The big change in the TV series Invincible regarding the brutal deaths of the Guardians of the Globe just made a certain popular face even more sinister.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Invincible Season 1, Episode 4, “Neil Armstrong, Eat Your Heart Out”, now streaming on Amazon Prime.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that something’s up with Cecil Steadman and the Global Defense Agency in Invincible. He has a gloomy vibe, one that even Nolan / Omni-Man acknowledges, hinting that it’s the reason he never signed up with the agency. At first glance, it might have been that he didn’t want to be a G-Man, but little by little, fans see red flags painting Cecil’s team in a more conspicuous way. Now, thanks to a massive change to the show, Cecil and the GDA may have gotten even more sinister than they were supposed to.
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Cecil is skeptical about Nolan’s alibi that he too was attacked when the Guardians of the Globe were massacred. He’s already been monitoring the Grayson house, clearly thinking that Nolan is a suspect. What makes it worse is that he is also keeping an eye on Mark, as he wants to make sure that if they ever turn Earth on, he will have some influence.
It becomes even more interesting when Cecil brings Damien Darkblood and banishes him back to Hell. He has put together the necessary grimoire and admits that he knows Nolan committed the murders, but cannot afford to anger him. The ritual sends the demon below to hell, but it also says a lot about Cecil. The fact that he knows that Nolan took out the main defenders of Earth speaks volumes, because Cecil is not the type to play well, not with all the weapons and technology at his service.
It could be scary, since his scientists don’t understand Viltrumite’s physiology, meaning he would probably want to remain his Superman’s partner rather than enemies. There is also the possibility that he could try to blackmail Nolan, but the likely reason is that Cecil wants to let Nolan think that it is clear so he can use it one day. Nolan would be a better ally if it is out of trust rather than guilt, so this creates room to manipulate Omni-Man without him even knowing that they know the truth.
This is very different from the comics, where Cecil hijacked a broadcast that made Nolan admit that he killed Mark’s Guardians. It was a total surprise to the GDA, and at that point, Cecil got reactive, prepared countermeasures, augmented the new Guardians with Robot, and tried to figure out how to get Mark on his side.
On the show, Cecil is more cerebral and conniving, adopting the mindset that if you can’t beat them, join them. He’s being proactive in setting up the chessboard, and once he lulls Nolan to a false sense of security, he might even have secret weapons to harm the Viltrumite. Either way, by pretending nothing is wrong, Cecil stays closer to Mark and Deb, making them trump cards that could break Omni-Man.
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, 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. New episodes premiere on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.
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