Marvel’s Inhumans was originally set up to be part of the MCU with a 2019 film release. That fell through for a variety of reasons, and it ended up being set up for an 8-part series across both IMAX and network TV. The first two episodes will debut in IMAX on Labor Day Weekend, the first in September, while the remaining six will air on ABC beginning at the end of September. Fan,backlash started after some images revealed the costumes our royal family from Attilan will be donning. It was mild at first, but the release of the first two trailers has only increased the anxiety amongst fans.
So far, the main complaint has been that Inhumans simply looks bland and boring. It’s main showrunner Scott Buck also received the same criticism from his work on Netflix’s Marvel’s Iron Fist. While I found Iron Fist to be my second favorite of the four Defenders’ solo outings, it definitely could have added more flair to the mix. When it was first announced that Buck was taking over as showrunner for Inhumans, there was a bit of a benefit of the doubt being tossed around. After all, an inhuman royal family with super powers who lives on the moon has to have better effects than a guy running around New York City with a glowing fist, right? Maybe not. The first trailer dropped just about a month ago, and although I’m excited for the series, I have to admit it looked more bland than a German grandmother’s meal.
That’s not all, you also have the stairwell to deal with.
And the Arena…
Not only are the environments devastatingly bland, as you can tell above, but the outfits are as well. Right off the bat you’ll notice that Black Bolt (Anson Mount) isn’t donning his traditional costume. The tuning fork lightning bolt is missing, and the leather clad outfit seems to fit an S&M Anonymous meeting rather than a King of an Inhuman Royal Family. The rest of the people in Attilan are also wearing the same grey oufits. The success of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD on ABC, which is probably the best written show currently on television, had a lot of people hopeful for Inhumans. The writing is stellar by all means, character abilities are used and explained well, and the environments used vary beautifully. From what we see so far in the two trailers released, this is not the case with Marvel’s Inhumans.
Let’s start with the Inhumans’ favorite K-9 companion Lockjaw, shall we? For those who may not be familiar, Lockjaw is a giant dog that can teleport. By no means is he a pushover, and he’s a formidable opponent in the comics. Just take a look at an image of him below.
Pretty sick right? I mean, the lightning bolts and seething teeth will give me nightmares, that’s for sure. Surely, Scott Buck and ABC have to stick to the script with him, right? Well, let’s see how the 2017 version of Lockjaw looks below.
Aaaaaaaaaand he’s a pet. Inhumans isn’t a kid’s cartoon. There is no reason that a superpowered, teleporting dog needs to look cute. Don’t get me wrong, he is a funny looking dog and I’d love to roll around with him in my house as a pet. Put him in a Marvel movie with super powers? Yeah, not so much.
Next up is Medusa. She is the Queen and wife of King Black Bolt. Since Bolt is unable to speak, she is usually the one to lend her voice to matters of state. Her weapon is her hair. It’s long, flowing, red and can be used in whatever form she sees fit. Medusa can spawn multiple “arms” out of her hair, use it to levitate herself or pick up and thrown enemies at will. It’s pretty bad ass, and the comics utilized it incredibly well. The costume reveals for Medusa were less than exhilarating, and doesn’t leave much to the imagination in terms of reactions like “Ok, now THAT looks cool!”.
This is one of the most accurate in the area of outfits, but her hair is nowhere near the depiction from the comics. The character I fear with the hardest ability for Marvel and ABC to pull off successfully is Triton. He is no longer able to breathe air after being transformed by the Terrigen mist at only a year old. He could only survive in water, but a breathing apparatus was created to help him survive out of water for longer durations. It was huge in the comics at first, but then brought down to a somewhat smaller size by Maximus. The quick pieces of Triton we see in the trailer has him in a bit of water, but this clearly can’t be the case for the entire show. I’m not sure how Scott Buck is going to pull this off to be honest, and it has me worried it will be that “point of no return” for the show. You know, the part that ruins the show no matter how good the actual show is itself? You can see Triton, in full leather jacket amidst a rainstorm, below.
I’m most excited for Crystal in Marvel’s Inhumans. She is Medusa’s younger sister, and she can control the elements. She is with Triton in the image above, and could be a key to his survival. After all, someone who can make it rain at will is a valuable asset when you can only breathe water. Outside of this, the special effects have my spidey-sense tingling. For some reason, and I’m not sure why, I believe Crystal will be the saving grace for Marvel’s Inhumans on ABC. Being able to control all four elements HAS to yield some incredible on screen effects, and I don’t think even Scott Buck could bland-ify Crystal. The question remains, however, if the rest of the characters will be too far gone for Crystal to save.
Maximus (Iwan Rheon – Game of Thrones) is basically type cast from his role as Ramsey Bolton. He’s more of a JV version obviously, but he ends up betraying his brother and the rest of the royal family. This causes Lockjaw to swoop in and teleport Black Bolt to the middle of a Hawaiian street. Although we see the rest of the royal family in Hawaii later on in the trailer, we do not yet know how they arrive. There is an interesting part of the trailer with Maximus that has to be a homage to Cyrus from the 1979 film The Warriors. He’s standing on a platform above his subjects with arms stretched out to the side almost identical to Cyrus’ “Can you dig it?” speech. Take a look.
While Cyrus tried to unite the gangs in peace, Maximus is trying to unite his brother’s subjects in a revolt against him. Maximus’ exact type of attitude other than going against his brother is currently unknown. Will he be brutal, matter of fact or perhaps somewhere in the middle? Whichever they choose, it will have to fit with the rest of the show, or it could lead to bad results for Inhumans.
There are only eight episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans that will be aired. The first two in IMAX and the last six on ABC. A normal television season lasts 23 episodes, nearly three times longer than Inhumans. The show is already behind the eight ball with all the mysteries surrounding the characters and overall generic type look so far, so having 66% less time to tell their story isn’t exactly a silver lining.
We already know the story of Inhumans, so everyone is going to focus on the incidentals in order to gauge the show’s success. Hopefully, despite all of these issues, Scott Buck and Marvel are able to pull this off. Inhumans is one of my favorite Marvel properties, and I have a lot of expectation for it. The level of hope I possess because of everything, however, now that is a different story.
Marvel’s Inhumans hits IMAX on September 1st, 2017 with its first two episodes, followed by the last six beginning on September 29th on ABC.
Let us know your thoughts on expectations on Inhumans, and check out both trailers below.