Marvel's movies so far have featured heroes that we more or less are familiar with. The films are usually based around characters that are popular or are at least well know (except for Guardians of the Galaxy, of course), which is why it was shocking to hear that Marvel would be bringing the Inhumans to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This team of genetically enhanced superhumans has been around for quite some time, participating in some of Marvel's biggest events like the huge Kree-Skrull War storyline. Despite their high status, the Inhumans have never really found a huge fanbase. Comic readers know about them, sure, but they don't exactly have a large community devoted to them.
But if anything could make the Inhumans as popular as they deserve to be, it's their own film in the MCU! The film -- no doubt the answer to Kevin Feige and Marvel not being able to use the X-Men -- will center around the Royal Family of Inhumans. These guys are the most powerful members of the Inhuman race, and are treated as the royal rulers of all Inhumans. It's unknown what the story of the film will be, but it seems like we may never find out...
Has Inhumans Been Cancelled?!
Say it ain't so! Is Marvel actually canceling Inhumans before we even get to see them on the big screen? According to a report from the website Bleeding Cool, the answer is yes...
According to the report, written by Rich Johnston of BC, the Inhumans movie has been moved "off the slate completely." This news came during NYCC, and while nothing official has been announced, Bleeding Cool is reporting that this info was heard from "other well connected sources."
Like anything that's not confirmed, take this with a grain of salt. But it's also worth noting that this actually makes a lot of sense. Why? Well for three reasons really:
1. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Marvel/ABC TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D just kicked off its action packed third season, and it's all about Inhumans! The race of superhumans was first introduced in Season 2, where it was revealed that the alien city Coulson was dreaming about was an ancient Kree City. Inside the city was a Diviner, an ancient alien object used to carry Terrigen Crystals, which activated the powers of Inhumans.
It was revealed that Skye, a main character, is in fact the Inhuman known as Quake in the comics, and thus the race has become a main part of the show's story. Season 3 is set to reveal a lot more Inhumans and dive deeper into the Inhuman mythos.
So with that in mind, what's the purpose of a movie? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is already focusing most of its time on the story of the Inhumans, so what's left of their origins for the movie to explore? You could say that the movie is of a continuation of the series, since they both exist in the same universe, but that's probably not true.
Sure they both exist in the same universe, but the show has never directly influenced the film. That's because not everyone watches the series, and Marvel doesn't expect someone who's never watched the series to suddenly start binging three whole seasons of it just so they can watch Inhumans in theaters. So yeah, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D really puts Marvel in a tough spot when it comes to the Inhumans story.
2. The Inhumans Are a Bit Controversial...
This is Black Bolt and Medusa, the King and Queen of the Inhuman race. As you might have guessed, they're married. As you might not have guessed, they're cousins. At least I'm hoping you didn't just guess that, because that is quite the conclusion to leap to!
But it's true, these two are related. Okay, so technically due to sharing the same alien-manipulated blood and DNA, all Inhumans are related, and they don't really "mingle" with humans all that much. Also, it's never clearly stated how these two are related, other than the fact that they're distant cousins. But that still counts as being part of the same family, which is a little...weird.
In real-world history, it was normal for royals to marry each other, to keep the royal blood pure, but this isn't real-world history we're talking about here! This is Marvel -- family friendly, Disney-owned Marvel! They can get away with this kind of relationship in the comics, but it's a different story when you're talking about a Marvel/Disney production.
They could simply not mention the fact that Black Bolt and Medusa are related, or how Black Bolt's evil brother Maximus is constantly trying to steal her away from him (geez this is a messed up family...). But that could change a lot about the Inhumans' mythos. Either way, this family really needs to have a group therapy session! Speaking of the Royal Family...
3. It's a Lot to Throw at Audiences All at Once
Like I said, the Inhumans movie is (or was) going to focus on the Royal Family. The problem with that? The Royal Family is rather large, with ten members in total. And that's not even counting the Royal Guards, the Genetic Council, the allies of the Royal Family, and the allies of the evil Inhuman Maximus!
The Avengers were introduced slowly and separately before being grouped together, and the Guardians are a rather small group, so they didn't really need separate movies beforehand. They could exclude a few Inhumans in the first movie -- but the thing is, with the Royal Family, they're all so very important and pivotal to the Inhumans' main storyline that excluding a few may be hard to do.
Audiences might feel overwhelmed by the introduction of all of these characters, their story arcs, their backgrounds, etc. You could just have it focus on the King and Queen, Black Bolt and Medusa, but even that story would be a lot to take in. Since it's not a certainty that every audience member has seen Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, the Inhumans would have to retell the story of the Terrigen Crystals, the Kree, and the Inhuman history, before they could even touch the Royal Family's origins. Marvel's a powerhouse, so it could be done, but it'd be a TON of work!
So those are the reasons why canceling Inhumans makes sense. I'm not saying I want them to cancel the film- I would actually prefer it if they didn't! Especially since there are just as many reasons to not cancel it as there are reasons to do so.
To prove it, here are three reasons why not canceling Inhumans makes total sense!
1. It Opens the Door to So Many Opportunities!
Inhumans is set to hit theaters in 2019, a year after Avengers: Infinity War Part II. This means that when we're introduced to the Inhumans, big baddie Thanos will likely be gone.
So this means that the MCU is going to need a new huge threat to face. After all, what's a world of superheroes without a new threat to civilization every week? If the Inhumans are introduced, this would be the perfect way to kickstart the Kree-Skrull War!
The Krees were responsible for creating the Inhumans, as they needed a weapon to use against the Skrulls. They created Terrigen Crystals that, when broken, would release a Terrigen Mist that's deadly to normal humans, but beneficial for Inhumans. Because of this, Earth got unintentionally and unknowingly involved with the deadly war between these two alien races!
Marvel does technically have the movie rights to the shape-shifting Skrull race, with the exception being the Super Skrull, whose rights are owned by Fox, due to him being mainly a Fantastic Four villain.
Having the Kree-Skrull War introduced in Inhumans to then become the big event of Phase 4 would be awesome! Friends would become enemies, as everywhere you turn, Skrulls are shape-shifting into people you know to get close enough to strike you!
Meanwhile, Kree and Inhumans are striking back against the Skrulls! They aren't exactly Earth's allies, so civilian casualties won't bother them. Forget the Age of Ultron, the Kree-Skrull War is the invasion Earth really needs to prepare for!
2. Another Team in the Marvel Universe!
The MCU only has two teams so far, The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, with The Defenders coming to Netflix sometime in the next two or three years. For such a large and vast universe, the MCU should surely have some more superhero unions by now.
After all, the Marvel Comics Universe is HUGE! And while I don't expect the MCU to get as big as the comics' world, it could still try to get a little larger. The addition of the Inhumans would not only introduce a new team (the Royal Family), it would introduce a whole new race!
A race of genetically enhanced superhumans with their own set of rules and regulations. A secret empire, hidden right under the noses of Earth's citizens- kind of like Atlantis, but without mermaids! The universe would certainly be shaken up by the discovery of this new super-race, and Earth's Mightiest would either try and make peace with them, or try and pick a fight with them. Either way, the MCU would be larger and vaster if the Inhumans made their way to it!
3. It Could Bridge the Gap Between Movies and TV!
Like I said, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D never really influences the films all that much, because Marvel can't expect everyone to watch the show just so they can make sense of the films; but maybe that should change.
Movies and TV are obviously two different platforms, and it's a lot easier to stay dedicated to the film universe than it is the weekly TV section of the universe. But that's just it; the TV show and the Netflix shows are still part of the same universe as the films. Eventually, these worlds have got to mix. You can't have big events like the Civil War and the Infinity War and the rise of the Inhumans without these worlds mixing!
I'm not sure what Marvel's endgame is, or if they even have one in sight yet, but sooner or later Coulson and his gang are going to have to team up with the Defenders and the Avengers to stop a massive threat. Otherwise, what's the point of keeping them in the same universe? I'm not saying that Marvel should expect people to watch the shows to make sense of the movies, but there has got to be some middle ground. And maybe there is one, in the form of the Inhumans.
The Inhumans have long since made their MCU debut on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Main characters Skye and Raina have turned out to be Inhumans, with Skye actually being an Inhuman from the comics named Quake. And it's not just those two. Skye's father (also from the comics), her mother, and a whole secret village of Inhumans were featured in Season 2.
Perhaps Inhumans can be the bridge that closes the gaps between TV and movies. They could have Skye show up in the Inhumans movie as an Inhuman recruit, fans of the show would recognize her and the film would quickly explain why she's there. Alternatively, Black Bolt could show up in the show, looking for more Inhumans now that the Terrigen Crystals have been exposed. It'd be a tough gamble to pull off, but should it work out, we'd finally have a solid connection between the film and TV universes!
Of course, it could also fail tremendously. I won't pretend to have the perfect plan to pull this off -- like I said, I don't even know Marvel's plans at all -- but I believe it's worth a try!
I am really looking forward to seeing the Inhumans on the big screen, so I'm hoping that Marvel doesn't cancel it. But if they do, it's not like it was without reason. Inhumans is probably Marvel's riskiest movie besides Infinity War- both have a lot on the line, and if either should fail, it could spell catastrophe for the MCU.
However, the MCU is a strong film franchise. Marvel's been planning this for years, and so far they haven't gone wrong. So I have no doubts that Marvel will bounce back from whatever decision they make!
Thanks for Reading!
Source: Bleeding Cool