Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ Family Comes Together for First Look at the Show
There's a lot in the mix with Marvel right now, as per usual. They've got Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 out tomorrow, they've been greenlit for Runaways on Hulu, and they dropped the trailer for The Defenders yesterday. The latest is the photo EW released of ABC's Inhumans cast in character. This is our first official look (not including the secret set photos we got of Medusa in March).
It's important to showrunner Scott Buck (who also ran Iron Fist) that the characters be grounded in reality. He wants to create a show that is character-driven and portrays real people, rather than people overcome by their abilities. Buck said, "We try to write them as real as possible, and then have fun with the powers when we can. We want their powers to seem like a very natural part of their personality." See the cast photo below:
The photo features from left to right: Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Ken Leung as Karnak, Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Sonya Balmores as Auran, and Iwan Rheon as Maximus. Lockjaw hasn't shown up yet beyond some set photos, so maybe people will warm up to the Inhumans once their giant dog appears.
The Inhumans family first came to be in a Fantastic Four comic in 1965, until ten years later when they became break out stars of their very own comic. Inhumans are human-alien hybrids with special gifts unlike those of most other superheroes - you may remember seeing some on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show centers on the royal family both on Earth and in the futuristic city of Attilan, starring Mount as the silent king Black Bolt.
Although the prospect of Inhumans coming to ABC this fall is quite exciting, we're not without our qualms. This photo is one. One detail jumps out at us right away: it looks like the costume department retrieved Medusa's wig from a rejected Little Mermaid cosplay. The show is going to be premiering its first two episodes in IMAX theaters across the country, but they couldn't make room in their budget for a better wig? Considering Medusa's superpower is that she can control her hair, we're hoping this wig can be easily edited into the blood-drawing whips they should be.
Another reason we're hesitant to get too excited about Inhumans is that showrunner Scott Buck had the same role on Iron Fist, the original Netflix series that did not meet the bar set by Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. And the fact that the show started filming in March and is expected to premiere in the fall is alarming, not giving editors much time to work their magic (which again, they will need to make that wig work out). We are, however, optimistic that the accomplished cast including Iwan Rheon from Game of Thrones and Ken Leung from X-Men: The Last Stand will deliver solid performances.
Inhumans premieres its first two episodes in IMAX across the country for two weeks starting September 1, 2017. The rest of the series will continue in the fall on ABC.