Welp, looks like a former Marvel Studios project has found new life after all – nestled at home on ABC next fall.
In breaking news, Marvel has announced that Inhumans will transition from the big screen to the comfort of your own home. Inhumans has officially been greenlit. Marvel’s third show to air on ABC following both Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter, the show will begin its freshman season next fall. The Inhumans have played a pivotal role in S.H.I.E.L.D. across the last two seasons and, with the Plus-Seven ratings factored in, ABC’s lone Marvel show has found new life in its fourth season.
The announcement comes as part of a new agreement with Marvel Entertainment, Disney/ABC Television Group, and IMAX. The first two episodes will be edited into a feature film presentation and will film exclusively with IMAX digital cameras. The feature film presentation will air for two weeks in September 2017 in IMAX screens across the country. This is the first time that a television series will debut as a movie and then roll on as a weekly episodic series. No casting or creative news is confirmed at this time but, for a project long feared forgotten, the feeling of worry is over.
Initially Inhumans was announced as a standalone film as part of Marvel Studio’s Phase Three, set to hit screens in summer 2018. However, progress on the film stalled and the project (which then shifted to a summer 2019 release date) was delayed indefinitely. Marvel’s commitment to a 22-episode season is a boom-or-bust play but, with the property already thriving as part of S.H.I.E.L.D. currently, perhaps Jeph Loeb envisioned a way to save the gestating project with a wholly different direction.
Edit, 9:15pm – looks like Inhumans will not be a spin-off from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after all. The show will focus on the Inhuman royal family of Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Lockjaw, and others. As more details surface, the notion is clear that Jeph Loeb and Marvel Entertainment instead will take the former tentpole project and weave a broader story that’ll unfold across a season rather than a two-hour film. Also, details are still unclear is if the big-screen adaptation has been cancelled fully or if the television show will serve a lead-in to future adventures. For now, we at least get to see the Inhuman royal family finally get the treatment they deserve.
Stay tuned for more updates as news breaks. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Ghost Rider airs Tuesday nights on ABC and Inhumans will debut exclusively in IMAX next September before premiering fall 2017.