Back in 2014 when Marvel Studios announced the entire Phase 3 slate, one of the new properties that was going to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe ranks was Inhumans. The movie was announced years in advance, and if everything had gone according to Marvel's plan, the film would be hitting theaters today on November 2, 2018.
Rumors that Marvel Studios wanted to make an Inhumans movie began all the way back in 2011 when a supposed logline for the film was discovered. Rumors of the project being in consideration continued and even brought Kevin Feige to say the following year that he was "confident" in Inhumans being one of the projects they'd soon get to. After it was officially announced, Marvel TV actually introduced them in season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has been dealing with them ever since. All of this happened as Marvel was said to still be gearing towards making the standalone film - until they weren't.
The cancellation of Inhumans came after months of reports that this could be the project's ultimate fate. The smoke really began to appear after Kevin Feige managed to get out from under Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter's control and answer directly to Disney's chairman Alan Horn. Feige reportedly had very little interest in doing Inhumans to begin with and once freed from Perlmutter was no longer forced to continue developing the property. He continued to say the right thing in public, up until Inhumans was quietly removed from Disney's release schedule and there's been no sign of it returning.
After Marvel Studios lost interest in Inhumans, Marvel TV decided to take on the property as their own. ABC, IMAX, and Marvel TV partnered to bring the first two episodes of the series to theaters for a limited time. Reviews didn't take kindly to Inhumans and the reception didn't warm as the remaining six episodes aired on ABC. By all indications, the show was a major flop, which led to an expected result when Inhumans was officially canceled earlier this year.
Looking back at Marvel Studios' plans - especially the Phase 3 slate - they largely did as promised. Some reshuffling occurred to bring Spider-Man into the MCU or fit Ant-Man and The Wasp in, but every film on the initial slate has hit theaters and roughly in the same order - except for Inhumans. This distinctly makes it Marvel's greatest flop, not just because it never happened, but also because of what became of the property after. Even if Feige and company did have interest in one day touching Inhumans, the live-action portrayal fans have seen arguably already ruined the property. And now that Marvel Studios is soon to have access to the X-Men, the chances of the Inhumans being introduced could become an even greater long shot.
Now, four years after the official announcement came that Inhumans was in Marvel Studios' plans, it's strange to be here and not have it actually in theaters on the day originally intended. Not only would it have likely launched another cosmic franchise for the MCU, but the property's Terrigen transformed characters would probably have had a role in Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4. Instead, Inhumans was relegated to poor execution on TV, making us no closer to actually seeing it in the MCU proper.
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