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MCU Phase 3 – Inhumans “Fox owns Mutants so…”

By Muuka Muyumba

***UPDATE*** Marvel’s Inhumans will premiere its first two episodes in IMAX for a two-week period beginning Sept. 1. ABC will then air the entirety of the series this fall, with additional exclusive content that can only be seen on the network.

On November 2, 2018, Marvel will present another adventure in the cosmic universe with the introduction of The Inhumans, a race of superhumans who first appeared in Fantastic Four #45 (December 1965) under the watch of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The Inhumans, along with the Black Panther made their debut in a Fantastic Four book, but are somehow not subject to Marvel’s rights battle with Fox.

The city of Attilan is home to the Inhumans who are the product pf experiments combining Kree and Earthlings. The Kree goal was to investigate possible ways of continuing the evolution of their race to combat their alien rivals the Skrulls.

The Inhumans would go on to form their own rigid cast society, led by their king, Black Bolt, and his Royal Family, consisting of Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton, Crystal, Maximus the Mad, and the massive canine Lockjaw.

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Despite a thriving society fueled by Terrigen Mist breeding, Black Bolt and his royal family have faced several challenges to his power by Maximus, revolts by the worker class, and human invaders.

The Inhumans have had several different, and important, storylines in the comics usually involving warring factions trying to get Black Bolt to choose a side. The Infinity comics may be most important as it pitted them against Thanos. The Mad Titan and his forces attack Attilan and offer to spare the city in exchange for a “tribute”, which was the deaths of all Inhumans between the ages of 16 and 22.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that they believe that the Inhumans can be a franchise unto their own (or even a series of films), possibly separate from the other Marvel series. Where the Guardians of the Galaxy are The Beverly Hillbillies, The Inhumans is Downton Abbey. Feige also noted that the character drama, expansion of powers, and social structure is what drove them to consider bringing the Marvel royal family to the big screen.

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Feige was a bit more reserved in his delivery of this news, possibly because of its connection to various properties within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As noted before, the Inhumans have been a galactic pawn of many different races in the cosmic Marvelverse. The have also had appearances in Hulk, Fantastic Four, and Avenger storylines, including Royal Family member Crystal marrying outside the Inhuman race to the mutant Quicksilver.

Speaking of mutants, many pundits believe that Marvel Studios is working The Inhumans into the MCU to fill the power void of mutants. Although we will see Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios has stayed away from the X-Men universe avoiding contractual fights to get any of its other franchise characters like Spider-Man or Wolverine, back into the fold.

Film rumors have been percolating since March 2011 when reports had the studio considering adapting the comic into a movie. The studio has long had a script for the film written by Joe Robert Cole who came out of the same writing program that produced Guardians‘ writer Nicole Perlman. More recently, the rumors were bolstered by Vin Diesel‘s dropping hint after hint that he would get to play in Marvel’s playpen. When it was revealed that Diesel would voice Groot in Guardians, Diesel was not shy acknowledging that Groot may not be the end of his involvement.

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Most assume that the actor with such a distinct speaking voice would be a prime candidate to play the silent superbeing Black Bolt who can level a city with the sound of his voice. Ironically, if Diesel plays Black Bolt, then he would go from playing a Marvel character who says the same thing throughout the film to another who will likely only have one spoken line in a film. The other roles are less defined, but we should probably expect to see Inhuman characters seeded into upcoming films to get fans familiarized with the “uncanny” heroes.

What we do know is that Marvel is pushing the genre further with such an “obscure” title, but that was said repeatedly about Guardians of the Galaxy and now Groot is a household name.

We’ll have to wait until Halloween 2019 before Black Bolt becomes the most popular costume of the year.