Marvel's Phase Three: 'Doctor Strange,' 'Iron Man 4,' 'Hulk,' 'Inhumans' or 'Runaways' on horizon? -- EXCLUSIVE

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Inhumans

For a while, Inhumans seemed like it could have been a Phase Two movie, competing with Guardians of the Galaxy as Marvel’s way to expand its cinematic universe into the farther reaches of space.

Guardians got the go-ahead, but Inhumans is still a possibility. Don’t expect to see it take Phase Three priority over, say, a potential Thor 3 or Captain America 3, but it’s one that clearly has a lot of affection among the denizens of Marvel Studios. And it would be a good way to introduce an ensemble of fresh, new characters among the studio’s possible sequels.

The Inhumans series, which was introduced in 1965, focuses on a royal family of superbeings who evolved from alien experiments on primitive humans, and were dispatched to a remote world when the tests were abandoned. Think of it as Dallas with superheroes, only the name of their cosmic city is Attilan.

Led by the king Black Bolt, whose voice harnesses enough energy to level a city, young members of the Inhumans family face a trial when they come of age, and must venture into the mutating Terrigen Mists only to emerge as something different — and hopefully better — than what they were.

Feige himself told EW in 2011 that Inhumans was in the works, and he remains enthusiastic — almost boyishly so.

Inhumans is cool, they’re really great characters,” he said in a recent interview, getting more animated about this title than almost any other he discussed. “The most powerful guy is the king who doesn’t say a word and if he does — lookout. That’s awesome. And the notion of the Terrigen Mists, this notion that you go through and don’t know what you’re going to be on the other side, is incredibly compelling dramatically.”

Sound a little bizarre and out-of-the-mainstream? Maybe. But Guardians of the Galaxy, with its rocket-launching raccoon, walking-warrior tree, and other assorted misfit heroes, could clear a path for further exploration of the Marvel galaxy when it comes out in August 2014.

“In other words, all the craziness that comes with Inhumans, we’ve done in the other movies already,” Feige says. “But this would have some of the social drama that we haven’t really done yet. [Fox’s] X-Men, obviously, has been touching on that stuff for a while.”

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