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CBMB: Are the Inhumans Marvel’s Next Galactic Expedition?

By Muuka Muyumba

Marvel has a bonified blockbuster in Guardians of the Galaxy, which continues to set the box office pace for the month of August, as well as possibly the rest of 2014. After many believed that Marvel was fool-hearty to move into the cosmic universe with Guardians (and without an Avenger), Guardians’ success has catapulted speculation about Marvel’s stratospheric future.

Now, many believe that Marvel will carry the cosmic universe into the Inhumans territory. The notion is not new since Marvel does not have movie rights to mutants and must be able to explain super-powered humans in their cinematic universe — who aren’t aliens.

The Inhumans debuted in Fantastic Four #45 in December of 1965 as a fictional race of superhumans, created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. The characters received their own self-titled series in October 1975, running for 12 issues and ending in August 1977.

The seminal piece of work in the characters came in 2007 when the Inhumans were featured in a limited series by writer David Hine and artist Frazer Irving. Following events in the Secret Invasion, the Inhumans appeared on one side of the War of Kings storyline, with Black Bolt being made king of the Kree, facing off against Vulcan, who is leading the Shi’ar.

Black Bolt is likely the best known of the Inhumans and rumors have been strong that Marvel stablemate Vin Diesel may capture this role in an upcoming film version of the character. Black Bolt is the silent king of the Inhumans and has been featured prominently in Guardians of the Galaxy comics for years in crossovers (he has also been featured as a member of the Guardians for a short time).

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His most prominent offensive weapon is his voice, as his electron-harnessing ability is linked to the speech center of his brain. Speaking triggers a massive disturbance capable of leveling a city. Due to the extreme danger posed by this power, the character has undergone rigorous mental training to prevent himself from uttering a sound, even in sleep.

Rumors of the Inhumans began when Diesel and Marvel began having meetings back in 2013 sparking wild speculation on just who he could play. The most common answers were The Vision, Thanos, or in some instances, the aforementioned Black Bolt.

Diesel recently spoke with ComicBook.com on what led him his involvement with Guardians of the Galaxy and what might happen beyond Groot. When asked about his early dealings with Marvel, Diesel was as open as he usually is. “I was forthcoming about my meeting with Marvel and they weren’t used to it.” Diesel added that he “…wasn’t used to anyone trying to censor what I say to my Facebook fans which, despite the numbers, is always something special to me. I feel like I have to be truthful because the fans are truthful to me.”

Diesel also offered gave clues that Marvel is apparently reserving him a spot on their roster for 2017. Diesel’s Facebook post read: “Vin and Marvel… you all made it happen! I get the strange feeling that Marvel thinks I’m Inhuman… Haha.”

My major question would be whether Marvel would be prepared to jump into the world of the Inhumans by 2017. However, I’m reminded that Marvel announced Guardians of the Galaxy (with no actors cast) less than 25 months before its premiere this month. Marvel is a machine right now!

The ironic part of this speculation is that if Diesel portrays Black Bolt after having played Groot, he will go from playing one character who repeats one phrase throughout the entire movie to another role where he is likely to speak only once in the film.

Diesel wants into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a bad way and is finding the most challenging characters to pursue this dream.