This is the other shoe to drop after Disney this spring pulled a planned Inhumans feature film from its July 12, 2019 release date. Several movies in the series has been planned, and the first one had a script by Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther). Originally, Inhumans was part of Marvel’s 3.0 phase, with the studio delving even deeper into their vaults to launch more of their niche superheros on the big screen. The Inhumans TV series is said not to be related to the movie, tackling an entirely different story.
As part of TV series deal unveiled today, the first two episodes of the superhero series will debut on Imax screens exclusively for two weeks ahead of the fall premiere on the broadcast network, which will feature some additional content not included in the two hours exhibited in theaters. ABC, Imax and Marvel TV plan to create a joint marketing and promotion plan; the move marks the giant-screen exhibitor’s first time as a financing participant in a TV pilot and series.
The series will be produced by Marvel TV and ABC Studios and filmed with Imax digital cameras. No writer is announced yet for the TV series, which will not be introduced as a spinoff from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. CAA reps both Marvel TV and Imax.
The Inhumans are a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. The TV series will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.
“This unprecedented alliance represents a bold, innovative approach to launching great TV content for a worldwide audience,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group. “It highlights Disney-ABC’s unrelenting commitment to finding new and creative ways to showcasing our very best programming and increasing global engagement and reach.”
ABC currently has one Marvel series on the air, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Carter ended its run last spring after two seasons. Additionally, Marvel has the six series on Netflix as well as the upcoming X-Men offshoot Legion on FX, Runaways on Hulu and Cloak and Dagger at Freeform.