Marvel’s Inhumans may have ties to fellow ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel’s long delayed Inhumans is finally coming together. The project was originally slated as an Inhumans movie, with a release date of summer 2019. After some changes, the Inhumans are headed to ABC as an eight-episode series, the first two episodes of which will be released in IMAX.
For those who don’t know, the Inhumans are a species of human-alien hybrids that receive superpowers after undergoing a process called Terrigenesis. They have been a part of Marvel comics since 1965. They have also been a part of Marvel Television since debuting, in a very major way, in season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There are several Inhuman characters currently on the show including series regular Chloe Bennet who plays Inhuman Daisy Johnson. So, will Inhumans and Agents be connected?
Inhumans showrunner Scott Buck (Iron Fist), said in an interview with EW, “We all inhabit the same universe, so things that have happened on S.H.I.E.L.D. will potentially affect our show as well.” For Marvel TV fans this would be a new development. The Marvel Netflix shows have seen some overlap, with shared characters like Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) appearing in all Netflix projects. This summer will see crossover series The Defenders cementing that connection. However, Agents usually appears to be left out in the cold, star Bennet has even said that rest of Marvel “doesn’t acknowledge our show at all.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems closely tied to the MCU and maintains continuity with the films. Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson appeared in the first phase of Marvel films including The Avengers. The show’s plot was heavily affected by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the show as Nick Fury and so on. But this all comes off as a one-way street as events in the show have not been mentioned in the film. Even large scale events that would affect the shared universe – such as many characters gaining superpowers due to being Inhumans – hasn’t even come up in the form of an MCU easter egg.
Being a proven part of the rest of the Marvel world would be a pretty big deal for Agents at this point. Airing on the same network and dealing with shared subject matter, it seems logical for the shows to connect in some way, even if they largely remain independent. Given Buck’s statement it would be safe to assume that there will be some mention of what’s happening in the Marvel world at large. But this doesn’t necessarily mean as much as fans would like.
Buck did also say in the interview that Inhumans is meant to stand on it’s own. He describes it as a serialized family drama, and it’s taking place within the technologically advanced Inhuman city of Attilan. Both of these things point to a pretty insular show. If there is any overlap it may be something as small as a mention of the ‘Inhuman situation’ beyond Attilan in the same way the NYC based Netflix shows keep vaguely referring to Manhattan’s Avengers-based destruction as “the incident.” Even so, that would be a sign that yes, Inhumans and Agents are part of the Marvel world at large.
Inhumans screens in IMAX theaters for two weeks starting Friday, September 1, prior to its television debut on Tuesday, September 26 on ABC.