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Has Marvel’s Inhumans TV Show Already Been Cancelled?

After savage reviews and poor word-of-mouth this wouldn’t be surprising, although the show has not even debuted yet.

As the sharp-eyed folks over at Renew/Cancel TV point out, the marketing for Inhumans has the copy that the “complete series” will begin airing September 29th. This is an odd choice of words if ABC intended to keep it running for another season or even keep the possibility alive. It should say “series debut,” but instead this wording suggests that the series is finite and, well, completed at this point.

Inhumans has been subject to bad reviews (really bad), testy moments between the press and creatives, and, most recently, an underwhelming haul when its first episodes were rolled out to IMAX theaters: the show took in $2.6 million worldwide, which was the amount generated in the same time period by a 40th anniversary release of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 

Considering all this, I’m not surprised if ABC pulled the plug on any chance at a second season for Inhumans, though it’s a little strange not to wait to see how the show does in ratings. If Inhumans has already been cancelled, I think that tells us everything we need to know about the quality of the first season that awaits us. At current, it has a cringe-inducing 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. What went wrong here? IndieWire’s review is succinct:

TV or film-wise, based on what’s being shown in IMAX right now, “Inhumans” is legitimately the worst Marvel adaptation of the year (yes, even beating out “Iron Fist”). In fact, as far as terrible Marvel adaptations go, you might have to go all the way back to Roger Corman’s unreleased 1994 “Fantastic Four” film to best it.

Medusa’s terrible wig, we hardly knew ye.

UPDATE: We heard from a Disney rep who clarifies that the poster copy is not new and is the same verbiage that has been used throughout the campaign. This makes sense as Inhumans is intended as an 8-episode miniseries, and we’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for the future of the project.

(via, image: ABC)

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