When Marvel Studios announced their Phase 3 slate, the final chapter was scheduled to be Inhumans. Following the events of Thanos' attack on the galaxy, the Inhumans could have been put in the position of saviors of the galaxy. Instead of helping the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy fight off the Mad Titan, the Inhumans continued to receive bad news. Despite the group starting to pop up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the movie got delayed and eventually was removed from Disney's slate altogether.
Just when it seemed like nothing could go right for the Inhumans, Marvel made the surprising announcement that the movie is being turned into a television series on ABC, but with a twist. The first two episodes will be debuting, and filming, in IMAX next September before the rest of the season moving back to ABC. While details around the deal and show have been quiet so far, the series has now been confirmed to run for eight episodes in its first season.
THR has been able to confirm this news as well as a premiere date of Labor Day weekend, while also revealing details around how the series came to be. In addition to the first two episodes being filmed in IMAX, the company is also paying the bill for the episodes. IMAX reportedly approached Marvel and ABC about the deal, instead of the other way around, and Disney-ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood thinks it is a win for everyone involved:
We think this is a quadruple win — a win for Imax, a win for Marvel, a win for ABC Studios and a win for ABC to launch a show in an innovative way and get attention.
With these details being revealed, it becomes much more clear why this decision was made by Marvel and ABC. The Inhumans and their lore should fit well with this longer form of storytelling, and with IMAX footing the bill to kick off the series, this is certainly a win for all parties involved. The article also confirms that the series will have a setting on the moon, which is one of their main locations in the comics.
Although Inhumans already have a large presence on ABC with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it appears that ABC is not looking at The Inhumans as a replacement, but instead a chance to bring in more people. The report notes that ABC is hoping a big screen showing of Inhumans and then subsequent episodes on their channel will bring fans of the new series over to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well. If this is the case and S.H.I.E.L.D. is renewed for a fifth season, it seems more likely that one of the pre-existing Inhumans could make a cameo appearance on The Inhumans.
The Inhumans will debut in IMAX theaters Labor Day weekend of 2017, prior to being aired on ABC.