- Box Office Bomb: The theatrical release that was done to promote the film made just under $3 million on its opening weekend — globally. Most screenings of the show dried up after the opening weekend due to an unexpected addition to the IMAX schedule, which is detailed below. If anything, it's likely that the IMAX presentation hurt the show's ratings due to poor reception.
- Creator Killer: Scott Buck hasn't done anything of note since this series, and Disney had so little faith in it that he was fired from the other Marvel series he ran, Iron Fist, two months before the pilot premiered in IMAX theatres.
- Doing It for the Art: Anson Mount and the people working on the series developed an extensive "Inhuman Sign Language" for Black Bolt — one that comprised over 50 pages of material that was thoroughly researched in order to make sure that nothing they used replicated American Sign Language.
- Dueling Works:
- Strictly talking about IMAX releases, there was an unlikely match-up: the first two episodes of Inhumans against It (2017), which came out a week later. Inhumans was doing so poorly for IMAX and It was tracking so well that many screenings of Inhumans were outright cancelled to make room for more screenings of It. The Stephen King adaptation brought in a $7 million opening weekend just stateside (as part of a much larger $123 million opening weekend), more than doubling what Inhumans made around the world. To add insult to injury, Inhumans was filmed with IMAX cameras in some sequences and was explicitly brought to theaters that used the format during what the company imagined was going to be a slow month for them otherwise, while It was a last-minute conversion done in response to the film tracking well before it had a record-breaking release.
- With The Gifted, which is unsurprising given the latter has ties with the X-Men movies and Marvel has allegedly been promoting the Inhumans as a substitute for the X-Men due to the latter faction's film rights being with 20th Century Fox. The Gifted ultimately garnered a better critical reception than this one and had better viewership.
- With Thor: Ragnarok. Both deal with a race of people (Inhumans/Asgardians) whose home (Attilan/Asgard) is destroyed, and the residents must evacuate to Earth. To top it all off, in the first season finale, Black Bolt signs "We the people are Attilan"; in the Thor film, Odin says "Asgard is not a place, it's a people."
- Dyeing for Your Art: Serinda Swan did actually have her hair shaved for the TV show.
- Executive Meddling: If rumors are true, then this is the only reason that the show even exists.
- Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter really wanted an Inhumans adaptation (or more accurately; really, really wanted to devalue the X-Men franchise), and wanted a major project to bring them into a live-action format. Supposedly, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was never actually that interested in the Inhumans franchise in the first place, while Perlmutter wanted to use the franchise as a way of phasing out the X-Men (whose film rights were tied up with 20th Century Fox).
- However, Feige was interested in making Black Panther (2018) and Captain Marvel (2019) — works which Perlmutter was apprehensive about greenlighting for not having a White Male Lead.note To compromise, Feige agreed to an Inhumans movie at the end of Phase 3 in exchange for Perlmutter agreeing to Black Panther and Captain Marvel.
- However, after Marvel Studios gained autonomy from Marvel Entertainment (something that happened during the pre-production woes of Captain America: Civil War, where Perlmutter allegedly threatened to kick Robert Downey Jr. out of the cast due to a pay dispute), the Inhumans movie was pushed back multiple times, and was eventually removed from the schedule altogether (as, reportedly, Kevin Feige and the other producers at Marvel Studios didn't have passion for the property, and decided that no adaptation would be better than a half-hearted adaptation). Perlmutter didn't take this sitting down and chose to greenlight — and subsequently rush — a show for ABC.
- Franchise Killer: The show's abysmal reception, coupled with the agreement by 20th Century Fox to sell most of their entertainment assets to Disneynote , and it's likely that this will be it for the Inhumans brand for quite some time as far as the Live-Action Adaptation format goes.
- Friday Night Death Slot: Was set from day one to premiere on TV in this timeslot, possibly indicating the level of ABC's confidence in it.
- Genre-Killer: Of sorts. After the dismal reviews and disappointing box office returns, IMAX announced that they were unlikely to spend money coproducing a TV show ever again, and that this would likely be the last time they would ever screen a TV pilot as a theatrical release.
- Playing with Character Type: Iwan Rheon's most famous role is that of the Bastard Bastard Ramsay Snow on Game of Thrones, a violent, sadistic backstabber that's one of the worst villains on a show with no shortage of them. Maximus is also a backstabbing, scheming Evil Prince who seeks to take the throne from his brother, but is a Visionary Anti-Villain whose actions are driven by a sincere devotion to his people.
- Saved from Development Hell: Originally announced a movie for the MCU's Phase 3 plans in 2014, progress on the project stalled and it was eventually taken off the schedule indefinitely, though Kevin Feige said it was likely to happen in some form regardless. The movie was reworked into a television series instead.
- What Could Have Been:
- As mentioned above, the television series was originally intended to be a movie. Joe Robert Cole (currently the co-writer for Black Panther (2018)) had even written a first draft of the script back in 2014, but left the project once it was removed from the schedule. In the original film schedule, the Inhumans would have been released after Avengers: Infinity War, instead of Ant-Man and the Wasp. Screen Rants considers that the likely project was to introduce the Inhumans in Infinity War before their solo film, as Spider-Man and Black Panther were introduced in Civil War. Thanos and the Black Order would have attacked Attilan, as in Jonathan Hickman's Avengers, to retrieve one of the infinity stones, and their solo film would have been set in the aftermath of Thanos' attack.
- In addition, Vin Diesel campaigned to play Black Bolt, though it was never made official.
- Mark Brooks made some unused concept art for the series, including a much more impressive and comic accurate design for Auran.
Trivia / Inhumans