It’s a great time to be a fan of superheroes! In addition to the DC Comics films that are coming out, Marvel Studios is about to begin their Phase Three lineup films, starting with Captain America: Civil War. During this phase of films, we will be not only be treated to films of existing Marvel characters, but new ones as well: Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Captain Marvel, and the Inhumans are all getting films. But while there is a great deal of excitement of Black Panther, Spider-Man, and soon enough Doctor Strange (since the trailer is coming this week), little is known yet about Captain Marvel and Inhumans. Both are cosmic comics, but the characters are not universally known by the mainstream audience. Now it looks like it may the audience a little longer to know them, as the Inhumans film might possibly be delayed.
As Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained it to Collider:
“Since we made our initial phase three announcement, we added ‘Spider-Man,’ which was a big joyous coup for us. We added ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp,’ which was a big fun continuation of that story for us. Walt Disney Company has announced an ‘Indiana Jones’ film for right around that same time. So I think [‘Inhumans’] will shuffle off the current date that it’s on right now. How far down it shuffles, I’m not sure yet”
Don’t get too worried. This seems right now to be due to scheduling, and not a lack of confidence in the Inhumans film. The addition of films like Ant-Man and the Wasp and Spider-Man, as well as an overcrowded film release schedule (both Marvel, DC and other film studios blockbusters) seem to be the blame for the possible delay for Inhumans.
One positive for this is that there could be even more time to develop the Inhumans storyline outside of the films. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been laying the groundwork for the eventual Inhumans film with their current Inhumans storyline. Usually, the TV and films only briefly intersect, but this might be the exception to the rule. Meanwhile, other cosmic properties might be able to further develop the Inhumans narrative through Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Captain Marvel, and possibly Avengers: Infinity War parts 1 and 2. Who knows? This new delay might give Marvel the opportunity to incorporate various Inhumans characters in some or all of these films as well. Wouldn’t it be awesome of somehow we got the War of Kings storyline for the Inhumans film?
No matter what, Marvel Studios will continue to develop interesting adaptations to characters we have come to love. We will still get an Inhumans film, even if a little later than we expected. Like Feige said:
“It’s a question of when.”