Is This Really The Final Nail in the Inhumans’ Coffin?

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It’s not exactly news to anyone that Marvel’s Inhumans did not set the world on fire.

The series, which stars Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan, and Anson Mount, got off to a rocky start in IMAX and got worse from there on out.

The Inhumans failed to pull in any sort of critical of commercial acclaim a la Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Daredevil and fans weren’t exactly enamoured with elements like costuming.

Whilst there’s been no official word yet as to what will happen with Inhumans, some reports suggest that it may be the end of days for Marvel’s most ambitious flop.

A report by SpoilerTV suggests the show has definitely been cancelled as, if you head to the ABC website, you’re unable to find any Inhumans related content. If you search for the show, an error message would appear (although, I tried it myself, and I seemed to find it). Apparently, Inhumans no longer appears in any of ABC‘s drop-down menus (that one I can vouch for).

Added to all of this is the slip of the tongue of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ming-Na Wen and the rumour mill has certainly been churning as of late.

However, a different report by The A.V. Club states how a representative from ABC confirmed that “all pickups will be announced in May”, meaning ABC will confirm or deny cancelling Inhumans then.

Regardless of if they do drop the series, ABC can’t be too thrilled with Inhumans’ performance, with ABC President Channing Dungey saying how the number were “less exciting” than bosses had hoped.

Alongside this is the fact that the Inhumans were always a non-X-Men X-Men property that Marvel were able to utilise in the wake of Fox owning their mutant characters. The comics saw several different story arcs where various X-Men were killed off (either singularly or in huge waves) as a way for Marvel to clear the slate and shift focus on properties they still owned. So, the Inhumans were merely a fill-gap.

However, with Disney‘s acquisition of Fox‘s studios late last year, it’s only a matter of time before the X-Men become a part of the Marvel Universe once again…leaving no room for the Inhumans, really.

So, we’ll have to wait and see what becomes of ABC‘s Inhumans project, but, one way or another, it surely can’t be a very bright future.

Still, there are some fans out there of the series, and they’ve flocked together to make a petition calling for ABC to give the series a second chance, but this time, with a larger budget to allow for the first season’s faults, and to replace showrunner Scott Buck whom many see as being the real reason things went ary for the show.

Buck, whose other Marvel work includes Netflix’s Iron-Fist, which, depending on who you ask, if the worst of the Netflix Marvel shows, has been called out a number of times over his mishandling of the two shows, and fans believe somebody with a better knowledge of the source material’s mythos would help right the wrongs.

Plus, a larger budet for Season 2 would allow for better costuming, improved sets, and overhauled CGI graphics and effects, and generally make the show a better product all-together.

Again, time will tell what becomes of the Inhumans series, and as much as critics may say otherwise, the fanbase certainly believes there is life left.

-James, 23/01/2018

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