As the premiere of Marvel’s Inhumans approaches, we’re getting glimpses of the characters in all their glory. The king of the Inhumans, Black Bolt finds himself stranded on Earth after a coup led by his brother, Maximus. Black Bolt must now reclaim his throne with the help of the rest of the royal family: Medusa, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, and Triton. Much of the series was shot on IMAX cameras and Marvel is hoping the epic visuals will separate Inhumans from the growing number of comic-book films currently on television.
After the limited, one-week engagement on IMAX screens Sept. 1, Marvel’s Inhumans will premiere on ABC Sept. 29.
Black Bolt: The King (Anson Mount)
His voice is so powerful that a whisper can level a city, which makes it a particular challenge for any actor to communicate without dialogue. Part of the solution? Mount created his own form of sign language based, in part, on ASL.
Maximus: The Revolutionary (Iwan Rheon)
Like another great Marvel anti-hero, Magneto, the brother of Black Bolt isn’t a psychopath. And even though he’s the villain and deposes the rightful king, Maximus isn’t entirely wrong. “We see him as an antagonist but,” says Buck, “not necessarily a bad guy.”
Medusa: The Queen (Serinda Swan)
Though raised as royalty from birth, Medusa’s role as queen and interpreter for Black Bolt, her husband, isn’t quite what she expected. “Through the course of the season,” says show creator Scott Buck, “we see her find her own strength and better decide what she wants to do and what she wants to be.”
Karnak: The Visionary (Ken Leung)
Karnak’s power is to see the flaw in everything and everyone. It can be a valuable asset, but — as you might imagine — it doesn’t make him a lot of fun at parties. Or anywhere, really.
Gorgon: The Guardian (Eme Ikwuakor)
Buck describes the character this way: “Gorgon is all heart; he just jumps in without thinking.” It makes him the counterbalance to Karnak’s intellectualism and the two often end up together, alternately helping and infuriating one another. (Photo: MARVEL)
Crystal: The Princess (Isabelle Cornish)
A former member of the Fantastic Four in the comics, Crystal has traditionally been the most human of the Inhumans. She is also the first Inhuman to marry a human; will that empathy for an “alien” race be evident in this new onscreen version?
Triton: The Operative (Mike Moh)
In the comics, Triton can only survive underwater and must wear a specially-designed outfit to operate on land. It’s Maximus who creates a device that allows him breathe on land, so it’s not clear where his allegiances will lie in the show.