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How Marvel's Inhumans Moved From Film to TV

An Inhumans film was originally targeted to arrive in theaters in July 2019, but the project slipped off the Marvel Studios slate early last year, only to be revived months later with the announcement of an eight-episode television series. The change in directions may have seemed abrupt, but the decision appears to have been relatively simple for Marvel.

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"Well, as you know Marvel is one big giant company, and this was a property that was in movie division, and when they looked at their schedule and realized what they wanted to be doing, [Inhumans] was something that was gonna push very far out," Jeph Loeb, Marvel's head of television, told The Hashtag Show during the Inhumans red-carpet premiere. "So we started having a conversation with them about, 'well, maybe this is something that would work as a television series,' and that worked out really well."

The first two episodes of Inhumans premiered Sept. 1 in IMAX theaters to an underwhelming $2.6 million box office and negative reviews. A recent report indicated that Disney-owned ABC had "concerns" about the quality of the drama's scripts and special effects, the latter of which has also drawn criticism from fans.

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The first two episodes of Inhumans are now screening in IMAX theaters. The drama, which makes its broadcast debut Sept. 29 on ABC, 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.

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