It hasn’t been exactly smooth sailing for ABC’s Inhumans show. Meant to be a tentpole event for IMAX and Marvel Television, MCU fans were worried for the project after Netflix’s Iron Fist, which shares a showrunner in writer Scott Buck, became the first MCU property to be greeted mostly with negative reviews. Leaked set photos, a cast photo, and two trailers didn’t garner much enthusiasm, with fans citing the costumes, visual design, and dialogue. With the first two episodes of Inhumans getting closer to their September 1st IMAX debut, we have the first word on how the show is.
The folks at SpoilerTV received screeners for many of the new Fall television shows, and the website organized their writers’ hot takes for these pilots and episodes onto a convenient chart. Just today they added a single reaction to Inhumans, and well, it’s not very positive.
Simply awful. I’m so disappointed since I generally love everything Marvel does. But this is absolutely terrible. The dialogue is atrocious. The fight sequences are shockingly choreographed. The sets (or more-so the obvious green-screen) aren’t that crash hot either. It’s only saving grace is Lockjaw who is adorable. As one of the few people that actually liked Iron Fist, I can easily say that this is Scott Buck’s worst work yet. (Tyler | 8/3/2017)
This writer scores Inhumans a 3 out of a possible 10. Ouch. This brief write-up isn’t much of a full review, but its specific points overlap with concerns that MCU fans had from the show’s promotional material. If there’s any doubt to the validity of this snap-judgement, Redditor /u/magikarpcatcher posted the following screencap to /r/marvelstudios on Thursday, confirming that ABC is allowing press to view these screenings:
This redditor didn’t have too much to say about the episode (notice the all-caps text “NOT FOR REVIEW”), only briefly stating that Medusa’s hair “doesn’t actually look bad” and that they “couldn’t take Maximus seriously for some reason.” Not as scathing, but certainly not a ringing endorsement.
The team behind Inhumans are still hard at work on putting the show together, and this screening likely represents a work-in-progress. But the clock is ticking, and ravenous comic book fans still await to see the results. Hopefully we’ll have more reactions on Twitter and official reviews from publications closer to the IMAX premiere date. The parties involved (Marvel TV, ABC, IMAX, Jeph Loeb, Scott Buck) have much at stake, and I’m sure that they want to avoid another Iron Fist-esque snafu. Admittedly, it doesn’t inspire much confidence when Young Sheldon seems to be getting higher marks.
What do you think of these first reactions to Inhumans? Are you planning to go out and see it regardless?