Report: The next major Marvel movie franchise could be Inhumans

The Inhumans

One of Marvel's oldest super-groups could be heading to the big screen very soon.

Marvel Studios is riding high right now after Guardians of the Galaxy, a film that was long considered a major risk, set August box-office records to become a massive hit. Marvel's got quite a few movies lined up over the next few years, and we still don't know what most of them are. We can expect several sequels to already successful properties like Guardians of the GalaxyCaptain AmericaThor and, of course, The Avengers, but new franchises are very likely set to come forth in the next several years, and while we already expect Doctor Strange to be one of them, we may now also know what another will be.

According to sources speaking to Collider, Marvel is very pleased with a script for The Inhumans written by Joe Robert Cole (Amber Lake), and they're now poised to take Cole's script to directors and move ahead with an adaptation of those Marvel characters. We've heard whispers of an Inhumans movie as far back as 2011, but now it seems we might finally see progress on it beyond the script stage, which would launch another particularly weird batch of Marvel Comics heroes onto the big screen. 

Created in 1965 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, the Inhumans are the result of long-ago Kree experiments to create a race of beings genetically superior to humanity. Major Inhuman characters -- including Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Maximus the Mad, Lockjaw and more -- have been prominent fixtures in the Marvel universe ever since. They played a major role in last year's big Marvel Comics event, Infinity, and the Inhuman race continues to be a fixture in the delayed but still ongoing Marvel Inhumanity event. Anyone who's been a longtime fan of Marvel Comics likely knows them, but like the Guardians of the Galaxy, they could be considered a box-office risk. Now it seems Marvel's ready to take the leap, as Collider reports the Inhumans movie is set for one of the recently announced Marvel release dates ranging all the way to 2019. Marvel's got a serious cosmic universe going now, and this could very well be the next phase of it. 

As for who'll make this film ... well, that's not clear yet. Cole, like Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman, was part of Marvel's writing program to develop scripts for various comic-book properties. Now that Marvel is pleased with his work, they're ready to take the film out to other potentially interested parties, and given the success of Guardians, they may well be after a director like James Gunn, who brought a unique vision to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For now, the film has no official director and no release date, not to mention a cast, but we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, who do you think should direct the Inhumans movie?

(Via Collider)

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