Who Are the Inhumans?

Did Marvel’s announcement of an Inhumans movie leave you scratching your head? You’re not the only one. The Inhumans are a relatively obscure group of characters from Marvel comics, though like everyone else from the comics they have their share of devoted fans. After the jump, we’ll cover all your basic questions about the superpowered team — starting with “Who are the Inhumans?”


Who are the Inhumans?

The Inhumans were first introduced in the Marvel Comics universe in the 1960s, and got their own self-titled series in the 1970s. But despite being around for decades, they remain pretty obscure. If you don’t follow comic books, you’ve probably never even heard of them. Which shouldn’t be a problem for Marvel; we’d have said the same thing about the Guardians of the Galaxy two years ago.


Okay, but who are the Inhumans within the Marvel universe?

The Inhumans are a superpowered offshoot of humanity, created by the Kree (the alien race that Guardians of the Galaxy’s Ronan belongs to) millions of years ago in genetic experiments on Cro-Magnons. The Kree ultimately abandoned their test subjects, known as the Inhumans, but they went on to form their own technologically advanced society far away from humanity. They live in Attilan, which has been relocated several times but is currently on the Blue Area of the Moon. Guess even Marvel had to run out of fantastical names eventually.

When Inhumans come of age, they’re exposed to a mutagenic vapor called the Terrigen Mists, which unlock latent superpowers. The substance has a different effect on each Inhuman individual, and can be dangerous for non-Inhumans. The Inhumans have their own culture with its own rules and generally like to keep to themselves, but they keep crossing paths with other Marvel characters all the same.

After the jump, let’s meet some key Inhumans.


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