When the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp was first announced, many assumed this spelled doom for another Marvel Studios release. And now that appears to be true. It sounds like Marvel and Disney are getting ready to push their Inhumans movie back by an undetermined amount of months, possibly years. And it might go from being a Phase Three movie to becoming one of the key releases in Marvel Phase Four.
At this time, plans to delay Inhumans haven't been solidified. The movie follows a race of hybrid alien/human super beings who live on their own world. It was originally slated for July 2, 2019. Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has been hyping the release for years now, and the Inhumans have been set up as an ongoing story arc in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the past two seasons.
Kevin Feige says the reason the movie is about to be delayed is because a number of other Marvel projects have been added to their impending slate since the movie was first announced way back in 2014. These include the Ant-Man and the Wasp sequel and the 2017 Spider-Man reboot which Sony is co-producing with Marvel Studios. There is also a growing concern that some of the Marvel movies could bump up against other non-Marvel releases planned by Disney. Even though Inhumans is sure to be delayed soon, it is not being canceled. It's just a matter of when it's a good time to move forward. Says the Marvel President of Production.
"Since we made our initial phase three announcement, we added Spider-Man, which was a big joyous coup for us. We added Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was a big fun continuation of that story for us. Walt Disney Company has announced an Indiana Jones film for right around that same time. So I think it will shuffle off the current date that it's on right now. How far down it shuffles, I'm not sure yet."
Inhumans first made their comic book debut back in 1965. The main story followed a royal family of super beings ruled over by their silent king Black Bolt, whose voice can level cities. It has long been rumored that Vin Diesel will play this mute character in the flesh, while he voices Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. The young members of the Inhumans family get their power from ingesting Terrigen Mists, an idea that has been introduced and developed in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In the past, Inhumans has been compared to Guardians of the Galaxy, and will show that side of the cosmic Marvel Universe. Here's how Kevin Feige described the movie to EW in an interview conducted awhile back.
"In other words, all the craziness that comes with Inhumans, we've done in the other movies already. But this would have some of the social drama that we haven't really done yet. [Fox's] X-Men, obviously, has been touching on that stuff for a while."
So, what do you think? Are you disappointed Inhumans isn't moving forward as quickly as expected? Are you already tired of the Inhumans storyline after it's been such a big part of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Or do you think this is the right way for Marvel to handle the situation. Sound off in the comments below.