Next year looks like a curious and hopeful time for the Inhumans Royal Family. Not only will their brutal feud with the X-Men finally come to an end (for the most part) after Inhumans vs. X-Men, but spring will see the relaunch of three new titles, including the kick-off Inhumans Prime, Black Bolt, Secret Warriors, and of course the exploits of the Royals. Each new title sends the band of meta-humans in different directions, though. In recent years, the Inhumans have carried out their daily operations from their rebuilt home city of New Attilan on Earth. The events of IvX look to shake things up, with Medusa, Crystal, Gorgon, and Swain, among others, are heading back to the stars in search of their roots.
Their trip to the stars, won’t be a pleasure cruise, though, and could put them in contact or conflict with some of the biggest names in Marvel Cosmic.
Recently, Marvel ‘Inhumans-verse’ editor Wil Moss and associate editor Charles Beacham sat down with Screen Rant to discuss the future of the Inhumans after ResurreXion. With the Royals (check out some exclusive sketches from the book below) headed to Kree to seek answers to burning questions about their roots, they’ll meet up with some of Marvel’s classic intergalactic characters along the way. Moss revealed one name in particular, hinting at further interactions and implications from their galactic sojourn, saying:
“The Royals book – Al Ewing again there with Jonboy Meyers on art – they’re going to be exploring a lot of those fun corners of the cosmic Marvel Universe. Starting with the Kree and going beyond there: Marvel Boy is Kree himself so he’s going to be their guide. Their journey is not going to go as planned. There’s going to be detours and problems and they’re going to need help in some aspect. We don’t want to spoil anything but there’s going to be some fun guest stars in that book for sure, for those kind of corners.”
Although Marvel Boy has been around for decades, the current Marvel Boy, Noh-Varr, first made the scene during an eponymous run starting in 2000. Since then, he’s had a chance to fight alongside the Avengers, the Runaways, and even the Dark Avengers. As the Royals de facto host on their journey ‘home,’ he may have to dodge a few pointed questions, depending on what the Inhuman clan is looking to find out about their mysterious origins and what he himself knows. Of course, Marvel Boy isonly one of a number of familiar faces from the team could meet along the way, while naturally stumbling across whole lot of trouble. Beacham frames their adventures, saying:
“The Royals book is going to feature a lot of the characters you know but in a situation and a setting that’s totally different. It’s like Mad Max in space, to a degree.”
With a Road Warrior-edge to their adventures, it doesn’t sound like the Inhumans will have an easy time of things in space. Their fact-finding (or soul-searching) mission could even lead to some shocking conclusions for the Inhumans, as Moss teases:
“I can tell you that the Royals book in particular has a really great twist and the end of issue one and two and we’re probably looking at three as well that really just, each time, up-end things in a huge way, not just for the cast, but for the Inhumans.”
Although the Royal Family seems to have weathered the storm from Inhumans vs. X-Men, the scars – both mental and physical – will drive them to seek answers to their heritage and what it means to be Inhuman in the outer reaches of space. Clearly, Royals readers can expect a few crossovers too, since the stars are hero-filled as of late: with two Novas running around, the Guardians of the Galaxy – hopefully reassembled and restored to the heavens by then – Marvel Boy and the Kree, the Skrulls, and the Ultimates, as well as a host of intergalactic terrors, things could get very interesting for the Royals after their ResurreXion.
Fans of Marvel’s Inhumans, Marvel Cosmic, and new readers alike can look forward to some wild, interstellar escapades, in addition to some potentially revealing twists and turns, when the Royals arrive this spring. The latest adventures of Medusa and crew, along with Inhumans Prime, would also make an great entry point for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Inhumans viewers looking to dig deeper into the family history. Exciting things are indeed afoot for the Royal Family.
Black Bolt designs by Christian Ward.