Bad news, Inhumans fans, it looks like ABC may have cancelled its fledging series after just one season.
Starring Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan and Ken Leung, Inhumas got off to a rocky start. Spectacularly launched in IMAX, the Marvel TV show failed to pull in the critical or commercial acclaim that shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Daredevil did. Even the honor of being first TV series to air in IMAX couldn’t save Inhumans from a universally panned debut season, meaning that the writing was already on the wall for the show, however, ABC may have just sealed its fate.
No official announcement has been made (yet), but according to SpoilerTV, the network has removed Inhumans from its website. If you go to search for Scott Buck’s show, it comes up with a rather blatant error message. Added to this, Inhumans no longer appears in any of ABC’s drop-down menus.
The titular Inhumans were introduced in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the premise of the intergalactic Royal Family may not have been enough to sustain a show all of its own. The news will come as no surprise to many who had already tipped Inhumans for the chop. Alongside the strange decision to air the first few episodes in theaters, the show was plagued by wig dramas and dramatically declining ratings.
Rumors of cancelation have been circling for a while, and S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ming-Na Wen already seemed to let news of axing public, but the recent acquisition of Fox by Disney seemed to be the final nail in the coffin. Inhumans was largely seen as a replacement for the MCU’s lack of X-Men, but with Charles Xavier and his gifted youngsters bound for the House of Mouse, the Inhumans are now surplus to requirement. Add to this that ABC president Channing Dungey said that numbers were “less exciting” than bosses had hoped, and it was only a matter of time before Inhumans was left with a life on the garbage heap or a complete overhaul.
That being said, the show could still live on in some form if ABC decided to reintegrate the characters back into S.H.I.E.L.D. in Season 6. Although the two worlds haven’t shared a screen, it would make sense for the Inhumans to join Agent Coulson and co. as part of something with a more popular fanbase. Also, let’s not cut Inhumans short just yet, the MCU is notorious for its fan campaigns, so there is every possibility another network or the likes of Netflix could save Season 2 yet.
For the time being though, it looks like ABC will be pinning all its superhero hopes on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. We will just have to wait and see whether Inhumans makes it onto ABC’s roster for the upcoming schedule, but don’t hold your breath.
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