This post is part 1 of a 3 part series on the Inhumans.

Part 1:What’s the Backstory?
Part 2:Who are the Inhumans Characters?
Part 3:Where Does the Inhumans Movie Fit into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe?

If you haven’t read the comics, or even heard about Marvel’s Inhumans movie yet, you’ve come to the right place. Last fall, Marvel announced the film as the bookend to Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic universe. What makes this movie particularly exciting is that it’s the last film on Marvel’s public docket and the first film following the conclusion of the first Avengers trilogy (or technically quadrilogy). The film will serve as a reset button for the MCU and gives the studio a clean slate for Phase 4.

Inhumans Royal Family

So what might we see in the Inhumans movie? Find out! We’re breaking down the backstory, the characters, and revealing where the Inhumans currently fit into the MCU. The Inhumans are a unique case in that their origins and existence is very much based in cosmic science fiction. While Marvel has explored this genre in film with Guardians of the Galaxy, the Inhumans, are far less grounded in reality, you’ll see why in a moment. Most likely, we’ll see Marvel take more than a few creative liberties in order to make the Inhumans movie more palatable for mainstream audiences.

The Backstory

The Inhumans originally appeared in the 1960’s as a creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. They first showed up in a Fantastic Four issue #45. In that issues we saw most of the characters who would become the royal family, but more on that later.

The Inhumans First Issue

After bouncing around in other characters storylines the Inhumans have since had their own complete runs which actually start to pick up steam in the 2000s. has the full run-down in case you want to catch up on the comics.

As the story goes, the Inhumans are an offshoot of humanity created millions of years ago by the Kree. We’re only just starting to see the Kree appear in the MCU, most notably in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and they may be a focal point of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (More on this in Part 3 of our Inhumans movie coverage).

Kree Skrull War

For millennia the Kree had been locked into an intergalactic war against the Skrulls (Read more about the Skrulls in the MCU here), the Kree’s arch-rivals in the galaxy. The Kree were searching for a new weapon to finally end the war. They experimented on early humans with genetic mutations and Terrigan crystals which lead to the creation of the Inhuman race. After years of selective breeding of Inhumans, a Kree prophecy revealed that Inhumans would rise up and seize control from their creators. So, naturally, the Kree abandoned the Inhumans and allowed them to become an independent society.

The Inhumans based their world on the principles behind genetic engineering that initially sparked their creation. Their society is built upon an extremely ridged caste structure, which dictates what jobs you have, who you can socialize with, and what your value is. As a result the most powerful Inhumans are those in the royal family (our main cast of characters). Essentially, roles are assigned to individuals based on their powers and abilities. They even limit breeding between Inhumans in order to minimize the more extreme, less desirable, mutations. What a bunch of xenophobes!

Inhumans City Atillan

Their entire society mostly lives in the high-tech city of Attilan, which was created for the Inhumans by the Kree. Think of it like a massive floating fortress in space. For most of history, no one was allowed inside or out. It’s a sacred, self-contained place. In the comics, Attilan is moved around the cosmos from time to time, but in the current issues, it sits cloaked above the dark side of Earth’s moon.

One important aspect of the Inhumans is how and where their powers come from. The process, which was originally used by the Kree, is called Terrigenesis. This begins when Terrigen crystals are exposed to water at a certain temperature to create Terrigen mist.

Terrigan Mist InhumansWhen someone with Inhuman genes inhales the mist, they begin a transformation into a literal cocoon. When they break free, or “hatch” from the cocoon, they will have changed or mutated in some way. Sometimes this means they’ll have new abilities or super powers, other times they may be physically altered, even to a monstrous degree. We saw examples of both types of meta-humans in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Read more in Part 3).

Not all Inhumans decided to take in the mist (go through Terrigenesis). Its considered a right of passage, a symbolic ritual one takes to become a warrior. It’s a privilege that can only be earned. They see it as process that simply reveals who you truly are. It erases the lies and uncovers the truth. Since this Inhumans movie will be an origin story, it’s very likely that we’ll see Terrigenesis on screen.

Inhumans Royal Family

But who exactly will be in the Inhumans movie? Specifically it’s a safe bet to assume that the film will focus on the royal family of Attilan. They are: Black Bolt, the king. Medusa, the queen. And the rest of the family, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Luna, Lockjaw, and Triton. Oh and finally, Black Bolt’s evil Brother, Maximus the Mad who will likely be the films primary antagonist. We dive into the profiles of each character in Part 2: Who Are the Inhumans?

Continue to:

Part 1:What’s the Backstory?
Part 2:Who are the Inhumans Characters?
Part 3:Where Does the Inhumans Movie Fit into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe?