First 'Inhumans' Trailer is an Underwhelming Look at Marvel's New Show

Thursday, 29 June 2017 - 6:56PM
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 - 6:56PM
First 'Inhumans' Trailer is an Underwhelming Look at Marvel's New Show
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Well, here it is. Marvel's first trailer for the much discussed Inhumans TV show is upon us, and it completely lives up to expectations. So long as those expectations weren't set too high.

In other words, all those misgivings fans had throughout the show's production have borne fruit, because this looks like another potential Iron Fist from Marvel (and both shows have the same showrunner, Scott Buck). It was hard to put an awful lot of faith in this, and now that the first trailer is here, it has to be said that the show looks exactly as good as we all thought it would:



While Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones' Ramsay Bolton) seems fine as the mustache-twirling Maximus, there aren't too many other strong performances, and Medusa's wig/hair never seemed to move. It's hard to see exactly why Marvel and ABC are so keen to push this as an IMAX show. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. arguably has better production value - that show's sets, at least, are not constructed completely out of rough concrete.

The joke from when we got our first look at the characters was that these costumes look like an amateur attempt at an Inhumans cosplay, and even if we ignore Medusa's wig, even an almost convincing CGI dog doesn't quite save the look of this thing. Heaven knows what it'll look like in IMAX glory - presumably like watching a VHS tape on an HD TV.

Performances from the actors could yet surprise us - there are a lot of talented people involved in this show, and there's every possibility that the wooden delivery in this trailer doesn't reflect the show as a whole. It just seems like Marvel isn't fully embracing the wacky cosmic nature of the Inhuman royal family, instead trying to make these bombastic, over-the-top characters feel believable. They're not called Inhumans for nothing - a man whose voice can cause earthquakes isn't meant to be realistic.

It's easy to pick holes in this trailer, not least because the project has seemed a bit suspicious from the start. The troubled development of the show - starting as a big budget movie and then turning into a scaled-back network show with aspirations of something grander - does suggest that someone at Marvel is being a little too ambitious with a project that nobody else really has much interest in.

The most frustrating thing, though, is that, in essence, this is the show that has replaced Agent Carter. Marvel Television gave us a fun, engaging show with powerful, relatable characters, and now that it's gone, Inhumans looks all the more disappointing by comparison. Hopefully it'll pick up, but this isn't a great first impression.


Marvel's Inhumans will premiere in IMAX theaters on September 1, 2017 before moving to ABC on September 22.
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