Late last year, we learned that Marvel’s royal family of mutants, the Inhumans, would be coming to TV instead of the movies. The series will get its start in theaters with an IMAX premiere in September before heading to ABC to try to capture the same kind of success as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Today, we’re getting our first look at the people who bring the show to life, with Entertainment Weekly delivering the first cast photo and an interview with showrunner Scott Buck.
Unlike the Inhumans seen in Agents, the new series will follow the stars of the comics — the royal family, which includes Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon, Karnak, Crystal, Maximus, and reportedly the family dog, Lockjaw. We don’t know how they’ll do the beloved bulldog, but the photo does include an unmasked Black Bolt, a hair-inert Medusa, and Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon once again breaking bad as Maximus.
The show is a big risk for Marvel — in a lot of ways, it might have been easier to do a movie instead of a TV show. The main problem is how much will be required in terms of special effects — it’s why Marvel’s TV offerings have been either focused on non-superheroes (Agents) or on superheroes that rely mostly on brute force, requiring more fight choreography than special effects (The Defenders). Not so with Inhumans — Crystal (the sister of the Scarlet Witch) can manipulate the elements, while Gorgon has hooves that can create shockwaves. Hardest of all will be Medusa, who can control her hair — a lot of CGI wizardry will be needed to make that happen, and getting hair right with CGI is neither easy nor cheap.
The other tricky part? Black Bolt isn’t much of a talker, and for good reason. His superpower is his voice, and he doesn’t use it much. He’ll still be the main character of the show, though — like with the comics, he’ll mostly use a combination of body and sign language to communicate.
It’ll be interesting to see how much the Inhumans actually use their superpowers. In the interview, Buck describes the show as a “family drama,” and we know that the show won’t necessarily have many ties to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Still lots of mystery to unravel before the show makes its IMAX debut on September 1.