Marvel continues to spread the reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in new and exciting ways. While the movies get much of the attention and drive the larger narrative of this world, multiple TV properties have continued to air on different platforms. ABC was the first company to team up with Marvel to bring Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the small screen, and the series continues to produce quality stories. Meanwhile, Netflix has continued to team up with Marvel and have six different, active series on their plate, but Marvel is also spreading its content to Hulu, Freeform, and most recently announced a deal with IMAX that has never happened before.
The Inhumans were initially set to get their own movie coinciding with the events of the next two Avengers films, but after troubles behind the scenes inlcuding the film getting removed from Disney’s slate and reports of the project being cancelled, The Inhumans has retained a limited theatrical release with the purpose of launching the new series that will air on ABC. This deal is unprecedented as IMAX is funding the first two episodes that will first be seen in theaters before making a debut on ABC – and now we know just when the series will premiere on the network.
THR did another story covering the collaboration between IMAX, Marvel, and ABC and how IMAX is looking for similar deals as it now has with The Inhumans. Near the end of the story, they revealed that after The Inhumans airs in theaters for two weeks starting on Labor Day, the first episode will air on ABC on September 26th, 2017. The other seven episodes will air every week following the debut without interruption. There is no word on what time slot the series will take.
Now that the premiere date for the new series has been revealed, it should only be a matter of time before other details such as casting, story, and more are revealed. The Inhumans is already just ten months away from hitting theaters, and with deals in place to make this happen, Marvel, IMAX, and ABC are surely going through these stages right now.
The decision to put another Marvel property on Tuesdays is an interesting one for ABC. Without knowing the time that it will debut, it could provide the network with both of their Marvel related properties airing back-to-back. If The Inhumans is a hit and airs at 9 p.m., it could help drive viewers to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a potential fifth season.
Of course, the prospects of another season for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is nothing more than speculation at this point. ABC seems as though they want to keep both Marvel properties on their fall lineup, but there is no guarantee that S.H.I.E.L.D. will continue after this season. If it does, it could potentially see another time change, or ABC could push it to another day so it doesn’t have to compete with its sister show. These are the details to look out for in the coming months, but for now the series continues to be moving along quickly and will need to do so to meet its new release date.
The Inhumans will be shown in theaters for two weeks starting Labor Day weekend, prior to the first episode premiering on ABC on September 26, 2017.