Some of the stars of Marvel's Inhumans discuss the importance of their characters in regards to the royal family. With the debut of ABC’s show quickly approaching, the Marvel Cinematic Universe-set show will finally be bringing some of its more powerful comic characters to the small screen. While there’s the more popular and obvious choices like Black Bolt (Hell on Wheels’ Anson Mount) or Maximus (Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon) for comic fans to recognize, the upcoming show will also highlight other characters in the fictional kingdom Attilan (where the Inhumans reside). Among the various characters that will be introduced, however, there are two pivotal characters who will prove most loyal to the royal family of Attilan like Black Bolt and his wife Medusa (Serinda Swan): Gorgon and Auran.
Played by Eme Ikwuakor and Sonya Balmores, the former is the cousin of Black Bolt and the leader of all of Attilan’s military who possesses the ability to produce seismic waves while the latter is head of the royal guards presumably in charge of protecting the royal family. While Ikwuakor’s Gorgon is based on a character who debuted in the ‘60s, Balmores’ Auran is a relatively new character who only made her debut in 2014.
While visiting the set of the Inhumans, Screen Rant got the chance to sit down with both Ikwuakor and Balmores and really dive into the importance of each of their characters and how they relate to the royal family. On her character’s position in Attilan, Balmores said:
“I work very closely with the king and queen and just make sure that, even though they are super dangerous themselves because of their super powers, I am kind of like their eyes and ears. That’s the fun part for me is, like, I get to see a lot. I’m not a part of the family, but I get to be there like a fly on the wall, so I know a lot. I think that’s all I can say.”
This certainly fits with the character’s comic ability of parabolic hearing, which essentially lets her focus on any word she chooses and be able to hear it anywhere on Earth and know the precise location. On the other hand, Ikwuakor’s Gorgon is less an observe-and-listen type of character and more like a destroy-first-ask-questions-later military commander type:
“Yeah. I am the head of the Attilan military. I’m kind of the, I’d say I’m more of the bruiser of the group. I act 5 times before I start thinking, so I think that plays into a lot of the dynamics as well, especially with Karnak, who’s the exact opposite, who does 5 times the thinking before he wants to act.”
While it definitely sounds like Inhumans will be changing certain aspects of the characters and their comic book backgrounds to fit more into a narrative fit for television, if the details revealed by Ikwuakor and Balmores are any indication then showrunner Scott Buck is seemingly intent on making each character distinct and unique in their own right.
Inhumans is set to debut in IMAX theaters on September 1st before premiering on ABC on September 29.