Marvel’s Inhumans aimed to bring a fresh corner of the comic universe to life when it premiered in 2017. Focusing on the secretive royal family of superpowered Inhumans, the ABC show promised an immersive fantasy drama but struggled creatively.
Created by comic legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Inhumans are humans genetically enhanced by Kree aliens to have unique abilities when exposed to the Terrigen Mist. The show centers on the royal family’s functioning monarchy of Attilan being overthrown, forcing them into exile on Earth.
Anson Mount starred as Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans whose voice causes destruction. Serinda Swan played his cousin Medusa, queen of Attilan with living prehensile hair she wields as a weapon. Their flight from forces trying to usurp the throne drives the story.
Yet the show rushed through plotting and world establishment, expecting audiences to immediately invest without proper foundation. Strange creative choices diminished the royal characters’ imposing aura from the comics.
For example, Mount as Black Bolt was oddly barred from speaking at all rather than unleashing his powerful voice judiciously. Medusa’s iconic hair received an unconvincing CGI treatment lacking majesty. Maximus, Black Bolt’s mutinous brother, proved a weak villain.
Visually, Attilan’s sets appeared noticeably cheap and sterile rather than transporting. Even the Moon location shots lacked grandeur. The costumes similarly disappointed, failing to convey the Inhumans’ regality.
With only 8 episodes ordered, the series was likely handicapped by budget constraints. But mishandling of the source material proved a greater failure. The Inhumans felt poorly realized.
Marvel’s Inhumans aimed to provide the immersive vision of Game of Thrones combined with superhero action but lacked support to fully deliver. Undeveloped storytelling and production hampered its potential.
After low ratings and critic pans, Inhumans was not renewed beyond its initial 8 episode run, leaving narrative threads unresolved. But the universe still holds promise if revisited under more ideal creative conditions.