Marvel’s The Inhumans be coming to cinemas after all… but only for two weeks and then it will be moving to TV as a new series on ABC in the States. There is will join Marvel stablemate Agents Of SHIELD which has already been featuring Inhuman characters in its plotlines.
Earlier this year a planned movie of The Inhumans, with a script by Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther), was pulled from Marvel’s big screen schedule. This new Inhumans TV series is said not to be related to the movie, tackling an entirely different story.
The series will premiere on ABC in autumn 2017, but in a new twist the first two episodes will appear exclusively first in IMAX cinemas for two weeks before the show kicks off on the small screen; in addition, the TV edits of the episodes will feature extra footage not included in the IMAX cut. No news yet on whether the IMAX screenings will also take place outside of the States.
The series will be produced by Marvel TV and ABC Studios and filmed with Imax digital cameras. Rather bizarrely, the announcement for the show says it will not be introduced as a spinoff from Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Whether or not that means there won’t be any crossover at all in unclear, but it is a worrying sign of SHIELD’s status on ABC that the connection isn’t deemed worthy of highlighting in the marketing.
The Inhumans are a race of superhumans, originally introduced living on the moon in a city called Attila, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965.
“This unprecedented alliance represents a bold, innovative approach to launching great TV content for a worldwide audience,” says Duisney TV boss Ben Sherwood. “It highlights Disney-ABC’s unrelenting commitment to finding new and creative ways to showcasing our very best programming and increasing global engagement and reach.”
As for which of the many Inhumans will be appearing, Marvel’s senior communications manager Joe Taraborrelli, Tweeted following the announcement, “Are you ready to see the Inhuman Royal Family on TV?? You better get ready!” which pretty much confirms that Black Bolt (the Inhuman King, who’s mute, because when he speaks his voice causes devastating destruction) and Medusa (his queen, with prehensile hair) will be taking part.
We just hope the Inhuman Royal Family’s teleporting pooch Lockjaw gets a look in.