The Inhumans, Marvel's race of superhumans that include Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, and Gorgon, have struggled to find a place within Marvel's Cinematic Universe since being revealed in 2011. Initially announced as a Phase Three film set for release on November 2, 2018, The Inhumans was pushed back to July 12, 2019 and then eventually taken off the planned release schedule, although it was never cancelled outright.
Marvel has now revealed that The Inhumans will become a television series coming to ABC in the fall of 2017. Furthermore, the first two episodes will premire in IMAX commercial theatres for two weeks in September before making their debut on the network. This marks the first time a live-action television series has debuted in this manner.
The new series explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family, and will be filmed entirety with IMAX digital cameras. ABC will have exclusive content that can only be seen on the network as well.
“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.”
“This first-of-its-kind multi-platform production, distribution and marketing agreement brings together Marvel Television’s unique brand of entertainment, ABC’s unparalleled audience and IMAX’s brand and global fanboy demographic,” said IMAX CEO, Rich Gelfond. “It also takes our decades-long relationship with The Walt Disney Company to a whole new level, jointly breaking new ground in the industry. We are confident our exhibition partners will be excited to work with us on this innovative launch of a series across the IMAX network.”
“We're happy to see this unique deal come together, working with our partners,” said Dan Buckley, President, Marvel Television, Publishing & Brand. “In an ever-changing world of distribution and consumption, it’s very exciting to be part of a groundbreaking initiative that takes us to the forefront of this evolution.”