For years now, Vin Diesel has campaigned to play the silent leader of the Inhumans, Black Bolt. Considering that the actor only lends his voice to the role of Groot in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies, it's theoretically possible he could embody the Inhuman Royal Family's stoic patriarch. But the Inhumans' live-action trajectory has changed recently, as Marvel quietly pulled the film from their slate and instead announced a TV series set to debut on IMAX screens this Labor Day before continuing on ABC.
The announcement came as a surprise for everyone expecting to see Black Bolt and company's story unfold on the big screen; now it will unfold on screens both big and small. But Vin Diesel still thinks Marvel should go ahead with a full-fledged "Inhumans" film in addition to the TV show, as he revealed in an interview with ScreenRant.
"I think Marvel should never -- I don’t think Marvel should abandon their opportunity to make a film out of it," said Diesel. "I think it could be a huge, huge saga, and if I had more time I would go over to Marvel and have that very conversation. But I think it would be a big mistake for Marvel to abandon their ambitions or their objective or their goals of making it into a film, because it would make such a cool universe."
While Diesel has expressed interest in playing Black Bolt in an "Inhumans" movie, his "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" director James Gunn has said that it's "unlikely" Diesel would star in a TV show. “Unless Vin wants to take a huge pay cut and sign up to do a TV show it seems unlikely,” said Gunn in a Facebook Q&A.
The first two episodes of “Inhumans” will air as one IMAX presentation, lasting approximately 80 minutes. The first two episodes of “Inhumans,” which will be shot entirely with IMAX cameras, will screen in 1,000 IMAX theaters across 74 countries. Additionally, select sequences from subsequent episodes of “Inhuamns” will also be shot using IMAX cameras.
The series is also not regarded as a spinoff of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The ABC series — currently in its fourth season — introduced the concept of the Inhumans to television and includes a number of Inhumans, like Quake, in its cast. It’s noted that this IMAX deal does not replace the feature film that was previously pulled from the schedule.
Created in 1965 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Inhumans are a race of super-humans with “diverse and singularly unique powers,” as described in the official announcement. The group of heroes have recently seen a higher profile at Marvel on the comics page and on the small screen, as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has introduced the concept and included many new Inhumans in its cast.