The development process on Marvel’s Inhumans has been interesting to say the least, given that it went from being a Phase 3 movie to a Phase 4 movie to a television series that would be partially screened in theaters. Nonetheless, the scope of the adaptation is going to remain large, as a recent statement from a Disney executive states that the show is going to be like nothing we’ve seen before.
The executive said the following at the LA Screenings when briefly discussing the new show:
“I promise you, this is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before on television. It brings a richness and depth of storytelling.”
While the Inhumans have been introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before via Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the characters used are street-level Inhumans and relatively recent additions to the roster of characters. The new show will focus entirely on the affairs of the Inhuman Royal Family, who are among the oldest and most powerful of their kind. The show will run for eight episodes in its first season and will partially be filmed in IMAX, suggesting that the visual effects budget on the show is going to be substantially higher than Marvel’s previous televised efforts.
The first two episodes of Inhumans will be shown in IMAX theaters on September 1 for a two-week run before the show makes an actual premiere on September 26, featuring the remaining episodes and additional content not shown in the IMAX screening of first two episodes. The show’s cast includes Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Iwan Rheon as Maximus the Mad, Ken Leung as Karnak, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Mike Moh as Triton, and Sonya Balmores as Auran.
Source: Comic Book Resources
Marvel Shows We’d Like to See Made
As the “golden age of television” continues, one genre that has been on the uptick has been superhero TV shows. The CW almost has every day on lock with many DC Comics-centric TV shows like Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, as well as shows like iZombie, and the upcoming Riverdale. Other networks such as AMC and Fox (among others) have Preacher and The Walking Dead, Gotham, and Lucifer, respectively.
Marvel has been diversifying their portfolio as well. When they first introduced Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they only slightly-connected their television universe with their cinematic universe. While recent corporate changes in their business structure have distanced their properties from each other, they still maintain a continuity. Shows like Agent Carter as well as the many Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, the upcoming Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders) all have events connected to their big screen counterparts. Currently, Marvel has Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Inhumans (coming next year) on ABC along with Damage Control (TBD) while Cloak and Dagger (airing on Freeform next year), and Runaways (developed for Hulu) are in development.
With such a large assortment of comic books and comic book characters, Marvel has barely scratched the surface. Here are a few comic book characters that could definitely use their own show…