Despite their royal sci-fi origins, the characters in Marvel's Inhumans will still be characters that viewers can sympathize with. The TV series is a long time coming for Marvel as well, following several seasons' worth of build up on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The series finally set to make its premiere later this year. But while comic book fans and industry insiders have been patiently waiting for the past few years to see when and how the property would finally be receiving the live-action treatment, the first trailer for Inhumans also spotlighted the difficulty that some audiences may have with getting to know the show's diverse array of obscure Marvel comic book characters.
After all, characters like Black Bolt (Anson Mount), Medusa (Serinda Swan), Maximus (Iwan Rheon), and Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor) aren't even close to being as well known as the other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and with even stranger origins to explain and understand than most of those other characters. On the other hand, Inhumans wouldn't necessarily be the first time that audiences have managed to get to know obscure, previously unknown, comic book characters introduced into the MCU either.
During a recent interview with Empire, creator and showrunner Scott Buck (Iron Fist) teases how the struggles that the show's characters are facing will still be relatable for viewers who decide to tune in later this year:
“There will be plenty of humour and fantastic elements. but we’re dealing with relatable people in a moment of great crisis: a royal family forced into the position of refugees. They just happen to have superpowers.”
The human elements at the heart of the show were teased briefly in the first Inhumans trailer, which was released online several weeks ago to lukewarm reactions from both die-hard Marvel fans and general TV viewers alike. With the characters ending up on Earth - a world that they are unfamiliar with and in danger on - the fish-out-of-water aspects of Inhumans will likely rise to the forefront of the show's week-to-week storylines, as Black Bolt and co. spend more and more time away from their home planet.
And at this point, it's not unfair to say that Inhumans is shaping up to be one of Marvel's most ambitious TV projects to date. Not only will it feature the most obscure and unexpected lineup of lead characters of any of the previous Marvel TV titles, but Inhumans will also be making its initial premiere later this year in IMAX. Now, all that's left to be seen is if the show's limited network budget still allows it to pop in such a large visual format, or if Inhumans will fail to live up to the expectations of the fans who have been waiting years for it to make its debut.
Inhumans premieres in IMAX on September 1, and on ABC on September 29.