Where are the Inhumans and other Marvel heroes?
At the end of the new “Doctor Strange” movie, a crawl promises that the hero will return. And at a press conference, the film’s producer and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige let slip that Benedict Cumberbatch’s character will be seen in 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War.”
But that got us to wondering about the cinematic fates of some of the comic book giant’s other favorite cult heroes, The Inhumans.
In 2014, Feige announced that a movie about the secret society of superpeople, who were genetically engineered by an advanced alien race from Homo sapiens millions of years ago, was being developed for a 2018 release. It has since fallen off of Marvel’s schedule but hasn’t been officially canceled.
So we asked the boss what was going on with Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon and the rest of the (sometimes) hidden superclan.
“I think what we could do with Inhumans could be pretty great,” Feige affirmed. “I’ve always loved that royal family and the idea of [their secret homeland] Attilan. We are extremely busy on the NINE movies that we’re making over the next three years. Where we go with Phase IV, in 2021 to ‘24 and beyond, I would be surprised if Inhumans is not a part of that.
“And obviously, they’re sewing a lot of seeds, and I think will continue to do so in an even bigger fashion, on television before then,” like in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” where several of the Inhumans have popped up, Feige noted.
Fully revealed in Fantastic Four #45 at the end of 1965 after several of the species had previously made appearances in the book, The Inhumans’ film and TV rights are controlled by Disney-owned Marvel Studios. So is The Black Panther, a character introduced the following year in Fantastic Four #52, who tangled onscreen with The Avengers in May’s “Captain America: Civil War” and who’s getting his own Disney/Marvel movie in 2018.
Unfortunately, the heroes who started it all, and whose book was not inaccurately hyped as The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine in the ‘60s, remain under the cinematic control of Fox Studios, which has so far made three woeful attempts to translate Fantastic Four’s greatness to the screen.
Despite the utter artistic and commercial failure of last year’s reboot, don’t expect Fox to relinquish the rights or team creatively with Marvel Studios, as Sony is now doing with Spider-Man.
“In terms of other characters that are not controlled by Marvel, I don’t see that changing anytime soon,” Feige said of key FF folk.
“We are extremely busy on the NINE movies that we’re making over the next three years. Where we go with Phase IV, in 2021 to ‘24 and beyond, I would be surprised if Inhumans is not a part of that.” — Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige