The lead actor in Marvel’s Inhumans has just made the jump to the Star Trek universe... which only makes the status of Inhumans more precarious than it already was.
Deadline reports today than Anson Mount, who played silent Inhumans ruler Black Bolt on the first and so far only season of Inhumans, has joined the cast of CBS All Access flagship series Star Trek: Discovery.
Mount will play a character beloved in the Star Trek canon: Captain Christopher Pike, the second commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise who initially appeared in the very first Trek pilot back in 1965, "The Cage," in which he was played by Jeffrey Hunter. An aged, heavily disfigured Pike was essayed by Sean Kenney in the 1966 original series episode "The Menagerie" (which was wrapped around footage from "The Cage"), while Bruce Greenwood showed up in the role in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
Pike was name-dropped in the first season finale of Star Trek: Discovery so his confirmation for Season 2 doesn't come as a complete shock. But Mount's casting in the role seems to be another indication that we may not see a second year of Inhumans.
The show's first two episodes debuted theatrically last summer via IMAX, in what turned out to be a disastrous event both from a box office and perception point of view. The show's arrival on ABC a short time later didn't change much, with ratings in the toilet and reviews from both fans and critics all but ensuring that they stayed there.
ABC entertainment chief Channing Dungey admitted in January that Inhumans "didn’t perform for us at the level that we would have wanted... the numbers were less exciting for us than we hoped they would be.”
Even with that, Inhumans has not been officially canceled yet, although none of the signs for it look good — heck, even Marvel Comics is planning to quite possibly kill off a few members of the Royal Family. Plus if Marvel Studios gets the X-Men back in the Disney/Fox merger, that kind of negates the whole reason for doing anything with the Inhumans in the first place — either on the big or small screen — since they were supposed to be a substitute for mutants in the MCU.
Meanwhile, Star Trek: Discovery begins shooting Season 2 later this month, and while there's no premiere date yet, we know for sure that we'll be seeing Anson Mount — and hearing his voice! — as Captain Pike. You can discuss your complicated feelings about all these developments below.