In the past nine years, it’s been hard to fault the moves and projects made by Marvel Studios. On the feature film side they have had an unprecedented string of hit movies, which have laid the framework for entire universe of storytelling. However, there have been more than a few ups and downs on the television side, particularly in recent times.
The feature film and TV side went their separate ways a few years back, despite previous claims that “it’s all connected.” However, the adventures occurring on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Netflix are rarely, if ever, acknowledged in the movies. So, when it was announced that The Inhumans would no longer be a feature film, most were caught off of guard by the new development. The 8-episode series is being produced via a partnership with Marvel, ABC, and IMAX, who will be supplying the cameras for the first two episodes, which will debut in IMAX theaters in the largest format available on September 1st. The remaining episodes will air on network television in a shortened first season this fall.
The buzz has already started building for the newest Marvel show coming to ABC and isn’t all positive. A new promo picture was released this past week which showed the primary cast of The Inhumans giving their best resting-bitch faces. The show and poster features Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan (Smallville) as Medusa, Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) as Maximus, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Ken Leung as Karnak, and Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, in their royal attire.
In the brief teaser, Rheon is staying within his Game of Thrones wheelhouse by spouting conspiratorial dialogue which hints at his attempt to usurp the royal throne. Maximus has made a career in the comics out of double-crossing his brother, Black Bolt, and it seems that much of the television series will hinge on much of the same. Also, if you look behind the words in the teaser trailer, you can catch a glimpse of the Inhumans city, Attilan, which presides on the dark side of the moon.
For those that are concerned about the quality of the show, it’s showrunner is Scott Buck who last developed the Iron Fist series. That show is the undeniable low point in the past ten years of the MCU, so there is reason for concern. Add to the fact that the promo picture seems to signal low production values for the series. (For example it’s hard to overlook Black Bolt’s missing mask and the hideous wig worn by Swan as Medusa.) There is a lot more to come on the new show, but for now, enjoy the trailer.
After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.
The Inhumans debuts in IMAX theaters on September 1st and on ABC this fall.