Marvel’s television offerings vary in scope, budget and tone, but “Inhumans,” one of the latest announced additions to the comic book company-turned-media powerhouse’s stable of shows, has executives making some big claims. The latest such claim comes from a Disney executive ahead of the LA Screenings, an annual television industry event that attracts program buyers from around the world looking to get a preview of upcoming television shows before pilots hit.
“I promise you, this is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before on television,” Mark Endemano, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Media Distribution, said (via mipblog.com). “It brings a richness and depth of storytelling.”
“Inhumans” has already received an eight-episode order and is a joint production of Marvel Television, IMAX and ABC Studios. The series looks to focus on the character Black Bolt and the Inhuman Royal Family. Hints about the upcoming series have already been seeded in the ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Black Bolt is the leader of the Inhumans, a race of genetically-altered superhumans from the island of Attilan. Having first debuted in “Fantastic Four” #45, Black Bolt was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The character has the power to produce a shockwave capable of levelling cities with nothing more than his voice. As a result, he has undergone years of training to never utter a sound. Black Bolt communicates largely through sign language or with the help of an aide.
Endemano did not elaborate as to how “Inhumans” would set itself apart from Marvel’s other television offerings, but the series has the potential to explore the Marvel canon on a cosmic level, as the Inhuman race is the result of galactic genetic tampering. The Inhumans were created by the Kree, an alien race that was, at the time, at war with the shapeshifting Skrull, that discovered that humankind had once been genetically modified by the Celestials, an ancient race of powerful beings. The Kree experimented on ancient humans in an attempt to further their own stunted evolution and create an army of super-mutant soldiers, but the project was eventually abandoned due to a prophecy that foretold the end of the Kree should they continue to tamper with human genetics.
“Inhumans,” which is filmed using IMAX cameras, will debut in IMX theaters in the United States on September 1. The show will receive its broadcast debut on ABC on September 26. The series is produced by ABC Studios, Marvel Television and IMAX, and stars Anson Mount, Serinda Swan, Iwan Rheon, Ken Leung, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Mike Moh, Sonya Balmores and Ellen Woglom.