We just got the trailer for Marvel's Inhumans and there are some pretty interesting moments. Things we haven't seen up until now. And we get to see one of the benefits to them launching in IMAX theaters over just being a regular television series. The Inhumans need to be big and awe inspiring. This concept of a group of humans affected by Terrigen Mist that live in the Blue Area of the moon came from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965 and shows just the tip of the galactic imagination that Kirby would expand into the Eternals, the New Gods, The Forever People and so much more. Kirby created on a cosmic scale and doing that on a television budget would be very difficult. But with IMAX, they could go with a slightly larger budget and then move the story to Hawaii.
We get a look at the royal family meeting together, except two are missing. We have Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon as Maximus the Mad, Serinda Swan as Queen Medusa, Ken Leung as Karnak, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, and Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon.
And we can see that Maximus is the bad guy early on. We all expected him to be the bad guy. He is that in the comics, but I thought they might establish him a bit before going for the betrayal. Nope, right to the betrayal. We see him rallying the citizens of Attilan against their ruler and for retaking Earth.
And it looks like they take the time to try and establish that Attilan is grand. Not Asgard level grand, but definitely above New York.
And we finally get our first look at Mike Moh as Triton. Why wasn't he in other shots? Maybe he wasn't on the moon. Maybe he lives on Earth in the water. Interesting to see that they've given him a full set of clothes instead of the swim-trunks look that he normally gets. But, he's green, has a fin and pointy ears. Well done ABC.
We also get a look at Black Bolt on Earth as he gets a hold of a blue suit and has upset the local police. Was this something of his downing or Maxiums? I like the idea that even a grunt of paint can be destructive with his powers. And that Maximus is scared of Black Bolt's full power.
And finally, I'm still trying to get used to how the characters look. The thing that throws me off the most is the Medusa wig, because it screams out that it's a wig. Her hair and how it moves will be one of the things that will make or break this show visually. Triton is the second and Lockjaw the third. And we get a look at Lockjaw twice. Once when he teleports Black Bolt… is he teleporting, or moving really fast? They way we see him just before hand almost makes it look like fast moving… to Hawaii. And then we see him again at the end looking very much like a cute dog.
And who doesn't love a big, playful puppy?
The promo photo we'd seen didn't really excite me, but this trailer does. There are bits in here that make me hopeful that this is going to be good. It looks like they've used their budget wisely, keeping it to an 8-episode season and moving it to less expensive locals. But the series needs to have it's spectacle as well and there are hints of that here. If they can deliver on that and how their powers work… this could be a very good thing for Marvel TV and ABC.