We talk you through everything you need to know before you sit down and binge watch Marvel’s Inhumans TV show.
On Monday the 6th of March, set photos for the new Inhumans TV series were released.
If you’d actually seen these photos, you would’ve seen this guy in a split between a Batman Begins and Matrix black leather outfit. Now, if you were as good of a detective as Batman, you would have also spotted this big-ass blue CGI dog statue. For those who don’t know, they are Black Bolt and Lockjaw respectively.
But obviously most of you will have as much idea about the Inhumans as my grandfather does about getting his television to work. So to remedy that malady, we’re going to give you a quick crashcourse on the Inhumans and what you can expect from the series’ debut.
As always, potential SPOILER WARNING. We’re going to be going into the history and abilities of the major characters, so if you want to go into this series knowing nothing, stop here (but seriously keep on going, that’s why you clicked on this article, right?)
Who are the Inhumans?
The Inhumans were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby – may they be blessed – and they’re essentially Disney’s answer to the Mutant problem. That is, the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t have the screen rights for any X-Men character, who are all fucking amazing and have incredibly rich histories (looking at you Logan). Because the Inhumans and X-Men’s Mutants are so similar, Inhuman characters can be used to have a cool roster of super-powered beings, explore some of the themes which make X-Men great, and make Disney a metric shit-tonne of money.
To start this story off, I need to go way back, because the story of the Inhumans technically begins at the dawn of man. Now don’t freak out, but during the beginning of Homo sapiens, an alien species called the Kree came to Earth looking for some form of intelligent species they could manipulate genetically to make their own super soldiers. They wanted these super-soldiers for a war against another alien species called the Skrulls, who they’d been fighting against longer than my grandfather has been figuring out how to turn his TV on (sorry this is just really bothering me).
The Kree modifications made these Inhumans vastly superior to the primitive humans at the time, both physically and mentally. The Inhumans ended up forming their own society secluded from the world, hid their existence and developed advanced technology. With the Kree gone for some unknown reason, the Inhumans experimented with the mutagenic ‘Terrigen Mist’, which endowed them with supernatural abilities.
Fast forward to the present and the Inhuman society is still relatively secluded and are ruled by the Inhuman Royal Family, who will be the focus of the series. Just speculating here, but I’d say this series will put us on an adventure (insert meme of Bilbo Baggins here) discovering who the members of the Inhuman Royal Family are, and how they must fight to protect themselves from the United Nations putting super-humans under the control of the Sokovia Accords (see Civil War).
What can the Inhumans do?
Inhumans are very much like mutants in that they all have vastly different abilities. Because this show is going to look at the Inhuman Royal Family, I’ll give you a rundown as to what each member can do.
The King of the Inhumans, Black Bolt (Anson Mount), has a quasi-sonic voice and can manipulate electrons in the environment. This means he can’t speak because even a whisper could actually topple skyscrapers. Seriously, Black Bolt had a one-on-one with the Hulk and took him OUT. Just with his voice. It’s that powerful. He’s also able to use electrons to emit electron blasts, fly and make himself stronger.
The Queen of the Inhumans, Medusa (Serinda Swan), can manipulate every fibre of her hair which she uses to get up to a lot of mischief, and makes her extremely dangerous.
Black Bolt’s brother, Maximus the Mad (Iwan Rheon), has a genius level intellect as an inventor, like Tony Stark, and he can also apparently conduct some mind manipulation – unlike Tony Stark. He’s essentially Ramsay Bolton from Game of Thrones but more hands on.
“Earth. Fire. Air. Water. Only the Avatar can master all four elements and bring balance to the world.” That’s a quick summary of Crystal (Isabelle Cornish), Medusa’s sister who’s pretty much the avatar, so she can control all four elements.
Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor), one of Black Bolt’s cousins is essentially a Minotaur, but when he walks, he can create seismic shockwaves!
Karnak (Ken Leung) is another of Black Bolt’s cousins, and has the ability to see the fatal flaw in everything! Good for making plans, bad for pointing out your insecurities.
Triton (Mike Moh) is an aquatic inhuman, so his superpower is being athletic and breathing underwater. Unfortunately for him, he doesn’t do so well on land…
Auran (Sonya Balmores) can hear things really really well thanks to her super ears! This also makes her a great detective because she can hear people talking about their mischievous plans I guess.
Lockjaw. Lockjaw is this fucking huge bulldog, who is an escort to the Inhuman Royal Family because that little pupper can teleport anywhere in the world.
Inhumans vs X-Men: How are Marvel’s Inhumans different to their mutants?
In terms of powers, while the actual abilities are mostly different, they’re essentially just another team of super-powered people.
But while mutants’ abilities manifest during puberty, Inhumans undergo a selective process where some Inhumans are chosen to undergo the privilege of ‘Terrigenesis’ – being exposed to the ‘Terrigen Mist’ and developing powers.
Mutants also have an emphasis of integrating themselves into the non-Mutant community, and showing the issues behind the Civil Rights Movement. Inhumans are always reclusive, preferring to live in isolation, so much so that for a long time, their city of Atillan was based on the bloody moon! But maybe all that is going to change when the Sokovia Accords are going to try to put them in line, and if that fails, take them down…
How will the Inhumans TV show be aired?
Set to air on the 1st of September in IMAX cinemas, the Inhumans series is going to be using a compilation of both IMAX and normal cameras. This means the first two episodes will be aired in IMAX for two weeks, and after that will be aired on the much smaller-screen on ABC.
Inhumans has an excellent chance to be a good show, but I’m slightly hesitant with the Showrunner Scott Buck, the executive producer of Iron Fist, which has gotten some pretty below average reviews for the ‘Final Defender’.
Regardless we have these amazing, well developed characters with a deep history. While they’re not the most well-known Marvel characters to the layman, they definitely have the potential to rival Fox’s X-Men.