Biggest Unanswered Questions From Marvel’s Inhumans Season 1
Warning: SPOILERS below for Marvel’s Inhumans Season Finale!
Marvel’s Inhumans concluded its 8-week run on ABC with an action-packed season finale that wrapped up the conflict between the Royal Family led by Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and his usurper brother Maximus (Iwan Rheon). The rivalry between the brothers over who would be the King of Attilan came to a head in a satisfying manner, with the fate of the Inhumans’ hidden city and its people decided. In the end, the Royal Family did triumph and restore their seat as rulers of their society, but at great cost. Now, nothing will ever be the same for the Inhumans.
Though the major storylines were resolved, the season 1 finale ‘And Finally: Black Bolt’ left a few threads dangling while also introducing several new questions for Inhumans to address in a potential second season. Here are the biggest questions Inhumans left us wondering about:
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WHO IS THE INHUMANS’ ‘GREATEST ENEMY’?
Maximus was the Big Bad of season 1 but he was unaware that there is an even bigger threat to the Inhumans. When the episode began, Maximus was surprised when Medusa (Serinda Swan) and Black Bolt informed him neither he nor the humans on Earth are what the Inhumans should be most worried about. Somewhere out there is the Inhumans’ ‘Greatest Enemy’, but the episode did not identify the Enemy by name.
We did learn in a flashback that the Inhumans’ Greatest Enemy is part of the reason why Black Bolt is king and why Maximus has resented him for it his entire life. When they were children, Black Bolt had sworn to Maximus that he didn’t want the throne and that Maximus would have it. Being king was Maximus’ lifelong desire, besides being granted powers through Terrigenesis. He was denied powers and then denied the throne as well when the Greatest Enemy came into the picture.
Young Maximus played a prank on his older brother, signing the royal seal to a fake document that their parents were going to make Black Bolt undergo brain surgery. The distraught Black Bolt confronted his parents and when he asked them why, his powers ended up killing the King and Queen. When Maximus went to claim the throne, he discovered that the Genetic Council saw Black Bolt’s powers as proof that only he had the power to fight the Inhumans’ Greatest Enemy, therefore Black Bolt had to become King. When Black Bolt agreed, Maximus took this as a personal betrayal of his brother’s promise to him.
The finale gave no information as to who or what the Greatest Enemy is, and it seems most Inhumans are unaware the enemy even exists. Only the King, Queen and the Genetic Council knew at first, but now the entire Royal Family knows Maximus isn’t the worst villain they must someday face.
WHO IS ‘THE BOSS’?
Lousie Fisher (Ellen Woglom) became the Inhumans’ primary human ally during the days the Royal Family were stranded in Oahu. She also became Medusa’s friend, so the Queen turned to Louise when the Royal Family became certain the dome around Attilan was due to collapse thanks to Maximus.
Louise brought Medusa to her place of work, Callisto Aerospace in California. Together, they made her skeptical supervisor George Ashland (Tom Wright) aware of the Inhumans’ existence. When Crystal(Isabelle Cornish) teleported into the room with Lockjaw, George finally took Louise seriously. George promised he would speak to ‘the Boss’ about the Inhumans and find them a new refuge once they evacuate the moon. George even suggested he “knows a place” the Inhumans can decamp to.
Like the Greatest Enemy, we didn’t receive any more information about who ‘The Boss’ of Callisto Aerospace is, except that in return for his aid, the Boss would except private access to the Inhumans. Medusa didn’t ask any followup questions about what ‘access’ means, nor was she in a position to haggle as her main priority was securing a sanctuary for her people – fast.
WHERE DID THE INHUMANS EVACUATE TO?
As for where the Inhumans fled to when they evacuated Attilan, the season finale also didn’t specify the location of their new refuge. We know they definitely went to Earth, but whether they are now making their home in Hawaii or somewhere else is unclear. Regardless, the Royal Family had to hastily transport the 1,400 Inhumans who live on Attilan (this number was Medusa’s estimate) to Earth before their protective dome collapsed.
To accomplish this, the Inhumans used Eldrac (Moses Goods), the Inhuman who is also a portal to other places. Eldrac managed to get all of the Inhumans citizens to Earth, while the Royal Family used Lockjaw’s teleportation powers. Sadly, being a part of Attilan itself, Eldrac had to remain behind when the city was destroyed, but not before allowing one final Inhuman to pass though his gateway: Black Bolt. The final fate of Eldrac is also unknown.
IS MAXIMUS DEAD?
Maximus truly revealed the depth of his madness when he declared to Auran (Sonya Balmores) that he’d rather let Attilan and everyone in it die if he couldn’t be king. Maximus’ hopes for undergoing a second Terrigenesis and receiving powers was foiled when Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor) killed Maximus’ geneticist ally Dr. Evan Declan (Henry Ian Cusick) while in the grip of madness from his second Terrigenesis. With no allies left, the Inhuman people choosing once more to follow the Royal Family and his dreams of becoming an Inhuman dashed, all that was left for Maximus was final confrontation with Black Bolt.
After overpowering his brother, Black Bolt brought Maximus to the Royal Bunker, which we saw for the first time in the penultimate episode ‘Havoc in the Hidden Land’. We learned the Royal Bunker was the first structure built in Attilan, it contains enough food and water “to last an eternity”, and that it was built to withstand an attack from the Greatest Enemy. Unable to kill his brother in cold blood, Black Bolt sealed Maximus in the Royal Bunker and then spoke “Goodbye, brother.” The King used his devastating sonic powers to collapse the entrance to the Bunker.
It’s most likely Maximus is still alive from the cave in if the Bunker is as sturdy as he says it is. He also has enough supplies to survive. Otherwise, being imprisoned alone on the moon can be considered a fate worse than death.
WHY ARE SOME INHUMANS’ POWERS BROKEN?
Just as not all Inhumans receive powers through Terrigenesis, we learned throughout the course of the series that some Inhumans’ powers are no longer working properly. The chief victim of this flaw in the Inhumans’ design is Karnak (Ken Leung). His ability to see the outcome of every possibility and act accordingly began malfunctioning when he was stranded in the wilderness of Oahu. At first, it seemed like Karnak was reeling from a blow to the head he suffered when he fell off a cliff, but he soon determined it was a bigger problem.
The issue with failing Inhuman powers came up a second time when Auran was regenerating from being killed in the lab of Dr. Evan Declan. The geneticist informed Auran that her healing factor is no longer reliable and would ultimately fail her. However, this revelation didn’t stop Karnak from taking Auran’s DNA and giving it to the dead Gorgon to restore him back to life via a second Terrigenesis. Auran and Karnak both continue to suffer from this unspecified flaw in their powers. Meanwhile the powers of Bronaja (Ari Dalbert), young Inhuman who can see the future, have also proven to be unreliable. We don’t know how many other Inhumans are afflicted with malfunctioning powers or what the cause of it is.
ARE THE INHUMANS BETTER OFF?
Fans have to wonder what it must be like to be an Inhuman living on Attilan. In the span of just a few days, the Royal Family was deposed and labeled traitors by the new King, Maximus. Soon, the Genetic Council are all killed after trying to depose Maximus. Not long after that, the Royal Family returned to the city. Maximus and Medusa, interpreting for Black Bolt, each took turns making opposite declarations of what was going on. Medusa then announced that the protective dome is about to collapse and the entire city must be evacuated at once for Earth, a place the Inhumans have only heard (bad) things about. Nevertheless, despite all of this upheaval, the Inhuman people seem to take it all in stride.
To the series’ credit, the caste system the Inhumans lived under and why it must change was a theme that was explored. Medusa herself has become the voice for change. During her time on Earth, she learned how both humans and the Inhumans she ruled over saw the Royal Family. We also learned her parents were once revolutionaries looking to end the monarchy, before Black Bolt’s parents had them killed and Medusa herself eventually ascended to that very monarchy. By the end of season 1, however, Medusa is a leader looking to build a better system, and she passionately promises the changes will be for the better. Hopefully, Medusa and Black Bolt can make good on their new ideas for Inhuman society.
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As for being on Earth, the Inhumans’ exodus from Attilan was not unlike what was seen in Thor: Ragnarok. The same belief that ‘Asgard is not a place, but its people’ was echoed inInhumans regarding Attilan. Despite the hasty evacuation, Medusa had the foresight to hide their Terrigen crystals on Earth, so at least this pivotal piece of Inhuman culture has been preserved along with the lives of the people of Attilan.
WHERE DID BLACK BOLT AND MEDUSA GET NEW COSTUMES?
After spending most of the series clad in (stolen) human clothing, Black Bolt and Medusa addressed the Inhumans at the end of the episode wearing brand new and better costumes. The evacuation of Attilan happened so suddenly, the people had no time to bring anything with them to Earth except the clothes on their backs. Judging from how the Royal Family were all wearing their regal clothes at the end, however, it seems like they found a few moments to pack some of their belongings before the jump to Earth. This can probably be chalked up to the advantages of having your own teleporting dog.
Fans now wait to hear whether ABC will grant Inhumans a second season so that hopefully the questions the finale left lingering will be answered.