By Lee Travis
We finally have a first look at Marvel's royal Inhuman family. Inhumans, based on the popular comic series of the same name, centers around King Black Bolt and the Royal Family. Hidden away on the moon, a debate rages between coming to earth or staying. With Black Bolt (Anson Mount) emoting his displeasure towards his brother Maximus (Iwan Rheon), the central conflict is quickly established. With a coup, Black Bolt is thrust into our world.
With Inhumans, we have all the ingredients of a Game of Thrones like show set in the Marvel universe. We even get a Game of Thrones actor thrown in the mix, Iwan Rheon. However, this first full trailer for the show lacks any of the polish that we have come to know. Boasting being shot with IMAX cameras; the Inhuman world feels drab and boring. This secret society lacks personality.
However, what Inhumans is lacking the most is any Inhuman action. Inhumans is the answer to Marvel not having full rights to the X-Men franchise. As seen in Agents of Shield, Inhumans have a broad range of powers and abilities. In comics, Black Bolt is one of the strongest and feared figures. He has the power to destroy a mountain with a single word, yet we hardly see any of his powers. We hardly see anyone's powers, aside from Lockjaw's teleporting. Which is great. This might turn away some, but we need more teleporting dogs on TV. I know that's a hard stance. Lockjaw aside, there is no Medusa hair powers, no element manipulation from Crystal, and zero seismic waves from Gorgon.
Hopefully, the Terrigen Mist of post-production will roll across the first episode and strengthen any of the iconic powers that the Inhuman Royal Family possess. If not, this franchise will be stuck in a permanent “meh” cocoon of wasted potential.
Inhumans will premiere on September 1 on IMAX screens ahead of the TV premiere on ABC on September 29.
If you want to learn more about the Inhumans, Dan Casey over at Nerdist has a rundown of everything you need to know.