Fans may be able to breathe a small sigh of relief as it turns out the footage we've seen in the Inhumans trailers so far isn't a finished product. After Inhumans was downgraded from a film to a TV show, fans began to worry if the Royal Family could be done justice. The reveal that ABC and IMAX were partnering to bring the Marvel show to life, however, seemed to indicate that a sense of grandiosity would remain. But each new look at the show has been met with derision from fans and newcomers alike.
The first trailer not only failed to impress audiences, but even one of the show's directors found it insufficient. With cheap looking costumes and sets and little to no display of powers, fans wondered how scaled down the series would be. As such, the second trailer that was released during Comic-Con offered Marvel a chance to win back viewers. And while it certainly was an improvement on the first one, fans are already declaring the show a disaster for the MCU.
Now, Variety is reporting that what we've seen so far isn't finished. While speaking at the TCA's, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb was adamant that that the footage on display is still under construction. When asked if the show turned out how he had hoped, Loeb responded rather defensively:
“I can tell you that it was written on the material that you were given that the show that you have seen is not the finished product. If you’re asking me whether or not it was done, it’s not. So to be perfectly honest, I don’t understand your question.”
As the first episode was aired for critics, they were able to see more of the show than the rest of us have so far. Still, the two trailers and a recent clip have not inspired confidence. Speaking on the state of the series, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey had this to say:
“I think that the episode that you guys have seen is still a bit of a work in progress. We are still a month away from final air, but I do feel like there’s great opportunity there as well”
It's hard not to feel that both Loeb's and Dungey's statements are a bit of backpedaling. So far, we've had every reason to believe Inhumans is ready to hit theaters and then TV. Now, it seems that Marvel is trying to convince fans that the footage they've disliked will be changed. With the IMAX premiere of the show just a few weeks away, it's hard to imagine how much more work can be done. Then again, maybe the extra footage that will be in the TV premiere will be something entirely new.
On the brighter side, Loeb did speak about how Inhumans and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be connected.
“You have to watch the show to find out how it all works out. What you do know is that they certainly are aware of what is happening in the continuity of ‘S.H.I.E.L.D..'”
Though not definitive, it is good to hear the Inhumans will at least be aware of everything that's transpired in S.H.I.E.L.D.. As for any deeper connections or even a more polished take on the show, we'll have to wait and see.
Inhumans premieres in IMAX theaters on September 1, before arriving on ABC on September 29.