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Doubling down on that initial choice, Marvel’s Inhumans dives in feet-first to the kind of drama and ridiculousness that fans have come to expect both from Marvel and from these characters, specifically. Superhero comics are closer in nature to soap operas than some people want to admit, carrying decades of canon and over the top interpersonal theatrics just like soaps. If superhero comics writ large are soap operas, the Inhumans, in comic form, are Shondaland on the scale of Lord Of The Rings . But on TV, Marvel’s Inhumans doesn’t lean into that skid, leaving us with a messy 90 minutes full of too much talking and several completely unnecessary flashbacks.

The first example stems from a situation where there are two sides to a leading character (for example: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  or Fight Club ). Having written a werewolf film, I see those “beast within” stories as an allegory for one person’s dark battle with impulse control. As a classic example, The Wolfman  can easily be seen as a metaphorical struggle with alcohol abuse. At night, he indulges in base, raw, uncensored actions while being under the influence and not in his right mind. He wakes the next morning disoriented with no clue of the violence he committed the previous night. I am going to kibosh this one right out of the gate. This carnal beast is actually inside the protagonist, but it is not the protagonist any more than a patient with cancer is his own villain. The inner beast acts independently from the protagonist without their consent or influence; therefore, they are not one in the same. These antagonists are totally separate characters even though they share a body with the protagonist.

You could try altering these powers by changing their scope in some crazy way. For example, in Read or Die!, the main character has telekinesis that applies only to paper. Magneto has telekinesis that only works on metal. Maybe the character has a pocket-space which only applies to one category of items (. only metal, only small items, only weapons, only items related to Green Lantern service, only badass things, only magical items, whatever).

If you take a generic power and only allow the superhero to use it on some random category of material, that could probably feel fresher.


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