Anson Mount, most famous for his role in Hell on Wheels, will be taking the part of Blackagar Boltagon, more commonly known as Black Bolt. The character is king of the Inhumans and leads a superhero team made up of members of his family.
Black Bolt’s power? His voice is so powerful that it can destroy entire cities with a whisper. Naturally, he tries to avoid speaking, leading his people though gestures and actions.
“Anson loves the challenge of playing a character who will only communicate silently,” said Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television. “His enthusiasm mixed with his imposing, almost regal persona made it easy to see why he is our Black Bolt.”
Iwan Rheon has already been cast as Maximus, Black Bolt’s villainous brother. There are rumors that Elysia Rotaru will play Black Bolt’s wife, Medusa the Queen.
Originally slated as a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Inhumans will instead join the franchise’s burgeoning television line. Inhuman characters have already been foreshadowed on the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In the comics, an alien race called the Kree experimented on some early humans back in the Stone Age, giving some of them enhanced abilities. These enhanced humans in turn experimented with something called the Terrigen Mists, which gives them superpowers. They live sequestered in a hidden city called Attilan, where different powers result in a rigid caste system. Stories generally revolve around the political and cultural changes within the city as well as the Inhumans’ increased involvement in the world outside.
In an unusual move, Inhumans will be available in IMAX theaters starting on Labor Day before its television premiere on ABC two weeks later (September 26, 2017).