After months of questions about how ABC's Inhumans series will fit in with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, showrunner Scott Buck (who also helmed Netflix's Iron Fist) has shed some light on the connection between Inhumans, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the MCU at large.
"We all inhabit the same universe," Buck told Entertainment Weekly, "So things that have happened on S.H.I.E.L.D. will potentially affect our show as well."
However, Buck also explained that it is unlikely the two shows will crossover. Inhumans won't debut until September, and ABC has not yet renewed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
But that's not all Buck revealed - he also unveiled some secrets of the show's characters, including how Black Bolt will communicate with his fellow Inhumans, which actor Anson Mount clarified will be through the use of sign language.
"I think everyone’s going to be very pleased and excited by [Anson Mount as] Black Bolt," Buck said. "We’re not doing voice over. If you read the comics, you see Black Bolt does find a way to communicate to people, but he’s also a very enigmatic character as well, and he keeps a lot inside. That’s part of what’s so fascinating about him is that a lot of times, we don’t know what he’s thinking."
Meanwhile, Black Bolt's queen, Medusa, poses her own challenges in adapting to the screen.
"It is very difficult," Buck said of animating Medusa's prehensile hair. "Even now, it’s still a process. It takes quite a long time in post to make that effect work. We have some of the best visual effects people available working on our show. We still haven’t seen the final version of it; it’s very much a work in process."
Buck also pointed to another Inhuman - the bulldog-like Lockjaw - as a potential fan favorite character, saying "Lockjaw is probably going to end up being the audience’s favorite character. We certainly enjoy working with him. He’s fun to write, he’s fun to shoot. There’s not too much more detail than that that I can give, but he is going to be a standout on the show."
Additionally, Buck revealed that actress Ellen Woglom's as-yet-unnamed character is new and not from the comic books..
And, as for the Inhumans movie Marvel Studios originally planned for release in 2019 before being delayed indefinitely, Buck says he has no knowledge of or connection to how those plans will proceed.
"I have no knowledge of the movie or anything other beyond this," Buck explained. "People high up at Marvel may have some sense of what’s going on there, but for me, I’m just working on this TV show, so I have no connection to any movie."
The first two episodes of Inhumans will premiere in IMAX on September 1 before moving to ABC on September 26 for the remainder of the series.
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