Medusa faces off with Maximus in a new clip from Inhumans. With the IMAX premiere of Marvel’s TV series less than a month away, the studio has been amping up promotion to get potential viewers excited about the royal family of mutants from a secret city on the moon. The second Inhumans trailer, released during San Diego Comic-Con, revealed a more extensive look at the show’s plot, as well as the potentially-deadly powers of Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor) and Medusa (Serinda Swan).
The Inhumans are led by their king, Black Bolt (Anson Mount), a man who never speaks because his voice has colossal destructive force. His human brother Maximus (Iwan Rheon), however, has plenty to say to both his elitist family and to the disenfranchised followers he has gathered to overthrow Black Bolt’s reign.
The latest clip from Inhumans, which you can watch above, reveals that Maximus isn’t just coveting his brother’s throne. Using what he thinks are irresistible charms, Maximus tries to woo Black Bolt’s wife Medusa, and her reaction is not quite what he expected. Once he gets a bit too hands-on in his approach, Medusa lashes out with her psychically-controlled hair, a wide tendril rapidly winding around his neck in a chokehold.
Fans of the Marvel comics version of Medusa have repeatedly expressed concerns about the animation of her flaming red tresses, with early Inhumans promotional materials only showing her with completely inert hair. While Marvel offered a glimpse of her powers in the SDCC trailer, this latest clip gives a more complete look at what Swan has described as Medusa’s “moody hair.”
As Swan promised, it looks like the creators are trying to give viewers a complete version of Medusa, with hair that can not only act as a weapon but also reacts to her emotions. Skeptics likely won’t be completely sold on the effects, however, which come off a bit awkwardly in what is already a stilted scene. One could argue that a TV series doesn’t have the budget for elaborate effects, but the first two episodes were meant to be IMAX screen-worthy.
It’s probably fair to withhold judgment on the entire series based on one 37 second clip, though, and it seems to improve on repeat viewings. The original Star Trek got by with the same set of Styrofoam rocks for every planet, so the hope is that Inhumans will be compelling enough to make any imperfect CGI effects irrelevant to enjoyment of the show.
Marvel’s Inhumans premieres in IMAX on September 1; the series begins on ABC on September 29.
Source: Marvel Entertainment
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