The first footage from ABC's Inhumans evoked a strong negative reaction from some fans, who criticized the lack of visual panache in the show, which is scheduled to premiere its first two episodes in IMAX. But Marvel TV President Jeph Loeb says that the show's visuals are "simply extraordinary and should be seen on the screen," and that the footage revealed so far is "unfinished."
“I can tell you that the show you have seen is not the finished product, so if you’re asking me whether it’s done, it’s not,” Loeb told an audience at a Television Critics Associaton event (via Deadline).
Two key points of contention - the nature of Karnak's powers and Medusa's uncharacteristically flat hair - were specifically addressed.
Showrunner Scott Buck addressed Karnak's powers, saying “Karnak has the ability to see the flaw in anything and everything, whether it be a person, a building, anything, and everything. Unfortunately, what this does to Karnak as a person is everything is flawed, so nothing is good enough for Karnak.”
As for Medusa, actor Serinda Swan spoke about her wig, which she said was "very heavy," and "weighed her neck down."
“There were definitely days shooting in Hawaii with a four-pound red wig down to my shins, which felt like a very warm cat settling on my head, one that I was probably allergic to," she explained, before also addressing the way the CGI for the wig would work. “It’s never been done before so there are going to be issues. There are going to be trial and tribulations. I think there was software that actually had to be built with it. If we only did things that were perfect we would never start and so it’s a really phenomenal start.”
Loeb summed everything up, saying “What you’ve seen so far is something that’s unfinished. Once you’ve seen the whole finished product you actually do [understand].”
Inhumans premieres in IMAX on September 1, before broadcasting subsequent episodes on ABC starting September 29.
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