The marriage of Black Bolt and Medusa in Marvel’s Inhumans will represent the strongest romance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe according to the actors in an exclusive interview. The series, being developed for ABC, is based on the Marvel comics of the same name and centered around Black Bolt, played by Anson Mount, and his Inhuman Royal Family including wife Medusa (Serinda Swan), brother Maximus (Iwan Rheon), cousins Gorgon, Karnak, and Triton (Eme Ikwuakor, Ken Leung and Mike Moh, respectively), Auran (Sonya Balmores) and Medusa’s sister Crystal (Isabelle Cornish), who have escaped to Hawaii after a military coup.
While romance is nothing new to the MCU with couples like Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner and Betty Ross, and Thor and Jane Foster — Black Bolt and Medusa’s romance is set to rise above the rest and be the strongest in the MCU becasue of the unique challenges they face. Black Bolt, for instance, plays a special kind of leader who is well aware of just how dangerous his powers are — he is able to destroy cities with just his voice — so he must communicate through a special form of sign language (Mount is creating the language himself) so he can communicate safely.
During a visit to the Inhumans set, Screen Rant spoke with Mount and Swan about their characters’ romance, what makes Medusa such an interesting character to play and how creating a new language reflects the devoted love the characters have toward one another. When asked about what kind of relationship the couple has on the show, here is what Mount said:
“Yeah. I don’t think, you know, even in the graphic novels you don’t see them outside of wedlock except in flashback. I think that is going to be the real attachment point for the audience is how deeply in love these people are with each other and it goes beyond that. They really do need each other to survive, to do what they do, to be who they are. She is his voice…”
Swan then added that her character Medusa takes on two roles in the show — being Black Bolt’s “voice” and also being a strong standalone character. Here is what she said about Medusa’s relationship with Black Bolt and why she loves playing the character:
“That’s the beautiful thing about Medusa. She’s taken on two roles not molded into one. And I think that’s what makes Medusa such an interesting character. As far as the relationship with Medusa and Black Bolt and the love that they share together, it was very important for Anson and I to build that from the ground up, so when he was learning the sign language, when he was learning all of that, I was there. And I was like, “Okay. I need to know the words that you say and the timing, so it’s not somebody making hand movements and me speaking.” So there is a connection between the two actors as there is with the characters and in that development it’s a very small part of what would have happened with Black Bolt and Medusa when they were younger.”
“That’s how they created this language, right? She went into the chamber and learned the language or created the language with him, so that was a small mimicking of that and how we would do that in real life and what would have this taken for the two of them to build a language with no words and with mass consequence if it goes wrong, so we got to see a little of that. And so, for Anson and I, it’s been very important to be able to show that love that would have been created in this extremely intense, intimate situation. And she definitely stands on her own. And you see that with Attilan and in public, she is very much the queen and she presents herself and the king and, you know, there is that fine line where in public she has to make sure that she represents him so that he doesn’t become less powerful. Um, but she does a very good job of standing on her own and that’s part of the reason why I loved this character and why I wanted to play her because she wasn’t just sort of a minion. She was Medusa.”
With such an interesting premise for a relationship — one character completely mute and the other character acting as their “voice” — it’s going to be interesting to see how this relationship plays out when Inhumans makes its debut on ABC, September 29, 2017.
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