ABC has announced that it will not renew Marvel's Inhumans for a second season, reports Variety, and honestly, no one will likely lose sleep over this cancellation. The series seemed almost universally hated when it dropped last year, and not even an IMAX premiere in movie theaters of the first two episodes could make up for its very glaring flaws. With a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes, critics described the show as flat, lacking any magic, dull, and the weakest part of the MCU to date. Some cast members defended the show against critic reviews by stating that it was only "loosely based" on the Marvel comics of the same name.
Inhumans was seemingly more hated than Netflix's Iron Fist, which had debuted online just a few months earlier. As it happens, both programs share the same showrunner, Scott Buck. Following the Inhuman royal family of Black Bolt (Anson Mount), Medusa (Serinda Swan), Karnak (Ken Leung), Gorgon (Eme Ikwuako), Crystal (Isabelle Cornish), and Maximus (Iwan Rheon), the series was obviously going for the same level of action and intrigue as HBO's Game of Thrones, but failed on almost every level, even with a Thrones alum (Rheon) as part of the cast.
IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond acknowledged just how big a blunder the company made in co-producing the project. “Going forward, we intend to take a more conservative approach consistent with the Game of Thrones approach to capital investments and content," he said back in October.
Signs that ABC would not be renewing the series were pretty apparent, as Season 1 wrapped up in November with absolutely no news about any plans to start production on a follow-up season. Then one of the show's main stars, Anson Mount, was cast as Captain Christopher Pike in Star Trek: Discovery. After such a fiasco, one probably wishes that Marvel had stuck to the original plan of making the Inhumans part of the MCU with their own movie at Marvel Studios under Kevin Feige, but not even Feige wants to touch them now, even if he was holding a 39-and-a-half-foot pole.
Sadly, it could be years before anyone else takes a crack at bringing these beloved characters to the screen. For now, they seem pretty much cursed.