The cast and creators of “Marvel’s Inhumans” appeared as part of a Television Critics Association panel yesterday, and the ABC series seems to be changing its approach to its marketing campaign. This includes a slightly greater amount of transparency about the show, and the panel included some reveals about what to expect.
First up, Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb confirms that the IMAX theatrical edit of the two-episode premiere will run 75 minutes, while the TV edit which premieres on ABC four weeks later will go for nine minutes longer – bringing it up to a standard network double episode runtime of 84 minutes.
Mount, Loeb, Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan, Ellen Woglom and executive producer Scott Buck were on hand for the panel and Loeb confirms that Anson Mount’s Black Bolt will never speak on the series:
“When we first sat down and started talking about the role, we said, very point blank, ‘You have no dialogue, and you will never have dialogue. It’s not as though there’s a point where there’s going to be a secret operation. You’re going to have to find a way to communicate with your hands and your eyes and another way.”
Ken Leung’s Karnak has the power to see flaws and play out every possibility of a decision until he finds a course of action that works. Loeb says that has been difficult to convey with the only glimpses so far not really showing off what he can do:
“It’s an opportunity for him to be able to see how he would deal with a particular situation and then take it on from there. I think one of the challenges of what it is that you’ve seen so far is something that’s unfinished, and while I can understand that it may not have been something that you readily understood, it is something that once you’ve seen the whole finished product, you actually do, and so it’s a very good question.”
Loeb has also asked people reserve judgement until they see they final product: “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.” ABC has also released new character portrait shots which you can view below:
“Inhumans” kicks off with an IMAX run from September 1st ahead of its TV premiere on September 29th.