Oh The (In)Humani(TV)!
Poor, poor Inhumans, you never really had a chance, did you?
With the recent news that Marvel’s Inhumans movie will no longer be a movie and instead move to ABC as an 8 episode TV show, it’s hard to feel anything but a “shrug” over Marvel’s Royal Family. The last thing I’ll admit about Inhumans is being surprised. Okay, actually I take that back: I’m surprised that it’s going to be a TV show, but I’m not surprised that it’s not going to be a movie, even though this new IMAX deal for the first two episodes doesn’t “take the place of the previously unscheduled Inhumans movie” (confused? ME TOO!).
But even if Marvel Studios isn’t saying that the Inhumans movie has been replaced, it might as well be. They’ve just released Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, wrapped filming on Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, and are beginning filming and pre-production on Infinity War, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and a slew of other movies that are probably going to announced any day now. If they were really going to be using the Inhumans in the MCU, wouldn’t they have started seeding out hints for the Inhumans by now? Sure, they’re focused on the larger Infinity Stones storyline, but Winter Soldier teased Doctor Strange by name, and that movie was a good 3 years before Strange ever hit theaters. One could argue that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was doing all of the Inhumans introduction work on their show, but apparently this Inhumans miniseries isn’t a spin-off of AoS. Plus, given the recent divide between Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, the idea that Agents would lead to a big screen property seems even less likely than before.
But you know what? Maybe it’s good for the Inhumans to go to TV. While ABC and the constraints of a TV budget will cause some unnecessary hoops for the show to jump through, it could be a cool way to look into the world of one of Marvel’s lesser-known properties. You can do a whole lot more with eight episodes of a TV show that you can do with a 2-hour movie, and it’ll allow the characters to be fleshed out in a way that many Marvel movies can’t.
But at the same time, does anyone really expect great things from this? It’s always seemed to me like Marvel Studios has been in a “yeah, yeah, we’ll get to it” mode when it comes to the Inhumans. Now that they’re actually almost there, and creating something that wasn’t what they intended, I have my doubts. Not to mention the fact that it’ll be premiering Labor Day 2017, which doesn’t give them a ton of time to get rolling. Either Inhumans gets delayed again, or it ends up being the first major misstep for a company that, buy and large, has dominated the movie and TV landscape in a way that rivals only Star Wars. Here’s hoping that Marvel has a really, REALLY solid plan, and prove me wrong once again.