Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb pushed back against early criticism that the upcoming Inhumans doesn't measure up to the quality of the company's previous dramas.
"I can tell you that it was written on the material that you were given that the show that you have seen is not the finished product," he said Sunday during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, responding to a question about whether the quality of the episode screened is "suitable" for IMAX screens. "If you’re asking me whether or not it was done, it’s not. So to be perfectly honest, I don’t understand your question.”
Production stills and trailers for the series drew ridicule online for the costumes, makeup and CGI, with many fans focusing on the depictions of Medusa's prehensile hair.
Earlier in the day, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey referred to the episode screened for critics as "a work in progress." “We are still a month away from final air," she said, "but I do feel like there’s great opportunity there as well."
The first two episode of Inhumans will premiere Sept. 1 in IMAX theaters, followed by their broadcast debut Friday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. 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.