Marvel’s Inhumans has its IMAX release date. The upcoming television series will have its first two episodes debut exclusively in IMAX theaters next Labor Day, which is September 4, 2017. The IMAX run will last for two weeks and then the eight-episode series will begin airing in its entirety on ABC later in the fall.
The deal between IMAX, Marvel, and ABC, which was announced last week, is the first of its kind. IMAX is actually financing the first two episodes, which will be shot entirely with IMAX digital cameras. IMAX was actually the company to approach Marvel with the idea, as the company is looking for new content to entice moviegoers to pay for a premium theatrical experience in between blockbuster seasons.
Creative details on the series are still scarce, with only the Inhuman king Black Bolt specifically named for the series, but we now know that it will at least partially be set on the moon. That makes sense given that the moon was once home to the Inhuman kingdom of Attilan in the comics.
Inhumans is not being billed as a spinoff of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which began introducing the idea of Earth-based Inhumans a couple years ago. The series is reportedly not a replacement for the feature film, which was announced in October 2014, then pulled from Marvel Studios’ release schedule earlier this year.
Given that all of this is presumably set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s hard to imagine a series featuring Black Bolt and presumably the Royal Family not taking the place of the feature film. If the series is a hit, then it could obviously be turned into a movie, but one way or another, this project will be the driving force behind the Inhumans in the MCU.