The Fantastic Four have had a tricky time making their way to the big screen, but that's nothing compared to how their friends in the Inhuman Royal Family have fared. Ever since the Terrigen Mists first floated their way into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel have struggled to bring the Inhumans to life. Initial plans for a movie adaptation in the official line-up for Phase 3 were delayed numerous times before they were eventually cancelled in favor of an Inhumans TV show instead.
Since then, the reason why plans for an Inhumans movie faded into the Terrigen Mists has remained unclear — until now. While promoting the upcoming ABC adaptation, director Roel Reiné sat down with us to discuss the Inhumans franchise, and revealed why Marvel's schedule for these heroes has been so royally messed up.
Despite being featured prominently in the lineup for Phase 3, it turns out that the Inhumans never received the same treatment as fellow Marvel movies such as Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. In fact, an Inhumans cinematic screenplay never even saw the light of day.
Director Roel Reiné told us:
"A few years ago, Marvel made this line-up and the Inhumans was there as a feature in 2019, but I know that they never developed it as a screenplay. They didn't take it seriously as a movie yet and when they were looking for a new TV show, they went to Inhumans because there are so many rich characters. Squeezing them into 2 hours would be shameful. That's kind of why they went for TV."
In some ways, it actually makes sense to explore the Inhumans on TV first. After all, Marvel may have taken risks already with the likes of Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, but super-powered hair and a giant teleporting dog is a whole new realm of crazy, one that cinema-goers may not be ready for yet.
Still, it's disheartening for fans that the studio didn't invest much time in the franchise's movie potential. Collider reported a while back that a screenplay by Joe Robert Cole was in the works, but presumably, this was never developed beyond the initial stages.
Will There Ever Be An Inhumans Movie?
Back when the Inhumans TV show was first announced, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige told Slash Film that a movie will still "happen for sure," but that plan appears to have been placed on the back burner for now. According to Reiné:
"There's no plans... I don't know what the future will be with the characters. You never know, but what IMAX is doing is hopefully a start."
In fact, there don't appear to be any plans for a second season of Inhumans yet either. When asked whether this would be a possibility, Reiné explained that Marvel want to see how Season 1 is received first. Fortunately, it seems as though this approach is based on quality control rather than fears over the project failing:
"[Marvel] just want to make a really great season and that's their focus... Also what's good about Marvel is that they're not into making money. Let's have more series, more episodes... No, they're more about the best story they can tell, what is the best version of that."
Whether Inhumans returns for a second season or even a movie, Reiné would love to be involved.
"I love the characters. I love this world. I loved working with Marvel, so if I have time, or they let me, I definitely would return, yeah."
While it remains to be seen how Inhumans will fare when it airs in IMAX on September 1st, fans who were disappointed that the movie was cancelled should take comfort in the fact that #Marvel want the best experience possible for their royal family. Sure, an #Inhumans movie could have been mindblowing in all the right ways, but it seems as though a TV adaptation may be the best way to go. And you never know what Phase 4 of Marvel's cinematic line-up may entail either...
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