The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the rare franchise that can seemingly do no wrong. Not only are their superhero films consistently lauded by critics and audiences alike, the studio’s darker Netflix shows are incredibly popular, too. On ABC, though, things have been a little less exciting, and now, it appears the franchise’s lowest-rated offering, Inhumans, has been canceled.
The eight-part limited series debuted to much fanfare on ABC in late September, but reviews for the show were downright awful, with a pitiful 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Clearly, there were originally high hopes for the show, as it was also the first television series in history to debut in IMAX theaters around the country.
IMAX pulled the series premiere from most of their theaters after only two weeks, though, when audiences failed to show up.
There’s been a lingering question ever since concerning whether or not ABC would greenlight a second season of Inhumans.
Although nothing has been announced, new signs today indicate the network has likely opted to give the series a quiet death.
The series no longer appears on ABC’s press site, giving users a “404 error” when they attempt to pull it up; it does appear on the general ABC site, but not in the main menu.
ABC president Channing Dungey hinted at the show’s future at the Television Critics Association winter press tour earlier this month.
“We haven’t made any official decision yet about what we’re going to pick up in May, but I will say that the numbers, unfortunately, were less exciting for us than we hoped they would be,” she said.
If Inhumans really is getting the boot, it would be the second Marvel series canceled by ABC after Agent Carter in 2016. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is also on shaky ground; the current fifth season was reportedly only greenlit when ABC’s parent company, Disney, demanded it over the network’s objections.