OPINION: What THE INHUMANS Could Mean For The Marvel Cinematic Universe

There has been various bits of news about Marvel's The Inhumans all over the place. From Vin Diesel to Terrigen Mist, the Point of Geeks gathered all the evidence and shares what it might mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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By PointOfGeeks - 8/14/2014

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Marvel has identified it's next franchise and while it is a lesser-known property, it makes a lot of sense for the studio. The Inhumans were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, making their first appearance in 1965 in the pages of the Fantastic Four. The comic revolves around a royal family of superbeings led by Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans. After the blockbuster success of their wacky and risky film, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel is continuing with their plan of expanding the scope of their cinematic universe. This isn't an impulsive development either, they have long planned for this next phase to include Ant-ManDr. Stra​nge and The Inhumans. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige spoke about their potential last year to EW:

Inhumans is cool, they’re really great characters. The most powerful guy is the king who doesn’t say a word and if he does — lookout. That’s awesome. And the notion of the Terrigen Mists, this notion that you go through and don’t know what you’re going to be on the other side, is incredibly compelling dramatically. In other words, all the craziness that comes with Inhumans, we’ve done in the other movies already. But this would have some of the social drama that we haven’t really done yet. [Fox’s] X-Men, obviously, has been touching on that stuff for a while.

This is the opportunity for Marvel Studios to add more social commentary and subtext to their films. The beauty of the X-Men franchise is that while it's action-packed and fun, it does carry a strong message of acceptance of others and the struggle for civil rights. It seems this notion hasn't escaped Feige, since they have begun shopping a script for The Inhumans written by Joe Robert Cole. Collider explains that once they find a director for the project, Marvel will allow him or her to rewrite the script to fit their own vision. Provided they stick to the story beats in the initial script, which presumably will have greater ramifications in future films. This same process was used in the development of Guardians of the Galaxy with Nicole Perlman and James Gunn, so it seems they may have found a new formula. Hopefully this will nip poor communication between future directors and the studio, avoiding fiascos like the pre-production for Ant-Man.

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A script is being shopped around, the approach towards the material has been laid out, but who does Marvel have in mind to headline this new brand? Well we will let the actor spill the beans for himself. A few days ago, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious) made an interesting and very purposeful post on his Facebook account:

"Vin and Marvel... you all made it happen! I get the strange feeling that Marvel thinks I'm Inhuman... Haha."

The fact that he chose a character to play such as Groot is seeming to be a trade-off. Groot was almost entirely a computer generated creation that did not involve Diesel performing motion-capture. In addition, Groot only has one phrase the entire film, albeit delievered in different tones and inflections. Interestingly enough, Black Bolt is mute by choice, since when he speaks his voice is a deadly sonic weapon. So Diesel will get the opportunity to headline his own Marvel film, while getting to be the physical action hero he is accustomed to being. Fans of the Riddick series know that Diesel is an actor capable of carrying a film without saying much as well, which should give Marvel comfort in the project with him in the lead.

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However, Diesel isn't the only important reason for an Inhumans film, their genesis is crucial to the overall Marvel mythos. Remember the Celestials that were mentioned in Guardians of the Galaxy? In Marvel's mythology they were the ones who created life on Earth. The Kree experimented on primitive Earthlings and then eventually moved on to other worlds, leaving their test subjects to their own devices (very Prometheus-like). The Inhumans went on to create an advanced civilization for themselves. Some procreated with standard humans and passed on the dormant gene to their ancestors. When Maximus, the younger brother of Black Bolt, released the Terrigen Mist it activated the dormant genes in the population, causing a new sub-species of super-beings. This origin story is crucial because it seems to tie into the Marvel cinematic universe in so many ways.

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The Inhumans franchise has connections to Guardians of the Galaxy,  Agents of Shield and eventually to the Avengers. Since Marvel does not own the X-Men film franchise they are unable to label characters as "mutant." The presence of Inhumans blood lines laying dormant in many people's DNA, looks to be the explanation for some people being "miracles," as was described in Captain America: The Winter Solider. On the TV side, Agents of Shield introduced a Kree alien and they have even injected Kree blood into several characters, including series' leads Agent Coulson and Skye. The Inhumans will provide a reference for what is happening to their physiology or we may find that a few of your fan-favorites are already inhuman. This may also tie into the Avengers: Age of Ultron.  It could provide a basic explanation for how Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch get their miraculous powers, since they are mutants in the comics, but not in the cinematic world.

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Ultimately all things in the Marvel cinematic universe seem to be leading to the third Avengers film and a fight not for Earth, or even the galaxy, but a battle for the universe. With every film released, Marvel is expanding the scope of their storytelling and the reach of the worlds that they have created. It would seemingly be harder to shepard all of these different properties into an Avengers film since the scope will have gotten so large. However the interconnected nature of the Inhumans story lends itself to be a glue to bring the universe together. Diesel seems to allude to this fact in an interview last fall with IGN:

"I get the call, I go down to Marvel. A great meeting. It was even talking about something so big I can't even talk about because it's like the merging of brands in a way, which I won't get into. That was something way, way, way, way, way down the road."

In a broad sense, The Inhumans will be the connective tissue between the newly explored cosmic side of Marvel and the odd mutations popping up on Earth. Since Marvel does not own the X-Men film franchise, they are unable to label characters as "mutant." The presence of Inhumans' blood lines laying dormant in many people's DNA, looks to be the explanation for some people being "miracles," as was described in Captain America: The Winter Solider's button scene. On the TV side, Agents of Shield introduced a Kree alien and they have even injected their blood into several characters, including series leads Agent Coulson and Skye. The Inhumans will provide a reference for what is happening to their physiology or we may find that a few of your fan-favorites are already inhuman.Inhumans-Black-Bolt-e1407868766325

The news of The Inhumans getting formally on the production track signifies the look of the Marvel universe may soon change. The Guardians of the Galaxy are the studio's newest iconic characters, add in Vin Diesel as Black Bolt, and whatever charismatic star winds up playing Dr. Strange, and you have the type of star power that can fill the void of Robert Downey Jr's eventual departure. The property while largely unknown or unnoticed at this juncture, may truly be the key to the next ten years of success for Marvel films. We can't wait to bring you the latest as the story develops.

Are you excited about The Inhumans and Vin Diesel, physically, joining the MCU? Are there any particular storylines that you think should be adapted? 

 

Sources: Point of Geeks,IGN, Collider, Slashfilm

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ScottMontgomery - 8/14/2014, 1:15 AM
Great article! The Inhumans are great characters, I've been a fan of them for awhile. I don't know what I think about Vin Diesel as Black Bolt though... I think they could find someone better suited for the role
SnapperCarr - 8/14/2014, 1:48 AM
I think Diesel would kill it as Black Bolt. However, I think the protagonist of the movie should be Crystal. She would be the Peter Quill or Ellen Page's character from Inception of the story as she's someone we can easily relate to (while Medusa or Black Bolt are more distant). Have her be the youngest of the royal family, learning her powers and being trained by Karnak.

And humor in this movie has to be handled carefully. Marvel dropped the ball with Thor, so I don't want to sacrifice the Inhuman's intensity for cheap gags. I think Gorgon and Triton are the best for potential sources of comedy (as they are the more light-hearted of the Inhuman royal family). Maximilian should not be the main villain of this movie, otherwise the dynamic might be to similar to Loki.

RedNTheHood - 8/14/2014, 2:21 AM
I don't want Vin Diesel to play Black Bolt. I just don't see it, Nice article though. I think Inhumans should be open of the more serious MCU films. I'd love it to feel like Game of Throned in space in a way.
CherryBomb - 8/14/2014, 3:09 AM
@Snapper

I feel the exact same! Crystal should definitely be the lead/Peter! I've always liked her and seeing Inhumans through her young eyes will just give the story more of an impact.
kinghulk - 8/14/2014, 3:51 AM
crystal should definitely have a large role but i feel the focus should be on the royal family as a hole. the family and royal dynamics should be interesting to explore. i wonder who they would use as a villian.
kinghulk - 8/14/2014, 4:12 AM
but yeah crystal needs an awesome moment to shine after all she is basically the avatar lol
RebelVulcan - 8/14/2014, 4:32 AM
@SnapperCarr @CherryBomb- Consider this motion thirded. Crystal ought to be the lead. My pick to play her is Emma Watson.
Also:
Black Bolt: Tom Hardy
Medusa: Cate Blanchett
Maximus the Mad: Joaquin Phoenix
kinghulk - 8/14/2014, 5:01 AM
rebelvulcan- id love to see Emma watson play crystal.
Pasto - 8/14/2014, 6:11 AM
Gotta clink in my neck.
MexicanSuperman - 8/14/2014, 6:12 AM
It means more money for them.
SuperCat - 8/14/2014, 6:13 AM
SuperCat - 8/14/2014, 6:16 AM
Bl00dwerK - 8/14/2014, 6:18 AM
I'll go see it, like every other Marvel movie, but I've never been interested in the Inhumans...
Tetrahedron - 8/14/2014, 6:21 AM
DoubleD - 8/14/2014, 6:25 AM
NO VIN !
EXODUZ - 8/14/2014, 6:26 AM
Nice, on reading this article, and finding out more about the inhumans, it makes more sense for them to be marvel's cinematic "x-men" than even the x-men themselves.

Reason I'm saying this is because I've always had a problem with the idea that the masses could hate mutants but love the avengers.. they're both humans with powers. Whereas the inhumans are just that, not completely human.. and the concept of discrimination against people like that is easier to get behind.
yossarian - 8/14/2014, 6:28 AM
It's pretty crazy to even think Inhumans are getting their own movie. Good article. The stuff in the yellow boxes is real hard to read though.
StarYeezus - 8/14/2014, 6:30 AM
Gosling for Black Bolt. He plays a great intense mute.

BigK1337 - 8/14/2014, 6:32 AM
I think we can all agree that Crystal should be the main character. From every major apperance the Inhumans are in rather it's the comics or cartoons, Crystal has always been a central character. Plus she has a pretty awesome power and is a member of the Avengers so it will make sense that she is leading the film.
BlackHulk - 8/14/2014, 6:37 AM
With all due respect to the love being shown to the Inhumans, there are other movies and storylines that Marvel should focus on first. Black Panther, Daredevil, Luke Cage (forget the Netflix series, give the fans a Heros for Hire Movie), a real Ghost Rider movie, ect. After all, if Marvel could produce an Ant Man movie that has very little connection to the source material and no connection to the existing MCU, they can surely show the other Marvel characters love before even touching the Inhumans.
kinghulk - 8/14/2014, 6:38 AM
i wonder where they will base the film? will attilian be hidden somewhere on earth or will it be on the moon?
grifdeadpoolteabag - 8/14/2014, 6:41 AM
I'll tell you what it means: swap out new characters over one of the same simplistic plot outlines like changing the ornaments on a Christmas tree.
StarYeezus - 8/14/2014, 6:42 AM
Ghost Rider isn't happening for a long, long time. Marvel isn't Sony; they're gonna wait until the bad taste leaves people's mouths before they reboot.
lixdexia - 8/14/2014, 6:42 AM
Grey text on a yellow background? [frick] you guy
Carl - 8/14/2014, 6:43 AM
uh correcteion, Groot has 2 lines.
I am groot and we are groot.
DrKinsolving - 8/14/2014, 6:43 AM
Great article, not sure about Diesel, but this would be awesome
TheGodButcher - 8/14/2014, 6:45 AM
If they do an origin story it would be cool if they showed more of the cosmos and the Celestials. But would they show the beloved leader of the Attilian city be dethroned by the power hungery royal family? But they would probably make The Unspoken a villain tyrant if they even touched on this part. If they did a quick origin of the royal family it should be in the opening of the movie.

http://i.annihil.us/u/prod/marvel//universe3zx/images/thumb/8/89/The_Unspoken_vs._The_Young_Royal_Family.jpg/300px-The_Unspoken_vs._The_Young_Royal_Family.jpg
TheGodButcher - 8/14/2014, 6:45 AM
***hungry***
scapegoatjones - 8/14/2014, 6:46 AM
Diesel as Bolt would be great because we'd never have to hear him talk.
The light grey text on puce/peach field is super-readable!
scapegoatjones - 8/14/2014, 6:47 AM
I would love to see the Rock and Diesel in an acting contest on Funny or Die, or some other appropriate platform.
MegaMatt - 8/14/2014, 6:50 AM
If you like Vin Diesel as an actor, you really shouldn't be on here....you should be coloring.
SniktBub - 8/14/2014, 6:51 AM
Great editorial. I totally agree with everyone who said Crystal should be the lead. She was married to Quicksilver and had his kid at one point, so that could be interesting. Most importantly, I want a good Lockjaw cause he's a boss
TheBrownHornet - 8/14/2014, 6:55 AM
Um, I'm not liking this, though I don't know the Inhumans. I guess it's time to read up. No Black Panther! :(
scapegoatjones - 8/14/2014, 7:04 AM
@DRKinsolving

Do ya think Ronan is as dead as Red Skull or Malekith? Boy I hope not....
FantasticSpidey - 8/14/2014, 7:14 AM
I hate to say it, but Vin seems like the perfect choice for Black Bolt. Which would be really interesting because he will be acting without speaking the whole movie, which is the opposite of his role as groot where he was essentially the voice. Did he do the motion capture for groot? if so then maybe that was the warm up for becoming the silent king of the inhumans.
EXODUZ - 8/14/2014, 7:15 AM
Guys I get that there are characters you want to see hit the big screen, but I get what marvel's doing here.. they've got this massive story they're trying to tell, and they're introducing the characters and worlds that will help develop this story. Like the guy in the article said, the inhumans are perfect as a connective tissue between their cosmic and terrestrial stories and will help toward telling the tory of the battle against Thanos.

As great as the heroes for hire are, (which are being developed for netflix, so I don't see why someone is complaining about them not getting the big screen treatment.) or Black Panther, or a number of other characters.. Marvel is being smart and focusing on what characters can help tell this first story and connect everything together without overpopulating with too many characters too soon and going down the path of all other superhero franchises with characters that get underused.

Marvel has plans all the way until 2020 and further.. so don't worry if your favourite character isn't showing up yet.. give them time to craft the perfect story that'll push their whole universe forward.
CaptShipwreck - 8/14/2014, 7:18 AM
[frick]ing good read dude, thank you
CarlXVIGarfield - 8/14/2014, 7:19 AM
Still find it strange that FOX can own a word, Mutant. Will they come after me now that I've typed it?
shadearts - 8/14/2014, 7:20 AM
I knew more about the Inhumans then i did of Guardians of the Galaxy and I really enjoyed that movie so yeah im good with this too especially since it looks like we want be getting mutants anytime soon in the Marvel universe cause yall keep supporting fox but hey I believe one more failure from sony and Spider-Man might be coming home
RobertLiefeld - 8/14/2014, 7:21 AM
I would much prefer an Eternals film. The Inhumans are ok, but they have nothing on the Eternals.

I seriously recommend the Eternals to everyone. Their last run was around 2009 it can be found in a trade now. Absolutely beautiful artwork and even better stories and characters.
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