When production started this spring on Marvel's Inhumans TV series, fans got their first look at characters such as Black Bolt and Lockjaw on the Hawaii set. Today we have the first official look at Black Bolt and the entire Royal Family, including Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Ken Leung as Karnak, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal and Iwan Rheon as Maximus. We also have a new poster from this Marvel TV series, which debuts during a special IMAX limited theatrical run, before arriving on ABC this fall. If that wasn't enough, we also have new details on the series from showrunner Scott Buck.
Entertainment Weekly debuted this new first look image, and they also caught up with showrunner Scott Buck, who takes the reins on this series after serving as showrunner on the Marvel Netflix series Iron Fist. As fans of the comics know, Black Bolt has a voice so incredibly powerful it can level entire cities, so creating a character that can't speak presents quite an enormous challenge. Here's what Scott Buck had to say about how Anson Mount plays Black Bolt, in this new Marvel TV series.
"Black Bolt is a very difficult character I would think for Anson, but for any actor to play. But Anson is tackling it in a hugely fantastic way. It's a little bit difficult to write him, because Black Bolt does not speak, but yet he is our hero and he is the center of the show, so it does certainly present challenges in how you tell his story, but fortunately we came up with a really good story. Anson is terrific. I think everyone's going to be very pleased and excited by his Black Bolt. We're not doing voice over. If you read the comics, you see Black Bolt does find a way to communicate to people, but he's also a very enigmatic character as well, and he keeps a lot inside. That's part of what's so fascinating about him is that a lot of times, we don't know what he's thinking."
Even before Anson Mount came aboard as Black Bolt, Marvel Studios brought on Iwan Rheon as Maximus the Mad, Black Bolt's brother. The actor had become well known for playing the thoroughly despised Ramsay Bolton on HBO's Game of Thrones, with Scott Buck revealing that they were thrilled to have landed this talented actor. Here's what he had to say below.
"We were so thrilled to get him because he's such a super talented actor. Obviously we knew him well through Game of Thrones, but he can do a lot more than that. We didn't want to create just a simple villain who's evil for the sake of being evil. He's a very real, three-dimensional character. Iwan is more than capable. Every time we watch dailies of him, we're just more and more excited about what he's bringing to the screen."
Scott Buck also confirmed that Marvel's Inhumans is set in the same universe as ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and there are events that will happen on that show that will affect Inhumans, but it's too early to be considering any crossover elements quite yet. The first two episodes will debut during an two-week IMAX theatrical run which will begin on September 1, before the first episode debuts Tuesday, September 26 on ABC. Take a look at the cast photo and poster for Inhumans below.