Inhumans has been a point of controversy among fans for some time now. Ever since rumors surfaced that Marvel planned on replacing Mutants with Inhumans due to Fox owning the cinematic rights to the X-Men there has been a lukewarm reaction to them. With Inhumans becoming an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. focal point it looked like their mutant-like future was set in stone.
However, In a surprising turn of events, it looks like things aren’t as clear as they once seemed. Inhumans has been removed from its July 12, 2019 release window. Unlike its previous date change, no replacement date has been announced. Could Inhumans go the way of Runaways, which had a full script by Drew Pierce (Iron Man 3, All Hail The King) before being bumped back indefinitely to focus more on the Avengers? It’s unlikely, according to what Kevin Feige told Collider:
“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.”
This makes sense. Between Indiana Jones, Spider-Man, and the additional Ant-Man film, Marvel/Disney’s lineup has become quite a bit larger. That being said, rumors have been floating around that the Inhumans were no longer a focus for the MCU since Kevin Feige gained more sway over Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter in Marvel film management. It’s been no secret that Perlmutter and Feige disagree on where they want the overarching film narrative to go. Could this be the studio’s first step in that new direction?
With that in mind, I don’t think this is the end for Inhumans. Regardless if you feel they deserve the sudden attention, they’re a rich part of Marvel’s history with more then a few film-worthy stories. Personally, I’m hoping to see Inhumans re-dated for Marvel’s Phase 4.