The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been growing and expanding since first kicking off in Iron Man in 2008. ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the first television offshoot from the film side of the MCU, though Netflix has built up its street-level corner as well in recent years. Now, Marvel TV has a number of projects in development, including Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger, Hulu’s The Runaways, and ABC’s Inhumans – the latter of which is being co-produced by IMAX.
As many MCU fans know, Inhumans was first billed as a movie project, expected to debut as part of Marvel Studios’ Phase 3, but it was delayed then removed from the release schedule entirely. Then, late in 2016 it was announced Marvel, ABC, and IMAX were teaming up for an Inhumans TV series that would debut in theaters before premiering on television where further episodes would air. The full Inhumans cast was recently revealed consisting of the Inhumans Royal Family, and now we have the official date for when the series will debut in IMAX.
The official IMAX Twitter account tweeted out the cast list for Inhumans and revealed the show’s first two episodes – which will be directed by Roel Reiné (Black Sails) – are scheduled to premiere in theaters Friday September 1, 2017. It was previously reported that Inhumans was slated to hit IMAX theaters on Labor Day weekend of this year, staying on screens for two weeks before debuting on ABC later in the month.
Iron First producer Scott Buck will serve as showrunner for Inhumans, which stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Iwan Rheon as Maximus, Ken Leung as Karnak, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Mike Moh as Triton, and Sonya Balmores as Auran. Although details about the main plot of Inhumans are scarce, the series is said to “explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.”
Of course, Inhumans – and their origin – have already been introduced as part of the MCU thanks to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) was revealed to be an Inhuman in season 2 of the series, while the show’s third season dealt with the ancient Inhumans Hive. However, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has largely followed the modern day Inhumans of Earth and has not yet referenced the Royal Family, and it’s unclear whether they’re still alive during the current MCU continuity.
Still, aside from where in the MCU timeline Inhumans will take place, fans may be eager to see this particular aspect of the Marvel universe come to life on the big screen. It seemed Inhumans wouldn’t make it to theaters after the movie’s release date was pulled, but the IMAX-produced TV series seems to be a combination of both film and television. Of course, now that we know when Inhumans will debut in theaters, fans know exactly how long they’ll need to wait before seeing Black Bolt and the rest of the Royal Family come to life.
Inhumans comes to IMAX theaters for two weeks starting Friday September 1, 2017, prior to its television debut on Tuesday September 26, 2017 on ABC.