The future of superhero movies seems brighter than ever. With the sheer amount of characters in the Marvel Universe, the possibilities are endless. Of course, not all pitches make it to production, and many projects have fizzled through the journey from page to screen.
A movie featuring the Inhumans was announced by Marvel Studios in 2014, for release in November 2018. But it seems like a movie that Marvel Studios didn't really want to make. What happened?
According to numerous reports, the film was announced during a power struggle between Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter, who at the time was still overseeing the work of Marvel Studios. If you believe what's been reported as Feige's side of things, then the executive also spent a lot of time getting in the company's way.
Feige allegedly spent years butting heads with Perlmutter over a wide variety of issues, from budget cuts to hiring decisions. When he was still working as Feige's intermediary with Disney, Perlmutter reportedly pushed hard for an Inhumans film to serve as the MCU's answer to the X-Men. But it wasn't meant to be.
After Perlmutter demanded that the expensive Robert Downey Jr. be written out of Captain America: Civil War, Feige reportedly threatened to quit working for Marvel unless things changed. This apparently convinced Disney to let him and Marvel Studios report directly to them for filmmaking decisions, instead of having to go through Perlmutter and the wider Marvel Entertainment company first. Once this creative freedom was secured, the Inhumans movie was cancelled.
While Marvel Studios no longer has to answer to Perlmutter, Marvel Television is a different story, which is why the Inhumans eventually ended up landing on ABC with a remarkably cheap-looking TV show, the worst-reviewed project in the entire MCU.
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