The first two episodes of Inhumans are releasing in IMAX this fall and they will feel more like a movie than a TV show. Marvel has been slowly expanding the TV-side of its shared universe over the past few years, beginning with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and continuing through five Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders) and counting. But it appears they are becoming more aggressive with the medium. Within the next year or so, Marvel will be producing four more shows: Cloak and Dagger, New Warriors, Runaways, and of course, Inhumans.
After canceling Agent Carter and passing on Most Wanted, ABC is finally adding a new Marvel series to its lineup. Inhumans follows the Royal Family as they abandon their technologically-advanced haven, Attilan, following a military coup and flee to Hawaii. It stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Ken Leung as Karnak, Iwan Rheon as Maximus, Mike Moh as Triton, and Sonya Balmores as Auran, along with a CGI version of Lockjaw.
The eight-episode series debuts this fall, but before then, Marvel has partnered with IMAX to bring the show’s first two episodes to the biggest screen possible, which showrunner Scott Buck (Iron Fist) tells EW will feel like a movie:
“The first two episodes feel like a movie, because [using IMAX] gave us a lot more freedom and encouraged us to think bigger than we would if it was just a normal network show.”
Classifying the upcoming IMAX release as “a movie” is interesting, considering that Marvel’s Inhumans venture was originally supposed to be a movie, not a TV show. The studio first announced the film back in 2014 with a planned November 2018 release date. When that seemed like it was no longer happening, they shelved the film indefinitely, which gave Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. more room to dive into the world of Inhumans, has played a significant part in the ongoing series.
Production is well underway on Inhumans, which is expected to premiere this fall, and it looks like the cast is doing their part by researching their respective roles. Mount recently posted a picture on Twitter, of him holding an Inhumans comic, to celebrate Free Comic Book Day.
The comic that Mount is holding is Inhumanity, a recent crossover event within the Marvel Universe that followed the events of Infinity, in which Terrigen Mist (a mutagenic vapor that awakens an Inhuman’s powers through terrigenesis) is spread throughout the world. The crossover ran concurrently with (and eventually led into) the latest Inhuman comic series.
Considering that Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige believes all of their properties will eventually begin to affect each other, perhaps Mount’s research could actually eventually relate to a story arc that impacts both Inhumans but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well.
Inhumans hits IMAX screens on Friday, September 1, 2017 for two weeks before premiering on ABC on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.