Guardians of the Galaxy
Ronan the Accuser is our chief villain in Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s also a member of the Kree, the alien race that created the Inhumans. Born on the Kree capital of Hala, Ronan is a member of the Accuser Corps, the Kree equivalent to military governors. Ronan rose through the ranks and eventually became the third most powerful Accuser in the Kree empire. That is… until he was disintegrated by the Power Stone in Guardians of the Galaxy.
It’s worth noting that the markings on Ronan’s ship are the same as those that Agent Coulson is compelled to sketch into the walls.
Guardians of the Galaxy also Introduced us to Korath. We see Korath in the beginning of the film with his gang of pursuers, chasing after Peter Quill. As it turns out, Korath is the father of Gorgon, an Inhuman that is a vital part of the Attilan Royal Family. (Read Gorgon’s bio here). It’s unclear if Marvel will keep the paternal connection when the Inhumans movie actually drops. But it would be a nice way to bridge the gap between the two franchises.
Blink and you’ll miss this one. There’s a scene in the Agent Carter mini-series where Peggy is trying to hide the contents of a crate. If you pause, you can briefly see a blue alien arm inside. It’s likely that this is again is a Kree alien as the markings match those found on the Kree alien in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the markings Coulson is etching into walls.
It’s unlikely that we’ll ever find out what Peggy ever did with the Kree carcass, but its one explanation for how it got into the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the first place,
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Given the way the Inhumans plot lines are unraveling in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there’s some speculation that Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch are actually Inhumans themselves. Now that Age of Ultron has been released we know that the twin’s powers came as a result of Hydra experimentation through the Mind Stone, inside of Loki’s scepter. That said, we’re not going to rule this one out entirely.
In a way, the twins represent the beginning of a world with thousands upon thousands of super powered heroes and villains, not just the handful we’ve been introduced to in the films.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen discussed this in an interview with Marvel.com.
“[AoS] has been a property in the Marvel Universe that we’ve been interested in since the beginning. Our tagline when we began the show was “not all heroes are super,” and we wanted to focus on that and highlight that for the first season. Now as we move forward we’re diving deeper into the Marvel Universe, and it’s our way of exploring a whole new world that may be comprised of people who have special abilities. We think that’s going to open everything up for us.”
Essentially, the Inhumans represent a world where everyone has super abilities. What does a society look like where it’s not special to have powers? This is uncharted territory for Marvel Studios and thematically overturns much of what we’ve been taught in the previous films. What we’re seeing is Marvel planting the seeds for a film that will allow us to explore a world of diverse, super-powered Inhumans.
Captain America: Civil War
From this point forward it’s all speculation. Since our first inklings of the Inhumans came in AoS, there’s a chance we’ll see them pop up as part of Captain America: Civil War.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe we know the conflict arises between a sect heroes that believe their should be a higher authority that can hold supers accountable for their actions. The other group believes they should be allowed to act completely independently.
This is a bit of a departure from the comics where S.H.I.E.L.D. was trying to create a Super Hero Registration act for masked vigilantes. At this stage the MCU has yet to feature hero’s with secret identities, which is where the Inhumans could come in.
We might start seeing more masked characters in the MCU. However it’s more likely that as more Inhumans appear, the wake of their presence will start to impact the world more broadly. It’s possible that the these new heroes and villains cause destruction and unrest that creates the rift in the Aavengers that sparks Civil War.
Avengers: Infinity War
Given that we’re sill a full 4 years away from the Inhumans movie, many are speculating that we’ll see the Royal Family in full force at some point before their stand-alone film. The most likely scenario is that the Inhumans on Attilan and the Inhumans on Earth, team up during Infinity War to join the fight against Thanos and his Kree compatriots.
At this point, audiences will be familiar with the Marvel characters on Earth, and the cast of characters in space (via Guardians of the Galaxy). By the time Infinity War comes around we’ll be expecting to see full fledged intergalactic warfare. There’s no end to what Marvel can do with the Inhumans. Not only does the franchise benefit from being the first film after Infinity War, but the universe itself lends itself to countless new characters. Potentially Marvel can pull from existing characters and reveal that they’re actually Inhumans.
Ultimately, Marvel is expecting Inhumans to be the first film in a much larger story. But Inhumans will undoubtedly result in a number of spinoff films, where characters interplay freely between earth and the cosmos. Where traditional Marvel heros are on earth, and the Guardians of the Galaxy tend to stay in space, the Inhumans are a way for Marvel to bridge the gap.
Tonally, Inhumans could be very similar to Game of Thrones. The story centers around a royal family in a city with a ridged caste system where everyone is vying for power.
Again, the Inhumans movie is still very far away. Much of this speculation will change. We’ll learn more about the Inhumans on Earth in AoS, and more about the state of the Avengers post Civil War. What we do know is that they’re an Integral part of Marvel’s future, and we’ll be hearing about them for the next 15 years.
Need a refresher? Go back and learn about the backstory and the characters of the Inhumans.
|Part 1:||What’s the Backstory?|
|Part 2:||Who are the Inhumans Characters?|
|Part 3:||Where Do the Inhumans Fit into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe?|