A few weeks back, Kevin Feige had told Collider that Inhumans, last scheduled for 2019, would get shuffled back due to the impact the acquisition of Spider-Man had on Marvel’s plans, along with a sequel to Ant-Man.
Now, it’s official, Inhumans is off the release calendar, and there’s no replacement date in sight. This leads some to speculate that perhaps Feige and company have changed gears altogether on that property.
When I first heard the news, the initial thought that wrapped through my mind was that this may have been the final fall-out of the split between Feige and Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter. If you’ll notice, the places where the Inhumans brand have been the most prominent are the comics and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, both of which fall under Perlmutter’s purview. Last year, saw reports that Kevin Feige and the movie division would no longer report to Perlmutter and instead to Disney chair Alan Horn.
Rich over at Bleeding Cool posted a report this morning that echoes some of my own thoughts on the matter, and his source informed him last year that Inhumans was placed on the calendar initially to allow Feige the ability to develop Captain Marvel, a production Perlmutter was apparently not in support of. He has a history of that.
This could all be for nothing, and when Phase 4 rolls out, perhaps the Royal Family of Attilan will get their big screen debut sometime after 2020. But, if they never do, this is a likely reason for why they may not.
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