The big change in the television series Invincible regarding the brutal Guardians of the Globe deaths has 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 streamed on Amazon Prime.
It doesn’t take a genius to make something happen with Cecil Steadman and the Global Defense Agency in Invincible. He has a seedy vibe that even Nolan / Omni-Man recognizes, which suggests he never signed up with the agency. At first glance, it could have been that he didn’t want to be a G-Man, but little by little the fans are seeing red flags that make Cecil’s team appear in a more notorious light. Thanks to a massive change in the show, Cecil and the GDA may have gotten even more sinister than initially thought.
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Cecil is skeptical of Nolan’s alibi that he too was attacked when the Guardians of the Globe were slaughtered. He’s already oversaw the Grayson household and clearly thought Nolan was a suspect. What makes it worse is that he is also keeping an eye on Mark as he wants to make sure he has leverage if they ever spin on earth.
It gets even more interesting when Cecil brings Damien Darkblood in and banishes him back to Hell. He’s put together the spellbook he needs and admits he knows Nolan committed the murders, but he can’t afford to piss him off. The ritual sends the demon down to hell, but it also speaks volumes for Cecil. The fact that he knows that Nolan defeated Earth’s leading defenders says a lot because Cecil isn’t the one to play nice, not with all the weapons and technology at his disposal.
It could be fear as his scientists don’t understand Viltrumite physiology, which means he is likely to want to remain partners of their Superman rather than enemies. There’s also a chance he’s trying to blackmail Nolan, but the likely reason is that Cecil wants Nolan to believe he’s clear so that one day he can use it. Nolan would be a better ally if it came from trust rather than guilt. So this creates space for Omni-Man to manipulate without him even knowing that they know the truth.
This is very different from the comics in which Cecil hijacked a broadcast where Nolan had to admit that he killed the Guardians on Mark. It was a total surprise to the GDA, and by this point Cecil became reactive, preparing countermeasures, engaging the new guards with Robot, and trying to figure out how to get Mark on their side.
On the show, Cecil is more cerebral and forgiving, taking on the mentality that if you can’t beat her, you’ll join them. He’s proactive in setting up the chessboard, and once he lulls Nolan into a false sense of security, he might even have secret weapons to harm the Viltrumite. Either way, by pretending nothing is wrong, it keeps Cecil closer to Mark and Deb and turns them into trump cards that could break Omni-Man.
Invincible stars like 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 executive by Robert Kirkman, Simon Racioppa, David Alpert and Catherine Winder. Friday premiere of the new episodes on Amazon Prime Video.
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