The past couple months have been a whirlwind of activity for the Inhumans TV series. After the main cast was announced in late February and early March, last month saw the first cast photo released to polarizing reception. Just like in the comics, this series will follow the Inhuman Royal Family, which consists of Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgo, Karnak, Crystal, Triton, Maximus the Mad and the gigantic teleporting dog Lockjaw.
The Family, along with Auran and an unnamed private aerospace company employee, will comprise the Inhumans main cast, and we'll learn who else is appearing on the series in the coming months. In the meantime, we've already started brainstorming the heroes and villains we hope will show up in Inhumans, even if they don't appear until Season 2 or beyond. Here are the top 8 characters the series should include at some point, whether they have yet to be adapted for live action or have already appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Showrunner Scott Buck has said that although events in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may play into the Inhumans series, Inhumans is meant to stand on its own. So, for now, it doesn't look like there will be a direct crossover between the two ABC Marvel shows. However, if/when that changes, Daisy Johnson is the main Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. character who should cross over to Inhumans. Midway through Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, Daisy, a.k.a. Skye, was exposed to Terrigen and had her Inhuman abilities awakened. By Season 3, she was fully in Quake mode, and now effectively serves as the MCU's main Inhuman representative. We don't expect Daisy to ever become a permanent resident of Attilan, but, ideally, one of her S.H.I.E.L.D. missions would bring her into contact with the Royal Family.
If Maximus the Mad is the Inhuman Royal's Family's arch-nemesis, then The Unspoken is the runner-up contender for that position. The Unspoken was Attilan's ruler before Black Bolt (his cousin), but when he stole and hid the Inhuman city's greatest weapon, the Slave Engine, out of fear it would corrupt his citizens, Black Bolt challenged him for the throne, and The Unspoken was ousted from power and exiled. Years later, upon being discovered by the Alpha Primitives (slaves who serve the Inhumans), Unspoken discovered how he and his legacy had been erased from Inhuman history, so he sought to transform all the humans on Earth into Alpha Primitives. Since Maximus appears to be the primary villain in Inhumans Season 1, The Unspoken could easily fill the main antagonist spot in Season 2.
Iso was one of the many Inhumans whose powers were awakened when the Terrigen Bomb was detonated in the Infinity comic book storyline. As a result, Iso (real name Xiaoyi Chen) is able to manipulate pressure around her. Since gaining her Inhuman ability, Iso has allied with other Inhumans and participated in the Inhumans vs. X-Men storyline. The MCU has already had its own Terrigen dispersal across the globe, so it would be easy enough to set Iso up as a person who was living a normal life in the "outside world" who is suddenly thrust into the alien Attilan society. They're technically her people, but at the same time, she would be an outsider at first.
As intelligent and conniving as Maximus the Mad is, he can't do everything on his own. In his early comic book appearances, he was aided by Kadlec, a.k.a. Seeker, an Inhuman who, as the name suggests, is an amazing tracker. It's unclear whether this is an ability awakened by the Terrigen Mists or a skill he spent years practicing, but either way, he served Maximus well by tracking down the Inhuman Royal Family, who were exiled at the time. Kadlec was also the one who killed Gorgon's father, for which he later paid the price. Unlike most of the other characters on this list, it's possible that Seeker could show up during Inhumans Season 1, though there's been no word yet on Kadlec or his twin brother Uys, who also held the Seeker title, appearing in the show.
Maelstrom's father, Phaedus, was a scientist from Attilan who was banished by Black Bolt's father for carrying out cloning experiments. Raised in exile, Maelstrom swore revenge on all Inhumans after his father was injured in an experiment. While the father and son duo have worked together on several occasions, Maelstrom has been the more recurring adversary, using his genetic expertise and army of minions to strike at the Inhumans Royal Family and other Earth heroes. Along with his extremely high intelligence, Maelstrom can also manipulate kinetic energy, allowing him to boost his strength, create force fields and more. Like The Unspoken, Maelstrom is another suitable candidate to be a main antagonist on the Inhumans series in the future.
An Inhuman named Inferno was introduced a few years ago in the comics who could conceivably appear on Inhumans, but fortunately, the TV side of the MCU already has its own pyromaniac established. On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hellfire was adapted as an Inhuman, but, like his comic book counterpart, he can still heat items up to the point that he can make them explode. When we last saw Hellfire, he'd been defeated by Ghost Rider and taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. Assuming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't have any important plans for him in Season 5, it would be easy enough to break Hellfire out of prison and throw him into Inhumans as a minor villain.
Marvel's Civil War II event was centered around Ulysses Cain, who was a normal college student before being exposed to the Terrigen Mist released during Infinity. Ulysses was subsequently gifted with precognition, but it was later revealed that he doesn't actually see the future, but accumulates data and calculates what will likely happen. In other words, his visions aren't 100% guaranteed to happen. Regardless, because of these visions, Ulysses kicked off a conflict between two factions led Captain Marvel and Iron Man, respectively, over whether what Ulysses saw should be acted upon ahead of time. It's unlikely that another Civil War battle will be adapted in the MCU, but that doesn't mean Inhumans couldn't use Ulysses in a similar way for a smaller scale ideological conflict.
Few superheroes have become popular in such a short amount of time in the modern era as Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel. Exposed to the Terrigen Bomb from Infinity, Kamala became a shapeshifter, and with her idol Carol Danvers now going by Captain Marvel, the teenager decided to assume Carol's previous identity, Ms. Marvel. While Marvel's Head of Television Jeph Loeb has said before how Ms. Marvel could potentially make an interesting series, so far there's no word on whether or not the MCU will use her. If Kamala can't lead her own TV show, then Inhumans is the next best place for her to pop up. Admittedly, since the Captain Marvel movie doesn't come out until early 2019, there'd need to be some adjustments with how Kamala connects to Carol, if at all. But, aside from that, Inhumans is a great platform to introduce Kamala as one of the many Inhumans that emerged after the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 finale, expose her to this strange Inhuman society and set her up as a more conventional superhero.
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