Meet the Royal Family of Attlian! Entertainment Weekly has exclusively released the first official photo of the stars of Marvel’s Inhumans in full costume. King Black Bolt (Anson Mount) is accompanied by his queen, Medusa (Serinda Swan), along with Crystal (Isabelle Cornish), Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor), Karnak (Ken Leung), and the king’s devious, usurping brother, Maximus (Iwan Rheon).
The costumes all look pretty faithful to their comic book counterparts, though Black Bolt is missing his signature mask, complete with a tuning fork atop his brow. It sounds silly, but it looks really cool so here’s hoping the mask is worn at least some of the time on the show.
Showrunner Scott Buck (Iron Fist) was interviewed by EW and vaguely discussed what’s going on when audiences meet the main characters in Inhumans and how fantastical the show will be.
Basically we’re telling a story about a family at a very critical juncture in their lives. When we meet up with them, we’re going to find that pretty much everything they’ve ever known is at risk.
To a certain extent, yes, [there will be fantastical elements], we approach these all as real people who just happen to have these abilities, so they’re all very grounded people. We try to write them as real as possible, and then have fun with the powers when we can. We want their powers to seem like a very natural part of their personality.
Buck also revealed that the Inhuman city of Attilan will be featured in the show, but the floating metropolis will not be hovering over Earth (no mention of whether or not it will be located on the moon). Most of the series, however, will be set in Hawaii where production is currently underway.
As for Black Bolt’s communication, which can’t be done vocally because the sound waves emitted by his larynx can level cities, Buck and his team have a plan, which includes sign language.
Black Bolt is a very difficult character I would think for Anson, but for any actor to play. But Anson is tackling it in a hugely fantastic way. 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, but fortunately we came up with a really good story. Anson is terrific. I think everyone’s going to be very pleased and excited by his Black Bolt. We’re not doing voice over. If you read the comics, you see Black Bolt does find a way to communicate to people, but he’s also a very enigmatic character as well, and he keeps a lot inside. That’s part of what’s so fascinating about him is that a lot of times, we don’t know what he’s thinking.
The biggest character missing from the first official photo is the teleporting dog, Lockjaw. There’s little that can be revealed yet, but Buck already knows the audience will fall in love with the character.
Lockjaw is probably going to end up being the audience’s favorite character. We certainly enjoy working with him. He’s fun to write, he’s fun to shoot. There’s not too much more detail than that that I can give, but he is going to be a standout on the show.
Marvel’s Inhumans will see its two-episode series premiere debut in IMAX theaters on September 1 before those episodes and the rest of the series air on ABC this fall.