We have the first promo photo of Black Bolt in Marvel’s upcoming new network series, INHUMANS, plus showrunner Scott Buck answers some questions.
Marvel’s Inhumans is a definite go and we have the first promo photo to prove it, which shows Black Bolt and the rest of his group. Check it out below, along with Entertainment Weekly’s interview with showrunner Scott Buck. He answers some significant questions about the series and its characters, as well as his inspiration, and the differences between this series and the other Marvel shows.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Inhumans is a comic that, while beautiful on the page, seems almost impossible to bring to life. How daunting was that task when you took on the role of showrunner?
SCOTT BUCK: Actually, it was an exciting proposition. I had just finished Iron Fist and was looking for a little time off. Then, Jeph Loeb called me and pitched the idea of the Inhumans, the idea of doing a show basically about this family. We discussed each one of the characters, who they are, their personalities, their journeys. I always approach these things through the characters — what’s the story we can tell about Black Bolt, about Medusa and each one of these members of the Royal Family? It may have been daunting, but I think I was, more than anything, just excited about jumping in.
Are there any story lines from the comics that you’re inspired by?
I was so curious to see what their origins were, so I started at the very beginning. Obviously if you look at those comics from the early ’60s, they’re a very different tone than what we’re doing. It was fun to see how it all began, but I just continued to leap forward. I have not read all of them, but I continue to look through some of them. There were so many different incarnations of the Inhumans, though, so it was more a matter of figuring out, what’s the story we want to tell? Going back and then reading the whole backstory of them all was very helpful, but from that, we just pretty much moved forward.
Are you planning to lean into the more fantastical elements of Inhumans’ powers, or are you trying to ground the series?
To a certain extent, yes, but again, we approach these all as real people who just happen to have these abilities, so they’re all very grounded people. We try to write them as real as possible, and then have fun with the powers when we can. We want their powers to seem like a very natural part of their personality.
Can you say anything about the story we’re going to be seeing with Black Bolt and the Royal Family?
Basically we’re telling a story about a family at a very critical juncture in their lives. When we meet up with them, we’re going to find that pretty much everything they’ve ever known is at risk.
Can you say where the show takes place: On Earth or Attilan?
I think we’re on both.
Attilan moves, so is Attilan currently on Earth in your story?
Not when we go to Attilan, no.
Does Inhumans live in the same universe as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., considering on Earth there was this explosion of Inhumans?
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.
Have you thought about crossover at all?
Not at this point. [Laughs] We’re just trying to get this launched.
A show like S.H.I.E.L.D. has a procedural element. Is that the case here or is Inhumans doing more serialized storytelling?
I don’t think we’re likened to a procedural show in any way. We’re more of a family drama with one big story leading us through the season.
How do you think Inhumans will differ from the other ABC or Netflix Marvel projects?
I’m not necessarily comfortable comparing it to other shows. I think we’re creating our own thing here. But having worked on a Netflix Marvel show, obviously I’m very aware of how that show goes. Again, just because the approach is strictly through character, we’re interested in creating an interesting world with interesting people that pull us in, so if there’s similarities to the other shows in that way, I guess that would be the case.
How did being released in IMAX color things for you guys during production? Does this feel like a movie in a way?
Yes, I would say the first two episodes do, because it gave us a lot more freedom and pushed and encouraged us to think a little bit bigger than we would if it was just a normal network show. We just wanted to think bigger in terms of scope, and what we were seeing, and how we bring these characters to the audience.
Read the rest of the interview and more about Inhumans right here.
Inhumans episodes 1 and 2 will first premiere on IMAX screens nationwide and then the series will begin on ABC in the Fall.