Clark Gregg On Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ Movie and ‘Black Widow’ Possibility

Clark Gregg On Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ Movie and ‘Black Widow’ Possibility

By Amanda Joyce Jan 11, 2016 01:30 PM
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Even if Marvel’s Inhumans movie is a ways off, Clark Gregg is one actor who knows a thing or two about Inhumans. Not only is he a big fan of the comic books, but he’s also seen the characters slowly being explored on Agents of SHIELD, the Marvel television series in which he stars. He recently participated in a series of interviews with Digital Spy to promote the show returning to screens in the UK and he gave them his thoughts on the upcoming movie as well as his thoughts on one movie he thinks Marvel should make.

Note: Though Gregg gave his opinions on the projects, it should be noted that he isn’t a producer for Marvel and isn’t necessarily privy to their big screen plans.

Inhumans are characters in the Marvel comic books that have evolved from ancient experimentation of an alien race called the Kree. The Kree seeked out planets throughout the universe, experimenting on their subjects to make themselves a powerful army. They deemed all of their experiments failures, but the Inhuman bloodline on Earth kept evolving. Agents of SHIELD has introduced this idea by making Skye, now Daisy (Chloe Bennet), an Inhuman and by creating their new big bad for season three from an Inhuman stranded on an alien planet.

The movie, however, has long been thought to focus on the Inhuman royal family that the comic books center on instead of new Inhumans created for the screen. Agents of SHIELD has been doing the latter. On the subject of the Inhumans movie, Gregg told Digital Spy:

The Inhumans movie I suspect will be its own cinematic version… That writer and director will have free reign to do what they want to do with the Inhumans. But hopefully there'll be some way that our Inhumans connect to that. It'd be too bad if that was wasted.

We’d have to agree. While it’s unlikely that the show would go into the ins and outs of the royal family as the movie likely will, it wouldn’t hurt to have one of the Inhuman characters introduced on the show over the next few years cross over into the movie world, even if the rest of the show doesn’t. Gregg continued:

What's kind of necessary for the show to work is that it is its own thing and it's not dependant upon those crossovers. They're just fun stuff that happens once in awhile.

And, in fact, the show has worked best when crossovers are something of an Easter egg and the series isn’t dependent on the events unfolding on the big screen, especially since not everyone is able to get out and see the movies at the same time. There have also been rumors of a large divide between the TV and movie sides of Marvel Studios, making crossovers all the more difficult. It would be a shame for the movie side of things not to pull from the fascinating arc Agents of SHIELD has already created though.

Another thing that would be a shame, according to Gregg? If Marvel never makes a Black Widow movie. Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson in the MCU, has been a fan favorite since her introduction in Iron Man 2, and fans have been clamoring for a solo film for the character ever since, but she still hasn’t got one on the agenda. Gregg said:

It seems like it would be tragic, it would be a waste, if that character wasn't given the spotlight in the way that some of the other characters have been. If I know Marvel, they won't let that happen, because she's too valuable an asset… Y'know, I have a 13-year-old daughter and one of the things I'm proudest about with our show is that there are very strong, very intelligent women who are just as responsible for SHIELD not being exterminated as Phil Coulson - and that's not lost on my daughter and her friends.

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The need for female fronted projects in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has long been a sore spot with fans as so many of the movies focus on the male heroes in the world created, and the awareness of that has been increased in recent months with the lack of merchandise available for female heroes in major franchises. There won’t be a solo female film until Captain Marvel hits the big screen in 2018. On the small screens, fans have been lucky with Agent Carter, which even teased the origins of the Black Widow’s Red Room program in season one and returns for season two on January 19, and the recent Netflix addition in Jessica Jones.

We’ll have a while to wait to see if Clark Gregg’s predictions about either are true. If Marvel decides to make a Black Widow movie, it won’t be until at least 2020 when its current schedule is complete. (We still think a Black Widow series as part of the Netflix lineup would work well.) Inhumans won’t land in theaters until July of 2019.

Tags: Inhumans (2018), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013), Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson, Marvel Cinematic Universe
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