Following the potentially game-changing announcement last week that Marvel's Inhumans are heading to both the big and small screens, more information about the partnership between ABC, Marvel Television and IMAX has been revealed. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the first two episodes of ABC's upcoming drama "The Inhumans," which has been ordered straight to series, will screen in 1,000 IMAX theaters across 74 countries. The "Inhumans" IMAX event will run in theaters for two weeks starting Labor Day 2017, and the series will debut on ABC as part of the network's fall lineup for its eight-episode run. And when the two IMAX episodes air on ABC following their theatrical run, each episode will be expanded with additional content.
Additionally, the first two episodes of the series will be shot entirely with IMAX cameras. THR notes that action sequences for later episodes, including some set on the moon, will be shot using IMAX cameras as well. Sources also told THR that IMAX is footing the bill for the first two episodes. That would make sense as it's reported that IMAX approached Marvel with the idea to premiere the series in its theaters.
"We think this is a quadruple win -- a win for IMAX, a win for Marvel, a win for ABC Studios and a win for ABC to launch a show in an innovative way and get attention," said Disney-ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood.
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. Just today, Marvel announced a new space-faring "Inhumans" ongoing series from writer Al Ewing and artist Jonboy Meyers set to debut in 2017.