Marvel’s Inhumans TV series not only dives deep into the lore behind the Royal Family but also showcases the Inhumans’ ancestral home, Attilan. Although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been on the forefront of acquainting audiences with the Inhumans race, ABC’s upcoming comic book series explores the origin of the super-powered species, which means bringing the Royal Family into the fold; namely Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Iwan Rheon as Maximus, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Mike Moh as Triton, Sonya Balmores as Auran, and Ken Leung as Karnak.
In addition to featuring the Royal Family, Inhumans also spotlights Attilan, aka the Hidden Land. Though it was originally located somewhere in the North Atlantic Ocean, the city has been moved several times throughout the years, due to the Inhumans possessing the necessary technology to relocate the entire city; they’ve even moved Attilan off-world once or twice before. In fact, Attilan might not be located on Earth in the upcoming series, despite it usually existing on Earth in the comics as well as most of the series taking place on Earth – specifically in Hawaii. Considering that the Inhumans have achieved such advances in science and technology in the comics, some fans are wondering if we’ll see those types of advancements in the upcoming show.
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During an Inhumans set visit, Screen Rant asked Leung about how modern technology comes into play with the series, especially with regard to Attilan. He confirmed that the series does take place in the modern day, so there are cell phones and such, but also that Attilan (and the Inhumans) are more technologically advanced than humans are on Earth, though he didn’t explain just how advanced the Inhumans are.
“We are in a modern setting with cell phones. Where we live in Attilan, we are a little more advanced but, at some point, the two worlds come together, so yes.”
It’s no secret that Earth has changed in the time since the Battle of New York. Ancient and technologically advanced civilizations are beginning to crop up throughout the MCU. For instance, T’Challa’s nation of Wakanda was teased in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: Civil War, and we’ll finally see the nation in all its glory in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther next year. Unlike Kamar-Taj, though, the small kingdom where Stephen Strange studied and practiced magic in the Himalayas, Attilan and Wakanda are ancient homes that are considered safe havens for their respective peoples, not someplace that anyone could visit (as evident by the first Black Panther trailer).
Now that moviegoers and television audiences are seeing more and more of these locations on screen, and as the cinematic universe delves deeper into comic book lore, people should expect to discover more of these ancient nations, worlds, and other locations in the future, especially considering that the studio plans to explore the cosmic side of the universe after they conclude the MCU’s first saga. Of course, theatrical rights may prohibit Marvel Studios and Marvel TV from exploring many locations that are inherently related to characters not under their control, such as Doctor Doom’s Latveria.
Inhumans premieres in IMAX on September 1, and on ABC on September 29.
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