by Brett White
Comic Book Movie has reported a rumor circulated by Bleeding Cool earlier this week. There is a separate , more spoilery rumor about "Iron Man 3" at the top of the Comic Book Movie article that I wish I hadn't stumbled across, but what are ya gonna do? Both articles basically state that the Inhumans could be the next unexpected corner of the Marvel Universe to get the "Guardians of the Galaxy" treatment, meaning that the group is most likely getting a new ongoing series that could lead into a motion picture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The comic book half of this rumor isn't that unfounded. Writer Jonathan Hickman has mentioned that the Inhumans will play a pivotal role in his mini-series "Infinity," which starts this August. That seems like the perfect launching point for an Inhumans comic book, which will reportedly be written by Matt Fraction (current writer of "Fantastic Four," "FF" and "Hawkeye"). The "Game of Thrones" mention is a reference to the different houses that will supposedly make up the new status quo. There'll be a House of Medusa and a House of Maximus, and possibly houses for other members of the Inhumans Royal Family.
The film half of this rumor is a bit of a stretch, but surprisingly not that much of one. "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Inhumans" were mentioned by Kevin Feige years ago in an interview with "Entertainment Weekly." A logline for an Inhumans film surfaced back in 2011, too, summarizing the characters as "aliens who were put on Earth as sleeper cell agents to eventually call back their race to take over the planet. Ultimately, the group of aliens fully assimilates and don’t want to cause war."
Both Bleeding Cool and Comic Book Movie call the Inhumans Marvel Studios' answer to Fox's X-Men. I'm not sure if this is because both groups contain characters with, well, inhuman appearances and fantastical powers, or if the Inhumans will now be presented as a persecuted minority.
If there's truth to this rumor, it confirms that Marvel still has the rights to the Inhumans even though Fox owns the rights to the Fantastic Four and major supporting players like Silver Surfer and Galactus. Heck, I even pegged the Inhumans as possibly being a part of Fox's cinematic Marvel Universe. The Inhumans have mostly appeared in issues of "Fantastic Four" after their debut in "Fantastic Four" #45 in 1965.
Even with Phase Two a month away from beginning with "Iron Man 3," confirmations and rumors of Marvel's Phase Three films have started circulating. "Ant-Man" by Edgar Wright is happening, and Feige pretty much confirmed "Doctor Strange," even if updates on that film's progress have been nil. There's definitely room for "The Inhumans" in Phase Three. Odds are if either the comic or film is happening, it'll be announced at San Diego Comic-Con International this July, if not sooner.
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