So originally this was supposed to be a movie in the MCU, a project which has been pushed by MARVEL head honcho Ike Perlmutter for years. Though not because he found the superhero equivalent of Game of Thrones ambitious, but rather as a stab at FOX for keeping the X-men film rights. This is also the reason why MARVEL comics have been downplaying the X-men in favor of the Inhumans, to give FOX less free advertising and to try to build up the Inhumans in the public eye. However once Marvel Studios was split from the rest of MARVEL, Inhumans was retooled as a TV series project. And with a budget of $80 million for 8 episodes, it was set to not only be a tv series with “the same high production value as a big budget movie” but would also be the first tv series filmed in and screened at IMAX. So surely with such bug promises, Inhumans would end up being the biggest tv show ever, right?
Then the first promo photo came in….
And then the first trailer….
And then you had the director openly saying that he was hired to make the series as fast and cheap and possible…
So yeah. Basically despite MARVEL supposedly spending as much on each episode as HBO does on Game of Thrones and previously promising a tv show with high cinematic production value, despite this being Ike Perlmutter’s “passion project”, Inhumans looks like the cheapest thing I’ve ever seen. Even the CW DC shows like Arrow and The Flash, which spend only about $2 million per episode, look better production value wise – which kind of makes me wonder if someone at MARVEL is embezzling the $80 million rather than putting it into the actual show. And from early reviews – it looks to be a disaster.
All I can really add to this is that IMAX must’ve anticipated this as they shortened the theatrical run of the first 2 episodes from 2 weeks to only 1 week in favor of prioritizing the IMAX release of the upcoming remake of IT (which is looking to be great).
I honestly can’t say that I’m shock that this ended up being a disaster. I feel sorry for Inhumans fans who had been looking forward to this show before things went completely downhill, and I hope there is won’t be another disaster like this on television or IMAX ever again – though STAR TREK Discovery is looking to be a potential disaster as well……
Inhumans currently has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes
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