Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Marvel's Inhumans to Hit Theaters on November 2, 2018

On November 2, 2018, Marvel Studios will introduce general audiences to the Inhumans, one of their strangest and oldest groups of characters.

 Inhumans is a project that Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios have been developing for a number of years. In fact, in November of 2013, I wrote this piece about how it might appear in Marvel's Phase 3. In August, Collider broke the news that the studio, in light of the massive success that was Guardians of the Galaxy, was pushing forward with Inhumans as a way to expand the Cosmic side of their universe. Collider reported that the studio had a script (penned by Joe Robert Cole) with which they were very pleased, and that they would shortly begin shopping for directorial candidates for the film. While they are certainly in no rush to announce the creative team for the film (something that's usually done about 2 years prior to release), Kevin Feige teased yesterday that we might be introduced to the Inhumans "sooner than we might expect."

Feige's comment calls to mind a rumor that's been making the rounds since March. A report from Unleash Fanboy mentioned that we might first come across Inhumans in this spring's Avengers: Age of Ultron as Marvel's way around not being able to call Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch "mutants." This rumor, despite being denied by Feige, has continued to pick up steam especially when it was recently revealed that the two characters, who have always been mutants in the comics, might learn that they are actually Inhumans. Between that and the constant hints and rumors of Inhumans showing up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it seems obvious that we're going to see be introduced to the idea of Inhumans ahead of the film. While the Inhumans have grown in number in the comics recently, any film is expected to focus on the Inhuman Royal Family, a group of genetic elite who have domain over their city, Attilan, and have protected their kingdom from the outside world for centuries.

The Inhumans are the products of Kree experimentation on early humans in an effort to create a powerful race of human mutants that were to be used to help defeat the Skrulls, arch-enemies of the Kree Empire. Though their experiments were successful, the Kree abandoned the project in fear of a prophecy which foretold the coming of a destructive, genetic anomaly, leaving a group of genetically advanced humans who, over the course of time, withdrew from interactions with their less-advanced brothers and formed their own society.

The Inhuman society progressed quickly. Technological and scientific advances of which normal humans were incapable led to further evolution of the group as their scientists discovered the powers of the mutagenic Terrigen Mist, derived from Terrigen Crystals. For a time, all Inhumans were exposed to the mists and through the process their already mutated DNA further changed. In some cases, the exposure, called Terrigenesis, led to incredible powers; in most other cases,Terrigenesis led to horrific mutations. After a time, Terrigenesis was no longer given to all those with Inhuman DNA and was reserved only for those deemed to be genetically perfect.

While the film is in the earliest stages of development, it may already have a star attached to it. Actor Vin Diesel, who voiced Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, has teased fans a couple of times in the past few years. Most recently, after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Diesel took to his Facebook thanking fans and by saying "Marvel thinks I'm Inhuman." It was a simple, but loaded statement that almost all fans took to mean that we'd eventually see Diesel in the role of Black Bolt, King of the Inhumans.