The more I see trailers for Marvel Television’s Inhumans, the better it’s starting to look. The FX is fine (and while Lockjaw himself looks great; his transport effect? Not so much) and while I’m hardly waiting with baited breath, I am interested enough to catch it in theaters (mainly because I am curious if it looks cinematic enough to warrant the involvement of IMAX.
I have to admit that I liked the first trailer for Marvel Television’s upcoming Inhumans a lot more than I thought I would.
That being said, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few problems. such as…
- Way too many guns.
The whole point of the Inhumans is that they have abilities that set them apart from regular humans (something another Marvel Television show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. understands quite well)
Here? Not so much.
2. (Too) Obvious Fan Service
The woman pictured is Crystal, and as you can see from the image below, she looks a lot like the version of her character from the comics. The problem is that that hair is too faithful to the comics, and doesn’t translate to an actual person very well almost pulling me out of the drama, instead of immersing me (as it should).
3. Lockjaw is Glorious!
Though all is not lost because Lockjaw (which should have been the most difficult idea to get across) looks absolutely glorious! Though admittedly he’s not seen for long (and the transporting effect isn’t that great) when he does turn up, so did my smile.
It does have a sense of drama (though Medusa’s hair continues to look terrible, mainly because if lacks the voluptuousness that it typically has in the comics, rendering it flat and lifeless).
That being said, I admit that the production has me–based on the admittedly limited information I possess–a bit concerned.
First off, Scott Buck (Dexter, Iron Fist) is the showrunner and while the latter series was much better than most critics have given it credit for, it also wasn’t as engaging as any of the other Marvel/Netflix series so far introduced (and felt to me like Buck knew little about the source material).
Another potential issue is one I’ve touched on before, which is how the characters (and in particular their costumes) look.
And trust me, I get why the producers likely chose to change how Black Bolt looked from the comics: while movies lately ar making these characters more comic-accurate I am not entirely sure that it would work as he’s traditionally pictured.
After all, he’s the king of his people, though nothing about his current costume says ‘royalty’ (though that’s perhaps not not quite fair, though it would need to be relayed to the audience somehow).
In fact, it just looks like–to someone who unfamiliar with him or doesn’t follow the comics–like any other superhero.
And that’s not a good thing when you have so much running on a series.
If there were an award for Most Improved Television Series, the likelihood is high that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be a contender, if not the winner. It started life not sure what it wanted to be, and seemed to survive primary on the strength of Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) who’s character had seemingly died in 2012’s The Avengers.
So, while it’s taken time to find its footing–arguably around the Second season–it’s developed into one of the best comicbook based series on television (seriously, if you haven’t watched since its first or second seasons you might want to give it a try because it’s really that good).
Though the bonus is that the series has been renewed for its fifth season! Part of what aided in its renewal is the idea of story ‘pods’ by the producers, which is a typical season consisting of three or four stories, as opposed to one or two,which has a curious effect of creating a faster-paced and much more enjoyable series.
Then there’s Ghost Rider (who arguably hasn’t been done better) and Inhumans.
The teaser trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans dropped this morning (‘dropped.’ That sounds vaguely like a pregnancy reference. Not sure how I feel about that) and typical of teasers, tells you next to nothing about Marvel Television’s upcoming series.
Or does it?
When the trailer first opens, you can see something as the word ‘Inhumans’ pans backward.
Is it the Earth or Attilan (the city that the Inhumans live on the Moon)?
And while it doesn’t make up for the fairly unimaginative interpretation–visually speaking–of Blackbolt, it’s certainly a start.
2017, despite the reality of a Trump presidency, and all the insanity such an idea beings can be considered a golden age –especially if you happen to be a fan of superheroes because there are probably more viewing choices to choose from than there has ever been.
The while the CW isn’t known as ‘The DC Network,’ it might as well be considering how many superhero-based shows are live there (There are also comic book-based television on Fox and NBC as well).
And while DC entertainment may have staked a claim on the network television stage, Marvel Television has made it’s strongest showing on Netflix, where series based on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have already aired, with more on the way (The Punisher, The Defenders and additional seasons of the already mentioned series’)
This is on top of the work Marvel Televisoon is doing for Freeform–formerly ABC Family) based on Cloak & Dagger and The New Warriors.
Like I said, there’s likely no better time to be a comics fan.
Sure, it went a bit heavy on the whole YA (Young Adult) angle, though when you take into account that it’s airing on Freeform–a name that sounds more like a type of women’s undergarment than a television network–which was formerly known as ABC Family.
What the trailer does well is set up a contrast between Tandy Bowen/Dagger (Olivia Holt), a well-to-do white girl and Tyrone Johnson/Cloak (Aubrey Joseph) a poor, struggling black teenager.