A new report suggests ABC has some concerns over Marvel TV's Inhumans series, and it has caused a bit of tension between the two Disney companies.
According to Variety, which cites unnamed sources, "concerns over quality of Inhumans episodes - both the special effects of early cuts and the underpinning scripts - were a source of contention."
"The IMAX box-office numbers will do little to reverse that narrative, and could dissuade future such hybrids strategies" the report continues. So far, the Inhumans episodes that have been shown in IMAX theaters have brought in an underwhelming estimate of $2.6 million. The unique venture between Marvel and ABC - which includes premiering the television series in IMAX theaters - didn't quite work out as expected, and may have stunted any chance of something similar happening in future.
The series faced an uphill battle from the very moment ABC released the first look at the cast, with fans ridiculing the costumes and comparing them to terrible cosplay. Not only that, the teaser trailer didn't do justice to Medusa's animated hair, and the director didn't even like the first trailer that was released. In summary, Inhumans lacked a certain something that every other property in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had.
The first two episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans debuted in IMAX theaters on September 1, kicking off a two-week run. On September 29, the show will make its broadcast debut on ABC. The network will show the eight-episode first season of Inhumans in its entirety, including content from the first two episodes not seen in the IMAX run. The drama 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.