Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb came out in a long red Medusa wig to introduce the cast and creators of Inhumans, which will debut at IMAX theatres on September 1st before moving to ABC on September 29. In a nod to the 2000-pound bulldog Lockjaw that was revealed in statue form at SDCC yesterday, every actor (Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Iwan Rheon as Maximus, Sonya Balmores as Auran, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Ken Leung as Karnak, Mike Moh as Triton and Ellen Woglom as an original character named Louise) was handed a stuffed bulldog as they walked on stage.
We were shown several scenes from the first couple of episodes. The first is the opening scene of the pilot. In it, an Inhuman girl is being chased by men with guns through a gorgeous Hawaiian jungle, when Triton appears and attempts to help her escape. He's shot in the process, and falls off a cliff into the ocean. In the next scene, we're in the Grand Hall on Attilan, where the Royal Family argues over Black Bolt's decision to send Triton to earth to help the Inhumans there. Black Bolt communicates via sign language as Medusa interprets that he's determined to help the Inhumans of Earth, but Maximus believes he's making a mistake. He storms off, and Karnak tells Black Bolt to be wary of Maximus, who has the ear of the people and can't be trusted. “You’re blind to his intentions. That’s one of your greatest weaknesses. Regardless, you have my loyalty. Never doubt that.”
It seems he's right, because the next scene makes it clear that Maximus has organized a coup and is calling himself King Maximus. He confronts Medusa and asks her if she ever wishes she'd married him instead. She says, fiercely, that she doesn't, and he says of Black Bolt, "I’d never treat you that way if you were my queen." Medusa snaps back, "I am your queen," and then as he looms near her, we see her hair in action. First it shies away from Maximus' touch, and then it whips around and chokes him. It looks pretty cool, and Swan (who was an excellent Zatanna on Smallville) is ferocious as hell.
We also saw a scene of Karnak and Gorgon battling Maximus' forces in an exciting fight scene to a cover of The Doors' "Break On Through (To the Other Side)," and lastly we were shown an extended trailer that will play before Dunkirk screenings on IMAX. The trailer mostly contained footage we'd already seen in the other clips, but it did show us Lockjaw, who looks huge and adorable.
Overall, Inhumans still looks a little corny and too inexpensive to make sense for an IMAX debut, but fans of the comics should be happy with these reveals.