As Marvel continues to look for new ways to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they may soon run out of options. Theatrical releases are covered, as is ABC, Freeform, Netflix, and Hulu – each of which have shows currently on the air or in production. However, for Inhumans they are attempting something that has never been done before. With a film franchise no longer happening, IMAX stepped in to help create the series to work on ABC, but also allowing for the first two episodes to debut in theaters this September.
This concept has been an exciting idea for fans waiting to see the Royal Family fully realized in live-action, but with it largely taking place on television, some questioned how well it would stick to the source material. Those concerns were somewhat quieted when a large pre-CGI mold for Lockjaw was spotted, but Black Bolt’s costume left many wanting a more comic-accurate portrayal. Medusa (Serinda Swan) appeared to have a fully accurate look, but the most recent shots from set show her completely bald.
Hawaii isla 808 on Twitter posted photos and a video from the most recent filming period and revealed the new look for Medusa. While Marvel did their best to hide the look for non-filming portions, she can clearly be seen standing in a populated area filming with her red hair shaved all the way off.
Medusa’s hair is the source of all of her power as an Inhuman. As it is stronger than most metals, her ability to control every strand comes in handy for a variety of reasons. However, if she is now absent of her hair as shown here, Medusa could ultimately be powerless. This would be a very interesting idea for the show to explore as fans of the source material are more interested in seeing Inhumans with their powers than without.
This is however not an unprecedented change to make based on the comics. Near the very end of the Jenkins and Lee run from the late ’90s Medusa has her hair cut off by Maximus, but it was short lived as the run came to a conclusion only a few issues later. In this instance, she was still able control pieces of her hair to set herself free, but whatever causes the loss in the show appears to make it so there is no hair left for Medusa to manipulate.
If showrunner Scott Buck is adopting a somewhat similar storyline and intends to try and make the Royal Family all struggle with their powers at some point – as previously seen with Black Bolt being arrested by local authorities – this could be an interesting story unfolding early on. Also, there is little chance that the reasoning behind this is for her to wear a wig or even CGI her hair on later as then it would not be necessary for Swan to also dye her hair red. Regardless, whether or not Medusa is shown later on with a full head of hair will be something to look out for as production continues.
Inhumans comes to IMAX theaters for two weeks starting Friday, September 1, prior to its television debut on Tuesday, September 26 on ABC.