YMMV / The Inhumans

Comics with their own subpages:

For the Franchise as a whole:

  • Adored by the Network: Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter really likes these guys and really doesn't like the X-Men, for reasons that purely boil down to legal disputes.
    • In The '90s, to bail itself out of a bankruptcy, Marvel sold its rights to its most popular characters (Fantastic Four, X-Men and Spider-Man being the most notable) to different studios on optionnote . Marvel Studios was looking to regain access to the rights of old properties (as the vast majority of the licenses they sold went toward unproduced projects at the other studios, eventually reverting to Marvel over time), but Fox, quite rightly believing that they have made profitable adaptations with the X-Men Film Series insisted on holding on to the rights even in the face of the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which came into development years later. Sony Studios for similar reasons continued to hold on to Spider-Man but unlike the deal negotiated with Sony years later (as a result of avoiding the mistakes with Fox), the relations between Fox Studios and Marvel broke down and in response Perlmutter resolved to use Inhumans as a substitute if it meant he could de-value the X-Men brand by proxy (which would theoretically make a deal to regain the rights from Fox easier)note .
    • Perlmutter influenced the people working at Marvel Comics to promote the Inhumans as being "the next X-Men" whilst subsequently trying to minimize or demote the status of Mutants in the Marvel Universe, leading to the cancellation of multiple X-Men titles and the deaths of popular Mutant characters. A lot of X-Men fans were understandably pissed at this, and many of the Inhumans comics have struggled as a result of causing division within the Marvel fandom (along with generally being tougher concepts to sell). This would later be largely undone over the course of the All-New, All-Different Marvel and Marvel Legacy lines, which saw a return to increasing emphasis on the X-Men brand, though Inhumans comics would still get a good share of exposure.
    • Furthermore, it's been rumored that Perlmutter does not get along with Kevin Feige (who is a considerably more popular creative leader at Marvel than Perlmutter, who is at best a Scapegoat Creator and at worst an Internet Backdraft-inducing Executive Meddler). Feige had interest in developing movies based on Black Panther and Captain Marvel, but Perlmutter was apparently apprehensive, allegedly because he had concerns that projects starring a nonwhite superhero or a female superhero wouldn't do well (which is supported by some off-color remarks he's made in the past). However, Perlmutter threw Feige a bone — if an Inhumans movie were added to the schedule and were included in an Avengers movie, then he'd let Feige risk making Black Panther and Captain Marvel movies. Feige and the people under him weren't particularly huge on the Inhumans property as a whole; however, they played along in order to get the movies that they wanted to make made, in spite of fans generally having less interest for an Inhumans movie than Black Panther and Captain Marvel. It should be noted that both Black Panther and Captain Marvel were actually necessary components to lead into Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, while Inhumans simply wasn't.
    • Once Feige was promoted to a position where he wouldn't have to answer to Perlmutternote , the Inhumans movie was greatly delayed on Marvel's schedule as two new projects (Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man & The Wasp) took its place. The movie was later removed from Marvel's schedule entirely, with the company's official intention supposedly being that Marvel Studios would make a movie after they'd wrapped up their 22-movie, 3-phase Myth Arc. Perlmutter, however, did not want to wait, and instead greenlit a miniseries for television with Jeph Loeb — itself a controversial move, since many fans believe that the comic could only be done justice with a cinematic budget. Matters were made even worse when Scott Buck, who was infamous for the Seasonal Rot on Dexter, was announced as the showrunner, along with the subsequent poor reception toward the first season of Iron Fist (2017) that Buck led the charge on ahead of the release of Inhumans. The show itself, which was rushed to meet a deadline for an IMAX release, was met with disastrous reception upon its previews and its broadcast, and is regarded as being worse than the first season of Iron Fist (which, unlike the Inhumans show, has its fans). In a grand display of irony over Perlmutter's Inhumans and X-Men feud, Fox's television series The Gifted (which Perlmutter greenlit) was met with a much more positive reception prior to its release, which was just after the television broadcast of the Inhumans pilot. Unlike Iron Fist, which at least has Critical Dissonance going for it with some of its audience and good ratings, Inhumans was treated as the MCU's first true Dork Age installment and had ratings that slipped significantly over the course of the series.
  • Broken Base: Several Inhumans fans dislike how the Inhumans are becoming popular at the expense of the Mutants and want to have both species stand side-by-side. Others are just grateful that the property is actually getting major recognition at all from Marvel.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Lockjaw, even among people who dislike the Inhumans themselves, because what's not to love about a gigantic teleporting dog who may or may not have a tragic backstory?
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: More like "It's Being Forcibly Dragged Into The Mainstream, Now It Sucks". Inhumans have long been regarded as one of the Marvel Universe's hidden gems, but now that the characters are being given a greater presence in the setting, some of that appeal has diminished. A lot of it, of course, has a lot to do with how they were dragged into the mainstream, and at the perceived expense of Mutants at that. Many have noted that the Inhumans being a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for the X-Men is very tin-eared noting that it's overall set-up, i.e. a Hidden Elf Village with Crystal Spires and Togas has more in common with say, Asgard, Wakanda, or the Fourth World (to cite some of Jack Kirby's creations which scholars see Inhumans as containing a dry-run of), than a largely urban teenage-centric superhero group who live in contemporary society, and the overall eugenicist based self-exclusion from humanity has nothing in common with the X-Men.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Notice how many of the examples listed here have to do with how this franchise has been promoted extensively at the expense of the X-Men franchise? There are good reasons for that; they mostly have to do with the fact that the Mutants have almost always had a larger fanbase than Inhumans, and the rest come as a result of the perception that the executive in charge of these decisions (Ike Perlmutter) is a controversial figure to begin with.
  • Replacement Scrappy: While they were pretty popular before, and individual Inhumans are still quite popular (e.g. Kamala Khan, the current Ms. Marvel), this is what most of the fans saw them as after Marvel tried to push them as a replacement for Mutants.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • As this article notes, there is something disturbing about Marvel having a group that they've long used as a stand-in for the LGBT community getting wiped out in favor of the Inhumans, who've long represented intolerance and separatism. It is perhaps unsurprising that mutants have since rebounded spectacularly with the destruction of the Terrigen Mists, while the Inhuman Royals have vanished into deep space to find a replacement for the now destroyed Terrigen Mists.
    • Joe Glass, an author of several comics featuring gay superheroes, wrote this article criticizing the attempts to fit the Inhumans into the same Applicability mold as mutants. He compares the similarities between the various experiments used to create Inhumans to the implication that you're turned gay by an outside force, which is a very disturbing idea since Mutants have been a longstanding allegory to homosexuality.

For the Comics:

  • Broken Base:
    • The post-Infinity era, headed by Charles Soule. Either it's a new golden age for the franchise, bringing them into the mainstream and giving them the attention they deserve or a Dork Age that's removing much of what makes the Inhumans unique and making them the poor man's X-Men, complete with the overexposure.
    • Worsened by accusations of it being done out of spite over the movie rights, making the comics comply more with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Recent the first All-New, All-Different Marvel story featured the unpopular retcon that established that Terrigen Mists make Mutants sterile, and Mutant hate reached an all-time high due to events that would be explained much later in the story arc's run. X-Men fans were not pleased to say the least, and even fans who didn't think that Marvel were doing it deliberately to hurt the X-Men brand do agree that Marvel aren't doing a good job at making it look like they're not.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: In Royals issue 2, Medusa gets Flint to weaponize Pluto.
  • Designated Hero:
    • The Inhumans' status as social outcasts is largely self-imposed, as they possessed both advanced technology and Stock Superpowers well back into ancient times when ordinary humans would not have had the means to persecute a society that had either, much less both. They practice Eugenics and maintained a sub-race of cloned slaves. Their internal culture is a mess of class divisions (a fact which Maximus has exploited more than once) despite their comparatively small population. Plus, the current "heroic" royal family overthrew the previous monarch because they did not want to give up the Slave Engine, a device intended to do Exactly What It Says on the Tin to humanity! At best, their "heroism" is analogous to the characters of A Song of Ice and Fire (or its adaptation Game of Thrones). Even their status as Mutant analogues is dubious, since the majority of their mutations are activated deliberately via Terrigenesis, and if they were to forego the desire for superhuman powers they could still be Badass Normal types like Karnak even without it! Thus any Body Horror or Power Incontinence actually are their faults because, unlike Mutants, they get to choose to play the Superpower Lottery. Though much of their "less-than-stellar" aspects have been Retcon, destroyed with the crashing of Old Attilan, or dissolved as part of Character Development. Especially their Fantastic Caste System and abolition of Alpha Primitives.
    • The Inhumans vs X-Men running plot, particularly Cyclops' involvement in it - namely, he was painted as mutant Hitler for destroying one Terrigen cloud (which, lest it be forgotten, sterilised or killed all Mutants it came into contact with) and then standing up to Black Bolt, before being vaporised. While it transpired that he'd already been dead long before any of this took place, having died of M-Pox from the cloud, and everything that followed was Emma Frost manipulating events with her powers to give him a martyr's death as part of her progressive Sanity Slippage, very few people actually knew that, and Black Bolt still vaporised what he thought was Cyclops. Of course, considering Cyclops' popularity as a Well-Intentioned Extremist rebel, it could have been a meta move on Marvel's part.
    • During Inhumans vs. X-Men, even a number of Inhumans admitted that the X-Men have a lot of very real bones to pick with the Inhumans, and narrative sympathy is definitely weighted towards the X-Men.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • With Fans of the X-Men. Originally the two didn't mind each other, but after a massive marketing push by Marvel billing the Inhumans as "the next big thing!", the two seemingly can't stand each other. This stems from the Inhumans going from their own unique thing to being Suspiciously Similar Substitutes for the entire mutant race, which many feel is because of Marvel not owning the film rights to the X-Men.
      • Following Inhumans vs. X-Men, it's got better, thanks to Medusa finding out just why the mutants have been driven to a last ditch attack (the Terrigen cloud is about to dissipate and infect the entire planet, rendering it uninhabitable for mutants), and deciding that Terrigenesis, sacred as it is, isn't worth the death of even one mutant, let alone all of them, destroying the remaining cloud. With that, the rebounding of the X-Men in ResurrXion, and the Inhuman Royals heading back off into space to find a replacement for Terrigen, meaning that the two groups are no longer in competition, relations have cooled significantly.
    • For that matter, "classic" Inhumans fans and "modern" Inhumans fans, mostly coming from the older fans who think the new breed destroyed the concept in the name of pandering to a nonexistent fanbase, and the newer ones who think the old Inhumans comics were an embarrassing relic that nobody really cared about.
  • Genius Bonus: "Terrigen" is likely taken from "teratogenesis", literally meaning "monster birth". This is a Fridge Brilliance if it's intentional.
  • Older Than They Think: The idea of hidden Human/Inhuman hybrids was done before Infinity in a Fantastic Four storyline during the mid-00s.
  • Strangled by the Red String:
    • Crystal and Johnny. It was even spoofed in the Fantastic Four animated series from The '90s when Crystal sends out Lockjaw to retrieve Johnny for a secret meeting... and they can't find her.
    • A subdued version of this can be seen again with Crystal and Ronan the Accuser.
    • Even Janet Pym called out Crystal and Johnny's relationship when Crystal called out Janet for wanting to wed the mysterious new Yellow Jacket from an old Avengers comic.
  • Tearjerker: The romance between Gorgon's daughter and Reyno, an Alpha Primitive child. Since she's the daughter of one of the royal family, she can't really be seen with him, and Gorgon's forcing her to go through terrigenesis (such a great father), which is changing her physically and mentally each time. The two run away to the Fantastic Four for help... and Reed refuses to do anything for fear of upsetting the Inhumans. So poor Alecto is taken back to Attilan and made to go through with the process anyway. Some time after, the boy tries approaching Alecto, only for her to harshly yell at the primitive daring to speak to her... only for her to suddenly break out crying, because she just can't keep up the pretence, and she still loves him.