alpert and Catherine Winder. The new episodes premiere on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.
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