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A Look at What’s Going on With Marvel’s Inhumans

September 23, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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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. Oh, and Medusa’s hair.

The series centers around Black Bolt, with Anson Mount in the role, and other members of the Inhuman Royal Family. After a military coup, the Inhuman Royal Family escape to Hawaii where they must save themselves and the world.

The Inhumans have a rich, storied history inside the comic book world so expectations (and potential) were high for the series. Producer Kevin Feige said, “We really do believe the Inhumans can be a franchise or a series of franchises unto themselves. They have dozens of powers and an amazing social structure. With our 20th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we wanted to continue to refine what that universe is about.”

Scott Buck, the showrunner for the Marvel Netflix series Iron Fist is executive producing and showrunning Inhumans. Buck said Inhumans would be “a family drama with one big story leading us through the season”, rather than a procedural series like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. On incorporating the more cosmic elements associated with the Inhumans, Buck said they would be leaned on “to a certain extent, yes, but again, we approach these all as real people who just happen to have these abilities, so they’re all very grounded people. We try to write them as real as possible, and then have fun with the powers when we can. We want their powers to seem like a very natural part of their personality.”

It should be noted that many had reservations about the involvement of Buck after Iron Fist underwhelmed on Netflix.

Things didn’t seem to improve for the show and Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb came forward to defended it at the Television Critics Association press tour. He spoke out against the assertions that the show’s premiere episode does not match the quality of previous Marvel efforts. “I can tell you that it was written on the material that you were given that the show that you have seen is not the finished product,”

Inhumans looked to be Marvel’s first real tumble before it even gets into the gate and the banner below spawned rumors that the show was cancelled even before the series got off the ground. As you see, it highlights the show’s movie premiere on September 29 on ABC as ‘The Complete Series.’

While not an official statement, it looks like Marvel is cutting their losses early. Even Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn shared some revealing thoughts when he took a question in a recent Facebook Q&A.

When asked if Gunn could save the Inhumans, the director replied, “It does not look like there is much saving left for the Inhumans.”

I’m sure studio execs are wondering where things went off track and we can only hope they learn from their mistakes. While a series would have been nice, I would have preferred the Inhumans to get a big screen launch over a TV show. Instead of setting things in Hawaii, embrace the cosmic elements. How this will impact future series remains to be seen.

Thoughts on the Inhumans?