Initially planned to arrive in theaters July 2009 as a feature film, Inhumans quietly faded from Marvel Studios’ production slate last year before springing back to life with the surprise announcement of an eight-episode television series, part of an ambitious partnership between Marvel, ABC and IMAX. Any early excitement soon faded, however, with the first teasers for the drama, which earned widespread ridicule for the quality of the quality of the production design, costumes and effects. Inhumans didn’t fare any better in its IMAX theatrical premiere or its later broadcast debut, which received largely negative reviews — the series stands at 8 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — which are believed to have contributed to a declining viewership.
It’s obviously not what ABC and Marvel Television had in mind for the project, and a long way from what Marvel Studios planned even a year ago for Inhumans, then teased as a possibility for Phase Four of its film universe. With that in mind, what does Marvel Studios Kevin Feige think about how and where Inhumans ended up, and what might’ve been? Well, if you really want to know, you may have to speak louder, and use a sturdy connection.
During a recent interview with Uproxx, Feige was asked whether he was glad Marvel Studios dodged a bullet with Inhumans, or if he thinks he “could have really knocked out of the park.” While his response isn’t subtle, or exactly diplomatic, it’s undeniably funny:
[Laughs] You’re breaking up, Mike. I can’t hear you. You’re breaking up …
Presumably Feige was being teleported by Lockjaw from Earth to Attilan at that exact moment. What other explanation can there be?
Inhumans, which fell to series-low ratings last week, has three more episodes remaining in its first — and presumably only — season. Although showrunner Scott Buck has indicated he has ideas for the drama beyond that, it seems unlikely that Inhumans will see more than eight episodes.
Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Inhumans 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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