Am I the only one feeling a bit underwhelmed here?
A friend of mine coined the saying, “In Marvel we trust.” This is because, whatever our respective skeptical misgivings have been, for whatever aspect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they have been consistently proven baseless. It happened with Iron Man, Thor, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Agents of Shield… you get the idea. I was skeptical going in, and I have been thrilled, every single time.
I’m really hoping the same happens here, because most of my previous misgivings haven’t actually been based on a Marvel trailer. There is an exception to this as the trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming feel like they gave away a bit too much of the story, but that will be seen soon enough. (next week! 🙂 )
This, however… well, it’s the first time I’ve seen a Marvel trailer and felt, “Meh.”
Here’s what I mean:
So, we’re definitely going to the proper Inhumans, the ones who live on the moon. Someone is narrating, warning that the humans of Earth will find them, sooner or later. So, it’s safe to say they’ve been living in isolation, and the encroaching world is a matter of concern.
Hmm… remind anyone else of the Black Panther trailer? (speaking of, that was fantastic!)
The narrator is obviously leading a coup against Black Bolt, which makes him Black Bolt’s brother. And why is that voice so familiar?
So, we see the royal family living in an austere sort of luxury. Everything is hard and quiet. Palatial, perhaps, but brutal, rather fitting since they live on the moon. The king’s dissenting brother is clearly tired of this, tired of hiding, and feeling entitled to something more. He intends to lead his people out of hiding, to Earth, a goal the others do not share.
There’s just something about this villain that… I don’t know, the trailer seems a bit ham-handed and campy, and he is a huge part of that. Which, when I recognized that face and voice as the guy who plays Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones, left me feeling all the more underwhelmed.
Anyway, he gains a following, talking to the rest of their people, who may not even be enjoying the luxury of the royal family. The idea of having an entire planet, beautiful and filled with everything they could ever need or want, instead of the barren moon beneath their feet, is clearly quite appealing.
And thus: the coup. Betrayal. Treason.
The rest of the royal family, and whatever their governing council is called, for all their formidable power in the comics, seems to go down rather easily, not least because it seems their king simply failed to act on the warnings given to him.
I do like the idea of the king’s brother being so smug, then suddenly growing afraid at the imminent danger his brother poses, just before the king escapes with… what was that? A very large dog?
And down they come to Earth. A very different place. I can only imagine how those on the moon will react when they come down to find other Inhumans on Earth, and they haven’t been well-treated.
And it’s all great and epic and don’t-miss-the-theatrical-debut-because-this-is-the-first-time-that’s-been-done.
Who’s the guy and girl fleeing through the forest in the rain?
Obviously, the Inhumans are fractured, and both sides have humans with guns to deal with.
I dunno. I still trust Marvel, overall, but this trailer makes me wonder.
…that is a cute giant dog, though. 🙂