Today, Inhumans not only revealed a first look at the series’ cast in costume, but we also received some information on what we can expect from the upcoming series that will first be available in IMAX theaters before it will officially airs on ABC, this fall. The show will follow Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and the rest of the Inhuman Royal Family, as they find themselves cast out from their Attilan home and in a rather precarious situation.

As the show is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and airing on ABC, many wondered if there will be any connection to the network’s other Marvel televiaion series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Would SHIELD have some kind of influence, or crossover with the new show? Inhumans showrunner, Scott Buck (who became infamous for his involvement with Iron Fist) offered some insight into the relationships between the two shows in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“We all inhabit the same universe, so things that have happened on S.H.I.E.L.D. will potentially affect our show as well.”

This does open up the question what exactly that would mean for the show. Up to this point it was believed that Inhumans would work on its own, as the show was about an Inhuman society that lived separate from the rest of the world. The interview highlighted that some time of the show will be spent on earth, and a while ago it was confirmed that Charles Soule‘s NuHumans would make an appearance.

SHIELD introduced the concept of Inhumanity to non-comic book readers and after the events of its second season, a smaller incarnation of the Terrigen bomb. At the end of the season, nature took its course as fish consumed parts of the Terrigen crystals, which activate the dormant genes and created a new generation. These events could lead into Black Bolt meeting other Inhumans that offer him shelter. It is one way to indirectly link the shows and build up to a potential crossover later down the line.

Buck pointed out that their current focus is on the show’s launch before planning any potential crossovers. When compared to the former shows focus on procedural elements, he had the following comments to offer:

“I don’t think we’re likened to a procedural show in any way. We’re more of a family drama with one big story leading us through the season.”

It makes sense that an 8 episode show would not fall into the procedural model that used to dominate network television. The show’s structure will probably resemble that of Marvel Television’s latest non-MCU project, Legion, or Marvel’s Netflix properties that go for a more cinematic approach with multiple episodes telling one complete story.  The only aspect that could influence the show is the way advertising breaks lead to these types of shows having multiple cliffhangers throughout the episode. It is hard to deny that with the show filming in Hawaii, a lot of similarities to Lost come to mind, which also focused on telling a bigger story rather than just a typical procedural. The one advantage Inhumans has is that it has less episodes to tell its structure to avoid dragging things out too long.

When Inhumans premieres on September 1, we’ll see how connected the these network properties are. Meanwhile, what elements would you like to see crossover? Let us know, in the comments!

Source: Entertainment Weekly