For the last few years, it appeared that #Marvel was doing the best they could to replace mutants with Inhumans. Mutants were being killed off in the comics —Wolverine being the most notable — and the Inhumans dropped a bomb that created a fog which created more Inhumans. But the mist was not only giving certain people powers, it was giving mutants a disease that was killing and sterilizing them. With no cure in sight, it seemed like mutant days were numbered. With the mutants gone, Marvel was going to need another group of outcasts to fill the void. Enter the Inhumans to take over as the outcasts of the Marvel Universe.
The Inhumans have been part of the Marvel Comics family for years — their first appearance being in 1965's Fantastic Four Issue 45 — but have never been a team that has ever been super popular despite the vast amount of cool powers they possess. There have been rumors floating around that the Inhumans were set to replace mutants because Fox owns the movie rights to mutants as a result, the X-Men. The sad part is that it was unlikely that an Inhumans takeover would have worked.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Dropped The Ball
Right off the bat, Marvel has not really given us a reason to care about the Inhumans. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did a poor job explaining who they are, but give a reason of how and why they may have left Earth and gone to the moon. Even making the star of the show Daisy Johnson an Inhuman rather than just a random meta-human was a genius idea. Unfortunately, that's where the compliments stop. Marvel may have missed a prime opportunity to showcase the Inhumans and all of their powers in Guardians of the Galaxy or even Thor.
The Inhuman royal family (Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgan, Karnak, and Lockjaw) are the core of the Inhumans. They are the most popular members of the Inhumans and the most important. During Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, none of those names were used at any point. It's like mentioning the Avengers and instead bringing up Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk you talk about Tigra, Jarvis, and Hank Pym. Sure, they're Avengers, but you have to put your A-team out there first.
There are two potentially easy solutions. One, just mention the core members of the royal family. Talk about Black Bolt and how his voice can literally destroy a city. Explain how Medusa's hair can cut through steel. Mention the great and powerful Gorgon and leave his physical attributes a mystery. This leaves the viewers longing for more, patiently waiting for the rest of the Inhumans.
Option two is to take Karnak and make him the only person allowed on Earth. Have him be an ambassador from the Inhumans to Daisy. Let him beat up a ton of people without being touched. Maybe even let him train with the S.H.I.E.L.D agents and Colson to show how he may not be able to destroy cities with his voice, but he is still one of the most dangerous beings to ever step on the planet.
Give Us A Reason To Feel For Them
The Inhumans are a concept that people could really get behind. Like the X-Men, they are outcasts. They look different, they act different, and are flat out nothing that's ever been encountered on Earth. Not even the Hulk and Thor can compare to what their people look like. Show humans looking at them differently and like monsters. Go full '90s X-Men cartoon and make people absolutely hate them. It will raise enough emotion with the viewers that when they become accepted or save the world it will make the victory sweeter.
Explaining the history of the Inhumans is something else that should have been done at length. The fact that the Inhumans used be slaves is something that would pull at the hearts of everyone. Talk about how Black Bolt rose up and defeated the Kree to gain his people's freedom. Talk about how the Inhumans were once homo-sapiens that were forced into the Terrigan mists and experimented on which gave them their power and how now it's a right of their people.
These are all things that are essential in telling their story. It also gives people a reason to care about who they are. Everyone loves a story of trials, tribulations and triumph through all the adversity and the Inhumans are that story — but not when they're simply a throwaway storyline in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Black Bolt And Medusa's Romance
Black Bolt and Medusa have a love that some people in real life can really look up to. Medusa is married to a man that she can never hear speak. She had to learn to read his body language, read his face and speak for him — not just as his wife, but as the queen. When decisions need to be made she has to read her husband and give out the orders and hope that she is still in sync with him and his wishes.
This is the story to tell. This displays the true power of the Inhuman people. They trust their king and queen with their lives because of how they know each other. This trust in themselves gives their people their trust as well. Marvel has yet to tell a story this deep in any of their movies or their Netflix series. This is the story that brings in people who know nothing about the Inhumans and turns them into fans.
These aren't mainstream popular characters like Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man, or Captain America. More of an effort has to be given to make people to get excited about them. It's unfortunate that Marvel has suspended the Inhumans movie. They have given us characters like Doctor Strange, Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch and made us love them. The Inhumans are a completely different kind of team — one that the #MarvelCinematicUniverse desperately needs.
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