Hey, do you remember that Inhumans movie Marvel had in development? Back in April, Marvel pulled it from the release schedule. At the time, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige still seemed intent on making The Inhumans. But ever since Marvel erased it from the crowded Phase 3 slate, we hadn’t heard any further developments. Until now.
Marvel Studios announced earlier today that The Inhumans wouldn’t be a movie anymore. Instead, it’ll be a weekly ABC show like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. According to Marvel’s press release, the show will focus on the “never-before-told” saga of Black Bolt and the Inhuman Royal Family. The series will air on ABC starting in fall 2017, but the show’s premiere will be something unprecedented.
Marvel will shoot the first two episodes of The Inhumans on the same digital IMAX format they’re using for Infinity War. In early September next year, those two episodes will play exclusively in IMAX theaters worldwide. A few weeks later, the show will begin its normal airing schedule on ABC. And if you liked seeing them in IMAX, Marvel will add some exclusive content to those first two episodes when they air.
I think this is great news and will give Marvel’s TV content a much-needed shot of energy. At the moment it’s stretched too thin and often looks woefully underfunded. It also seems to lack the verve and humor of what we’ve come to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
However, if Marvel is committing to running these two episodes on IMAX screens, then they’re planning on dropping some fairly serious cash to make the episodes look damn good. Flimsy-looking sets and bad CGI certainly don’t look any better on humongous IMAX screens. Hopefully, this will set a high bar for The Inhumans, which will be Marvel’s most epic foray into TV yet.