When Marvel releases their 20th film in 2018, it won’t just be any superhero film. To celebrate this landmark achievement, the studio will be introducing a different side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something...irregular. After months of rumors and speculation, it was officially announced in the big special presentation that Inhumans will be released on November 3, 2018. Non-comic book readers will look at the name utterly clueless, but longtime Marvel fans have been looking forward to these genetic anomalies being introduced - not only because they’re interesting characters, but because they open up all kinds of new opportunities for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So far in the MCU, we’ve followed the exploits of Earth superheroes and aliens, but what about something in-between? What if there was a group of individuals who were alien to our society, but just as much a part of the planet as we are? They live in a society that has existed in secret for centuries, and holds the key to unlocking one’s inner potential. That is what the Inhumans bring to the table and then some. To elaborate, here are several reasons why Marvel is making the right decision with creating an Inhumans movie.

They Fill The Niche That The X-Men Leave
They Fill The Niche That The X-Men Leave
Although there are a fair number of superhumans in the MCU, most of their powers can be attributed to science or extraterrestrial origins. Tony Stark built his armor, Bruce Banner was exposed to gamma radiation, Captain America took the Super-Solider serum and Thor...well, he just comes from an awesome race of aliens! In the Marvel books, most people with genetic powers are labeled as mutants, but since 20th Century Fox owns the live-action rights to the X-Men franchise, Marvel can’t use that particular term. Fortunately, Inhumans can cover that "naturally powered" demographic.

In the comics, the Inhumans are already unique genetic specimens, but their true potential reveals itself when they are exposed to the Terrigen Mist – a special vapor that gives individuals superpowers. So while they’re not born with their special abilities right away, the Mist awakens the ability inside. The Inhumans can honestly be the source of all superhumans in MCU.

Recently in the comic book series "Infinity," a Terrigen Mist bomb was detonated in Earth’s atmosphere, which caused every Inhuman descendant around the globe to develop powers. Could the MCU do something similar? Over the centuries, Inhumans may have hid themselves across Earth and produced progeny. Centuries later, a Terrigen dispersal device is set off in different areas, unleashing the superpowers that these descendants have inside them. Either way, with mutants off-limits, Inhumans are the best substitute for explaining how people are born with superpowers. Not everyone has the privilege of being caught in a gamma explosion or getting a top secret U.S. government serum.

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