The incorporation of the Inhumans – a line of genetically-enhanced humans engineered by the Kree alien race – into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been an interesting process, to put it simply. In 2014, James Gunn’s first Guardians of the Galaxy film introduced the Kree alien race to the MCU with its primary antagonist, one Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), and it wasn’t too long thereafter that Inhumans became one of the core overarching plot elements for the MCU-based TV series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. For some time after that though, it wasn’t clear if Marvel Studios was indeed still planning to make an Inhumans movie as originally planned, or if that project had been scrapped altogether.
Marvel eventually went another route altogether, announcing plans for an eight-episode Inhuman TV series that will air on ABC – after premiering its first two episodes in IMAX theaters. The Inhumans TV show is a collaboration between Marvel, ABC and IMAX itself; and it’s for related reasons that the director of the series’ pilot episode, Roel Reiné, has already been playing up the importance of IMAX cameras in the show’s production.
Reiné posted a picture of himself testing out IMAX cameras for filming on Inhumans to his Twitter account, but has since deleted the photo – though you can check out the image (and its accompanying text) in the video above. The start of production on Inhumans may still be a few months away from now, based on previous reports asserting that filming will take place in part in Hawaii throughout this upcoming June. This might explain why Reiné deleted the photo of himself from his Twitter account, after having (inadvertently) revealed too much of his hand of cards, too early for Marvel’s preferences.
Whereas Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an espionage drama/thriller that explores the challenges that such Inhumans as Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) face in the present-day MCU – challenges that have only increased in magnitude in season 4, following the passing of the Sokovia Accords in last year’s MCU movie, Captain America: Civil War – the Inhumans TV show is focusing specifically on the “never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.” The Marvel comic book saga of Black Bolt and his family is a soap opera that’s certainly worthy of getting a big screen treatment; and for several years was rumored to star Groot himself, Vin Diesel as Black Bolt, in a film adaptation.
By filming with IMAX cameras on the first two episodes, Reiné should be able to establish a visual aesthetic for the Inhumans TV show that feels appropriately cinematic and grand-scale, given the scope of Black Bolt and the Inhumans royal family’s story. The director himself has long worked on direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray B-movie franchise fare (Death Race 2, The Scorpion King 3, and so forth), but he has since secured a gig working on a Screen Rant-favorite, in the form of Starz’ swash-buckling TV drama Black Sails. Inhumans therefore presents an opportunity for Reiné to further work his way up the ladder, by taking on a buzzed-about MCU project no less.
More updates on the Inhumans TV series – including, casting details and more information concerning the filming locations – will be arriving sooner than later, what with the show being slated to debut on ABC later this year. As such, don’t be surprised if another picture (or more) of Reiné messing around with IMAX cameras for Inhumans shows up in the foreseeable future; and this time, stays online afterwards.
The Inhumans screens in IMAX theaters for two weeks starting Labor Day weekend, prior to its television premiere September 26, 2017 on ABC.
Source: Roel Reiné