It looks like this is the phase of Marvel Studios development where they’re going to strut. After Guardians of the Galaxy proved that a comic book based on an out-there concept couldn’t just be turned into a competent film, but the smash hit of summer with all audiences, Marvel looks ready to push again by finishing a script based on a bunch of characters even more out there than the Guardians, the Inhumans. Are movie-goers ready for a trip to the Blue Area of the Moon, and a peek at the Terrigen Mist? We’re about to find out as Marvel has indeed completed a draft for The Inhumans.
According to Collider, news is making the rounds that Joe Robert Cole, a graduate of the same Marvel writer’s program that launched Nicole Perlman to a co-screenwriting credit on Guardians, has completed a workable draft of an Inhumans script. We say “workable” because it’s likely a taste test for filmmakers to see if it’s something that might appeal to them with future drafts to be written by new screenwriters under the supervision, or in concert with, the hired director. It was what Marvel did with Guardians of the Galaxy too.
The Inhumans are an interesting case. Their story goes that the Inhumans began as an experiment by the Kree Empire to create super-soldiers in their war with the Skrulls. Ancient humans were exposed to the Terrigen Mist, which gave them super-powers. Existing in seclusion, separate from the rest of humanity for centuries, they developed their own society and advanced technology. Their home city, Attilan, can change positions and has resided in the Atlantic, the Himalayas and the Blue Area of the Moon (so named because there’s breathable air there). Inhumans stories largely focus on the royal family lead by Black Bolt and Medusa.
So how will the movie version address the Inhumans? This previously released logline gives some indication about the direction of the film, but it’s perhaps no longer valid:
The Inhumans are aliens who were put on Earth as sleeper cell aliens to eventually call back their race to take over the planet. Ultimately, the group of aliens fully assimilates and don’t want to cause war.
That could still fit, as Marvel has already gone to the trouble of introducing the Kree to the Cinematic Universe (Guardians and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) so that portion to the background’s buttoned up. Also, some have speculated that Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch as portrayed in Avengers: Age of Ultron, might be Inhumans. Comic trivia buffs would point out though that Quicksilver’s wife in the comics is the Inhuman Crystal, so it would be an interesting nod to that bit of lore if the twins were recast as Inhumans, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has already denied the assumption.
One thing’s for sure, the success of Guardians means that Marvel’s got new confidence in making those weirder corners of their universe into cinematic realities. If the average movie-going audience can buy a talking raccoon and a sentient tree, then they will surely by a man who’s voice is so powerful he rarely speaks, his wife, a woman with living hair, and their large, loveable Beethoven-esque dog that can teleport them anywhere. What times we live in, folks!
We’ll have more Inhumans news as it develops.