Marvel's Inhumans has been a troubled project right from the start. It was originally intended to be a movie, but Marvel Studios passed on the film, and it instead became a TV series. Marvel Television initially seemed willing to bet the house on the project, even launching an innovative deal that saw the first two episodes premiere at IMAX cinemas worldwide.
Unfortunately, the show proved increasingly controversial. Showrunner Scott Buck has been heavily-criticized after he helmed Iron Fist, and early photos suggested poor production values. Fans and critics blasted everything from the CGI to the scripting, and a second season looks highly unlikely. So, in the aftermath of Marvel's Inhumans, let's take a look at just what this has added to the wider MCU.
The Inhumans Have Come To Earth
It was the only way this series could possibly end. Inhumans introduced us to Attilan as an unstable society, one that was essentially symbolic of the discredited pseudo-science of eugenics. That society always had to come down in flames.
The Inhumans have come to Earth, but we don't yet know where they're choosing to rebuild their civilization. They're indebted to a man who seems to be a wealthy industrialist, fascinated by space exploration and burning with a desire to build on the Moon. His identity is a mystery, and his motives are unknown.
More intriguingly, the arrival of the Inhumans dovetails perfectly into the overarching narrative of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Terrigen has already spread through the Earth's water supply, activating the powers of those who have latent Inhuman genes. These so-called "NuHumans" have been viewed as the first wave of an alien invasion, and paranoid groups like the Watchdogs could pick up rumors of the Inhumans of Attilan. They'd seem to be confirmation of the conspiracy theorists' worst fears.
At the same time, the story's resolution is a smart one. Because we don't know where the Inhumans have settled, we have no idea how remote their new civilization really is. Even if we don't get a second series, the absence of the Inhuman Royal Family in the wider MCU's future wouldn't necessarily leave a dozen dangling plot threads.
The Inhumans have been an established part of the MCU since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, but Inhumans has added a new twist to the franchise's lore. It explored the concept of "secondary Terrigenesis," and revealed that the process is dangerously unstable. We're told that secondary Terrigenesis can produce madness, addiction and even death.
Surprisingly enough, this is actually the second time we've seen secondary Terrigenesis in the wider MCU. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 introduced us to Vijay Nadeer, an ill-fated Inhuman whose powers seemed to be combat-based. He was killed by his sister, Senator Ellen Nadeer, and his body was dumped in the sea. Crucially, the trace amounts of Terrigen in the seawater triggered secondary Terrigenesis, and a Terrigen cocoon formed around Vijay's body.
This is one of the most intriguing loose threads from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, and Inhumans has just cast a disturbing light upon it. When Vijay emerges from that Terrigen cocoon, he will be transformed yet again. Worse still, any one of those consequences — madness or addiction — may well be realized. Vijay Nadeer may well be the most dangerous Inhuman on Earth, not least because nobody knows he's out there.
The Threat Of The Kree
Why would the Inhumans accept a King like Black Bolt, the man they believed responsible for the death of his parents? The answer, we learned, was that the Genetic Council believe the Inhuman race will soon be faced with a terrifying threat. The enemy in question is undoubtedly the Kree, the race who originally created the Inhumans by tampering with human genes, and who then attempted to wipe out their creations when they realized they couldn't control them. The city of Attilan was a Kree outpost, claimed by the Inhumans but still filled with Inhuman technology. When Attilan fell, we saw what seemed to be a Kree beacon trigger.
Again, this plot thread doesn't actually need to be explored in a second season of #Marvel's Inhumans. We already know that the Kree would attempt to wipe out every trace of Inhumanity. Should they come to Earth and discover the Royal Family, they will attempt to kill them. But they'd aim to do just the same with the "NuHumans," and the fact that Terrigen has spread through the Earth's water may well mean they attempt to sterilize the planet.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 is set to take a cosmic direction, and we already know the Kree will appear. This particular plot thread could easily be developed separate from the Inhumans series.
Inhumans may have received poor responses, but the last two episodes gave a hint of the show's potential. It seems unlikely that the series will be renewed for a second season, but the "NuHumans" have been a major part of #AgentsOfSHIELD for three seasons now. That means the concepts and ideas teased in Marvel's Inhumans still have the potential to exert a subtle influence on the future of the wider #MCU.
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