To say fans are weary of Marvel’s Inhumans is to put things lightly. Over the last month, social media has lit up with fans and critics who are concerned about the ABC project. The 8-episode miniseries is set to debut later this month but good will towards Inhumans is fading.
Just go check out Twitter; If you check the TCA 2017 hashtag, fans will find some concerning posts.
Earlier today, ABC held its press event with the Television Critics Association. Marvel TV brought out the crew for Inhumans, but the panel did not go well according to a slew of journalists. The press attending the panel say the event went over as well as the first Inhumans trailer did - and social media is buzzing over the comparison.
As you can see in the slides below, journalists left the panel with more infinitely more questions than answers. The event, which was actually cut short, is being described as an awkward one overlaid with thinly veiled bewilderment. However, when it came to the event’s Q&A, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb did stress Inhumans was not yet complete.
“I can tell you that it was written on the material that you were given that the show that you have seen is not the finished product,” Loeb told one reporter who asked if the show turned out as hoped. “If you’re asking me whether or not it was done, it’s not. So to be perfectly honest, I don’t understand your question.”
Showrunner Scott Buck also chimed in when asked about the show’s quality by referencing a meme. The producer said he was starting to feel like Ben Affleck after all the questioning, nodding to the Sad Affleck meme that went viral after the actor was asked about the poor reception of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
So, what do you think about the increasingly infamous Inhumans panel at TCA 2017? Hit us up on Twitter @ComicBook to let us know.
You'll be happy to know that the Inhumans panel is just as uncomfortable as the Inhumans pilot. #TCA17— Libby Hill (@midwestspitfire) August 6, 2017
While sites have since taken down their initial impressions of Marvel's Inhumans, the show's pilot received little love last week. The series sent out pilot screeners which were quickly criticized, so this comparison isn't too flattering.
So if the head of Marvel TV doesn’t know what the business model is on this, I have legitimately no clue why this is happening. https://t.co/x2kxKq7tAV— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) August 6, 2017
There are still a lot of questions surrounding the IMAX release of Marvel's Inhumans. The theatrical debut will only contain 10 additional minutes of footage, but at what cost? Movie ticket costs are difficult to swing for movies, so a price point would be nice.
It's never a good thing when a press tour can be summed up by a GIF of Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development - right?
A smart, well-framed question from @Deggans gets pushed aside from Loeb with, basically, “We’re Marvel, we do what we do"— Tim Goodman (@BastardMachine) August 6, 2017
To be fair, Marvel TV does have a good track record. The studio's Netflix titles have done well despite a small critical misfire with Iron Fist, and Agents of SHIELD is entering its fifth season. Still, some details about Marvel's Inhumans would be nice.
The odd thing about Marvel people is they seem eternally surprised that some critics think their ABC shows are terrible. Which they are.— Robert Bianco (@BiancoRobert) August 6, 2017
Agents of SHIELD is on a rebound of sorts thanks to its well-received 'Agents of Hydra' arc last season. Agent Carter was also a fan-favorite series despite its small fanbase, so only time will tell how Marvel's Inhumans affects those shows' legacies.
In Marvel’s Inhumans, after the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.
The Inhumans, a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. Since that time, they have grown in prominence and become some of the most popular and iconic characters in the Marvel Universe. Marvel’s The Inhumans will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.
Marvel’s Inhumans stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Iwan Rheon as Maximus, Ken Leung as Karnak, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Mike Moh as Triton, Sonya Balmores as Auran, and Ellen Woglom.
The first two episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans will premiere in IMAX theaters on Friday, Sept. 1. The full eight-episode series will air on ABC on Fridays as part of the network's fall television lineup.