Marvel’s Inhumans was first conceived as a feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to follow the release of Avengers: Infinity War. It most likely would have shepherded in a new collection of superheroes, but that project has long since been scrapped. However, in its place Marvel is set to release a new live-action TV series with the same name. The new Inhumans is scheduled to premiere this fall on ABC a few weeks after its debut in IMAX theaters on September 1, and this will be the first time a TV series has premiered in IMAX.
In the upcoming eight-episode TV series, Marvel’s Inhumans will explore the lives of King Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and his family including Medusa (Serinda Swan), Maximus (Iwan Rheon), Karnak (Ken Leung), Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor), Crystal (Isabelle Cornish), Triton (Mike Moh), and Auran (Sonya Balmores). Filming is currently underway in Hawaii under showrunner Scott Buck (Iron Fist).
Now Marvel has released a first look at the Inhumans logo, and it looks quite familiar.
Back when the Inhumans feature film was still in development, Marvel released a schedule for the upcoming slate along with a logo for all their new movies. This new title card for the ABC TV series looks almost identical to that previously released logo and the one being used currently in the comic books. More importantly, it’s becoming apparent that the Inhumans feature film has been revamped as a TV series.
Even though Inhumans will reportedly have no connection to the previous feature film’s storyline, it is looking more and more likely the new TV series will be a spinoff of sorts for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Inhumans were first introduced in Season 2 of the show when it was revealed that alien race the Kree had used Terrigen Crystals and their own blood to create a very special race of superhumans. However, the series has so far only focused on a variety of different characters with superpowers, with no mention of the Inhuman Royal Family that make up the new show.
The benefits of making an Inhumans TV series vs a movie are two-fold. A new Marvel show tied to a previous property is able to have the added boost of bringing over current fans, as well as giving new life to the other series. And if in the future they decide to take it back to the big screen, it won’t be such a strange move since it also started in IMAX. There’s no word yet if the series is a limited event or if it could be renewed for another season; we suspect that Marvel will decide what to do with the Inhumans after it takes a look at the two-week box office and their ratings on ABC.