Marvel’s latest foray into the TV universe, Inhumans, debuts this fall and we’re slowly learning more about the various players in the upcoming eight-episode series, including Henry Ian Cusick’s role. Based on characters from the comics, the show will center on the Royal Family of Inhumans, led by their king, Black Bolt (Anson Mount).
The official synopsis has the family escaping their home city of Attilan for Hawaii after a military coup. As Attilan has previously been portrayed as being moon-based, this voyage to Earth provides plenty of potential drama as the Inhumans interact with the planet’s inhabitants. While it was recently revealed that The 100 star Cusick (whom TV fans may also remember from Lost) would be joining the cast, we now know he’ll be one of those characters on Earth.
The Inhumans’ powers, which includes Black Bolt’s hypersonic voice, Crystal’s (Isabelle Cornish) elemental control, and Gorgon’s (Eme Ikwuakor) shockwaves, were created via genetic experiments by the Kree. As actor Cusick revealed to CinemaBlend, that history ties into his role on the show:
“I play a geneticist and his name is Dr. Evan Declan and he’s human. I think that says quite a lot already, if you know the comics, you know where the Inhumans are coming from, so that’s pretty much my character.”
The Inhumans’ origins have already been established on Marvel TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so it seems likely the new series will keep to the same script, and eventually tie in with its sister show in the MCU. It’s not clear yet what motives this new character Declan will have, if he’ll be someone who has been studying the Inhumans and wants to help — or if he has more nefarious plans for the royal family.
The short Inhumans teaser clip hinted at the family drama between Black Bolt and his brother Maximus (Iwan Rheon), but hopefully a full trailer for the show will give us more of an idea of how the human population will fit into the narrative, including Declan and possibly Ellen Woglom’s mysterious character. Once the series premieres, it will be interesting to see how much action, backstory, and emotional resonance can be packed into a mere eight episodes’ worth of TV storytelling.
Inhumans will screen in IMAX for two weeks, beginning Friday, September 1, before later premiering on ABC on Friday, September 22.