Confused by all this alien lore? Never fear, so was I. So, instead of pretending to be a top tier nerd, I pretended to be a good journalist and gathered some facts for you. This. Is. The Inhumans.
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As Raina told last episode, in the time before established human civilization, an alien race of blue skin touched down on earth, and within a select few of the human race, placed dormant genes to make them artificially superior, but largely unchanged in appearance or genetics. These were Inhumans, not alien, but more than a human. The Kree gave these beings a natural aptitude for technology and superior abilities, and created them for the purposes of their army, infiltration and espionage forces.
The Obelisk / Mist
This device, the Diviner, releases a substance called a Terrigen Mist, unlocking the dormant genes within these special few, and as a result of the process, some appear more like humans, and others very alien, as many of them were given dormant genes to be unlocked that belonged to alien races the Kree wished to infiltrate and conquer.
The home of the Inhumans, known as Attilan, though in the comics it was a floating dormant city instead of an underground one, and the Inhumans lived within it for centuries generally undisturbed by humanity.
Skye’s name, as her father officially reveals in song, is Daisy, confirming her as the Inhuman known as Daisy Johnson, or Quake. Daughter of Mr. Hyde, a top agent of SHIELD, and even member of the Avengers, she has the ability to generate and direct seismic earthquake power from the earth. After the events of the Civil War comic story, and with SHIELD in a position to be reassembled, Captain Steve Rogers appointed her as its new director.
His real name is Calvin Zoba, aka Mr. Hyde, which means exactly what it sounds like. Calvin’s abilities have him transform into a Hulk-like creature, mutated from his own serum and moves on to a life of crime and villainy, even so far as being a member of the Masters of Evil.
The only thing I have to share about Raina, largely because I have no idea what’s happened to her, is a quote from Executive Producer, Maurissa Tancharoen, to ComicBookMovie.com saying:
“Well, Raina has always been someone who walks into a room and knows she has all the power, and the ability to sway anything in her way. Part of that is her appearance. She’s always adorned herself in flower dresses, she’s always perfectly put together, and she’s a beautiful woman. Now we’ll see how this transformation affects her.”
Other than that, I’ve got nothing. Move along.
The Guy With No Eyes
Who is this guy?! Beats me. Rumors floating about say he may be a little known character named Reader, a blind Inhuman, but that’s pretty much it.
Who is Black Bolt?
Black Bolt is among the most powerful of the Inhumans, and has long been established as their king. In very much the same way Cyclops of the X-Men must shield his eyes from the world to protect it from his power, Black Bolt does not speak because of the supersonic power of his voice.
What this means for the Marvel Cinematic Universe
The film for The Inhumans will not release until 2018, but because of their introduction into Agents of SHIELD, they can now play a part in the setup for Marvel’s Phase 3 conclusion with the Avengers Infinity War films, which may involve everything from the Kree-Skrull War in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, to a Secret Invasion on Earth, to assisting in the final conflict with Thanos the Mad Titan.