With New York Comic Con underway, all the who’s-whos of the comicbook world are schmoozin’ and boozin’, and apparently sharing big secrets. According to a report at Bleeding Cool, in the wake of the recent schedule changes to accommodate the Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and The Wasp, the folks over at Marvel are planning to retool their schedule even further and drop a major title off the roster completely. Which title? The Inhumans, and that…actually makes some sense.
I’m naturally skeptical of things said in bars. I’m even more skeptical about things said in bars by people who work for a notoriously private company. However, Marvel Studios recently underwent a massive shakeup that saw the dissolution of the Marvel creative committee and a critical restructuring in the chain of command. Mainly, MCU mastermind Kevin Feige no longer reports to Marvel head Ike Pulmutter. Instead, Fiege reports directly to Disney, a divorce of power that was supposedly borne out of Pulmutter’s notorious stinginess. However, Perlmutter still maintains oversight of Marvel’s TV group, publishing, animation, and other New York-based operations, and Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel TV, continues to report to Perlmutter.
It was widely speculated that this move would lead to a further divide between Marvel TV and Marvel film, which have remained distant since the start of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. despite the occasional crossover. If that were the case, Inhumans would be a natural point of contention. The Inhumans were introduced at the end of Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s second season, play a critical role in the current season, and are likely to remain a major component in the coming years. Indeed, the report states that it was the TV end that pushed to cancel the movie given how much time, marketing and story they’ve invested in establishing the saga of the Inhumans.
From the film side of things, I can’t honestly see a world where Fiege wouldn’t get Inhumans if he wanted the Inhumans, but with everything the MCU already has going for it, and the wealth of IP to chose from, it could very well not be something he sees as essential to Phase 3 and 4. And if Marvel TV and Marvel Film are looking to head their separate ways, canceling The Inhumans movie would make a very clear statement.
Even though the pieces seem to add up, this is all conjecture for now, hinged on a lot of very big ifs. For now, the Inhumans movie is set for a July 12th, 2019 release. What do you guys think? Would you be sad to see the Inhumans movie scraped? Do you think Marvel TV and Marvel Film will continue to grow apart? Sound off in the comments below.