Who would have guessed that Marvel would be releasing an #Inhumans television show next year, even though Kevin Feige just stated that the movie was going to happen a week ago? Fanboys were hit with shocking news that the Inhumans will not be getting their own full-length feature, but an eight episode, straight-to-series order instead. #IMAX, in association with Marvel Television and #ABC Studios, plan to release the first two episodes in a Summer 2017 IMAX engagement before debuting the series as a whole during the Fall.
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Ever since Inhumans was pulled from #Marvel's schedule a few months back, the chances of a film have been becoming slimmer as the days have gone by. There have been smaller stories, shown on #AgentsOfSHIELD, but nothing big enough to do it the justice it deserves. Digging through the news from the trades and Marvel, there is a lot to be optimistic about when it comes to the future of the Inhumans. In fact, their future has never been brighter. Here's why you shouldn't be worried:
1. A Movie Is Still A Possibility
An Inhumans film has been in the works forever and though it was always Ike Perlmutter's passion project, Feige has always shown interest as well. Even though it has been pulled off of #MarvelStudio's immediate agenda, it may very well be still in the cards. A little over a week ago, Marvel's head sat with Slashfilm and discussed the probability of a movie based on the team:
"I think Inhumans will happen for sure. I don’t know when. I think it’s happening on television. And I think as we get into Phase 4 as I’ve always said, it could happen as a movie. I think it would be super cool."
The fact that Feige said the film "will happen for sure" is a fantastic sign of what is to come. Depending on how a person may interpret his statement, Feige may be referencing S.H.I.E.L.D. or the new series. If Feige is involved with the undertaking, the show may act as a prequel to a possible Phase 4 venture. Any input from Feige would greatly heal the divide between both television and film divisions of the #MCU.
In addition, Lesley Goldberg of The Hollywood Reporter made it a point to say this series not replacing the Inhumans movie, which may leave the door open for future feature film.
2. The First Two Episodes Will Be Completely Filmed In IMAX
One part of this announcement that has flew over people's heads is the fact that the first two episodes of the eight-part series will be entirely filmed with IMAX cameras. No television show or blockbuster film has ever used IMAX cameras for the entirety of production. This is sure to make an event when the episodes are released in theaters well before their network debut. Both #InfinityWar and the following #Avengers film will also do the same. Often, studios digitally format their movie to fit the premium format, but the fact it is filmed in IMAX will guarantee large-scale action sequences, and demanding set pieces worthy of the big screen. The strategy could end up being revolutionary, with visual effects that rival that of #GameofThrones. If it were to be a film, the chances of it getting an IMAX treatment of this capacity would have been slim.
3. It Will Benefit The Characters
Besides Black Bolt, no one else on the ensemble is 100 percent confirmed, but with such a large cast of characters, how would all of them get the screen time they deserve in a two and a half hour long film? Films in the #XMen franchise as well as #AvengersAgeOfUltron have struggled to juggle multiple characters to make sure everyone shines. For the Inhumans, character development is definitely going to be a large focus. Episodic storytelling is very beneficial in making these practically unknown heroes memorable. Hopefully the story manages to be contained, while also offering compelling, long-term character arcs that will keep viewers watching week to week. This is an aspect that could work far better in a television show than it ever would in a film.
Still a bit fuzzy on the Inhumans and who they are? Check out this explanation from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
Are you more excited about the Inhumans TV show or the possibility of a full-length film?