What was initially supposed to be the slate of films for phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was first introduced way back in 2014. Coming off the success of one little-known title in Guardians of the Galaxy, another non-household property – Inhumans – was given a 2018 release date. To that point, Marvel had proven they could take unpopular film IP’s like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and even Hulk, and turn them into blockbuster hits. Therefore a team of characters like Inhumans seemed like a no-brainer. The deal struck with Sony presented Marvel Studios with a really good problem: too many good films to follow the current slate with Spider-Man joining the ranks. Inhumans was subsequently pushed back and later dropped from the upcoming list of movie titles for Marvel Studios.
Clearly, it still holds a place in the heart of Marvel studios head Kevin Feige. He has been very positive in the past about the film, and still seems committed to making it. So when SlashFilm asked him if it was still happening, he had this to say:
I think Inhumans will happen for sure. I don’t know when. I think it’s happening on television. And I think as we get into Phase 4 as I’ve always said, it could happen as a movie. I think it would be super cool.
This is actually interesting for a number of reasons, first, he makes a clear distinction between Inhumans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Inhumans as a movie title. This is important to note, here at MCUexchange we have been proponents to having Inhumans acknowledged on the film side of the MCU for quite a while. Feige takes a step in that direction by mentioning the TV side of things. Since season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Inhumans have been a major storyline explaining much of the lore behind the characters.
Additionally, Feige mentions getting closer to Phase 4. It’s not impossible to think that we may one day get a mention or even introduction to Inhumans before they get their own film title. One of the ways that could become a reality is with films like Captain Marvel, and both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. But most importantly acknowledging the TV side of the MCU would go a long way to bridging the possible story gap that could exist between the Royal family of Inhumans, and the Inhumans we have already met on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. Still, it’s looking more likely that Inhumans is a title we won’t see until 2020 or after.
What do you think, do we need to get a mention at least from the film side? Tell us in the comments.