Marvel Television is going from strength to strength when it comes to its television properties. Bringing some of the lesser-known comic book characters to the small screen, they’ll continue that theme later this year when Inhumans comes to ABC, following an IMAX double episode premiere. Originally slated to be a film, fellow Marvel series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did well to introduce the ideas of Inhumans to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the movie was canceled (for now, it seems).
Rumors continue to surround the television project, with a casting update from earlier this month revealing that Iwan Rheon is playing Maximus, a villainous character on Marvel’s Inhumans TV series. Now another name has been confirmed for the show, with one particular Hell on Wheels actor set to take on the role of Black Bolt.
Anson Mount is that actor, stepping into the role of the charismatic Inhumans leader. Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb commented:
“Anson loves the challenge of playing a character who will only communicate silently. His enthusiasm mixed with his imposing almost regal persona made it easy to see why he is our Black Bolt.”
Inhumans showrunner Scott Buck added:
“Black Bolt is a character whose deep complexity must be conveyed without uttering a single word, and I’m very excited to have Anson on board to bring him to life.”
As the King of the Inhumans, Black Bolt is one of the series’ most interesting characters. His voice is so powerful that it can level entire cities with a single whisper, so he’s forced to communicate with those around him using his actions rather than his vocal cords. He’s the brother to Rheon’s Maximus and the latter has a huge advantage over his sibling, should they ever go up against one another; a significant possibility, given Maximus’ own ambitions of leading the superhero team.
Mount has already proved his acting chops with his leading role on AMC’s Hell On Wheels, and he did have a short fling with the world of superheroes when he appeared in an episode of Smallville all the way back in 2003. The role of Black Bolt, however, is arguably his biggest to-date, and will introduce Mount to a brand new audience.
Inhumans, in turn, continues to put together an impressive cast with the addition of Mount to its ranks. Elysia Rotaru (Arrow, Supernatural) looks set to play Medusa, while a premature confirmation seemed to come from social media that Owen Harn and Eliana Jones will be playing Gorgon and Crystal respectively. Donnie Yen has also expressed his own interest at joining the cast as Namor.
Inhumans comes to IMAX theaters for two weeks starting Labor Day weekend, prior to its television debut on September 26, 2017 on AMC.