Inhumans, spin-off characters in Fantastic Four, were made to be stand-ins for the mutants, but things did not go as Marvel had originally planned.
One of the biggest flaws of Marvel Comics in recent times was the inhumans’ attempt to push into the mainstream. The decision had a number of factors behind it, most notably the fact that Fox Studios at the time had the film rights to Fantastic Four and X-Men. Thus, inhumans, once spin-off characters in Fantastic Four, were created to be stand-ins for the mutants, but things did not go as Marvel had probably planned.
Briefly ubiquitous throughout Marvel’s release line, the ultimately vicious inhuman people are nowhere to be found in such a niche as they were many years ago. Here’s a look back at their controversial rise in prominence, what happened afterwards, and how Inhumans of Attilan has once again become an afterthought in the larger Marvel universe.
Look … the inhuman!
The progress of the Inhumans began with history in 2013 Infinity, whose conclusion saw the release of Terrigen Mists all over the earth. This affected the many seemingly normal people who actually had dormant inhuman DNA in their genetics, activated their terrigenesis and gave them inhuman powers.
Medusa, wife of the Black Bolt and queen of the inhuman race, made the presence of her species known, also in hopes of gathering and protecting “NuHumans,” who had recently been transformed by the Terrigen Mists. This saw the inhumans play a key role in Civil war II, where an inhuman named Ulysses was wanted because of his precognitive abilities.
Unfortunately for the X-Men, the Terrier Nebulae, which continued to saturate the Earth, were also toxic to mutants, potentially making the planet uncomfortable for an entire species. This caused a rift between the inhumans and the mutants, which led to Inhumans vs. X-Men. While this paved the way for the introduction of Kamala Khan’s beloved Mrs Marvel, this particular plot point and many of the controversial decisions surrounding it drove many fans to like the inhuman and their newest members, especially as it seemed to happen at the expense of of the far more beloved X-Men.
The death of the inhumans
Inhuman’s push had several books come out of it, with some of them more important than others. Relatively independent titles like Mrs. Marvel and Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur was only tangentially related to inhuman humans, but introduced enduring parts of the Marvel universe. However, several others Inhuman comics played right into NuHuman’s new status quo and the once esoteric inhuman royal family that became prominent.
These books included Inhuman, Completely new Inhuman, Inhumanity, Mosaic, and Creepy inhuman. Again, especially for the latter, especially the use of sobriquets that are usually associated with X men line was not unnoticed. The emergence of the inhuman population also made them something of a hated and feared species, in an obvious attempt to cripple what made the X-Men so popular. Some of these books deal with individual characters such as Mosaic, who deals with the revelation that he is an inhuman, while others were team books based on the usual inhuman realm of cosmic stories.
The time of the inhumans in the sun ended in 2018 with the story The death of the inhumans. The story involved a Kree-manipulated inhuman killing of most of their species to force them into a queue. The result was that many of the inhuman, namely NuHumans, were killed, with stories since then barely even acknowledging their existence.
It remains to be seen whether inhuman humans will ever be put back in a prominent light, especially with X men line again is the leading series on Marvel. The inhuman royal family is largely still intact, and New Attilan, the home of the inhumans, remains so. NuHuman himself, however, seems to have already been forgotten by the Marvel universe as a whole.
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