Last night was the red carpet world premiere of Marvel's Inhumans and the cast talked with various reporters. The Associated Press released the following video that featured three of the actors addressing some of the negative criticism that has come up since the initial footage was released. The press tour hasn't exactly been a stellar, with a reportedly awkward presentation at the Television Critics Association a few weeks back getting lots of coverage online.
First up in the video is Ken Leung, who plays Karnak. He tries to address the negative response by explaining that the series is only loosely based on the comics. He talks about how people might have a problem accepting a different interpretation of a beloved comic.
Then Anson Mount, who plays Black Bolt, said the "awkwardness" of the TCAs was overblown and they didn't end the session early as was reported, but rather right when it was scheduled to end.
And finally Sonya Balmores, who plays Auran, talks about the similarities to Game of Thrones and what people might expect. Other than Iwan Rheon, I don't see any similarities to GoT. If someone is comparing your show to one of the hottest series on television, you say thank you and play that up.
I want to like this series. I want it to succeed, because as a comic fan I want to see the character I grew up with adapted for live action. But being defensive on the red carpet is not a good sign. Every time one of the cast talks to someone, it just seems to make things worse. I will go see it in IMAX, and I've never seen anything in IMAX… and I will go in with an open mind, wanting to be entertained and wanting it to succeed. But the promotional efforts so far is just screaming that this is going to be a train-wreck.
Marvel's Inhumans hits IMAX theaters on September 1st and will debut on ABC September 29th.