At the risk of indulging a cliche, the Inhumans have had a long and winding road from the page to the screen. The adaptation was originally set to be part of Marvel’s Phase Three film slate before being quietly and indefinitely delayed. In the meantime, the Inhumans were introduced on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, where they effectively served as placeholders for the X-Men. For a while, it seemed that might be all she wrote, but that all changed when Marvel announced that instead of a film, the property was being developed as a TV series.
But in true Marvel fashion, this is no ordinary TV series. In conjunction with ABC, the studio is planning to turn the series into something of an event. How? Well, among other things, the series is being shot entirely with IMAX cameras and the two hour pilot episode will be playing in cinemas two weeks prior to the series broadcast debut.
But perhaps the most exciting thing about the series is that the Inhumans themselves are finally moving beyond the role Substitute X-Men with the introduction of the Inhuman Royal Family, who have been at the core of the Inhumans comic book mythology and around whom the series will center. Now, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, we have our first look at the series core cast (which can be seen below), and arguably more than any other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date, these guys look like they stepped right out of the pages of a Jack Kirby comic.
In addition to the promotional image above, Marvel has also released the following teaser for the series.
Based on characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965, the series will follow the Inhuman Royal Family as the escape to Hawaii in the wake of a military coup. Produced by ‘Iron Fist’ showrunner Scott Buck, ‘Inhumans’ is set for a September premiere and stars Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan, Ken Leung, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Mike Moh, Sonya Balmores, and Ellen Woglom.
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