Speaking to us on the Hawaii set of Marvel's Inhumans, stars of in the upcoming IMAX and ABC television series explained how their show compares to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production, which is set to air on ABC after its IMAX theatrical premiere, has a unique backstory before it came to fruition. It was originally announced as a movie on the Marvel Studios side set for MCU's current third phase, but was eventually scrapped from the timeline and instead picked up for adaptation by the Marvel TV division.
Marvel's Inhumans joins the ranks of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the ABC network, which is the only remaining Marvel production on ABC following the cancellation of Agent Carter and pulling the plug on the supposed Marvel's Most Wanted series. Inhumans tackles the story of the race of the same name that have featured prominently in AOS and focuses on the Inhuman Royal Family. From the first Marvel's Inhumans trailer, the series follows the military coup against the clan which forced them to exile in Hawaii where they are met with a bigger task of keeping not only themselves but also the rest of the world.
Eme Ikuakor, who plays Gorgon, and Sonya Balmores, who plays Auran, shared their insights with us about the series' unique place in the overall picture of the MCU.
How does the tone of Inhumans compare to the other Marvel properties that we may have seen?
Eme Ikwuakor: I...Uh...TV or movie?
Well, both, because from everything that I have been told was that this is almost like its own, not a standalone universe, but its own thing.
Eme Ikwuakor: It is.
Sonya Balmores: Yeah. I think it is. Totally.
Eme Ikwuakor: Especially in regards to television, I can’t compare it to anything. And I wish there was, but there is not, especially the fact that, you know, I think when you are watching this you are going to be like, “I don’t know. I haven’t seen this. This is a different feel.” And I think the other spot is, that at the end of the day, we are still focusing a lot on humanity and those relationships and I think that is one of the beautiful things about this. There are many genres that are melding in. It’s kind of like in the way it is like how we are talking about the diversity in the show. It’s like there are many different levels to this show happening at the exact same time as one another.
In the pages of the comic books, the Inhumans have a great deal of connection with the Kree race - especially at one point, Black Bolt (played in the show by Anson Mount in the show) led his people into Kree space and even became its empire's King. While that may be a little bit too complex for the first season of a show that is just establishing itself, Ken Leung, who plays Karnak, and Isabelle Cornish, who plays Crystal, say that the Kree will be referenced, as early as now on the show and may even be fully explored moving forward.
Like the outer space characters. I know that the Inhumans are a part of that with their relation to the Kree. Is that something we see, that relationship with the Kree, is that something that we see in the series?
Ken Leung: It’s touched on. You may see it at some point.
Isabelle Cornish: It’s a hard question.
Ken Leung: It’s acknowledged. Yeah.
Marvel's upcoming television venture is scheduled to air on ABC starting September 29, but a few weeks prior to its wide release, it is set to debut first on IMAX screens on September 1 - an interesting way to market a television miniseries even for a juggernaut company like Marvel. That said, the buzz that it can generate from such a grandiose introduction can help the series get into mainstream media consciousness which is crucial for a property that has relatively unknown characters.
Meanwhile, Marvel's Inhumans is also scheduled to host a panel in the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con, where the cast and some pivotal people behind the scenes are expected to make an appearance.
Inhumans premieres in IMAX on September 1, and on ABC on September 29.