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  • Hey YouTubers, it's Charlie. So Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back tonight so I thought I'd do

  • a refresher video on the Inhumans. The back half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2

  • is gonna be all about explaining who their culture, their society are.

  • The Inhumans that you see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the TV shows, in the movies,

  • are gonna be a little bit different from what they are in the comics so I'll try to

  • explain what the difference is.

  • But I'm gonna start with their original origin story from the comics. They suffer

  • from the same problem that a lot of big Marvel characters have.

  • They belong to a group of people whose origin is tied to

  • another group that Marvel no longer has the IP for, for

  • the films and TV shows. So let's get started. The characters were created by Stan Lee

  • and Jack Kirby, so totally expect a Stan Lee cameo in 2019, whenever the movie comes.

  • They appeared for the first time in Fantastic Four #45.

  • In that issue Stan Lee introed most of who would become

  • the Royal Family, but at the time the Inhumans were just these few characters.

  • There was Black Bolt, Crystal, Medusa,

  • Gorgon, Karnak, Lockjaw

  • and Triton. The plot of some of those early Stan Lee stories was kinda whimsical but

  • it was the swinging sixties, which I know sounds kinda like a Spider-Man joke, but

  • you get the idea. You know, the characters were really interesting

  • but sometimes some of the story beats were a little bit funny.

  • So the first time we see them Johnny Storm is getting stood up for a date

  • and as he's grumbling his way walking back to the Baxter Building

  • he sees a mysterious redhead in an alleyway who turns out to be Crystal.

  • Mystified, he tries to follow her, shows her his powers in an alleyway

  • which isn't a euphemism for pulling his pants down. If he did that today he would

  • totally get arrested.

  • "Let's go to this dark alleyway and I'll show you something really special."

  • Crystal reveals that she also has special powers, introduces her special dog, Lockjaw,

  • he opens a portal and Crystal takes Johnny Storm to her home.

  • Nowadays this would be a story that parents would show their kids to tell them

  • why you don't go home with strangers. So Johnny Storm gets to see

  • Attilan for the first time, that's the Inhuman's secret city that's cloaked from view.

  • Across their history in the comics it's moved around in terms of its

  • location relative to Earth but

  • initially it started on the Moon. Here's where things get a little bit funny.

  • Johnny Storm meets the rest of the Royal Family and realizes that he's seen

  • Medusa as part of the Frightful Four, they're like an evil version of the Fantastic Four.

  • So remember, this is issue number 45 when we're seeing them for the first time.

  • Medusa appeared in issue number 36 in an evil team up called the Frightful Four.

  • I think what probably ended up happening is Stan Lee liked her character so much

  • that he wanted to make her an Inhuman but had to find a way to explain how she

  • could be in that team

  • and also be an Inhuman. So the official explanation became that

  • she had amnesia quote-unquote while she was fighting with

  • the Frightful Four. Stan Lee has a long history a moving characters around in

  • terms of, you know, what their stories are, which teams they belong to.

  • Sometimes it creates some continuity errors. Nowadays what Marvel does

  • is they just create, like, earth-shattering universe events like

  • the Battle World stuff that's happening.

  • So after that first appearance, the Inhumans just kinda bounced around a

  • couple different titles

  • until they get their own title in 1975. It only ran for about twelve issues.

  • That trend continued for a little while. They would just get limited runs from

  • time to time. So they got another one in 1998,

  • then a different one in 2000, then again in 2003

  • and 2007. So as you can see they've been kind of like this weird little group of

  • characters that Marvel brings out every once in a while

  • but historically they were never popular enough to sustain their own ongoing

  • title like the bigger Marvel characters.

  • That might change whenever the movie comes out though. Movie sales always

  • boost Marvel's comic sales.

  • After that first Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man came out, sales of Iron Man comics

  • shot through the roof. The lore of Inhumans is really cool too

  • but like a lot of Stan Lee characters he introduces the characters first

  • and then, like, many issues later he'll flesh out their backstory.

  • Originally their backstory was tied to the Kree-Skrull war.

  • The Kree were looking for a weapon to use against the Skrull so they spent

  • millennia genetically tampering with humans on Earth. Eventually they abandoned the project

  • after a prophecy predicted that an Inhuman would rise and destroy the

  • Supreme Intelligence

  • who failed to appear in the Guardains of the Galaxy movie. I know we're all hoping to see

  • more Kree in Guardians of the Galaxy Two but it's not confirmed. So while all this Kree-Skrull

  • war stuff was going on the Inhumans overtime

  • developed their own internal society. The biggest part of their culture

  • was based on genetic engineering in this rigid caste structure.

  • It dictated what jobs you could have,

  • who you could marry, so naturally by design the most powerful Inhumans were members of the Royal Family

  • and they are very xenophobic which is why even after the Kree abandoned them they

  • continued to keep their city hidden.

  • Black Bolt is a member the Illuminati and appears in the Avengers a lot but

  • Crystal has historically been their biggest ambassador in terms of crossover characters.

  • She's been a member of Fantastic Four and she was a member of the Avengers for a long time,

  • Medusa to a lesser extent too. There was, like, a very Romeo and Juliet thing going on

  • with Johnny Storm and Crystal for a long time so that was like a way

  • to bridge their cultures in the comics.

  • For the most part they are allies with the heroes of Earth but they still have their own agenda

  • I mean it's like Namor and Black Panther, they both serve with the Illuminati

  • but their first priority is always to their own people. So let's move into Terrigenesis,

  • that is the foundation for their society and the process by which they activate their powers.

  • So taking in the Mists and getting powers isn't what makes someone an Inhuman,

  • that's something that's passed down through genetics. So there are

  • Inhumans walking around that have not taken in the Mist, that don't have special powers.

  • But in order to take advantage of the Mist you do have to have those

  • Inhuman genetic markers. The TV show kind of explored this

  • where, like, Skye, Trip, and Raina all took in the Mist but Trip did not have

  • Inhuman DNA so it killed him

  • and gave powers to Skye and Raina. The TV show's really simplified the process by which

  • Terrigenesis happens, you know, and how they find these other Inhuman people.

  • They've kind of tied it to the Kree but I don't know how much they're gonna

  • explain that because

  • the Kree are largely a group that show up in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies

  • so they might keep them there. Most of what we see on the TV show

  • is just gonna focus on the Inhumans living on Earth in secret groups.

  • So I'm not expecting to see Attilan or any of the Royal Family.

  • What I'm hoping is is that they weave the idea of the Inhumans living on Earth

  • into Age of Ultron, Civil War,

  • and the rest the movies, obviously building up to the actual Inhumans movie.

  • Nothing's been confirmed but I know there are a lot of questions about Scarlet

  • Witch and Quicksilver's powers.

  • As far as we know right now their powers flow from the Mind Gem

  • so they're slightly different from the Inhumans so I'm not gonna call them Inhumans.

  • They have confirmed a few Inhuman characters that they've cast for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • already, they're minor characters.

  • There are some people that appear in the comics but I'm just gonna wait for them to

  • appear in episodes before I talk about them. So like tonight if we meet any new

  • characters I'll just explain that in my episode video.

  • There's all kinds of cool stuff that we could talk about like the relationships

  • within the Royal Family like

  • Black Bolt's evil brother Maximus the Mad. He has a son with Medusa named

  • Ahura. Just in general, Marvel, gonna save all the best stuff for the movies.

  • That's not coming out till July 2019, I know that's a long way off.

  • The interesting thing is that that movie is coming out after

  • Infinity War Part 2 which I think is kinda weird. So

  • Inhumans is, right now, the last movie in Phase 3.

  • So here's my big question for you guys, which Inhumans from the comics do you wanna see

  • on the TV show? I know, we're all hoping for the Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel but I don't

  • think that's gonna happen.

  • Right now they're really pushing Skye and Raina as the two main characters.

  • They're like two sides of the same coin. Raina, who spent her entire life trying to

  • become her true self,

  • learn about her heritage, and Skye who wants absolutely nothing to do with it.

  • So now, like, you have two characters that are going to be exploring their new powers

  • and their relationship to their people. That's like the main story for the second half of the season,

  • exploring the culture of the Inhumans and watching them develop their powers.

  • The interesting thing about Raina is that she got what she wanted

  • but because her transformation physically altered her so much

  • she's gonna wind up in this Mystique type situation, like Mystique from X-Men.

  • People will probably look down on her appearence as a deformity

  • so for her it's like an evil genie situation. Your wish was granted

  • but what you got isn't exactly what you asked for. So don't forget, new epsidoes

  • start tonight. Be sure to subscribe to get it,

  • I'll post it after the episode airs. And there is a new Avengers trailer coming

  • on Thursday so I'll do a new break down video for that.

  • I'll probably do another bonus Avengers video too. While you guys wait for all that to drop,

  • you can click here to catch up with all my Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. videos from the

  • midseason finale last year

  • and you can click here to learn about a maybe Spider-Man post credits scene in Avengers.

  • They're just, Danny Elfman is just composing some music for it so we might see, like, a

  • teaser but I don't think they've cast the actor yet.

  • Thank you so much for watching, I'll see you guys tonight. Now let's all do thing.

Hey YouTubers, it's Charlie. So Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back tonight so I thought I'd do

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