One of the most interesting and therefore exciting developments to come out of Marvel in 2016 was the fate of Inhumans. Initially a property announced to close out Phase 3, the project continued to be in doubt and was eventually removed from the release slate altogether. In that time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began introducing Inhumans into the Marvel Cinematic Universe to give ABC another niche comic property to play with. Although that could have been simply for experimentation, it has since resulted in Inhumans not only coming to ABC, but theaters as well.
The eight part mini-series will first debut in IMAX theaters for a limited two week run of the first two episodes before moving to ABC to run the complete season. Inhumans is the first example of something of this caliber being attempted, and with a release date of September, production could be only a few months away from beginning. When it does, they will need somewhere to film it, and we may now know one possible location.
Reel News Hawaii (via MCUExchange) is reporting that Marvel and ABC are set to bring Inhumans to the tropical islands later this year and will film “several episodes through June.” Previously, ABC and Marvel have primarily filmed their shows in New York or Los Angeles, so Inhumans moving to Hawaii for a potentially long time is another first for them.
The biggest question with this move is why Hawaii? One possibility may be the ocean access, but that could be found in other parts of the country as well. It should be interesting to see how the landscape and backdrop of Hawaii will be used for the series and potentially be used as a stand in for parts of the Inhumans’ base camp, which reportedly will be on the blue side of the Moon.
Reported filming locations is the latest step forward the series has taken as it recently found a director for the first two episodes. Now, Marvel’s attention may be focused on finding cast members to play the long list of roles previously described in leaked character breakdowns. With every member of the Royal Family looking as though they will be involved, the use of Hawaii could come in handy for a character like Triton. That said, a lengthy shoot here is surely not just for a few water scenes, so it should be interesting to learn why Hawaii specifically has been chosen – if that’s the case at all.
The Inhumans will be shown in IMAX theaters for two weeks starting Labor Day weekend, prior to the first episode premiering September 26, 2017 on ABC.