Marvel’s Inhumans is one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most high-profile failures, which is to say, it is hardly remembered at all. The series debuted in 2017 after a number of production issues (and rumored behind-the-scenes politics) and swiftly disappeared after eight episodes. However, it now seems that our trusted and proven sources are telling us that an Inhumans reboot is in the works to be launched on the Disney+ streaming platform.
This is pretty important news, given that we just got our first official sighting of an Inhuman in the MCU for quite some time. Our scoop that Anson Mount’s Black Bolt, King of Attilan, would appear in the recent Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was confirmed recently, which means that Marvel Studios Kevin Feige is open to the group of Terrigen Mist-empowered superbeings reappearing in some capacity. An Inhumans reboot would seem like the next logical step.
As importantly for an Inhumans reboot as Anson Mount showing back up as the vocally-talented Black Bolt to pass judgment on Doctors Strange (Doctor Stranges?) is Marvel Studios’ increased use of Disney+ to launch new characters in the wider MCU. So far, the Disney+ streaming platform has given us the Hailee Steinfeld version of Hawkeye, the Oscar Isaac Moon Knight, Anthony Mackie fully embracing being the next Captain America, the imminent new Ms. Marvel, and with the upcoming She-Hulk series with Tatiana Maslany, perhaps our next gamma-irradiated superhero. The current MCU strategy appears to be to use the platform to test out characters without having to go for the risk of a full theatrical movie (or shoehorning them into some other character’s solo film), so the Inhumans reboot being on Disney+ is pretty on point.
Prior to this potential Inhumans reboot, the main appearance of the characters so far was in one season of their titular show. It had an unusual release strategy, first being conceived of as a Phase Three film, being retooled as a series, initially premiering on theatrical IMAX screens, the first live-action television series to do so. After two weeks, it then went to broadcast on the ABC network, which was concurrently airing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel Studios has always had a somewhat tricky relationship with its television series pre-Disney+; both the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series and the various Netflix shows were theoretically canonical, but it was always a little murky at best.
A straight-up Inhumans reboot directly on Disney’s own, increasingly popular streaming service could hopefully allow them to get the characters right this time. The Inhumans show was met with critical poor ratings and low viewership and was somewhat viewed at the time as a tentative attempt to compensate for the lack of rights to the X-Men and other mutant-related matters (which is no longer an issue). We will have to see how Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige address the previous series when the Inhumans reboot happens, but the ever-handy multiverse concept could take care of a whole lot of that. We will keep you informed as we find more information.