We first heard that Marvel was considering an Inhumans movie when they had their big Marvel event at the El Capitan theatre late in 2014. At that time, it was going to be a movie released around 2020. However, as the years past, it became more evident that the studio had lost interest in the property as a cinematic release. This came after ABC had started building up the Inhumans on Agents of SHIELD.
With their success on TV, it started to make more and more sense that the franchise would make more sense on TV, and that’s exactly where it’s landed. ABC will premiere the series in September, but it’s unorthodox. It will first premiere as a two-hour movie exclusively at IMAX theatres and will then transition to ABC at the end of September where we’ll have eight episodes.
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We’ve seen the Entertainment Weekly cover. We’ve seen leaked trailers and pictures from set, but now, finally, we have an actual trailer for the series.
In the trailer, we learn that the Inhumans live on the moon and have for generations. And, apparently, some of them have grown weary of their life on the moon. Maximus (Iwan Rheon) leads a coup of Inhumans against his brother, King Black Bolt (Anson Mount), and the rest of the royal family, including Queen Medusa (Serinda Swan), Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor) and Karnak (Ken Leung). However, before Maximus can fully exact his military takeover of Attilan, the Inhuman royal city, the trusty family dog, Lockjaw, teleports Black Bolt into the middle of a busy street in Hawaii. Presumably, he’s done this with all members of the royal family as we see all of them in Hawaii as Maximus completes some plan on the moon that involves him tunneling under the city.
It seems that ABC and Marvel are holding back on showing us exactly all of the powers from our heroes. Black Bolt’s voice is powerful enough to level a mountain with a scream, so seeing him just grunt and roll a police car is a fun conceit, even if the visual effects are not fully dialed-in. Karnak’s power of always knowing the greatest weakness to exploit is not something that can be seen, but he is a master martial artist, so we get that. Karnak’s power, other than being super strong, is his ability to create local earthquakes by stomping his feet, which we get a quick glimpse of, and the family dog, Lockjaw, can teleport anywhere in the world, which he typically only does on command.
As for the two women of the royal family, Queen Medusa and her sister Crystal (Isabelle Cornish), we saw nothing of their powers shown here. Medusa’s hair is prehensile, each strand of hair as strong as steel and can grow to whatever lengths she requires. Crystal can command the elements of fire, water, earth and air, sort of like Aang the Avatar, from The Last Airbender.
Also, Triton (Mike Moh), the aquatic brother to Karnak, we see very little of here, just him collecting Crystal to run away with her through a jungle. Also not yet seen, at least to our eyes, is the character Auran (Sonya Balmores), who can chose any word she wants to hear and then hear it anytime it’s spoken on Earth.
ABC’s The Inhumans opens in IMAX theatres on September 1st before then moving to ABC on for the rest of the Fall Season. Agents of SHIELD will start up in January of 2018, which is already right around the corner.
“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.”