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Marvel’s Inhumans – Episode 1 and 2 REVIEW!

‘The First Chapter’

*Mild Spoilers Ahead*

Many of you may wish that Marvel kept this as a movie in the original MCU line-up, and in a way I will agree with you. It was a bold move for Marvel to develop this as a series following the success of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the way they handled the Inhuman characters that came from there, and this does succeed in many ways. Also, before anyone says it, yes we got Scott Buck behind the show. I liked Iron Fist, but I am not here to win you over on that series.

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We start on earth where a newly “awoken” Inhuman has been exposed to the Terrigen mist, she is trying to escape a strike team who goes after her. This is where we meet Triton, who is sadly given minimal screen time. We then move to the moon and find ourselves in the city of Attilan, giving us our first introduction to King Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and Queen Medusa (Serinda Swan) as they are embraced in her magical locks of fire-red hair.

The Royal Family are all loyal to Black Bolt and obey his law, except for his brother Maximus. Where Black Bolt is seen as a good king and a protector of their world, Maximus has had enough of living in secret and believes the Inhumans should go to Earth. Maximus barely takes his brother’s side to begin with, but he finds himself taking charge after being given a glimpse into the future. Taking over the Attilan army, the brother of the king takes control of the city and is only stopped from destroying the Royal Family thanks to teleporting dog, Lockjaw!

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While the show may not be too heavy on spectacle, the earth-set scenes are shot beautifully. The opening sequence with Triton on Hawaii is well executed and even the scenes of Black Bolt and Maximus conversing with each other is a must see. Also, for a protagonist who doesn’t mutter a single word, Black Bolt is indeed a unique MCU character and one who may carry more power than we actually know. Also there is some mystery built up about a shared past between the powerless Maximus and hair-wielding beauty Medusa which I am sure will develop over the series.

We know that this show is still part of the MCU, even though many will think it is just merely cast aside from what could have been a fantastic movie. As for a start to a TV show, there is good and bad points. While the premiere episodes leave something missing, they do bring some great set pieces and make a push on the storytelling front to some success. Without giving too much away, you will almost want to be on Maximus’s side when you see what finally pushes him to take over.

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Special effects aren’t greatly used in these episodes, they weren’t really vital for what we have seen so far. The costumes are in some ways faithful to the book (Black Bolt looks cool and some of the concepts on the female cast members work well), in other ways they look tacky and cheap. Marvel TV needs to take tips from the Netflix costume department and throw in some threads that pop on screen. Make up isn’t a massive issue, though I would expect more people to look less human than what we see on screen. Anyone wondering about Medusa’s hair, I will just say that it does get its uses. The writing isn’t too strong for cast members outside the central trio, but efforts are made on the rest of the Inhumans and I hope they get more exciting material later in the series.

Then, as it should be obvious, we have our cast. First off, Anson Mount is superb as the king of Attilan, pulling so many emotions and saying an array of words without saying a thing. Serinda Swan is sexy and dangerous as Medusa, pulling no punches with that snake-like hair. Iwan Rheon has proved he can be Number 1 bastard before when he played Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones, where he is a whole different beast who honestly thinks he is doing the right thing. Some of the cast do get seemingly short changed with little to do, and I only hope that changes as the show goes on. One last cast mention is Ken Leung as Karnak. Karnak may not be front and centre like the other three mentioned, but he does get some great lines and provides a few decent laughs.

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Finally, I liked these two episodes. The 75 minutes in the IMAX screen does swiftly pass by, making me wonder if £15 of my hard-earned cash was worth the investment into the Inhuman Royal Family. There are problems in the writing, the costumes and with some of the characters. But, as I said, I hope this changes along the way. Inhumans is a property that could get a good few years of life and finally bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe together to blur the TV and Film realms. I would say if you are an MCU fanatic, IMAX may be worth it for seeing the opening two-parter. Don’t expect anything too spectacular on the big screen, save it for TV if you are more curious than dedicated.

Final rating: 7/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

P.S. Lockjaw is quite cool and I am sure a toy of him is currently in development!

You can see Inhumans from Friday 29th September on ABC in the United States and in the UK later in 2017 with a broadcaster yet to be confirmed.

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Inhumans. Are You Excited?

So, do you remember some time ago that Marvel dropped the Inhumans movie from their line-up of the MCU. But, in a very unprecedented move, the project was announced to be back and coming sooner than we thought. Instead of coming out as the film it was expected to be, Marvel and US network ABC will be making an eight-part series set around Black Bolt and the Royal Family. There is a lot more to this new series, including a first for a TV series. I am very excited to finally see The Inhumans we needed, but what are we exactly going to get? These are the reasons to look forward to the show!

Who Are The Inhumans?

Here is a history lesson from the pages of Marvel Comics. The alien race The Kree came to earth to look at the humans as potential soldiers for their war with The Skrulls. Experiments using the Terrigen Mist (How Daisy and many others found their powers in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) resulted in many humans changing into something more powerful. Where the X-Men were born with powers, the Inhumans developed when their potentials were released from the mist. The show will involve a selection of the Inhumans known as The Royal Family. The characters include their king Black Bolt, a powerful ruler whose very voice can destroy everything around him. His partner Medusa, a character who has near indestructible hair and can control it with her mind. The powerful Karnak, a man who can make highly precise attacks and has extrasensory ability to find weaknesses in persons and object. There are so many interesting characters, and you will see that not all the powers are considered a gift.

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IMAX Debut

In what has got to be a first for a TV show, Inhumans will be the first ever TV show to get its premiere in IMAX. This is a huge move for television and will undoubtedly be popular to see this show premiere in cinemas on 4th September next year. To think, this will mean the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have FOUR theatrical releases in 2017! Obviously, it is really early days on the project, but I am sure people will be eager for the September debut of the show. An IMAX debut shows that Marvel wants to have this series out there in the biggest possible way!

TV = More Time

There is a small majority of fans that will possibly be disappointed to see this long-standing film project being brought to TV and possibly involving only a fraction of the budget it may have had in a cinematic release? Well, if we learn anything from TV, some shows like Game Of Thrones (Costs more than many blockbusters!) and Boardwalk Empire look like they are produced as movies and look astounding. Plus, there must be a good amount of money going into the Inhumans show if they are doing TWO episodes that will be IMAX worthy. Also, though only eight episodes initially, this gives us a lot more time to really explore the Inhumans and learn about these characters.

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Not An Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Spin Off

With the few characters from Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. revealed to be Inhumans in 2014, it would make you think that the upcoming show would be a spin-off of ABC’s long-running (fourth season) Marvel show. But, it will instead be standing on its own two feet from the very beginning. I would be surprised if it didn’t use any characters established in the earlier show, though the option will always be there as it will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the show debuting in just under a year, will there be a potential crossover with the Avengers on the horizon? Well, we will just have to wait and see just how much it weaves itself into the established world that has been brewing since 2008.

Who Will Star in Inhumans?

So, I hate to break the news, but I reckon them long-running rumours about Vin Diesel becoming Black Bolt will never become a reality. We know that Black Bolt, Medusa and The Royal Family will be the central characters. But, could we have a few reprisals from the MCU in the new show? Due to the characters being possible because of The Kree, maybe we could see a link to Guardians Of The Galaxy, maybe even Thor? Although it isn’t a straight spin-off of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (I am sure I have mentioned that, haven’t I?), I can’t see why Chloe Bennet can’t appear as Daisy/Quake and shake up (see what I did there?) the show!

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How This Affects The MCU

Many people have wanted to see The Inhumans come out in full force for so long now, even before being announced as part of the MCU. The Inhuman royal family will indeed be a game changer. It has been said this isn’t reimagining the original film plan. But it must be, right? It is focusing on Black Bolt and the other Inhumans, it will be part of the MCU and will certainly weave into the TV and Film realms to change it forever. I am waiting for one or two moon references now in the upcoming films. Also, what is to stop a cameo or two cropping up in one of the upcoming 2017 films? We know the Inhumans have already been creeping in to the MCU, but it is time for them to come out to the world and make their voices heard (except Black Bolt, because he will destroy everything).

Whatever you think, it is just 9 months until we get the Inhumans in full force. No doubt we will be hearing a lot more about the show after Christmas. But for now, let’s speculate away!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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