The next story contains spoilers for Season 2, Episode 2 of Invincible on High Video.
A LOT OF the characters in Invincible are enjoyable to gaze for a extremely exclaim map: their parallels. The sector of Invincible is indubitably properly-built by itself, but the principle procedure, in actuality, is that it’s miles going to in actuality characteristic as a Wonder or DC story that comes with out the guardrails and, for lack of a better notice, “guidelines,” that are inclined to come again at the side of such precious properties.
Invincible himself, as an illustration, (voiced by Steven Yeun within the High Video exclaim) is in actuality a Superman/Spider-Man hybrid that creator Robert Kirkman could well raise out whatever he needs with; he doesn’t contain to stutter any roughly Wonder lore or traditions. Omni-Man (voiced by J.K. Simmons) is, in actuality, an (depraved) older rob on Superman. The Immortal (voiced by Ross Marquand) is a version of Wolverine, Damien Darkblood (voiced by Clancy Brown) is Hellboy meets Rorschach, etc and so on.
Fans of the superhero genre—whether or now now not or now now not it be from the provision arena subject or in movie/tv—will seemingly acknowledge these parallels speedy. It’s fragment of the enjoyable of Invincible to glance this, and apply appropriate how subversive the story can even be, and the procedure masses of the characters can even be, with none of those aforementioned guidelines. But the dearth of those guidelines could moreover moreover allow for some masses of characters who develop now now not in actuality contain a Wonder or DC identical, and are, over again, for the dearth of a better notice, appropriate absolutely bananas.
Enter astronaut Rus Livingston, who, starting in Season 2, Episode 2 of Invincible, begins to transfer by the name of Shapesmith.
Who is Shapesmith in Invincible?
Possibly the strangest persona but in Invincible is Shapesmith, which is roughly a unusual superhero identification of astronaut Rus Livingstone, but now now not in actuality. That is because Rus Livingston (a personality we within the muse met in Invincible Season 1, Episode 4, “Neil Armstrong, Enjoy Your Coronary heart Out”) is in actuality for the time being on Mars, with an alien-straggle called a Sequid possessing his mind, killing Martians and on the whole making moves to rob over the planet (and possibly extra).
So who the hell are we seeing? The “Rus Livingston” who made it again to Earth is in actuality a random Martian who shifted into Rus’ residing when the astronauts returned home in Season 1, and has been residing as “Rus” ever since. Rather then clearly he’s rotten at it. He acted unheard of enough to ranking fired from his job (and thought he was once being completed when that came about), didn’t pay rent, has a zillion frozen pizzas in his home that he eats with out cooking, and, broadly, is roughly appropriate a unusual dude who doesn’t act peculiar.
Whereas he’s eating his uncooked frozen pizzas, he learns of Martian Man (the slack member of the Guardians of the Globe that Omni-Man killed again within the very first episode of the series), and figures that he could be Earth’s subsequent vast Martian superhero—even though he doesn’t thought on anyone ever finding out he’s a Martian. “Rus” creates the identification of Shapesmith, helps the unusual Guardians of the Globe defeat the Lizard League, and, roughly by proxy and necessity, will get invited into the neighborhood (completely after shape-transferring accurate into a version of Rex Splode).
By the cease of the episode, Shapesmith gives an absurd, now now not-at-all plausible story of his foundation, and none of the Guardians of the Globe appear to aquire it—while we lower with the particular, possessed Rus on Mars, killing Martians love he’s the Terminator. Welp!
Ben Schwartz voices Shapesmith in Invincible
A personality as unheard of and peculiar as Shapesmith would completely work with an brisk, amiable say leisurely it—and who greater than Ben Schwartz? The 42-365 days-frail actor and improv comedy expert is doubtlessly most attention-grabbing known for his characteristic as Jean-Ralphio on NBC’s Parks and Sport, but he’s also now now not too long ago put his say appearing chops on suppose because the say of the titular persona in a pair of hit Sonic the Hedgehog movies.
Schwartz has also performed some precise work on TV of slack as properly, starring within the principle season of Apple TV+’s The Afterparty and exhibiting in an episode of The Muppets Mayhem on Disney+. He also seemed as one of many villains within the Dracula comedy Renfield, which was once released earlier this 365 days.
Is Shapesmith within the Invincible comics?
Shapesmith is, indeed, a personality featured prominently within the Invincible comics. He first showed up in October 2004’s Invincible #18, and in actuality seemed for the length of everything of the 144-bother Invincible straggle. His closing appearance came in 2014’s Invincible #112.
Applicable love within the exclaim, the comics version of Shapesmith is a random martian posing as a human posing as a superhero. It’s completely unheard of, very silly, and, in actual fact very endearing. And as we talked about to launch the story—the roughly thing that possibly completely Invincible could well pull off.
Evan is the culture editor for Men’s Health, with bylines in The Unique York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Journal, and VICE. He loves weird movies, watches too famous TV, and listens to music extra in general than he doesn’t.