Though the network has not yet officially canceled Marvel’s Inhumans, the president of ABC has admitted that the show failed to live up to their expectations.
“We haven’t made any official decision yet about what we’re going to pick up in May, but I will say that the numbers, unfortunately, were less exciting for us than we hoped they would be,” said Channing Dungey during the winter press tour of the Television Critics Association.
Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (as is ABC’s other Marvel series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Inhumans was originally supposed to be a movie, but was bumped down to a TV series due to complicated backstage dealings among Disney and Marvel’s execs. Its two hour premiere got an IMAX release, but it, and then the rest of the series, was widely panned for inferior writing and a special effects budget that was incapable of bringing the surreal story and characters to life.
The story focuses on an advanced race which lives in a secret city on the moon, where they use a substance called the Terrigen Mists to give themselves superpowers. Their society is heavily stratified by a caste system that puts the most powerful individuals on top, with powerless people reduced to slavery.
The plot kicks off when Maximus, the powerless brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, seizes the throne. The rest of the royal family and their followers wind up sent to Hawaii by their giant teleporting dog (whom most agree is the best part of the show), where they learn more about humanity, reunite and then seek to return to their lunar city. (And yes, the fact that our “heroes” initially support the caste system against a reformer was one of the show’s problems.)