Following a lackluster IMAX launch and a slew of negative reviews, Inhumans was hardly the blockbuster television event that the Marvel bigwigs were surely hoping for. That being said, with the might of both ABC and the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe behind it, Inhumans had all the potential to get a lifeline and an elusive season 2. However, the odds of that happening are now looking slightly worse than they were before.
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Speaking at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest San Jose, actress Ming-Na Wen was quizzed on a possible Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Inhumans crossover. Given that the whole idea of Inhumans was introduced in Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., it would make perfect sense for the shows to have a Civil War-esque union. Answering the audience, it doesn't sound Wen doesn't sound so sure:
“I think that show got-”
The actress - who plays Melinda May - stopped before she could finish, but it looks pretty likely she was about to say "cancelled." Wen tried to cover her goof by saying, “Maybe I can’t multitask," while laughing it off. Still, did she just confirm what everyone else already knew?
With the Inhumans season finale matching its series low with only 1.95 million viewers, it was always likely that ABC bosses were going to stick the show in the maybe pile. Remembering that Agent Carter wrapped with a significantly higher series average of 2.35 million - and it still didn't make season 3 - Inhumans was always living on borrowed time. In a world where Marvel can seemingly do no wrong, will Inhumans be the studio's biggest casualty to date?
Of course, even if ABC's show does go belly up, the idea of Inhumans could be reintroduced back into Agents, without the big pressure of carrying the premise on its own shoulders. Sure, audiences may not have been completely won over by Black Bolt and the rest of the royal family, but the idea was popular enough for Agents to launch the spin-off show. However, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 picking up a mere century into the future, a crossover could pose a bit of a problem. While the Inhumans are confirmed to still exist in this bleak future, can the timelines every marry back up?
Also, would Wen really be privy to information as big as ABC cancelling Inhumans? Notice that she only says the word "think," so she could just be saying what everyone else is thinking. That being said, even if Inhumans does make it to a second season, it will need some serious tinkering to get it back on track. Every premiere season has its teething problems, but Inhumans faced more than most. While Wen may not think a crossover is likely, it could be the only way to keep the Inhumans alive in the MCU.
Source: Ming-Na Wen [via Comic Book]