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Is Marvel’s Inhumans Officially Done?

January 22, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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While Marvel is enjoying box office success at the theaters and uneven results on the television, their biggest misfire to date is ABC’s Inhumans. From the start it had problems and never seemed to find its footing.

I can’t think of another Marvel property that I was more excited for but so letdown with the results. It makes me wonder where it went wrong. When ABC and Marvel first released the trailer for Inhumans, reviews are mixed with the majority of fans not being impressed with the tone, special effects, and uninspiring premise.

Now reports are coming out that ABC has removed press access to the series from its site. SpoilerTV shared screenshots from the portal for the series and the press site now leads to a message that reads: “Error 404 Whatever was supposed to happen, didn’t happen. Try again, or use the search option above.”

This is just another mark that hints that the Inhumans is kaput. Specifically ABC President Channing Dungey‘s recent comments about the series at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press event, which didn’t inspire hope.

“It (Inhumans) didn’t perform for us at the level that we would’ve wanted. We haven’t made any official decision yet about what we’re going to pick up in May, but I will say that the numbers, unfortunately, were less exciting for us than we hoped they would be.”

Dungey made it clear that the issues with Inhumans doesn’t impact their interest in the superhero genre or their relationship with Marvel:

“We’re actually developing a reboot of The Greatest American Hero that stars an Indian-American woman from [executive producer] Nahnatchka Khan. That is something that has definitely superhero aspects to it. The question really is more: What kind of superhero show? What’s the tone? How are we doing it? But I would never say we’re closing the door on superheroes.”

“We continue to be very excited with what they’re doing with S.H.I.E.L.D. We’ve tried a few things that haven’t worked out as well as we would’ve liked. We developed a couple things this season that we don’t think are going to end up going forward, so we’re going to look really carefully about what we do next, because the idea for us is to come up with something that works very well for both Marvel and ABC, so we’re going to continue to try there.”

The issues with Inhumans were plentiful but the potential remains and the show could be saved with the right showrunner and a proper budget to support effects. The premise of the series didn’t create a surge of excitement, which you’d think would be next to impossible when you look at the comic book source.

Instead we got:

“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.”

While signs point to cancellation, we can hope that they give the Inhumans another shot down the road. Perhaps on the big screen where their epic nature could be fully realize