'Inhumans' Showrunner Admits That He Hated the Show's First Trailer, Too

Monday, 07 August 2017 - 10:05AM
Marvel
Inhumans
Monday, 07 August 2017 - 10:05AM
'Inhumans' Showrunner Admits That He Hated the Show's First Trailer, Too
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Hating on Inhumans is really in vogue at the moment. It's such a popular pastime, in fact, that showrunner Scott Buck has jumped on the bandwagon as well, expressing his own personal dissatisfaction with the way the initial trailer for Inhumans portrayed the show as being lifeless, lacking in energy, and featuring pretty awful special effects. Said Buck:

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"I was mixed about the first trailer as well. I felt like it didn't give you the scope, it didn't give you a lot of secrets or visual effects. I felt it was a little bit too early because the visual effects were not ready – Medusa's hair was not ready. So I was really nervous about it and would think the fans would not really like it. The trailer was made by other people, so I was really nervous about it when I saw it. So I was like, 'oh guys maybe we should hold off', but it was too late because it was already in the open."
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This seems to be the prevalent attitude over at Marvel TV at the moment, with studio head Jeff Loeb making similar comments, accusing critics of overemphasizing the flaws of review episodes of the show and ignoring the fact that the special effects aren't actually finished in what we've seen thus far.



Apparently, it's not fair of us to judge Inhumans based on what we've seen, because Marvel hasn't actually shown us the finished product yet. It's the classic "it's not me, it's you" argument that we see unusually often from Marvel's television wing. Their large body of quality work notwithstanding, it's really hard to give Marvel the benefit of the doubt here. After all, from the trailers, Inhumans doesn't just look unfinished—it looks flat-out awful. It's difficult to imagine that any amount of polish would make this show sparkle in IMAX, and all the pretty special effects in the world wouldn't fix the wooden acting, awkward plot points, and inconsistent tone that appears to be on display in both trailers.

A skilled trailer company can make any movie look spectacular by cutting together two minutes of footage—look at The Phantom Menace, Batman v Superman, and hey, even The Dark Tower for proof of that. The fact that Marvel can't even make Inhumans look exciting by cutting it together with all the best action moments and a catchy pop song suggests that this show probably won't be saved by slightly less egregiously bad Medusa hair.

From what we've seen, Marvel doesn't seem to have a handle on what Inhumans is meant to be. Is it a serious Shakespearean drama in space? Then why is there an adorable giant CGI dog living with the heroes on the moon? Is it meant to be a masterpiece of special effects that's worthy of IMAX goodness? Then why are the costumes so horrendously low-budget, and why haven't we seen anything other than sets constructed in generic concrete buildings?

The entire motive behind Inhumans feels a bit cynical. It went from a big-budget movie to a relatively small ABC network affair made by the guy who disappointed fans by showrunning Iron Fist. When everyone is unimpressed by its trailer, and Marvel's only defense is that the show isn't finished yet, one has to wonder why they bothered showing us unfinished footage in the first place. Besides, according to Scott Buck, the second trailer for the series is actually a lot better. Which, as anyone who'd actually seen it will tell you, it isn't.

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