Late Friday night, Disney and Marvel Studios confirmed they are shuffling their movie slate, removing the Inhumans movie from its slotted 2019 release date.
The move comes 11 days after The Collider published a report that Disney had removed Inhumans from its upcoming film schedule. The report stated that the film had been scrapped by the studio. When asked by Collider regarding the future of the film, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said the following:
Since we made our initial phase three announcement, we added Spider-Man, which was a big joyous coup for us. We added Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was a big fun continuation of that story for us. Walt Disney Company has announced an Indiana Jones film for right around that same time. So I think it will shuffle off the current date that it’s on right now. How far down it shuffles, I’m not sure yet.
Feige claims that the movie isn’t dead, but just a matter of when it would be an appropriate time to release it. However, Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool contradicts Feige’s statements. In a report published today, Johnston claimed at last year’s New York City Comic Con that he heard stated senior individuals at Marvel Studios received a memo that Inhumans had been “de-prioritized.” He also claimed that Disney/Marvel were expecting to delay the film, drop it off the slate, and eventually drop it all together.
So far, two of the three things have been confirmed. But only Marvel/Disney knows what they want regarding an Inhumans film.
Inhumans was announced in October 2014 to release November 2nd, 2018. With the addition of Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Inhumans was pushed back to a new release date of July 12th, 2019 in order to accommodate the new Spider-Man film (now titled Spider-Man: Homecoming), the Ant-Man sequel, and move up the release date of Captain Marvel.
The need for an Inhumans movie has been a topic of conversation on various internet websites, especially since the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began introducing Inhumans midway through the show’s 2nd Season. The show’s third season has been top-heavy with Inhumans plot lines, especially the introduction of the Hive, and it’s left fans curious as to the future of the movie. On one hand, the new direction S.H.I.E.L.D. has taken with the Inhumans has made it heavy on the Inhumans lore, which is a good buildup to the film. On the other hand, Marvel could just let the Inhumans play out on the show and not bother with a film, since the tone of the series has moved from focusing on S.H.I.E.L.D. to the Inhumans..
What is your take on the news? Do you see an Inhumans film coming out at a later date, if at all? Do you think S.H.I.E.L.D. is still a good prelude to the film or do you think their presence has eliminated the need for a film?
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