Inhumans Should Be A Television Show, Not A Movie


With the Inhumans film officially removed from Marvel’s release schedule, you have to wonder of if it wouldn’t work better on the small screen.

According to multiple reports, Disney has officially removed Inhumans from its July 12, 2019 release date and for the time being seems content to leave it off the schedule.

As we previously reported, it was likely that Marvel was going to push back the release of the Inhumans film due to the addition of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man and the Wasp to the schedule as well as the news that Indiana Jones 5 would be coming out around the same time.

It has long been speculated that the Inhumans movie was never really a priority for Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige anyway and was instead a project that was a favorite of Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac Perlmutter. Perlmutter runs the television side of Marvel and with the Inhumans playing such a large role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he no doubt wanted some synergy between the film and TV sides of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But with the acrimonious split between the TV and movie sides of Marvel last year, it now seems likely that an Inhumans film might never get made, despite assurances from Feige that say otherwise.

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Which could work out for the best. Because while an Inhumans film would be something to see, an Inhumans television show makes a heck of a lot more sense.

First off, the Inhumans are already a key part of the mythology and overall story of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The concept is already proven to work in that format and spinning them off on to their own series would be a logical extension of what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been doing since almost the first episode.

ABC could even release the show in the same way they did with Agent Carter; as a fill-in once Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs its mid-season finale.

Second, with so much of the history of the Inhumans tied up with the Fantastic Four, no one really knows who has the rights to what. Even though Marvel clearly can use the name Inhumans and the concept, Black Bolt, Medusa and the rest could be under the control of 20th Century Fox since they were first introduced in the pages of the Fantastic Four comics.

If that is indeed the case, an Inhumans film doesn’t make a heck of a lot of sense. No one is going to go to the movies to see a bunch of second string characters anyway.

A television show on the other hand is a different matter. You could easily introduce new characters on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and then move them onto an Inhumans spinoff. That way the viewers already feel like the know them and can root for them. Sure, no Black Bolt kind of sucks, but this way you give the writers the freedom to create new and more interesting characters.

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Lastly, if any characters in the Marvel Universe are perfect for a superhero soap opera, it’s the Inhumans.

With an Inhumans television show you can create long-term plot lines that can run for years, have characters leave, bring them back, kill them and bring them back again. Think the Avengers meet Melrose Place with a bit of Game of Thrones thrown in and you will see what I’m talking about.

The Inhumans getting dropped from the Marvel film slate could be a blessing in disguise for Perlmutter and ABC, they only have to be smart enough to realize it.