Parasyte: The Grey Trailer Unlocks Expanded Universe Packed with Action and Suspense

Netflix has dropped the main key art and trailer for sci-fi horror Parasyte: The Grey, giving audiences a glimpse into the world of parasitic organisms and the relentless struggle of humanity against their invasion.

Expanding the universe of the best-selling manga “Parasyte” by Hitoshi Iwaaki, the series tells a new story packed with action, philosophy, and a dash of existential dread. 

parasyte: the grey trailer unlocks expanded universe packed with action and suspense

“I felt that the creators of Parasyte: The Grey greatly respected the original work,” commented Iwaaki, “At the same time, I could see unique creative branches and ideas throughout the series and enjoyed it as both the original author and as a true ‘audience member’. Each episode’s plot development is dynamic with a quick tempo that makes it very entertaining.”

Citing the manga as one of the biggest works to influence his filmography, Director Yeon Sang-ho (Train to Busan, Hellbound) was keen to integrate its key messages into his live-action series, extending the “Parasyte” universe to a new setting — Korea. 

“To me, ‘Parasyte’ is about coexistence, so I wanted Parasyte: The Grey to echo this theme. I questioned whether people could peacefully coexist with other organisms or mutants unlike themselves,” he explained.

In Parasyte: The Grey, Su-in, a young woman caught between her humanity and parasitic influence, embodies this recurring theme of coexistence. However, as a mutant that’s half-parasite and half-human, Su-in is no longer fully human, nor does she fully belong to the parasites seeking to take over human society. With The Grey, a team dedicated to eradicating parasitic organisms led by the determined Jun-kyung hot on her heels, it’s this tension that plunges viewers into the heart of the conflict.

Depicting a cityscape besieged by writhing tentacles, the key art hints at the chaos and destruction wrought by the parasitic invaders, while also highlighting the resilience of the human spirit with Su-in (Jeon So-nee) standing defiantly alongside Kang-woo (Koo Kyo-hwan), Jun-kyung (Lee Jung-hyun), Chul-min (Kwon Hae-hyo), and Won-seok (Kim In-kwon) against the looming threat.

Parasyte: The Grey premieres 5 April, only on Netflix.