Marvel had tried and failed to launch an Inhumans franchise back in 2017, but with the ever-growing MCU, it’s only a matter of time before Black Bolt and his royal family are brought back into the main timeline. What’s interesting is, the fan favorite character could be making his re-debut in the Doctor Strange sequel.
As per FandomWire, Black Bolt will be making an appearance as a member of the Illuminati in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. No news has been dropped on whether Anson Mount will reprise the role, but seeing as that property was poorly received, it’s probably best that Marvel start from the ground up.
The merger with 20th Century Studios has given Marvel the chance to play with all of its original properties again with the likes of the X-Men and Fantastic Four being allowed to join the MCU, but it does pose the risk of overcrowding the franchise. We all want the X-Men to be back, but then how about the Inhumans? Does Marvel even plan on expanding on the Eternals?
If anything, Disney+ has offered the option for more obscure adaptations with minimal risk, and if they prove successful, heroes can then get the greenlight to appear in the theatrically released films. While I like taking risks on characters, I wouldn’t blame Marvel or Disney to try playing it as safe as they possibly could.
We don’t have any official confirmation on the Illuminati appearing, but you can catch Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness when it hits theaters on May 6, 2022.