Inhumans and Runaways First Images Released For New TV Series
ABC, Hulu, and Marvel Entertainment have released the first official TV show images for the 2017 and 2018 television series Inhumans and Runaways respectively. The Inhumans image debuted in Entertainment Weekly. In the image, our heroes, a royal family from secret Earth society Attilan (though that is changed on TV series), are standing front and center. From left to right in the image: Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor), Karnak (Ken Leung), Black Bolt (Anson Mount), Medusa (Serinda Swan), Crystal (Isabelle Cornish), and Maximus (Iwan Rheon).
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The Inhumans are a reclusive race of genetically altered superhumans. Their history:
At the beginning of the Kree-Skrull War, millions of years ago in Earth time, the alien Kree established a station on the planet Uranus, a strategic position between the Kree and Skrull empires. Through their work at this station, they discovered that sentient life on nearby Earth had genetic potential invested in it by the alien Celestials. Intrigued, the Kree began to experiment on Earth’s then-primitive Homo sapiens to produce the genetically advanced Inhuman race. Their goal was apparently twofold—to investigate possible ways of circumventing their own evolutionary stagnation, and to create a powerful mutant race of soldiers for use against the Skrulls.
Their test subjects, the Inhumans, went on to form a society of their own, which thrived in seclusion from the rest of humanity and developed advanced technology.
The most interesting character among the Inhumans, in my opinion, is Black Bolt. Black Bolts‘ “signature power is his voice, as his electron-harnessing ability is linked to the speech center of his brain. Speaking triggers a massive disturbance in the form of a highly destructive shockwave capable of leveling a city. Due to the extreme danger posed by this power, the character has undergone rigorous mental training to prevent himself from uttering a sound, even in sleep, and he usually remains completely silent and speaks through sign language or via spokesperson.”
This power and the use of sign language is being retained for the TV incarnation of Black Bolt. Inhumans‘ executive producer Scott Buck told Entertainment Weekly:
It’s a little bit difficult to write him, because Black Bolt does not speak, but yet he is our hero and he is the center of the show, so it does certainly present challenges in how you tell his story…We’re not doing voice over. If you read the comics, you see Black Bolt does find a way to communicate to people
I watched Anson Mount perform on Hell on Wheels during the AMC TV show’s first season. Mount carried that show by virtue of his character’s antagonism and I have no doubt he will do the same (through different motivations) with Inhumans.
The other Inhuman characters appearing on the series and the actors portraying them:
Mike Moh (Empire, Street Fighter: Assasin’s Fist) as Triton, Sonya Balmores (Beyond the Break, Soul Surfer) as Auran, and Ellen Woglom (Californication, Outlaw) [in an undisclosed role].
On the people behind-the-scenes of the Inhuman television series:
Marvel’s Inhumans is executive produced by Scott Buck (Dexter, Marvel’s Iron Fist) along with Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage) and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage), with Buck serving as showrunner. Roel Reine (Admiral, Black Sails) will direct the first two episodes. The series is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.