The Royal Family has finally arrived, with the first photo for Marvel’s Inhumans showing off the live-action debut of the popular comic characters. After years of being planned as a film, last year brought word that Inhumans would instead be coming to TV, but with a twist. While all eight episodes of the first season will air this fall on ABC, the first two will premiere on IMAX screens initially. The deal is not only groundbreaking in terms of distribution, but will allow for a bigger budget thanks to the involvement of IMAX.
After the announcement, filming quickly began in Hawaii, and we’ve had no shortage of early looks at the cast out on the streets. Thanks to shots of characters like Gorgon, Crystal, and Black Bolt, we’ve known that the comic source material would be both used and updated when it comes to the looks of the characters. Fans have still been eager, however, for a proper look at the assembled Royal Family. Now, we finally have our first official photo featuring the stars of Inhumans.
EW have just premiered the first cast photo (see below), showing off most of the Royal Family in their raiment. From left to right, there’s Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Ken Leung as Karnak, Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, and Iwan Rheon as Maximus. Noticeably missing are family members Triton and Lockjaw, with new addition Auran also not pictured.
Like most MCU properties, Inhumans has certainly used the comics as a basis for the costumes of the characters. Still, the changes will likely spark some discussion. Of the assembled cast, only Crystal remains strikingly faithful to the comics. Still, Gorgon does have his signature cloak, Karnak his facial markings, Black Bolt his general suit design, and Medusa her love of purple and some shocking red hair. Maximus, meanwhile, looks more like Ramsay Bolton, adding a beard and ditching his white and black ensemble.
The photo also noticeably lacks the heavy CGI that the show will employ. While we can’t see Gorgon’s legs, it’s been confirmed they will be cloven like in the comics. Medusa’s hair, meanwhile, is a far cry from the prehensile tangle of locks for which she’s known. And Triton, Auran, and Lockjaw are left out, likely due to how much CGI and/or prosthetics they’ll require.
Still, bringing these colorful characters to life was no easy feat, and Marvel have made great strides to honor the comics while making the costumes work in the real world. It’s also possible we’ll see the characters in multiple looks. Medusa often switches between her more regal attire and a superhero costume in the comics, so it could be we’re merely seeing the family in their court clothes. Likely, they’ll suit up in different uniforms, as the Inhumans TV show synopsis suggests. With the premiere on the horizon, we should know soon enough.
Inhumans screens in IMAX theaters for two weeks starting Friday, September 1, prior to its television debut on Tuesday, September 26 on ABC.