One of the main reasons I wasn’t that thrilled with Inhumans appearing on Agents of SHIELD was it didn’t feature the characters I cared about. That won’t be the case come September when ABC kicks off its Inhumans show. Marvel.com revealed the full Inhumans cast today and the lineup is pretty impressive.
While Daisy has been the entry point for a lot of folks, the comic book Inhumans are a lot more interesting with their royal family dynamic. If the show manages to pull it off, this could be rival the Netflix shows in terms of depth, character exploration and crazy action. No slight to Agents of SHIELD, which has been awesome this year, but this is where we can get some true superpower exploits beyond a few characters.
Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) is in the lead role as Black Bolt. He’s the king of the Inhumans with a voice that can level mountains with the merest whisper. Of all the Inhumans, I’m most curious how his costume is designed. Black Bolt is synonymous with his cowl and spread wings. Hopefully some elements of that will translate to the live action version.
Serenda Swan is playing Medusa. She’s Black Bolt’s wife and Inhumans queen. Her power is precise control of her hair, which she can make super strong as an offensive weapon or a shield in defensive situations. She speaks for Black Bolt and will likely come off as the main character. Swan was on Smallville where she played Zatanna so it’s cool seeing her ‘cross over’ to Marvel.
Ken Leung is starring as Karnak. He’s got one of the cooler powers in all of the Marvel Universe. He can detect the flaw in anything and with precision strikes can defeat nearly any opponent. I’ve been a fan of Leung since Rush Hour, but he was also terrific on Lost.
Eme Ikwuakor will be Gorgon. He’s pretty much a centaur with powerful hooves that can create earthquakes. He’s the most temperamental of the Inhuman Royal Family and fiercely loyal to his cousins.
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Isabelle Cornish is Crystal. Formerly the first real love of Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four, Crystal can control the elements, but is often naive about mankind since she’s been coddled by her overprotective sister Medusa.
Mike Moh will be Triton. Triton is essentially the Inhumans’ version of Aquaman. He looks the most alien of the family with his green skin and need to stay hydrated.
Sonya Balmores is playing Auran, the head of the Royal Guard. I’m not familiar with her so she might be a new addition to the show or a more recent Inhuman in the comics.
Ellen Woglom is also joining the cast in a yet to be revealed role. Marvel describes her as: smart, intense, and focused—so focused that oftentimes, social skills take a back seat. Her job at a private aerospace company is her life, second only to her passion for all things space and lunar. She’s primed to be swept up in an adventure.
She’s likely to be the audience avatar for the series.
At first glance, I’d say the Inhumans cast is one of the better ones we’ve seen assembled in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And how rare is it for any mainstream project to have two Asian lead actors? That’s a nice trend and advancement toward diversity beyond just a black guy or an LGBT character.
Inhumans kicks off with a special IMAX run for two-weeks before coming to ABC for eight episodes in September.
That September air date is important to note as well. While that probably isn’t enough lead time for the cast to appear in Avengers: Infinity War for next year, which does open the possibility for a cameo or featured appearance in the 2019 Avengers mega-crossover. With only eight episodes this season, the Inhumans cast doesn’t have an extensive shooting schedule to work around and could get brought into the film.
On the other hand, Marvel Studios could go an even more ambitious route and save the Inhumans’ big screen crossover for an Annihilation adaptation. That’s Marvel’s epic space event that featured the Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova and other space-based characters.
The Inhumans played a role in that crossover as well and would make a lot of sense in that scenario. Annihilation would also make for a strong platform for Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel if Marvel is serious about making her a featured player in the MCU going forward.