When Marvel and ABC announced they’re bringing the Inhumans Royal Family to television, many fans wondered whether they could expect a crossover between the new drama and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” After all, the Inhumans originally made their Marvel Cinematic Universe during the third season of “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” have continued to play into the show’s storylines. However, according to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” co-showrunner Jed Whedon, there are no plans for the two to crossover — at least, not yet.
“Without being able to say anything really about that show, it will have its own world, just as we tried to start our own world,” he said. “Whether or not there’s a crossover, we will see.”
Although viewers have seen Inhumans on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” this new series will be the first time we meet Royal Family, and that in itself is an entirely different story, as evident by the first series synopsis.
Whedon explained that while it’s great to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sandbox, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” is still its own entity as far as they’re concerned. For them, it’s about crafting a show that fans of these characters can enjoy without having to watch everything else. And with a fifth season still up in the air, it’s clear the showrunners would rather focus on telling the story they’ve been crafting since the beginning rather than trying to shoehorn in connections to “Inhumans.”
Still, while a crossover doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon, ABC President Channing Dungey has commented on her hopes of seeing “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” continue to air alongside “Inhumans,” leaving the door open to a crossover down the line.
The eight-episode series centers on the Royal Family of the Inhumans, a race of genetically advanced humans with extraordinary powers introduced in 1965 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Marvel’s “Fantastic Four.” The first two episodes, filmed entirely with IMAX cameras, will premiere Sept. 1 in IMAX theaters, two weeks before the show’s broadcast debut Sept. 26 on ABC.
“Inhumans” stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon as Maximus the Mad, Serinda Swan as Queen Medusa, Ken Leung as Karnak, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Mike Moh as Triton and Sonya Balmores as Auran.