Marvel Studios‘ next great gambit is coming to a theatre near you this fall, and then it will be coming to your TV screens. After years of promising a big screen version of The Inhumans, Marvel ended up pulling the last piece of their Phase 3 plan, only to repurpose it as a TV series that will take the unusual step of premiering it’s first two hours in IMAX theatres before airing on ABC later this year. There’s some eager anticipation out there to see what Marvel’s going to do with this ambitious endeavour, and speaking of eager, here’s your first look at the Royal family of Attilan.
Enterainment Weekly has posted the first official picture of the cast of The Inhumans in costume and make-up including Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Ken Leung as Karnak, Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, and Iwan Rheon as Maximus.
The magazine also got an interview with showrunner Scott Buck (Iron Fist) who talked in broad terms about what we can expect from the show. “Basically we’re telling a story about a family at a very critical juncture in their lives,” he said. “When we meet up with them, we’re going to find that pretty much everything they’ve ever known is at risk.”
Buck also confirmed that the series will take place on both Earth and Attilan, which is located in the “Blue area” of the Moon in the ruins of an old Kree City. He added that the show takes place concurrently with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where Inhumans have been a huge ongoing story element, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although there’s currently no crossover in the works with any other Marvel property.
As to developing the series to air initially in IMAX theatres, Buck said because of that Inhumans will feel just that little bit bigger than your average network TV series. “I would say the first two episodes do, because it gave us a lot more freedom and pushed and encouraged us to think a little bit bigger than we would if it was just a normal network show,” he explained. “We just wanted to think bigger in terms of scope, and what we were seeing, and how we bring these characters to the audience.”
So because of that, and many other reasons, The Inhumans promises to be one of Marvel’s most challenging projects yet, even for its showrunner. “It’s big. I’m used to writing — and what I’m best at — slightly smaller character dramas,” said Buck. “This is a show that I have to stretch myself and think a little bit bigger at times, so that’s been the biggest challenge for me.”
You can read the rest of the Q&A over at EW. As for Inhumans, it will premiere in IMAX theatres on September 1 with the full series premiering in ABC later this fall.