Marvel has released (via Entertainment Weekly, which has added one its usual oh-so-subtle watermarks) a first look at the Royal Family from the upcoming Marvel’s Inhumans. They’re looking good, although we have to admit to being slightly disappointed by Medusa’s hair. It’s a bit straight and boring. On the other hand, Crystal has got her strange black hair bands, an affectation from the comics we felt sure they’d abandon.
In addition, executive producer Scott Buck has revealed that when the story begins, Attilan (the home of the Inhumans) will not actually be on Earth (if it follows comics lore it should be on the moon, then); Ellen Woglom’s character is a new one and not from the comics; and lead character Black Bolt – whose voice is a weapon of mouth destruction – will primarily communicate in sign language in the series.
“Black Bolt is a very difficult character I would think for Anson, but for any actor to play,” says Buck. “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 centre 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.”
As for the Inhuman royal family’s giant teleporting dog, “Lockjaw is probably going to end up being the audience’s favourite 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.”
Inhumans will premiere in IMAX cinemas on Friday 1 September, followed by the full eight-episode series on ABC in the autumn.