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Some thoughts on Marvel’s Inhumans

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Marvel’s Inhumans is starting as a film, well the first couple of episodes are being shown in IMAX cinemas and then the rest of the series is being shown as a normal TV series. I went to see some clips at a press event and my thoughts slowly went from detail to big picture…

“Marvel’s Inhumans” explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where they are greeted with surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them. Now they must find a way to reunite with each other and return to their home before their way of life is destroyed forever.

Cool, they’ve given you nice cameras…

The opening shot is a ultra-slow foot stomp into a puddle. It’s very pretty. Sets a high bar.

But not the rest of the money…

Ten seconds later, I’ve seen a man in green TVish makeup, speak a few TVish lines while running from the world’s most generic ‘armed men’.

…and the Inhuman’s need money….

The Inhumans have Avenger-level powers (read: action sequences), Guardians of the Galaxy-level locations (read: sets), and Shakespeare-level plotting (read: acting). I was shown Doctor Who-level action, Star Trek: Enterprise-level sets and Arrow-level acting.

Why are we doing an Inhuman’s series anyway?

Marvel’s MCU is fast approaching the problem that it’s comics have: there are only so many people, powers, crossovers, and events you can have before it becomes new viewers are lost and old ones are jaded. Sooner or later the MCU will hit this ‘crisis point’ and the more they can do to put that off the better. Instead, they’ve chosen to bring in the most powered character group outside of the X-Men. Netflix has shown that you can do really solid drama with very few, underpowered, characters, but we’ve gone completely the other way.

TV and movies aren’t close enough to pull this off…

Much has been made of TV and Movies getting closer together in the last ten years. This is a little overblown: some actors are moving between the two, which is good. Also, TV has got a lot better, that’s great. But Movies have only really moved for three franchises: Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Marvel they know they can spend time setting up another film because they know they’ll definitely get one. Nobody else has that option. This stunt of putting a TV show in a cinema is only a stunt. It may work in the future, but it needs the right budget, the right content, and the right moment. and ABC know this, because they’ve *repeatedly* had Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (on the same network, and with 20 Inhuman characters already) get screwed over by the MCU films continuity. No part of this makes sense.

It will work anyway because Marvel

Marvel’s fans are loyal enough that they’ll see this anyway (they shouldn’t – the cinema adds nothing and takes some things away) and so the experiment will be a success on some level. But it will cost them in the long run, and it brings their crisis point ever closer.

The first two episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans will premiere exclusively in IMAX cinemas around the world for two weeks starting Sept 1st. The IMAX episodes were shot entirely with the new ALEXA IMAX 65mm cameras. The full 8-episode series will then debut on The ABC Television Network in the US on 29th September, and television networks and platforms globally later in the autumn.

Anson Mount stars as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon (“Game of Thrones,” “Misfits,” “Vicious”) is Maximus, Serinda Swan (“Ballers,” “Graceland”) has been cast as the queen, Medusa and “Lost” alum Ken Leung plays Karnak

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2 Comments

  1. You do know that the screener ABC released is “not for review”, right?

    • “I went to see some clips at a press event”

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