Hot off the box-office success of "Guardians of the Galaxy," Marvel Studios has reportedly shifted their attention to bring another cosmic property to the big screen. This time around the lesser-known team will be the Inhumans.
A few months ago I wrote an article discussing five Marvel superheroes I wanted to see in the cinematic universe. One of the characters I listed was Black Bolt who is the leader of the Inhumans. It now looks like only a matter of time before Marvel will be bringing the mute champion to the cinematic fold.
Here's why I felt the Inhumans and Black Bolt would be a welcomed addition into the Marvel Universe back in May:
The ruler of the Inhumans and a member of the secret society Illuminati, Black Bolt is a King the cinematic universe desperately needs. We’re in the middle of Phase 2 and the cinematic universe has already begun gearing towards the galactic. With Guardians of the Galaxy expanding the boundaries for the audience, introducing Black Bolt and the Inhumans now would be an opportune time.
While the necessity of the Inhumans themselves in the cinematic universe maybe debated, the significance of Black Bolt himself cannot be measured. Without the rights to fellow Illuminati members Professor Xavier and Mister Fantastic, Black Bolt’s importance is elevated tremendously.
By introducing Black Bolt to accompany Doctor Strange, and Iron Man, Marvel can form a new Illuminati. A secret organization in any comic universe can pay dividends when crafting new stories. Having a secret society can cause distrust and add fuel to a potential Civil War Avenger’s film. Or better yet, revive the Hulk franchise by having the Illuminati exile him into space setting up The Incredible Hulk 2: World War Hulk.
Finally, similarly to what Marvel has done with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, introducing the Inhumans as soon as possible will give them a one up over Fox and their Fantastic Four franchise. These characters in the movie rights grey area are battlegrounds for studios. The first to reach audiences are usually the ones that stay imprinted in their minds.
Now that "Guardians of the Galaxy" is in theaters and we've had a glimpse of the cosmic landscape, the Inhumans will add depth to the ever-growing universe. The Inhumans were originally a group of homo-sapiens that were birthed through genetic experiments by the Kree. After creating the superpowered beings, the Kree later abandoned them. Alone and different, the group formed their own Royal Family race called the Inhumans.
The Kree of course made their cinematic universe debut in "Guardians of the Galaxy."
The Inhumans are quirky enough to fit into Marvel's cinematic universe. If you thought the ragtag team in "Guardians of the Galaxy" were weird, wait until you see the chemistry between Medusa, Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon and Lockjaw. We're talking about a woman who uses hair to fight, a mute King, a girl who dates every male superhero in the Marvel universe, a guy with bull legs, and a sentient alien bulldog to name a few.
Hearing that Marvel is pushing forward with an Inhumans film gives fans hope that they'll consider using the Captain Marvel and Nova properties in upcoming films as well.
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