While it seems like Marvel Studios has one, gigantic master plan, they’ve proven over their years that this plan is subject to changes. Long after they announced their plans for Phase 3, they added the likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man and the Wasp to an already-crowded slate. All the same, questions were also raised when The Inhumans mysteriously vanished from their slate last April.
At the time, fans weren’t really sure what this meant. Did it mean the film was pushed, or was it “delayed indefinitely” (which is pretty much Hollywood shorthand for “canceled”)? No one really knew, and even Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige initially stated:
“How far down it shuffles, Iâ€™m not sure yet.”
At the very least, it seemed to confirm that they hadn’t so much as thought about the film since announcing it. To top it all off, the relationship between Feige and Marvel Entertainment head Ike Perlmutter (who is charge of Marvel Television) had escalated last year to the point where Feige no longer responds to Perlmutter. As such, the prospect of actually crossing over the TV characters and movie characters seemed to diminish all the more. Sure, the TV characters could reference the films, but it never happened the other way.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. dealt with Inhumans, and while it was assumed early on that it could be a soft ramp-up to a spinoff MCU film, the relationship between Feige and Perlmutter seemed to rule out any possibility of such a collaboration actually happening.
Never say never. In a new interview with Slash Film, Feige stated the following:
“I think Inhumans will happen for sure. I donâ€™t know when. I think itâ€™s happening on television. And I think as we get into Phase 4 as Iâ€™ve always said, it could happen as a movie. I think it would be super cool.”
Just based on the nature of these comments, it sounds as though he’s still given little-to-no thought about the property. The fact that he isn’t even really sure that they’re dealing with it on TV is especially telling. Can it happen? Yes, absolutely. But it will require a very deliberate effort from both parties, and quite frankly, both division of Marvel are far too busy working on their own universes to put much thought into the other.
What do you think of Feige’s comments? Do you think this opens up the possibility for an Inhumans film, or does it sound like Feige’s just saying that so as not to rule out any future possibility? Let us know your thoughts down below!