Superhero style should have been saturated with content by now and we only saw works made for fans of this genre with pre-established characters of Marvel and Dessie . But the American entertainment industry still has the potential to produce vibrant superhero products with a whole new world. The airing of The Boys in 2019 and the Invincible cartoon series in 2021 proved that after all these superhero movies and series, one can still tell stories in the context of superhero worlds that can emerge from the shadow of Marvel and Desi. And even cleverly insinuate.
In this article, I want to address how the creators of the Invincible series were able to create a new world without the help of decades of history and worldliness that Marvel and Dysy's works use. Do they tell a story, create a story and an engaging world that engages the audience from the very first episode? How did Invincible manage to find a worthy place in the style adopted by two giants like Marvel and Disi? Here are some of the reasons.
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1. Calculated Surprise of Episode 1
If unbreakable watch without any presuppositions or prior knowledge (Of course, this is unlikely to happen these days because of the Internet, especially since so many famous memes were made from the series), you might first say to yourself, "Oh, another superhero cartoon for age group A." The visual style of the series is very similar to the morning cartoons for children and is reminiscent of the series Young Justice. This impression lasts until the last few minutes of the first episode. Because the whole episode has a very calm and simple atmosphere, so that its grade could be PG. At the beginning of the episode, we see a group called the Guardians of the Globe try to defend the White House against people who look like the most stereotypical villains in the superhero world. The members of the Guardians themselves are clear equations of the Justice League. At first it seems that the members of the Earth Guardians are supposed to be one of the main characters in the story, and in each episode we will see their adventures to defeat the supervillains. Good-hearted, but dumb (or so-called Dorky) says that the father has a supportive mother who loves each other. Mark discovers that his father, Nolan Grayson or Omniman, came from another planet called Viltrum, whose inhabitants all have superhuman powers and longevity. Mark's mother is an ordinary human being, so they did not know if Mark was going to have superhuman power like his father; And in the end it turns out that he has such power (a power that can be considered a symbol of maturity and its challenges) and now he has to deal with it. In many ways, Mark is reminiscent of the character of Peter Parker, a teenager who has to balance his life as a superhero with a simple youth. His concern as a teenager who has discovered superhuman power is also a tangible story that has been seen many times before.
So far, so good. The first episode seems invincible, similar to the most clichd superhero series possible. But in the last few minutes, without any introduction, something happens that changes your default on the series and what it wants to do. Mark's father, Amenman, sends an anonymous call to all members of the Earth Guard to gather at their headquarters. He then appears there, killing all the members in the most violent and brutal way possible. The security guard eats the skull, shakes his head, breaks his neck. This scene is so in conflict with the childish and safe atmosphere of the previous minutes that it seems as if it has been patched from another series to this series. Invincible is violent throughout the series, and the absence of this violence in the first 80% of Episode 1 was a deliberate decision by the creators to make the series as shocking as possible. Robert Kirkman is a master of shocking and disturbing the audience as a whole, and he showed his skill in this field with The Walking Dead. Of course, this scene in the comic lasts only a few pages, and Amman safely crushes all the members of the Earth's guardians. But its length in the series, as well as the damage to my safety during the fight, adds to the shocking element of the fight.
After this scene, the episode ends and the viewer is faced with a big question: "Why? "Am I killing members of the Earth Guard?" This question pushes the plot from here on out and brings us to the next strength of the series.
2. Permanent and intelligent construction
in 2008, G.J. In Ted Talk, J.J. Abrams introduced a style of storytelling called the Mystery Box, which was essentially his philosophy of storytelling in the Lost series. The puzzle box is a style of storytelling in which you constantly puzzle out to keep the reader engaged, even if you, as the author, do not know how the puzzle is going to be solved, and this is something you must discover while writing the story. Although Abrams' speech greatly influenced the idea, after the end of Last and the end of the Disney Star Wars trilogy, people came to the conclusion that either the puzzle box was not a good way to tell a story, or Abrams did not know how to use it. The key to success in this way of storytelling is to, as the author, have an idea of what is going to be in the box. The problem with Abrams is that he knows nothing about the solution to the riddle, and that is why the answers he eventually gives them are always disappointing. It is said that his story has already ended and according to the fans of the catastrophe, it has not come out of the water. So far no one was able to send in the perfect solution, which is not strange. The series begins with a big conundrum (why did Aminman kill the members of the Guardians of the Earth?) And keeps your mind busy with other small and big puzzles.
1. "Amen is not for you to possess it," Amen said to the Flexans. What did he mean? Does he want to take over the land?
2. Will Damien Darkblood, the Detective Devil, find out? If he finds out, what will happen to my security?
3. What plan does the robot character have in his head that he is trying to hide from the others?
4. What exactly is Wiltrum like? Are Aminman's words about Wiltrum rooted in reality? Tap and as each puzzle is solved, a new puzzle is created that is related to the previous puzzle. For example, when Aminman describes Wiltrum to his son, he paints an idealistic, utopian picture of it, saying that when Wiltrum's people reach adulthood, they leave their home and move to the galaxy to power the undeveloped planets. Help develop. Although at the moment this statement seems innocent, it sharpens the viewer's horn dealing with the history of colonialism, because the colonialists also justified the enslavement of other countries for themselves by the same logic. They saw themselves as saviors at a much higher level than the colonized people, and it was therefore necessary to bring them into the modern and civilized world, while in practice ignoring the severe oppression of those who arose from this humiliating point of view. For all that, however, the colonial powers really benefited their colonial powers (even if that was not their goal), and this is what complicates the phenomenon.
"We see that Wiltrum is really a ruthless fascist and colonial society that is trying to add Earth to its territory like any other planet, and Amnimen is just an agent sent to Earth to give it to the people." Join the Wiltromite Empire. However, even what Aminmann said about Wiltrom at the end of the season may not be entirely true, and may be mere propaganda given to Amnimen, as Aminman points out that the Wiltromites killed half of their population because they were weak, rather than just the strong. Stay. But that sounds like propaganda. There is a possibility that this mass murder has a more pragmatic and frightening reason and is hidden behind a fascist and authoritarian ideal.
It is not possible to make a riddle out of anything relevant and irrelevant. I think one of the challenging decisions that puzzle writers have to make is what to turn into a riddle and what to say to the audience first. For example, the creators of the series could have made the viewer aware of the mere killing of the Earth's bodyguards by an unknown person, and then told the story in such a way that we doubted my safety, but we were not sure if he had done so by the end of the season. . This was certainly another way of deciphering, and in fairness it could have been a good puzzle. But when you see from the very first episode what security Aminman is and what he can do, the experience of watching the rest of the series becomes much more interesting. Because the viewer knows what an unpredictable creature Ameni is, but the characters in the story do not know it, and this adds a layer of depth and a dose of tension and excitement to all of Ameni's interactions with the characters.
He constantly asks riddles and questions that the viewer would like to know the answer to, but does not take a radical approach in this regard, and sometimes leaves information that could be considered a great event directly in the palm of the viewer's hand, thus creating a perfect balance between consciousness. And creates ignorance.
3. The perfect combination of teen drama and crazy superhero action
practically unbreakable two series in one It is a serial. One of these series is about a teenager named Mark Grayson who deals with the common problems of a teenage boy such as falling in love with girls, challenges in relationships with parents, dealing with high school bullies and doing schoolwork. Another series is about a superhero called Invincible, who finds himself in a series of the craziest scenarios of superhero works and confronts the strangest creatures on Earth and the galaxy. Invincible is a series in which the main character is doing his homework in his bedroom for a moment and may be sent to Mars by a secret mission to Mars another moment! These two different series sometimes intersect and the effect of one world on another is felt, but most of the time the profound difference between them is very obvious.
Because I said earlier that Mark Grayson is the equivalent of Peter Parker, in addition to Personality similarities are also the duality of his life. Like Peter, Mark has to hide his identity as a superhero from his friends and relatives, and this sometimes challenges his relationship. The biggest challenge of his relationship with Amber is the girl he enters into a relationship with after a bit of arguing. Mark constantly has to cancel or delay his appointments with Amber, and he always makes pathetic excuses. Although they both love each other and have a good time together, Mark keeps his superhero secret from him because he's not sure if their relationship is going to end somewhere, and this ultimately upsets Amber. It ends, because he had long ago realized that Mark was a superhero, and he was upset that Mark did not trust him enough to tell him the story.
Of course, it should be noted that this Amber's work disgusted the fans of the series, because in their opinion it is a great selfishness to know that the other side has a heavy duty to save the world and protect the earth, and just to keep it a secret from you, do something to He feels the torment of conscience. Some have considered this a weakness in Amber's characterization, but I think her behavior is believable, and certainly in fact there are people who take the life events of those around them too personally. The only problem may be that the series does not deal with this behavior of Amber in terms of personality weakness.
Mark's relationship with Nolan (or Amman) is another of the series' strengths, and in the last two episodes, we see a tragic intersection of their personal and professional lives. As Amman is beating his son, we see a crazy scene of a fight between two superheroes with god-like power. But at the same time in the heart of this fight we can see the dynamics of a teenage boy's relationship with his strict father who wants to make him a "man", but his definition of a "man" is a sadistic creature who only harms others to prove his masculinity.
A scene in which Mark, not far from death, tells his father that he will still have him after five hundred years, the security wall collapses, he regrets killing his son, he notices. He becomes so much in love with her that he leaves the earth for an unknown destination with a tear falling from his eyes. Living on earth and starting a family with a human woman evoked feelings in her that none of Wiltrum's members could have predicted: love and empathy. Is the experience of such a moment enough to save my security? We will find the answer to this question in the following chapters. This scene is one of the turning points of the series and shows why the invincibility of a dry superhero series is not empty and deep emotions are flowing in its bed.
However, behind Mark's realistic and tangible life as a teenager Puberty is a crazy world that's somewhat reminiscent of Rick & Morty in its weirdness and exaggeration. In Invincible Earth is a planet where supervillains and space creatures and even fantasy creatures like dragons may attack one of its points at any moment, leaving a lot of damage and death. The earth is on the verge of catastrophe, so much so that when I watched the series, I was asked how in such a world the ordinary life of the people still goes on like today's human life, and how the earth tries to contain all this internal and external danger to a horrible dictatorship. And fascism has not become like the imperial of humanity in Warhammer 40,000.
Between the life of Mark Grayson and the insane and unimaginable life of the unbreakable, there is a fascination that also helps the narration (Pacing) of the series, so that the creators prevent the series from becoming boring by constantly switching between the two worlds.
4. A fertile world in which many things can happen
of the moving dead And Invincible It turns out that Robert Kirkman, as a writer, likes to have an open hand in advancing his story and is not very interested in fast-paced narratives. In other words, in a work written by Kirkman, you can expect the story to go in any direction, and his skill in unpredictable storytelling has been his trump card as an author.
It has reached its limit. From the very first episode, it becomes clear to us that the scale of the world we are dealing with is not the earth, but the entire universe. Wiltrum is the first space civilization we become acquainted with, but we will continue to introduce flexons, Martians, planetary alliances (which are similar to the United Nations, but on a galactic scale), and Go somewhere and the ground is supposed to be just a playground for future events. In fact, the scale of the fictional world is not limited to space civilizations, but also includes the supernatural world due to the existence of Damien Darkblad (who belongs to Hell and is sent there as well). If Hell and Heaven are to play a major role in this crazy story, we are facing one of the most prolific stories among recent series, and among the series to be released, only Sandman has a more prolific world of storytelling.
It often happens that a series is extended for the next season and you raise your eyebrows and You say to yourself, Really? "What kind of story can be told in this space?" Unfortunately, this is what happened after a while for another Kirkman series, The Walking Dead. When I talk about the fertility of the fictional world, I mean that there are so many great events taking place in the series that you are worried that the creators will run out of space to deal with all these interesting issues, not that they will not go to great lengths at once. The unopened nodes of the story mentioned at the end of Chapter 1 are as follows:
- But they do not know that he is no longer serving the earth.
- It is made up of monsters made of molten material.
- The Sequids have completely conquered Mars and their next destination is likely to be Earth.
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