This review contains spoilers.
Mutants are a cornerstone fixture of the Marvel universe. If you have an ever-expanding universe of super people, the requirement to have an origin story for every one of them gets to be a bit daunting. Giving a percentage of the population super powers by birth solves that problem and opens all kinds of new interesting storytelling doors. Unfortunately for Marvel Studios, this essential aspect of their universe is currently controlled by Fox, so not only are some of Marvel’s best, most beloved characters off the table, but the whole idea of mutants is unavailable as well.
As we’ve known for a while now, Marvel’s solution to this problem is to lean into the Inhumans and use these alien/human hybrids as a way to introduce a whole slew of super people without having to justify their existence one-by-one. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been playing with Inhumans for just over a full season at this point, and this week they’ve given us their most X-Men-ey Inhumans story yet.