Yesterday the standing rumor was confirmed. Inhumans is no longer on the MCU Phase Three release calendar and there is much speculation as to why. I am kind of disappointed because I have enjoyed the Inhumans storyline on Agents of SHIELD and have been looking forward to being introduced to the Royal Family. Before AOS, the Inhumans overall were not a group I was too familiar with outside of their occasional guest appearance in some of the other comics I have read. (I’m way behind on my reading list) Because of AOS I have gotten to know a bit more about this interesting group of characters and was looking forward to seeing them added to the MCU.
I know a lot of people will blame Agents of SHIELD, but I don’t think they deserve any of it because the race of Inhumans have such a massive back story, it wouldn’t have been properly introduced in a movie. The show has allowed for fans who don’t read the comics to get to know who the Inhumans are and see what they are capable of over the span of a couple of seasons. Unfortunately there is no way to do an Inhumans movie and not acknowledge what has been taking place on the show.
Both Hydra and SHIELD have been fighting for loyalty of Inhumans and are currently dealing with the arrival of Hive from banishment. The series back story for Hive is that he led the charge against the Kree to drive them off Earth. With the Royal Family being the focus of the movie, there is a slim to none chance that they cannot address what happens to Hive or many of the other Inhumans on Earth. The executives at Marvel Entertainment are still trying to figure out how to make an Inhuman centric film that can address the events going on in Agents of SHIELD, but not have too much overlap. Marvel Entertainment has a pretty tight “no crossing the streams” policy when it comes to the major TV show and film stars.
Most likely a big amount of the blame for the push back of the Inhumans film debut should be placed on Spider-Man being brought into the MCU. Spider-Man/Peter Parker, along with all of his friends, are well-established characters and fans want to see them interact with other MCU heroes and villains. Marvel Entertainment probably wants to focus on getting that story right before moving on to one of the more ambitious films coming down the line.
Here is the Updated MCU Movie Schedule (US Release Dates only):
• Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
• Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
• Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017
• Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 28, 2017
• Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
• Black Panther – February 16, 2018
• Avengers: Infinity War Part I – May 4, 2018
• Ant-Man & The Wasp – July 6, 2018
• Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019
• Avengers: Infinity War Part II – May 3, 2019
• Untitled Marvel Studios Film – May 1, 2020
• Untitled Marvel Studios Film – July 10, 2020
• Untitled Marvel Studios Film – November 6, 2020
Are you bummed to see Inhumans off the Phase Three schedule? Did you want to meet the Royal Family on the big screen? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.