The new trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 places the members of the Inhumans royal family front and center. Mute monarch Black Bolt (whose voice can level cities), his wife Medusa (who has prehensile hair), Crystal (psionic powers), Triton (scaly fish man) and Lockjaw (giant teleporting hound) all appear in this short clip, going up against the villainous Maximus (Black Bolt’s brother, who’s played by Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon in the Inhumans TV show).
This Inhumans-centric clip comes at an interesting time in the group of heroes' history. The Inhumans TV show marks their first appearance in live-action form, seeing their profile raised to a higher level than ever before. However, critics were not impressed with the IMAX-screened series premiere, and it’s already been suggested that Inhumans seems destined for a one-and-done, single-season, run after it debuts on ABC this month.
For the time being, however, the Inhuman royal family will continue to enjoy their moment in the sun. They are clearly being given preferential treatment by the LEGO/Marvel promotional machine: previous teaser videos for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 have focused on more famous teams like the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, but this new preview is all about the Inhumans, which provides a welcome change of tune.
The clip is a fun one, in the typical playful style that fans have come to expect from Traveller’s Tales’ LEGO games. Maximus is reimagined as a pirouetting loon here, who yells things like “Let’s prune this family tree!” Medusa also pauses to blow-dry her hair at one point in the clip, and Lockjaw stops for a nap. In addition to these jokes, the Inhumans’ powers are brought to life in visually interesting ways - for the most part.
The exception to this is Black Bolt, whose powers aren’t the easiest to translate into the simplistic LEGO animation style. It’s tricky enough for ABC to make them work on a Disney-sized and IMAX-supported TV budget, so it’s understandable that Black Bolt’s destructive vocal chords look a little underwhelming in this video game trailer (especially in the gameplay footage, it just looks like a few wavy lines emanating from his face).
But still, fans don’t flock to these LEGO games for stunning graphics; they come for the fun, and there does seem to be heaps of that here. The game should be extra enjoyable for comic book fans, since they get to play some of their favorite Inhumans characters in LEGO form.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 reaches PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PCs on November 14.