Deadline reports that Marvel has released a poster for their new television show Inhumans which is set to debut on ABC this September. The show is being produced by Marvel Television, ABC Studios, and the Imax Corporation. The show centers around Black Bolt, King of the Inhuman Royal Family. It is set to star Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Ken Leung as Karnak, and others.
Inhumans was originally set to be a part of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For undisclosed reasons, possibly due to the Sony deal which allowed Marvel the chance to use Spider-Man or the behind the scenes politics that saw Kevin Feige report directly to Bob Iger and not Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, Inhumans was taken off the calendar for Phase 3. In 2016, it was announced that the show would be headed to television.
Inhumans can be a great show. The material from the comics could lead to numerous stories that would be great to see on screen. While some question why a property that doesn’t have as much recognition as other Marvel properties be given the television treatment, you only have to look at the success of Guardians Of The Galaxy to see that, in the right hands, the general public will fall in love with characters they aren’t familiar with. It would also give us our first possible chance of seeing Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel, reach the live action Marvel Universe.
The problem for me is motivation. It has been well documented that Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter wants the Inhumans to supplant the X-Men in popularity due to 20th Century Fox owning the film rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four film franchises. If the goal of this show is simply a way to try and get the general public on board the Inhuman bandwagon and to see the X-Men franchise suffer, they’re not going to find many people that will hop on board that train. I understand why Marvel would be hesitant on focusing on properties like the X-Men when the majority of the money would be made by another corporation. But trying to force another property like the Inhumans onto the public while treating a much beloved property like the X-Men as if it were a shunned relative is not going to entice fans to check out the new show.
So what do you think? Are you excited to see the Inhumans reach the small screen? Do you think the source material will be enough to win over fans similarto how James Gunn was able to win over fans with Guardians Of The Galaxy? Does the much publicized feud between Ike Perlmutter and 20th Century Fox over the X-Men movie rights sour you on the show? Sound off in the comments section below.
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