After a long period of uncertainty since the #Inhumans movie was taken off Marvel's Phase 3 slate of films, the House of Ideas has confirmed that the Royal Family will be taking their adventures to television. The show will consist of eight episodes, with the first two being released in IMAX theaters for two weeks in September, 2017; after that, they'll move to ABC.
Because of the network, you might have thought it would be very similar to #AgentsOfSHIELD, but such will not be the case; it won't even be a spin-off of the latter. Inhumans is a much bigger project, that, if handled correctly, could be a great addition to the MCU, which made me realize...
'The Inhumans' Can Be The MCU's 'Game Of Thrones'
The Inhumans have a very intricate lore. The main heroes are the Royal family of a civilization with different layers of authority and population relevance, laws elevated by their fictional nature, concepts that give the world the possibility to be a franchise on its own.
The #MCU has built its mythology through a vast number of heroes that combined form its cohesive history. Inhumans, on the other hand, have an already rich mythology without the need of outside sources (This dynamic is best explored in Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee's comic book run).
People crave fantasy and sci-fi mythologies told the right way. We just have to look at #GameofThrones for proof enough of that. Audiences fell in love with the world because, while it was surrounded by unknown fictional lore, characters and concepts, the show tackled them in an exciting and (somewhat) digestible way. It stood on its own thanks mostly to its mythology and incredibly rich world-building.
Inhumans can be just the same from what the comic books handle: Deep (and sometimes confusing) lore? Check. Chances for political intrigue? Check. Complicated and flawed yet likable characters? Check. Tense or less-than-ideal family dynamics? Check and check.
The Royal Family is a bit cruel with their hierarchy, deciding an individual's role in society depending on their power level despite how humiliating or restricting it can be. Black Bolt, the leader of the Inhumans, constantly struggles with that, stating at one point
"You are the king of Attilan... A fabulous realm of some four thousand disparate, metapowered individuals. You are the most powerful of all, which is why you are king."
#Television is a very different medium from movies; Marvel would have much more time than their usual two hours to set up the characters, world, and storyline to make Attilan and its residents feel alive. That's an open door of possibilities to give Black Bolt, Medusa, and the rest layers:
Costumes and powers don't instantly earn them the title of "heroes." They can be cruel and unforgiving, and crafting likable protagonists around such a big flaw would make for an innovative and deep storyline in the live-action comic book genre.
#Marvel has yet to take a deep dive in a mythology as vast as the Inhumans', and, as I've said before, if the MCU is to keep striving at the box office, it needs to explore different types of heroes, different concepts. You might be thinking that, seeing how Inhumans is a TV show, they'll have no part in the next step of the MCU's ever-growing box office numbers... the thing is...
The Inhumans Could Quickly Join The Big-Screen Heroes Due To The Show's Higher Quality
Something that immediately caught my attention when reading the news was that Inhumans would premiere in September 2017. That's eight months away from when #AvengersInfinityWar hits theaters and two years before the film was originally scheduled for release.
The quality of a #TV series with 20+ episodes per season can suffer due to constrictive budgets and a long episode count over which to stretch a story. What successful TV shows shows like Bates Motel, The People v O.J. Simpson, The Crown and previously mentioned Game of Thrones have in common is their movie-like, high quality production. They have a lesser number of episodes, therefore little room for filler to directly deal with the premise.
Inhumans will consist of only eight episodes co-financed by IMAX. Such a stark contrast between it and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in regard to scale means Marvel wants a focused introduction for the Royal Family into the MCU. In fact, its brief theatrical run could be a way to test the property with audiences and know whether the Royal Family is worth a franchise similar to #CaptainAmerica, #IronMan and #Thor.
Hopefully, they are crafting the property with the same approach as the series mentioned above and will treat the characters with respect. Marvel giving them such an ambitious project means the Inhumans have a long road ahead of them in the MCU.
It would even work great to keep Inhumans going as an event-like TV series while prominently featuring the characters on the big screen. That would allow Marvel to exploit the mythology's full potential and to expand the #MarvelCinematicUniverse even further.
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Do you think 'Inhumans' can become the MCU's 'Game of Thrones'?