We've reached the end of the week, and in addition to whatever you've got planned for your weekend, that also means the TV premiere of Marvel's Inhumans, the new ABC series focusing on the titular strange race of metahumans and the struggles of their royal family. The series already had its premiere on IMAX screens a few weeks ago, but you had to really seek that out if you wanted to see it, which means the television debut will expose it to a much wider audience. The network rollout is exciting, but there are also a ton of question marks.
For one thing, the initial reception of the pilot wasn't great. Some of the reviews were downright devastating, and while shows can certainly turn around after weak pilots, that's not very encouraging right out of the gate. For another, this is the Inhumans we're talking about, not the Avengers or the X-Men. Their strange society and respective power sets make them a bit of a harder sell (look at every short-lived Inhumans comic series for reference). On the plus side, they have Lockjaw. Lockjaw, in case you haven't been following along, is a giant teleporting dog. Lockjaw is awesome.
Icy reception and tricky concept aside, though, showrunner Scott Buck (Iron Fist) is optimistic. In a new interview with Collider, he laid out the many challenges and adventures that came with making the series, from shooting in Hawaii to trying to get Medusa's hair right. Though Inhumans is just premiering, he also got a chance to talk about the overall story and where it goes from the pilot. First of all, even if the series doesn't end up with a renewal, Buck promises us that we'll get a full story with a resolution by the end of Season 1.
"I think things will continue to expand," Buck said. "The big major story that we’ll tell, over the course of the season, will be complete by the end of the season, but also open us up to a whole other potential storyline. New things blossom, in a big way, by the end of the season."
It's a little too early for Buck to lay out exactly what will blossom by season's end and pave the wave for what's to come, but he's certainly already thought about what's next. In fact, he teased that he and his writers have built up enough material for at least three seasons of Inhumans.
"We generally know where the first three seasons could go. What’s fun about the show is that it will basically always be a show about family, so there’s always going to be places to take these characters."
Again, it's too early for Buck to reveal where those seasons might head, and it's also way too early to tell if Inhumans has a chance of getting there. We'll just have to see if the series catches on.
Inhumans premieres tonight at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.