Marvel’s Inhumans movie is gone, and there’s a good reason why
In October 2014, Marvel turned the entertainment world on its side and unveiled a de facto tutorial on how to make $10 billion. It unveiled its slate of nine upcoming films, making up the studio’s phase three, beginning with Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, and concluding with Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3, 2019. They may not combine to reach that lofty (and arbitrary) $10 billion mark, but they’ll probably at least come close.
A year and change later, that roadmap remains mostly the same, with a few key alterations. Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming is now coming on July 7, 2017, a few of the films swapped dates to make way for Spidey, and Ant-Man and the Wasp was added on for July 6, 2018.
Perhaps the biggest move though (not counting the Spider-Man addition) is that Inhumans has been completely removed from the upcoming list.
Although it was initially set to come before Infinity War – Part 2, Marvel first quietly pushed it back from November 2, 2018 to July 12, 2019, with the caveat that there may be further changes. Those further changes have struck, and Inhumans is no longer listed at all.
The obvious explanation was that the film just wasn’t ready and Marvel didn’t have an angle it liked. It was likely complicated by the recent introduction of inhumans on ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, but a new report from Bleeding Cool hints at something more.
Last year, Marvel Entertainment underwent a significant change. Prior to the shakeup, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige answered to Marvel Entertainment CEO, Isaac Perlmutter. When it came to movie decisions, despite Feige’s incredible success, he still had to go through the CEO and a committee of Perlmutter’s choosing. Tensions between the two were said to be growing for years, and they came to a head over the budget of Captain America: Civil War.
Yes, the irony of that has been noted repeatedly.
Feige saw the film as the most important to date, right on par with the Avengers movies, while Perlmutter continually pushed to scale it down in order to save money. Feige threatened to quit, which led to Disney CEO Bob Iger stepping in and reorganizing it so Feige and Marvel Studios now reports directly to Disney rather than Marvel Entertainment. Given Feige and Marvel Studios’ success – and the projections for Civil War, which are already astronomical – it seems like a smart move, but there are consequences.
On the plus side, Marvel Studios will no longer be subject to a committee that really isn’t involved in the film business. Perlmutter’s group will still have some input, but the film division will no longer be beholden to it. One of the downsides is that Perlmutter and Marvel Entertainment will retain control of the television division. They’ve done well with those so far – especially with the Netflix shows – but it means that any hopes of the movies and TV characters crossing over just got significantly more difficult. It was already complicated, and now there may be personal grudges involved.
The other consequence is Inhumans, which by all accounts was moving forward on Perlmutter’s insistence. Feige reluctantly accepted the film, in part because it came as a package with Captain Marvel, a film Feige has big hopes for. Now that Perlmutter is no longer involved, Captain Marvel is moving forward, while Inhumans is not. In order to not make an issue out of it, Feige quietly pushed Inhumans first to 2019, and then off the books completely.
Technically, the movie hasn’t been canceled, but only technically. If someone comes up with a great idea on how to do it, the movie could return, but for now it appears the movie is gone.
The non-cancellation cancellation should also make it much easier for Agents of SHIELD to continue its inhuman story line, which fans of the show will probably appreciate.