Near the end of August, there was a lot of talk about Marvel's Inhumans because it was making its debut in IMAX theaters. Then the first two episodes hit theaters and the reviews poured in… and they were negative. Maybe overly negative. And Marvel went silent about it until this week. If you didn't see it in theaters, you'll get the chance to see the pilot on Friday night as the eight-episode series debuts in its regular time slot.
The series stars Anson Mount as King Black Bolt of the Inhumans. Serinda Swan is his wife and queen and Iwan Rheon plays the King's treacherous brother Maximus. Ken Leung, Isabelle Cornish, Eme Ikwuakor, and Mike Moh round out the Royal Family.
The plot is simple. Black Bolt tries to keep peace, with the Inhumans living on the moon away from humanity. But living on the moon has created economic strife among the Inhumans, a fire being stoked by Maximus, who believes they should return to Earth and take over. Part of this comes from Maximus feeling like an outcast because he has no apparent powers.
I went and saw the IMAX presentation, which showed the first two episodes of the series. I didn't think it deserved the over-the-top negativity that it received. But Marvel shot themselves in the foot by putting this in the theaters. Even with them trying to film it for IMAX, the story wasn't there. When you go to a theater, you want to see a grand spectacle with a beginning, middle, and end. What you got was two episodes of a television series. But it's worth giving the series a shot, especially if you like Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Inhumans premieres on ABC September 29th at 8 p.m. EST. This new trailer doesn't show anything new, but it has good music, at least.