Marvel’s Inhumans finally premieres this Friday on ABC, and the network has put out one last final trailer. The trailer itself goes through most of the plot if you pay enough attention, so those wanting to avoid spoilers might want to skip this one.
While reviewers haven’t been so kind to the pilot, I’m still holding out the hope that the show has just been harshly judged. Some people just seemed bothered by Medusa’s CGI hair, but honestly it’s such a nitpick I can’t help but think it’s kind of overblown. Marvel hasn’t really made a misstep yet, and I think people are just looking to find anything they can to pick it apart. Either way, we’ll all get to find out later this week.
So the problem with taking half a week off of the site because you’re relocating to another state is that the news doesn’t just stop. While we were temporarily offline, ABC released a trailer for the upcoming Inhumans television series which comes to the network later this year.
In the trailer, apparently the Inhuman royal family has been living on the moon, and some of them are kind of tired of that. I could go into a lot more, or you could just watch the thing. Honestly, it looks pretty good, and Marvel’s television track record has been pretty solid thus far. I’m personally looking forward to it at least.
Inhumans has had an interesting history on its march towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Originally planned as a film, the company pivoted the project over to television last Fall. Now, as the series slowly gets closer to its Fall premiere (which will be preceded by a theatrical release of the pilot), we’re starting to get more about the show.
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly today we have our first look at the Inhumans‘ main cast (well, minue Lockjaw). The official promotional photo gives us a pretty good look at what the show will look like:
Honestly, I think this all looks pretty great. It manages to evoke the right imagery of the character’s comics look while making it fit properly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s aesthetic. What do you think?
It was announced that Marvel’s Inhumans was headed to the the small screen last fall, though its pilot will still get a limited theatrical run in the late summer. Since then, we’ve known that the show was in production in Hawaii, but we had no idea who was going to be playing the lead roles.
Well, until now.
Last week we learned that Iwan Rheon, best known for Game of Thrones, would play Maximus, the brother of Inhuman King Black Bolt. This week though, we’ve managed to learn who is playing the royal couple themselves.
First off, the role of Black Bolt will be filled by Anson Mount. Mount is best known to audiences for starring in Hell on Wheels, and is an amazing actor. Considering how laconic his character Cullen Bohannon, it’s clear why he was cast as a character who never speaks.
Secondly, it’s also been announced that Serinda Swan will play Queen Medusa, wife of Black Bolt and Queen of the Inhumans. Swan is probably best known for USA’s Graceland, though she also starred in one of my favorite (underrated) series Breakout Kings. Swan is no stranger to superhero television, of course, having played DC Comic’s Zatanna on a handful of episodes of Smallville.
Honestly, right now the cast is shaping up really, really nicely. All three of these actors are pretty damned solid performers, and I don’t think we could have asked for better casting in these roles (at least out of the actors willing to do television).
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss The Inhumans hitting the small screen, Hayao Miyazaki coming out of retirement (again), react to the American Ghost in the Shell trailer, consider the new series Neil Gaiman is developing for Fox, and put our heads together about the possibility of a Snowpiercer television series. We also talk about what a disaster Rewind Con apparently turned out being, and Nick went to Daisho Con.
Also, Pher has a very important announcement about his future at Nerd & Tie. It’s a big deal.
When Marvel announced Phase 3 of it’s Cinematic Universe, one of the films front and center was The Inhumans. As time went on though, and more projects got announced, the film kept getting pushed back. Eventually, The Inhumansdisappeared from the schedule altogether. Seeing an adaptation of the Inhuman Royal family on screen started to seem less and less likely.
Well the project is back on now — sort of. Instead of a feature film, The Inhumans will be coming to the small screen, as a television series on ABC in the fall of 2017. It’s a sensible move, as (while the central Inhumans have yet to appear), the concept has been long established on ABC’s Agents of SHIELD for quite some time. As there’s some division in the management of the MCU between Television and Film, it means coordinating Inhuman characters between the two series will become much easier.
For those of you disappointed that you won’t be able to see The Inhumans in a theater, there’s still some good news out there. The first two episodes of the show will be filmed with IMAX digital cameras, and they will get a limited theatrical IMAX release in late Summer 2017 (just prior to their debut on television).
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss Pearl Mackie’s casting as the new Doctor Who companion, Neil Gaiman is adapting Good Omens for Television, Syfy has ordered Krypton to pilot, Inhumans is off of Marvel’s schedule, John Macaluso has stepped down as the CEO of Wizard World, and Fox plans on skipping this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
When Marvel first announced the Inhumans movie as part of Phase III back in 2014, it was part of a massive roadmap for the future of the shared Cinematic Universe. Since then though, things have been a bit more in flux — with first the addition of Spider-Man: Homecoming, along with a sequel to last year’s Ant-Man.
The schedule’s been shifted a bit.
Unfortunately, that means that the schedule has gotten a bit more crowded – and something just had to give at some point. A studio can literally only release so many movies in a year, and as it’s the film with probably the least hype behind it right now, Inhumans ended up losing its slot on the calendar.
The other factor in the move is, frankly, Indiana Jones 5. Inhumans was scheduled for a July 2019 release, and that’s exactly when the fifth Indiana Jones is scheduled to come out too. As Marvel and Lucasfilm are both owned by Disney, they definitely wouldn’t want two different tentpole films competing against each other.
This may actually be a good thing though for the Inhumans, as it may give the film more time to establish its characters elsewhere. While the concept of Inhumans have been introduced in Agents of SHIELD, the film would likely follow the Inhuman Royal Family (who have yet to appear in any form). If, say, a character like Black Bolt could be introduced in a Guardians of the Galaxy film, it might add more context for a future Inhumans film.