Marvel's Inhumans is set to be a unique show. The series will be the product of a partnership between Marvel, ABC, and IMAX, with the first two episodes airing at IMAX cinemas worldwide. It's currently filming on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and fans are increasingly intrigued at the direction Marvel seem to be taking. Now, a new synopsis has added another layer of mystery...
Check out the Synopsis!
It's a simple synopsis, but it completely reframes the show:
"After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself."
Putting this synopsis in context - like another piece of a jigsaw puzzle - you begin to get a sense of how Inhumans is going to play out. #Marvel's clearly setting up Attilan as located on the Dark Side of the Moon (we know IMAX technology is being used to film action set on the Moon). This explains why the Royal Family has never concerned themselves with the fate of terrestrial Inhumans before; they're an isolated race, and probably aren't even aware of current events on our world.
The synopsis teases at a Game of Thrones-esque battle for the throne (which, frankly, everyone's expecting), but it also seems to hint at the kind of fish-out-of-water plot we saw in Thor. It's going to confront the Inhuman Royal Family with twenty-first century Hawaii, and in doing so shine a light on both cultures.
The Curious Role of Maximus
And yet, it's worth remembering the curious role of Iwan Rheon's Maximus the Mad. Maximus is traditionally the villain of any Inhumans plot; he's power-hungry, and constantly trying to usurp his brother's throne. At first glance, you'd assume he was the one responsible for the "military coup".
And yet, this doesn't quite fit with what we already know. When Rheon was first cast for the role, we were told that Maximus was a conflicted character, torn between the two parts of his own nature: his devotion to his people and his brother, and his lust for power. If the series pretty much kicks off with Maximus's coup, then that conflict would be resolved pretty early on - and that just doesn't quite fit.
I can't help wondering if there's another side to this; is it possible that this mysterious coup is actually what divides Maximus's loyalty? Perhaps he sees flaws in his brother's leadership, exposed by the fact this threat has risen to power, and concludes that Black Bolt is too weak to lead the Inhumans? That idea would add an extra layer of complexity to this eight-episode series, and would potentially position Rheon for the starring role he's been billed as.
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As exciting as Marvel's Inhumans series may be, it remains wrapped in mystery. This synopsis has shed a little light on the show, explaining why so many set photos had been set on Earth; but it also deepens the mystery of Iwan Rheon's Maximus the Mad, conflicting a little with what we already knew. All in all, I think it does everything a good synopsis should do - it whets our appetite for the main event, and leaves us very curious about the direction Marvel's Inhumans is set to take.
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(Source: MCUExchange; Poll Image Credit: Marvel Comics)