WACKY SU­PER-RACES

Eight episodes of cos­mic crazi­ness, In­hu­mans might just be the most out-there Mar­vel yet…

Empire (UK) - - PRE.VIEW - WORDS OWEN WILLIAMS

HOT FROM HIS last job — Net­flix’s Iron Fist — showrun­ner Scott Buck is in Hawaii for ABC’S

Mar­vel’s In­hu­mans. But with only ten months to put the whole project to­gether, he’s not seen many beaches. Hawaii doesn’t have the film­mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties of Los An­ge­les but, as Hol­ly­wood’s busiest showrun­ner ex­plains, a lit­tle lo­gis­ti­cal hard­ship was nec­es­sary to bring the spec­ta­cle nec­es­sary for In­hu­mans’ IMAX premiere.

Yes, you read that right. The first two episodes will de­but on IMAX screens in a near 80-minute opener, be­fore the show hits smaller screens two weeks later. “It gives us a mas­sive, dra­matic open­ing,” Buck tells Em­pire. “It al­lows us to think big­ger; to use vi­su­als you don’t nor­mally get on your tele­vi­sion screen. We wanted [it to be] strik­ingly beau­ti­ful and un­usual.”

Un­usual is the word. In­hu­mans, teased dur­ing ABC’S flag­ship show Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., fi­nally get its stand­alone show­case in an eight-episode run with the po­ten­tial to be­come the most bonkers re­gal soap opera since The

Wind­sors. Buck’s team has boiled down 50 years of comic-book his­tory into a story about roy­als from an an­cient, lost race of su­per­hu­mans, now in ex­ile after a mil­i­tary coup. Black Bolt (An­son Mount) has to use sign lan­guage, since his voice can cause dev­as­tat­ing seis­mic shock waves, even at a whis­per. His brother Max­imus (Iwan Rheon) is a treach­er­ous su­per ge­nius. Me­dusa (Serinda Swan) has in­de­struc­tible, killer hair. Gor­gon (Eme Ik­wuakor) can trig­ger earth­quakes by stamp­ing his hooved feet. And Lock­jaw (a CG cre­ation) is a hu­mon­gous tele­port­ing dog.

Be­neath its out­landish trap­pings lies a grounded su­per­hero adap­ta­tion that’ll pitch for your heart as well as your eye­balls. “There will be plenty of hu­mour and fan­tas­tic el­e­ments,” Buck con­tin­ues, “but we’re deal­ing with re­lat­able peo­ple in a mo­ment of great cri­sis: a royal fam­ily forced into the po­si­tion of refugees. They just hap­pen to have su­per­pow­ers.”

A su­per-soap opera filmed with the same Alexa 65 cam­eras as Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War’s air­port show­down, boast­ing an even more dys­func­tional Mar­vel fam­ily than Guardians Of The Galaxy, and set in retina pop­ping Pa­cific lo­ca­tions? In­hu­mans may be about to make a big splash.

MARVELÕS IN­HU­MANS DEBUTS IN IMAX ON 1 SEPTEM­BER. THE EN­TIRE SE­RIES AIRS SOON AFTER

Above: Mar­vel’s

In­hu­mans comes from 50 years of comic-book his­tory, with an ar­ray of char­ac­ters who have su­per­hu­man pow­ers.

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