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Inhumans: Explaining the Character You Least Expected in Live-Action

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Inhumans: Explaining the Character You Least Expected in Live-Action

When fans attended the IMAX film debut of the first two episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans, they got to meet the members of the Inhumans royal family. All of the mainstays like Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon, Karnak, Crystal and Lockjaw. However, they also were introduced to one of the most unusual Inhumans of them all – the mysterious and bizarre Eldrac, the Inhuman who is a living door! Read on to learn more about the most inhuman of the Inhumans!

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Throughout Inhumans history, one of the things that subtly haunts every Inhuman is what, precisely, will happen to them after they experience Terrigenesis. Terrigenesis is when an Inhuman is first introduced the Terrigen mists, which are created by activating the Terrigen crystals that have been with the Inhumans for over 20,000 years. In Inhuman folklore, the idea is that Terrigenesis will expose you to your true self and that everything you have lived up until this point is the lie that obscures your true reality. The issue, of course, is what if your “lie” is better than your “true reality.” This was addressed beautifully in Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee’s famous Inhumans run, where a group of young Inhumans are set to go through Terrigenesis and they all know that what they look like after they are exposed will not only dictate the shape of the rest of their lives, but also whether they will even interact with another again, as the Inhumans are very much run under a caste system, where certain Inhumans are held to a higher standard.

That fear that you will be transformed into something horrific is what led Quicksilver to years ago not being willing to expose his half-Inhuman/half-mutant child, Luna, to the Terrigen Mists (of course, years later, she was exposed to the mists and everything turned out fine for her).

One of the strangest results of Terrigenesis is clearly Eldrac, who was exposed to the mists and became, well, a door.

We first met Eldrac in Fantastic Four #577 (by Jonathan Hickman, Dale Eaglesham and Paul Mounts), where he served as a doorway through which the Fantastic Four met the Universal Inhumans. You see, while the Kree had experimented on Earth to create Inhumans there, they apparently had also successfully experimented on four other planets, using variations of Terrigenesis on those planets (each one using something other than Terrigen Crystals as the basis for their transformation).

As soon as we met Eldrac, we learned something very interesting about him. Not only was he clearly one of the oldest living Inhumans, but he apparently was exposed to Terrigenesis later in his life, after a time where he had already been a successful politician. That is unusual in Inhumans history, as typically it is the young who are exposed to it (sort of like puberty). Then again, as noted, he is clearly much older than a typical Inhuman, so it is likely that he was around when Terrigenesis was first developed, which would explain why he was exposed at an older age.

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When we first see Eldrac in Fantastic Four #577, he is nothing but a doorway. However, in the next issue, we see just what kind of special doorway he is when a group of six of the Universal Inhumans approach him and ask him to send them to “a battle that we can’t win.” He then teleports them to the Negative Zone…

As we learned more about Eldrac, we discovered that not only could he teleport people where they ask him to be teleported to, he had a greater degree of control than that. He had the ability to teleport people to where they needed to be. Yes, the degree of control he had suggested some sort of telepathic connection with the people who go through him, as how else would he know where people “needed to be”?

The extent of Eldrac’s power was demonstrated quite nicely in FF #9 (by Jonathan Hickman, Steve Epting, Rick Magyar and Paul Mounts), when Reed Richards, his father, Nathaniel Richards, and then-FF member Spider-Man each entered the door together…

When they exited in FF #10 (by Jonathan Hickman, Barry Kitson and Paul Mounts), they were in three different places. Reed, Eldrac, decided, needed to be with his wife back at home…

Nathaniel needed to be in Latveria to help Doctor Doom against an alternate reality version of Reed Richards…

and Spider-Man needed to be at Avengers Mansion so that he could convince the Thing to return to the FF…

Eldrac is one sharp cookie!

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Later, during the Infinity crossover event, in Infinity #3 (by Jonathan Hickman, Dustin Weaver and Justin Ponsor), Thanos came to the Inhumans’ home in Attilan to steal the Terrigen Crystals. First, Black Bolt emptied the city with the help of his brother, Maximus, who spread the Inhumans throughout the globe, using Eldrac to determine best where everyone ended up…

Black Bolt then blew up Attilan and destroyed the Terrigen Crystals to keep them out of Thanos’ hands. The process, of course, ended up slowly spreading the Terrigen Mists throughout the globe. The problem with that is that the Inhumans have been around for so long that they often ended up intermingling with humans in the earliest stages of humanity, so a good deal of people around the world are part Inhuman without even knowing it, so the Terrigen Mists activate their powers. Since Attilan was over New York City when it exploded, it affected people within the area of New York first (that is when Jersey City native, Kamala Khan, was first exposed to the crystals that turned her into the superhero now known as Ms. Marvel).

When Attilan was destroyed, Eldrac was hurled in the destruction and he landed in New York City. Medusa found him in Inhuman #1 (by Charles Soule, Joe Madureira and Marte Garcia) and apologized to him for what happened and asked him to send her to Black Bolt. He instead sent her to a fight between two brand-new Inhumans, leading her to realize that she needed to take over for Black Bolt for the time being. Eldrac knew where to send her…

Medusa restored Eldrac to the rebuilt Attilan and he remains there to this day, dispensing wisdom along with his teleportations. Interestingly, it wasn’t until Inhuman #9 that a character ever expressed the idea of how it must suck to have once been a person and now been a door (one of the newly created Inhumans noted it).

It will be interesting to see if Eldrac gets any character development on the Inhumans TV series. It is pretty remarkable that he is there at all, really.

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