Anson Mount is joining Star Trek: Discovery in Season two, so it’s safe to assume that Inhumans is kaput (though as far as I am aware there’s been no announcement from either ABC or Marvel Television).
Though to be fair that’s hardly a mystery. The ratings-challeged series has been plagued with problems since it’s inception Originally part of Marvel Studios’ Phase Three plans, it was abandoned when studio president Kevin Feige got out from under the thumb of Ike Perlmutter (head of Marvel Entertainment, who’s apparently a bit…odd).
The series first premiered as an Imax movie, but never lived up to it’s potential.
Is it any coincidence that they are being killed off in the comics as well?
Having speculated yesterday on what Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger needed to succeed-a healthy budget and good FX (solid acting and characters easy to relate to should go without saying)–and having just watched the trailer I think they got Dagger right.
Her light knives looked a bit too ‘solid’ for me initially, but on repeat viewing they seem okay.
Though Cloak is a much more problematic. At least as depicted in the trailer, he comes off more like Nightcrawler than he does Cloak.
It’s early days yet though I really want to see Cloak actually wearing–I don’t know–a damn cloak.
Here’s how they look in the comic.
Dagger’s costume looks good, though on a real woman it would look not only silly, but borderline pornographic.
Cloak’s costume is…well…as I mentioned before, a cloak that works in a literal as well as a metaphorical sense.
Which is why he REALLY needs to wear one.
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.
Over the weekend Comicbook.com posted some images from Marvel Television’s upcoming The Inhumans and while I’m glad that their teleporting dog Lockjaw will be making an appearance the costumes might be just a little bit subdued.
By which I mean, here’s a picture of Black Bolt, the head of the Inhuman Royal Family.
He’s a pretty distinctive-looking character, to be sure. And I get that Marvel Television might not want to go with something so ‘cartoony,’ especially considering this is likely their highest profile production thus far.
But could they be going too conservative? Below is actor Anson Mount (who’s playing Black Bolt) and while there’s no way of knowing based upon one picture if this is his final costume, if it is it harkens back to the what the X-Men wore fourteen years ago.
Which is frankly, a little bit odd and potentially presents a problem because the acceptance of the Marvel Cinematic Universe among the general public has show us that as long as you treat these characters faithfully (also shown by the reception of movies like Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, though in not a good way) people will pay to see them.
Which is important when you take into account that the first two episodes will appear in theaters, which is intended as a hook to draw viewers into watching the television series.
Though as I mentioned earlier, at least apparently they’re not skimping on the awesomeness that is Lockjaw, which gives me hope that perhaps this is not Black Bolt’s final costume.
The only problem with this clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live is that it runs a bit long, hitting viewers over the head with something that would have worked much better with a lighter touch.
That being said, Kimmel brings up a good point, namely who doesn’t wonder when watching movies like Man Of Steel, when visually all that separates Superman (Henry Cavil) from Clark Kent is literally a pair of glasses, how it is that no one at least notices the resemblance (the reveal of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) as Batman is a bit more clever, though it too goes on a bit too long)?
If Wilson Fisk looks at you like this, you’re already dead.
This is the episode where Clare Temple (Rosario Dawson) suggests to Daredevil (Matt Murdock) that he needs some sort of body armor–since she’s once again patching him up after a night fighting crime though I feel reasonably certain the idea had occurred to him prior–which means that the red costume should be making an appearance soon.
We also see more of Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), who in most ways is a less superhuman interpretation of the character. That being said, he’s infinitely more interesting because what he lacks in any sort of superpower he more than makes up for with an almost tangible sense of menace.
This is a pivotal episode as well because prior to it Fisk tended to work through various intermediaries–as he does in this episode as well–though when circumstances require him to make his presence felt, he isn’t afraid to do so.
Even if that means by doing so he instigates a war with the Russian mob, all in an effort to take greater control of Hell’s Kitchen.
The actual trailer supposedly won’t be out till the premiere of ABC’s–like Marvel Studios, also owned by Disney– American Crime tomorrow, but there are those out there that laugh at such measures.
By the way, I hate to sound contrarian, but I hope this upcoming trailer reveals ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I can almost guarantee–despite the darker tone–that Age Of Ultron will not only earn a billion in its first week of release, but will go on to surpass the $1.5 billion earned by the original film AND pass Avatar (at almost $3 billion–$2.88 billion) in the process.
Which is why they don’t need to reveal anymore in terms of storyline. At this point there are probably people looking for reasons NOT to see this movie.
Marvel Studios, don’t give them any.