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.
While I enjoy the series that have done thus far–with a particular emphasis on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.–I do feel a certain reluctance on their parts to embrace the fantastic wholeheartedly (which is an interesting, though odd, problem to have).
This has a lot to do with why why the only costume we’ve seen of the four superheroes that make up The Defenders is Daredevil (which is less a costume than tactical combat armor in varying shades of red) and why the upcoming The Inhumans looks so grounded.
And so ordinary.
Comicbooks are a celebration of the fantastic, the weird, the uncanny and the strange; a perspective that seemingly ill-fits with the Nolanesque esthetic that Marvel has created for television.
Which isn’t to say all characters should wear costumes. I get why Jessica Jones and Luke Cage don’t–Jones tried the costumed superhero route; it didn’t take while Cage has always had less a costume than accoutrements (a tiara–there has to be another name for that–coupled wits a chain for a belt and a yellow shirt) that was more indicative of a 1970’s fashion esthetic–the character was created in 1972 by Archie Goodwin, John Romita, Sr. and George Tuska–than anything else
But Iron Fist? He’s a character where a costume would actually make sense. It would protect his identity–and by extension that of his family–as well as give him clothing in line with someone who engages in martial arts combat on a (more or less) regular basis.
And that’s not necessarily to say that they have to go with the spandex body suit, though something along those lines would really be appreciated.
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.
Murdock, a devil without a costume; wore a grey cloth around the upper half of his face, responded tersely.
I had little doubt in my mind that the coming together of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist would be awesome, but that small exchange washed them away because while it wasn’t a huge moment in a trailer full of them , those two short sentences told you volumes about Jones and Murdock.
Though they’ll have to sell me on the hallway fight. Don’t get me wrong, the Defenders fighting in a coordinated fashion was pretty cool, though the hallway fight in Season One of Daredevil was quite possibly the best fight scene to take place in a hallway–in movies or television–that I have ever seen.
Which unfortunately has the effect of making other hallway fight scenes pale in comparison.
Another point worth mentioning is that the FX on all the Marvel Netflix series has been relatively subtle (typically there’s lots of wire work, fight choreography, and occasionally, gore effects) though they’re using Nirvana’s Come As You Are in the trailer.
And while considering the nature of the undertaking is quite appropriate, it could not have been cheap.
So, I guess I’m saying that maybe if they had directed some of that cash toward special effects…
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.