Marvel's 'The Inhumans' Heads First to IMAX, Then to Small
First touted as a movie in 2011, Marvel’s The Inhumans sounded like a fabulous idea for a big action spectacle. The comic book series followed a team of superhumans who were created by an alien race (the Kree) and eventually abandoned, leaving them to form their own society.
One year later, The Avengers hit it big at the box office worldwide, seemingly confirming a popular appetite for superhero team ups. In August 2014, plans appeared to solidify for The Inhumans, as we heard unofficially that Marvel was moving forward on a screenplay written by Joe Robert Cole.
A few months later, Marvel confirmed that the movie was in active development and scheduled for theatrical release on November 2, 2018, later pushed to July 12, 2019. We didn’t hear much about the project on the big screen until this past April, when Marvel’s Kevin Feige said the movie “will shuffle off the current date. How far down it shuffles, I’m not sure yet.”
Now comes word from Marvel that The Inhumans are heading to television. First, though, a version of the first two episodes of Marvel’s The Inhumans will screen exclusively in IMAX theaters for two weeks in September 2017. It marks the first time that a live-action TV show will premiere in IMAX theaters. Soon thereafter, the show will debut on ABC, “with additional exclusive content that can only be seen on the network,” according to Marvel.
This is not terribly surprising news, in view of the increasingly important role that the Inhumans have played in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television show on ABC, beginning with the second season in 2014. According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, the series is not a spinoff from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Instead, the new series will follow a never before told story about Black Bolt and the royal family.
Officially, The Inhumans movie is not cancelled, but it definitely appears to be on the back burner for now.