Jeph Loeb On Marvel's Inhumans Not Having A True Evil Villain
Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel TV, has a lot of things going on right now. Marvel's Defenders just debuted, Marvel's Punisher is next up and Marvel's Jessica Jones Season 2 is filming, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming back for a fifth season, Marvel's Cloak & Dagger, Marvel's New Warriors and Marvel's Runaways are all in progress — and as he points out in the beginning of this red carpet interview, it was just Jack Kirby's 100th birthday, and Marvel's Inhumans is in IMAX theaters.
He talks about working with IMAX cameras and how they give you an expanse that you normally can't get on television — which makes me wonder how much they wrote the first two episodes with the idea of trying to use the expanded screen area, or if it was an add on after the scripts were done.
He then gets into what I think is the aspect of the series that most interests me: the conflict between two brothers. It's not a clear cut good guy/bad guy situation. Iwan Rheon has played a true bad guy on Game of Thrones, and Maximus is not Ramsay Bolton. Maximus believes what he is doing is in the best interest of the Inhumans, and that in this case, Black Bolt (Anson Mount) is the bad guy. The story of two brothers fighting over what they believe is right for their people, both of them worthy of being king… that's a hell of a story to tell, and that's what seems to have attracted Loeb.
Loeb says that if you come out of it just liking the superpowers and the big dog, that's great. But if you come away thinking about how we as humans treat each other, then he's done his job.
Marvel's Inhumans is in IMAX theaters now and will debut on ABC on September 29th.