Now that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ has solidified Marvel’s license to print money, that means that the studio is free to develop movies based on any of the parent publisher’s properties, no matter how off-beat. Marvel is now moving forward with a movie based on ‘The Inhumans’. The original characters appeared as supporting players in ‘The Fantastic Four’, which as we know has been licensed out to 20th Century Fox, so don’t expect the live-action Inhumans to have any connection to that franchise.
This concept was originally created by Marvel stalwarts Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, so a famous Lee cameo is pretty much a guarantee for the live action movie. The Inhumans are an offshoot of humanity engineered by the aliens The Kree, who are also responsible for Captain Mar-Vell and Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers). The Inhumans have experienced a surge in profile recently, in many ways creating an alternative to the X-Men’s mutant franchise as that is also a property that is licensed to 20th Century Fox, thus not delivering financially for Marvel the way ‘The Avengers’ and now ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ are.
The Inhumans are lead by Black Bolt, whose voice can shatter mountains. Also included are his bride Medusa who can control her extremely long hair, Karnack a master martial artist, the amphibious Triton, Gorgon who has powerful hooves, the element-controlling Crystal and the large canine teleporter Lockjaw. (well, they made Groot and Rocket Raccoon work, why not Lockjaw?) The “Royal Family,” as they are referred to as, are frequently opposed by Black Bolt’s evil brother Maximus.
Recently, the voice of Groot, Vin Diesel hinted at his involvement with this new project, possibly as Black Bolt himself.
Joe Robert Cole has submitted a script that Marvel is happy with and is using to entice a director, who will most likely submit their own ideas upon taking on the project.
If ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ can succeed, I certainly don’t think ‘The Inhumans’ should face any problems. Are you excited to see Black Bolt and family in live action?