Part of Marvel’s plan to take over the world includes a film about a group of people not well-known by the general public. They are attempting to introduce the concept of Inhumans in the TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This is a quick run-down for people who have never heard of them or those who want a quick refresher.
Who are they?
The Inhumans are like the X-Men, if you took all the mutants from Xavier’s school and separated them from the world for centuries and they formed their own society separate from earth and then you put Wolverine as king (because, why not?)
Unlike the X-men, the Inhumans are a society and not necessarily a superhero group. They have been separated from the rest of humanity for a long time. Many years ago an alien race, the Kree, changed the DNA of some early humans and then decided to split FOR NO REASON (not even a phone call).
Those early humans are today’s Inhumans, who had the totally sane idea to move their city, Attilan, to the moon after getting sick and tired of earth-related problems. The alteration in their DNA gave the Inhumans superpowers when they came into contact with a substance known as Terrigen Mist (convenient, huh?) Each person developed different superpowers which all came with their own pros and cons.
It was later discovered that the reason the Kree decided to play around with the human genome, like a 5-year-old making a mud and worm sandwich, was to have a backup army in case mud hit the fan. They later abandoned this idea due to a prophecy that claimed one of the newly created meta-humans would destroy the Kree.
Who are the Kree?
The Kree are scary big aliens that look like Mr Universe contenders if someone swapped out the fake tan with blue body paint. Ronan the Accuser, the lead baddy in Guardians of the Galaxy, was one of those scary blue aliens.
The first time we meet one of the Inhumans is in Fantastic Four #36. One of the Inhumans, Medusa, was found to be supposedly dangerous. This caused her to become an issue for the Fantastic Four. As they investigated and attempt to stop her, they ran into Gorgon, another one of the Inhumans (although it took them until issue #44), who explained that she was of no trouble. She had been under mind-control, and Gorgon had been sent to bring her home. Obviously due to film-rights this storyline couldn’t be played out in the upcoming film. But maybe something similar…?
Remember, the Inhumans are a society, so there are thousands of them. However, the important ones are the Inhumans’ royal family. Here is a run-down of the key players:
The Good Guys
The King of the Inhumans and general badass is Black Blot. He is one of those strong silent types. He has to be silent however, because if he whispers it will destroy a city, and if he screams he can destroy a planet. So not the best partner for karaoke…
Imagine Doctor Octopus but instead of having multiple limps that you control, instead it’s your hair! Not to be messed with, Medusa is the red-headed version of Rapunzel that will kick your butt (frying pan not required). She is the wife to Black Bolt, and because of his permanent silent treatment to the world, she is often his translator/interpreter.
Sister to Medusa, Crystal has the ability to manipulate Earth, Wind and Fire (not the band, although that would be awesome). She can also control water to top it off.
Gorgon has never skipped leg day. His legs are so powerful he can create small earthquakes by having a tantrum. Thanks to the Terrigen Mist, Gorgon has hooves for feet and increase strength. He is the cousin of Black Bolt and part of the Royal Family.
Probably the most overpowered, because his ability is to know every person’s weakness, and how to exploit it. To all the strippers out there, avoid this man at all costs! He will attempt to talk to you about your father issues!
Definitely pulled the short straw in the superpower lucky dip, Triton is Aquaman with none of the good looks, and he can’t leave the water either. Sometimes he does come on land with a reverse scuba kit, which allows him limited time.
A massive bulldog. Yes. That’s right. Oh yeah, he can also teleport and cross dimensions, no biggie.
The Bad Guys
Maximus is the brother of a being with immense power, and has been in a struggle to be proclaimed King of Asgard, I mean Attilan. Brother to Black Bolt and constant pain to the Inhuman royal family, Maximus is always plotting different ways to end their rule. You would think that would be easier for somebody capable of mind control…
The previous King of the Inhumans and cousin to Black Bolt, any record of his existence, even his name, was wiped from the history books when Black Bolt took power. The Terrigen Mist gave him incredible strength and the ability to shape shift. Due to his power-hungry ways, Black Bolt had to whisper in his ear (sounds quite romantic actually), take him out of power, and become the new ruler.
The son of an exiled Inhuman scientist who was banished for illegally cloning Inhumans. Maelstrom hates all Inhumans for what they have done to his family, and is seeking revenge. He has genius level intellect, especially in genetics, and is able to manipulate energy into projectiles and the sort.
Thank you for reading this quick explanation of the Inhumans. If you are intrigued and would love to learn more I have included a further reading section for those super nerds out there that we love.
Inhumans (Inhumans vol. 2, #1–12)
Fantastic Four/Inhumans (Fantastic Four vol. 3, #51–54)
Inhumans: Culture Shock (Inhumans vol. 4, #1–6)
Silent War (Silent War #1–6)
Secret Invasion: Inhumans (Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1–4; Thor #146–147)
Is there any villain in particular you’d love to see in the upcoming Inhumans film?
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