For years there was merely an intention for Marvel Studios to turn the The Inhumans into a live-action franchise, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, in just the past few weeks, the world has found how serious those plans really were, as a brand new Inhumans TV show is in the works for release next fall.
A major partnership was announced bringing together Marvel, the ABC network, and IMAX, in a joint effort to create The Inhumans mini-series event. The first two episodes will be shot in IMAX and will run in their large-screen format for an exclusive two-week engagement.
THR has now revealed who will be guiding the new TV series - and his name should become well-known in superhero circles. According to the trade, Scott Buck (Dexter) has been selected to be the showrunner for the upcoming event series. Buck is currently the head producer on the upcoming Iron Fist show. Iron Fist is the fourth series in Marvel and Netflix's growing library of shows that detail the gritty underworld of the MCU's New York City.
The Inhumans have a long history in Marvel Comics, with their first appearance dating back to an issue of the Fantastic Four in 1965. They are a race of superbeings, who have lived in secret from society in a secret stronghold on the dark side of the moon. The comics and show will follow the adventures of the royal family of the Inhumans including their king, Blackbolt (whose voice is a weapon of mass destruction), his wife Medusa (who has enchanting and powerful hair), their teleporting dog Lockjaw, and many other imaginative characters.
The selection of Buck to head this ambitious and ground-breaking series also sends a signal that Marvel is pleased with his work on Iron Fist. The upcoming series was rumored to have had turbulence early in pre-production, before Buck was brought aboard, due to the mystical elements that are inherent in the Iron Fist character. However, all Netflix shows up until this point have been relatively grounded, which created storytelling challenges. This signals that Buck was able to craft not only a competent first season, but that he was so impressive that Marvel wants him around for even more ambitious projects.
While elements of The Inhumans have already been introduced on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it is far from the scope of storytelling needed to bring Marvel's royal family to life. Hopefully Buck's hiring is a sign that he was able to up the ante for Iron Fist and is now ready to deliver an equally unparelled experience, to both the ABC network and IMAX screens. Fortunately, we only have to wait less than a year to experience it all.
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.