The season 1 finale of Inhumans will be directed by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran Billy Gierhart. It has been almost 10 years since Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which now spans over a dozen movies and counting. It has also been almost four years since Joss Whedon's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. expanded the shared universe onto the small screen. Ever since then, Marvel's television division has been hard at work building the TV-side of the MCU.
Netflix currently produces five standalone shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher) as well as one crossover series (The Defenders). Then there are shows like Runaways, New Warriors, and Cloak and Dagger that will be airing on several different networks. Aside from all that, ABC continues striving to produce more Marvel-related content. Unfortunately, after canceling Agent Carter and passing on Most Wanted, the Disney-owned network has relied heavily on S.H.I.E.L.D. for comic book content. That will change this fall with Inhumans.
It has been confirmed that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. director Billy Gierhart will be directing the season finale episode of Inhumans. He confirmed as much in an Instagram post (below), saying that he and his wife were staying at the Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii (where the series films and takes place) while working on the Inhumans season finale. The director's IMDb page confirms his involvement in the show's eighth and final episode of the season.
Staying at Disney's Aulani Resort while filming the Season Finale of Marvel's Inhumans in Hawaii had some incredible advantages. This was taken on a day during prep when we finished early enough to get back to Aulani for the sunset. My wife, stretching out against the beautiful Hawaiian sky. #aulani #aulanidisneyresort #aulanidisney #aulaniresort #sunset #sunsets #sillouette #marvel #marvelinhumans #abc #disney
The first two episodes of Marvel's Inhumans are scheduled to premiere in IMAX this September, directed by Black Sails director Roel Reiné. Those episodes will premiere a few weeks later on ABC and run throughout the fall season on Friday evenings, thus replacing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is now scheduled to debut next January. The combination of moving S.H.I.E.L.D. not only to Friday nights but also to a midseason premiere may appear strange, but the network believe it's in their best interest -- and the audiences'. The fact is, they're taking a different approach with Inhumans than they did with Agent Carter, airing all eight episodes without any gaps.
Aside from scheduling questions, one of the biggest things on audiences' minds is how Inhumans will connect to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige believes everything in the shared universe will crossover at some point; we just don't know when. Considering Gierhart's unique experience with Marvel television -- directing several S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes (including the season finale), as well as an episode of Jessica Jones -- he might be the person to connect all the various storylines spread across Marvel's TV universe. That's something we expect to learn more about as when Inhumans premieres this fall.
Inhumans will screen in IMAX for two weeks, beginning Friday, September 1, before later premiering on ABC on Friday, September 22.
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