Originally slated for release in 2018, The Inhumans was intended to be the film that would introduce us to a new side of the Marvel Universe with the story of Black Bolt and his royal family of superhumans. Instead, we received a much earlier glimpse at the Inhumans during Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As it turned out, we didn’t need Black Bolt to have the Inhumans. Marvel threw us a curveball with the revelation that Skye was actually Daisy Johnson, known to comic book fans as the superhero Quake. This was a character who was not created to be an Inhuman but it worked for the show, and it provided an excellent point of entry into the mythology of the Inhumans.
Since then, the plan for The Inhumans was scrapped and replaced with a new idea: a TV series. This show will focus on Black Bolt and his family. Who knows what other characters will pop up along the way? Up until a few years ago, Marvel had a limit on how many characters in the comics were Inhumans, so unless The Inhumans focuses on making up new Inhumans, they may have to tweak the origin stories of some of their established characters. Let’s have a look at 15 Marvel Characters Who Could Be Inhumans In The MCU.
At the time that Eric Brooks was being brought into the world, his mother was bitten by a vampire. This caused Brooks to gain the qualities of a vampire but did not completely “turn” him. He grew up to be a talented swordsman and a hunter of vampires and other supernatural creatures. Blade later received further physical enhancements from a bite from Morbius, a pseudo-vampire. Blade put these abilities to use in his fight against Count Dracula and his vampire army.
In the early 2000s, New Line Cinemas produced a trilogy of popular movies focusing on Blade the Vampire Hunter that starred Wesley Snipes. At some point in time, the rights to the character reverted back to Marvel Studios, and it’s unclear what Marvel plans to do with them.
Blade has a big role in the supernatural corner of the Marvel Universe, often interacting with Doctor Strange and Ghost Rider. Though Blade could possibility fit in better with those characters, it’s possible that Marvel could take a grounded approach to Blade and introduce vampires as a genetic offshoot of the Inhumans. This would set the stage for a potential Blade spin-off series.
Viewers of the Netflix series Jessica Jones may be aware that Trish Walker is the comic book character Hellcat, but before Trish Walker there was Greer Grant, a cop whose abilities were scientifically enhanced. It was she who first came up with the “Hellcat” identity but she abandoned it when she was transformed by a combination of magic and science into an animal-human hybrid with feline senses.
As “Tigra,” Grant became an important part of the superhero community, mingling with many of Marvel’s flagship characters. She had a brief stint with the Avengers and was a founding member of the West Coast Avengers. She was also a teacher at the Avengers Academy. With her cat-like instincts, she had a personality that craved attention and was even seen flirting with Jarvis, the Avengers’ butler. Her struggles with balancing her human side with her cat side would make her an interesting addition to The Inhumans TV series.
13. Grey Gargoyle
Introduced in Journey into Mystery #107 in 1964, Paul Pierre Duval was a scientist who turned himself into a stone statue, yet somehow he retained the ability to move and speak as a human being. As “the Grey Gargoyle,” Duval had the power to touch objects and people with his right hand and turn them to stone. The effects last for one hour. For decades, Grey Gargoyle has been a recurring foe of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and others. All this time, his primary goal has been to achieve immortality but so far it’s been kept from his grasp.
Grey Gargoyle’s ability to turn himself and others into stone resembles the Terrigenesis process on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If the Grey Gargoyle were to appear on either The Inhumans, his ability could mirror Terrigenesis, but at the same time could serve as a powerful weapon against the Inhumans themselves.
12. Squirrel Girl
In 1992, Iron Man was in a battle with Doctor Doom when he received help from a new superhero: Squirrel Girl. Doreen Green was a mutant with the ability to control squirrels. She has also had two trusted squirrel companions, Monkey Joe and Tippy Toe, accompany her in her adventures. Though not the most intimidating power, Squirrel Girl has been able to overcome surprisingly difficult opponents in the past. Since the character’s introduction, she has gained quite a following and has even starred in her own comic book series.
It was confirmed Wednesday that Squirrel Girl would be coming to TV on Freeform in a new series order for a half-hour comedy series, The New Warriors. There’s no word yet on who will play her or how her powers will manifest. Unless they decide on a practical method for her to gain the ability to control squirrels, the Terrigen Mist could be the best way to explain it.
11. Radioactive Man
When Chinese nuclear physicist Chen Lu was ordered by his superiors in the government to find a way to take down Thor, he gradually exposed himself to radiation until he became the Radioactive Man, a superhuman behemoth with green, radioactive skin. Despite his new abilities, Chen was unable to defeat Thor. He received another opportunity some time later when Baron Zemo invited him to join the Masters of Evil with the purpose of destroying the Avengers. Chen’s role as a villain continued for several years until he eventually reformed and joined the Thunderbolts. Chen has remained loyal to China and returns to fight their battles for them whenever the need arises.
If Chen were to join The Inhumans, it’s hard to say if it would be as a hero or as a villain. His role could be similar to Mr. Hyde’s on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., who was originally portrayed as a ruthless murderer but eventually became a sympathetic character whose actions were driven by good intentions.
As one of the most grotesque creatures in Marvel Comics, fans have been wondering for years what MODOK would look like in the MCU, and The Inhumans could be the next best chance for us to find out. George Tarleton was initially just a human technician for AIM who was experimented on by his colleagues and turned into the hideous MODOK (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing.) MODOK seized control of AIM and began scheming to take over the world, quickly becoming a foe of Captain America, Iron Man, and the Hulk.
MODOK’s trademark appearance is a large part of the popularity he has amassed over the years. Not only does MODOK have a major presence in the comics, but he’s also appeared in numerous cartoons and video games, including the crossover game, Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Would someone like MODOK even work as an Inhuman? It’s true that making him an Inhuman would be a sizable change to his origin story, but it wouldn’t necessarily affect his character in any serious way. It could be that Tarleton’s exposure to the Terrigen Mist is what set the stage for his transformation into MODOK.
In 2005, Lionsgate Films produced the horror movie Man-Thing, about the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It never even received a theatrical release and was regulated to the status of a “Sci-fi Original Movie.” Fifteen years have passed since then, and thankfully the memory of the film is starting to fade, meaning it may be time to give Man-Thing another shot.
Before the Man-Thing was a spooky swamp monster, he was just a man named Dr. Ted Sallis who had been working on a new version of the super soldier serum that turned scrawny Steve Rogers into Captain America. When Dr. Sallis crashed his car into a swamp, magical energies hidden with the swamp mixed with the serum to transform him into the immensely powerful swamp creature known as the Man-Thing. The role of magic in Man-Thing’s origin could have him placed in the supernatural spectrum of the MCU, but if Marvel were to decide that they didn’t need to go down that road with the character, the magic of the swamp could easily be replaced with the Terrigen Mist.
David Cannon is a mutant with the ability to spin at such an abnormal speed that he’s capable of generating enough wind to create small tornadoes. When he discovered how useful his spinning power could be, Cannon began a career as the costumed criminal, “The Human Top,” but eventually abandoned the name in favor of “Whirlwind.” Cannon is a longtime foe of Hank Pym who has also spent time menacing a number of other heroes in the Marvel Universe, including the Avengers and the Heroes for Hire.
When not causing trouble as “Whirlwind,” David Cannon kept himself busy with a real-life job. He worked as a chauffeur to Janet Van Dyke, also known as the Wasp. He eventually developed an obsession with her and tried to kill her. Though his relationship with Pym and the Wasp probably won’t make it to the MCU, we could see him develop a fixation on a different female character such as Crystal or Medusa. This is the kind of plot that would be perfect for a single-episode story.
Taskmaster is a villain with “photographic reflexes,” an ability that makes it possible for him to copy the movements of others, including Captain America’s shield-throwing skills, Black Knight’s swordsmanship, and Hawkeye’s archery skills. Though the character originated in the pages of The Avengers, in recent years the character has been more closely associated with the X-Men, specifically Deadpool.
About a year ago we learned that the rights to the villain known as Taskmaster reverted from 20th Century Fox back to Marvel Studios, meaning that the character is finally available for use. While some fans may have hoped to watch Taskmaster fight Deadpool on the big screen, some would prefer to watch Taskmaster tangle with S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Avengers.
In the comics, there has been some question as to whether or not Taskmaster is a mutant, though it’s recently been revealed that he injected himself with a serum that modified his brain’s memory potential. However, it might actually be easier just to make him an Inhuman. Instead of hanging out with the royal family, Taskmaster could put his Inhuman powers to work as a mercenary hired to fight the royal family.
6. Justice & Firestar
The boyfriend-and-girlfriend couple of Justice and Firestar are founding members of the superhero team, the New Warriors. Justice has telekinetic powers while Firestar can project microwave energy. Firestar was introduced as part of the trio of heroes in the cartoon series from the 1980s, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends. In the late ’90s, Justice and Firestar moved on to the big leagues by leaving the New Warriors to join the Avengers.
With the news that the New Warriors would be receiving a comedy TV series, comes the question of which members the show will feature, besides Squirrel Girl? Justice and Firestar are two of the top choices for the roster. As mutants, the characters’ origins would have to be rewritten to avoid using the trademarked term, “mutant.” What better way to fix this problem than to just make them Inhumans? If these characters were selected to appear in The Inhumans rather than The New Warriors, they would make excellent window characters into the Inhuman world.
5. Morbius the Living Vampire
Dr. Michael Morbius was a scientist searching for a cure for his rare blood disorder. His desperation led him to take a great risk in performing an experiment on himself. The experiment gave him a monstrous appearance and abilities similar to that of a vampire’s. Morbius’ thirst for blood drove him down a dark path, one that regularly put him at odds with Spider-Man. Morbius eventually befriended Spider-Man, as Spider-Man realized that Morbius was not a bad person, he was just driven by an uncontrollable urge for blood. Morbius has often found himself in the company of other Marvel heroes such as Dr. Strange and Blade. Morbius is the kind of character who can be a villain in one story, and a good guy in the next.
4. Jack of Hearts
Jack Hart is the son of an alien woman and a human scientist who developed a powerful energy source called zero fluid. An evil organization known as the Corporation tried to gain access to the zero fluid and killed Jack’s father. In an attempt to escape them, Jack fell into a vat of zero fluid, causing his body to nearly overload with power.
Taking the name “Jack of Hearts,” Jack swore vengeance on his father’s murderers and started a one-man war on the Corporation, taking on anyone who got in his way, including the Hulk and Iron Man. Jack had to wear a containment suit to keep himself from exploding, and sometimes even that wasn’t enough to contain the massive amount of energy stored in his body. After joining the Avengers, he had to be locked in a holding cell several hours a day.
3. Tiger Shark
One of the main characters of The Inhumans is Triton, a fish-like Inhuman who requires water to live. Since the comic book version of Triton is rarely seen by himself, he doesn’t have much of a rogues gallery. What this means is that if The Inhumans wants to bring in any comic book villains who could oppose Triton in the water, they’d have to borrow from the rogues gallery of another character.
As a character with almost 80 years of comic book history, Namor the Sub-Mariner has a plethora of villains to choose from, with the most notable of these being Tiger Shark, an Olympic swimmer who was genetically altered with the DNA of a tiger shark and an Atlantean. Superhumanly strong, Tiger Shark is powerful enough to defeat the Hulk while in the water. Ruthless and evil, Tiger Shark is credited for the brutal murder of Namor’s human father. There is no telling what tragedy would occur if he were to appear on The Inhumans…
2. The High Evolutionary
A scientist named Herbert Wyndham set up a base on Mount Wundagore in Eastern Europe to pursue his work as a geneticist. As a believer in the theory of evolution, Wyndham wanted to take the theory a step further by using science to “evolve” animals. Calling himself the High Evolutionary, Wyndham succeeded and created a new race of animal-like humanoids called the New Men. Wyndham has operated both as an ally and as an antagonist to the heroes of the Marvel Universe. He has deep ties to Thor and Adam Warlock.
Wyndham played an integral in the controversial twist presented in The Uncanny Avengers which revealed that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were not mutants at all, nor were they the children of Magneto. They were actually the children of Django and Marya Maximoff (who were thought to be their parents in the first place back in the 1970s) and their powers were the results of experiments conducted by the High Evolutionary.
Though it’s a good bet that Maximus the Mad will be the main villain of The Inhumans, the High Evolutionary would be a great fit as well, without much need for any revisions to his origin story. The High Evolutionary’s goal could be the same as it was in the comics: to “evolve” mankind. He could believe that Inhumans are superior to Man, and that with his science, he would make them even better.
1. Namor the Sub-Mariner
In April of 1939, a comic titled Motion Pictures Funnies Weekly was released, marking the historic birth of Marvel’s first superhero, Namor the Sub-Mariner. Arrogant and bad-tempered, the Prince of Atlantis battled the United States until becoming a reluctant ally of the Allies during World War II. In the Silver Age, Namor was reintroduced in the pages of Fantastic Four and restored his reputation as an enemy of the United States.
Namor was feared by many due to the threat he posed to the country. When wet, Namor’s strength was enough to rival the Hulk. Namor’s strength level far exceeded the strength of all other Atlanteans due to being the mutant son of a human and an Atlantean.
Does Namor have to be a mutant? If he’s ever to appear in any show or movie produced by Marvel Studios, he can’t be, so as is the case with other Marvel mutants, the best course of action would be to make Namor an Inhuman, and it would appear that Marvel may be thinking the same thing. It was rumored in February that a production of Namor the Sub-Mariner was being filmed in Hawaii, the same location where The Inhumans is filming. This news hasn’t been confirmed by Marvel, but it’s been suggested that Namor is the secret project John Ridley has been working on.