Marvel/ABC have been busy casting The Inhumans! Black Bolt, Medusa & Maximus were announced earlier this week and below is the rest of the gang.
It’s so nice to see such a diverse cast taking on Marvel’s iconic Inhuman characters. The company really has led the way in this regard since the pilot of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2013, casting folks like Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May) and Chloe Bennet (Daisy Johnson/Quake) alongside Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson. Sure, even then there were complaints the characters were “cookie-cutter” and too white. However, it was a start and the creative team later introduced Henry Simmons (Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie) and Natalia Cordova-Buckley (Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez) among others. Television and movies should represent the world as it is. We humans come in all shapes, sizes and colors after all. I realize most of these characters were written by a bunch of white dudes in the 60s & 70s but again, it’s nice to see Marvel bringing its heroes into the 21st century by continuing to cast diverse actors. Executive Producer Jeph Loeb had this to say, “Ken brings both a wisdom and a power to the role that no one else could match. His Karnak will be awesome.” “We’re thrilled with this cast. Eme, Isabelle, Mike, Sonya, and Ellen round out an incredible array of talent that will finally bring the Royal Family of the Inhumans to IMAX and ABC.”
Anyway, on to the announcements… here’s Marvel/ABC’s official press release.
Ken Leung (“Night Shift,” “Lost”) portrays Karnak, Black Bolt’s cousin and closest advisor. Marvel’s press release informs us that, “He’s Black Bolt’s most ardent supporter and strategist and is often seen as the royal family’s planner and philosopher.” Wikipedia tells us that, “The character Karnak Mander-Azur was never exposed to the Terrigen Mists, so never developed additional powers like other Inhumans, but he is a martial artist who can find the weakness in anything and then use his training and strength to exploit it. Although the Jack Kirby Collector described him as “a philosophical karate expert with nominal personality” in 2004, subsequent writers have made use of his skill for puzzle-solving and strategic-planning in Inhumans’ stories, leading to him being given his first solo series in 2015.”
Eme Ikwuakor (“Concussion,” “Extant”) as Gorgon – Cousin of Black Bolt (Anson Mount), member of the Royal family, and leader of Attilan’s military. With super strong legs, complete with hooves, he can generate destructive seismic waves with a single stomp. The yin to his cousin Karnak’s (Ken Leung) yang, Gorgon would rather fight than talk to solve his problems. In the comics, Gorgon became Black Bolt’s personal bodyguard and was responsible for training youths recently exposed to the Terrigen Mists in the use of their newly acquired powers and abilities.
Isabelle Cornish (“Australia Day,” “Puberty Blues”) as Crystal – Medusa’s (Serinda Swan) sister, Crystal is the youngest member of the royal family and has the ability to control the elements. Impetuous and independent she is also deeply devoted to her family. The character has regularly appeared as a main character in several comic book titles, including various incarnations of Inhumans as well as Fantastic Four and Avengers. She is also associated, to a lesser extent, with the X-Men due to the character’s previous marriage to Quicksilver, which resulted in their daughter, Luna.
Mike Moh (“Empire,” “Street Fighter: Assasin’s Fist”) as Triton – Son of Mander and Azur and brother to Karnak, he’s calm under pressure and supremely athletic. His gift is his fish-like ability to live underwater. An unfortunate side effect was the loss of the ability to survive in a non-aquatic environment. As a result, he lived in a specifically designed area of the Inhumans’ city-state of Attilan, requiring a special breathing apparatus to leave the water. The apparatus, cumbersome at first, was eventually reduced in size by fellow Inhuman, Maximus the Mad. Triton’s mutation after Terrigenesis was so severe that his parents disallowed his brother Karnak from going through it.
Sonya Balmores (“Beyond the Break,” “Soul Surfer”) as Auran – Head of the Royal Guards on Attilan, a capable and no-nonsense woman. She is fiercely loyal to the King of Attilan.
Ellen Woglom (“Californication” “Outlaw”) as Undisclosed Character – smart, intense, and focused—so focused that oftentimes, social skills take a back seat. Her job at a private aerospace company is her life, second only to her passion for all things space and lunar. She’s primed to be swept up in an adventure.
“Marvel’s Inhumans,” were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. Since that time, they have grown in prominence and become some of the most popular and iconic characters in the Marvel Universe.
“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 (“The Delivery,” “Black Sails”) will direct the first two episodes. This series is a Marvel and IMAX project and is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.