After a major part in Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Inhumans — the super-powered race of humans with abilities from dormant alien DNA — will get their own TV series Inhumans, premiering in IMAX theaters in 2017 before continuing on ABC. But within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only Inhuman outsiders have been introduced, such as Jiaying (Dichen Lachman) who had no connection to the Inhuman Royal Family. Where have those guys been? Probably, the moon.
Within the news that IMAX is producing Inhumans, it was revealed that IMAX cameras are being used to film action scenes set on the moon in the first two episodes. It’s a tiny detail that reveals a lot about the Inhumans and its central Royal Family within the MCU, who have not appeared despite Inhumans awakening on Earth. (Lead Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. protagonist Daisy, played by Chloe Bennet, is an Inhuman.)
In the comics, the Inhumans inhabit and govern themselves on Atillan, a walled-off city first located in the North Atlantic before moving to the Himalayas and then the Blue Area of the Moon, where there’s oxygen. Recently, Atillan moved to New York City and was destroyed by its chief ruler, Black Bolt, by a Terrigen Bomb that spread across the Hudson. This event awakened many Inhumans, including Kamala Khan who became the new Ms. Marvel. The remains of Atillan were built upon to become New Atillan, now residing just off the coast of New York City.
With the moon, it’s a likely conclusion that the Royal Family and the vast majority of Inhumans have always been there, away from the chaos of the Battle of New York, Sokovia, Hulk’s rampages in Harlem and South Africa, and all the globe-trotting events of Captain America: Civil War. But very soon, Earth will lay the red carpet for the Inhumans, whether it wants to or not.
Marvel’s Inhumans will be released in IMAX theaters on Labor Day 2017.