Where are the In­hu­mans and other Marvel he­roes?

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - By Bob Strauss South­ern Cal­i­for­nia News Group Con­tact Bob Strauss at rstrauss@ scng.com or @bs­critic on Twit­ter.

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

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