Random Marvel Fanboying #1

There are several reasons why I religiously follow Marvel Comics.

1) The Name:

There is DC Comics, which is literally Detective-Comics Comics. And then there is Marvel Comics.

Marvel. It makes such a statement. There is confidence in the name. “We will Marvel you.” “We are Marvel.”

2) The Creative Community:

The people at Marvel Studios – be it at the comics, animated or live action offices – never treat themselves with snobby professionalism. They are fanboys. From the Kirby & Stan Lee days to the Whedon brothers and Feige….they are all fanboys.

You always feel a strong sense of enjoyment. Marvel feels like a family, rather than a company. They connect with their fans and always do their best to create an omnipotent environment for everyone linked to the comic universe.

3) The Fictional Universe

I follow DC…yes. I love comics that are under the DC banner. They have brilliant writers with some amazing storylines. But DC’s universe isn’t really a connected one. You get a sense of intimacy in its stories and the scope never seems universal….except when they need to reboot it all and play the crisis on infinite earths card.

Marvel – on the other hand – have this knack for connecting everything with everything. Every comic in Marvel is connected to every other comic in Marvel. That’s how it is with Marvel. The existence of several alliances and the relations shared between them makes for a truly connected universe.

SHIELD, The Avengers, The X-Men, The Inhumans, the several alien kingdoms….somehow everything is always connected. Its a feeling that cannot be put to words easily and doesn’t do justice when attempted.

4) The Marvel Cinematic Universe

They have translated the same with great effect for the Cinematic Universe. You are made to feel like a part of the universe that is created. Thanks to the fanboys in the creative and management department, none of us fans are made to feel as if we are looking at the universe from a third person point of view. Marvel is as much a right of us fans as it is of the ones who mint money from it.

Can you imagine? When Thanos finally makes landfall, we will have so many heroes pitted against him. And I have made a list of all of them. The Avengers (old and new), the Defenders, the Inhumans, the Guardians, Agents of SHIELD…they are so many.

Alright, I’ll just go ahead and mention all the heroes we will see featuring:

From the Avengers:

Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, Captain America, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, War Machine, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Vision, Ant Man, the Wasp.

From the Inhumans:

Black Bolt, Medusa, Triton, Gorgon, Karnak, Crystal and possibly Quake.

From the Defenders:

Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and probably Spiderman too.

The Guardians of the Galaxy:

Starlord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot.

And then we can have several SHIELD agents as well.

Imagine how epic it is going to be. And Thanos employing his Mind Gem to cause further trouble and fights.

I only wish Marvel had rights to the Fantastic Four. I wanted to see them, the Silver Surfer and Doctor Doom in Infinity Wars as well. Guess, we cannot have everything in our plate.

5) The Opening:

I adore the opening of anything Marvel with the comics fluttering in the name. It excites me so much. Its literally the Heroin kick that makes me jump into the story.

So, I end my 1st random fanboying post for Marvel with:

I’m wrapped in strings that hold me down, I love these strings, and all things Marvel.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis

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Marvel’s Inhumans Movie Casting: Black Bolt

When Kevin Feige announced the roster of Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3, I rocketed up to Kree and returned seeing The Inhumans title. There is nothing bigger in this Marvel Cinematic Universe than the adaptation of the heavily underrated yet supremely awesome The Inhumans Comics.

The Inhumans are the most ancient race on planet Earth, speculated ancestors of the X-Men, and spawns of Kree Genetic Experiments. They are a population of 4000 living in the City-State of Attilan, currently on the blue side of the moon. If you were wowed by the X-Men, then these special humans will take you off the planet. Being my favourite comic series from Stan Lee, I cannot emphasize the importance of this adaptation.

As it is set to release in 2018, I am starting my own little campaign to promote my preferred casting choices for the film’s protagonists.

In my first post I focused on Lady Medusa and now I continue with His Majesty Black Bolt.

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A Brief of Black Bolt 

Blackagar Boltagon – commonly known as Black Bolt – is the king of the Inhumans and a superhero who shrouds his unrelenting power in meditative silence. He is not too popular amongst those outside ultimate Marveldom, for reasons I still cannot deduce.

Blackagar Boltagon The Black Bolt

Blackagar Boltagon The Black Bolt

He exercises sovereignty over electrons, manipulating them at his will. He wields within his unassuming throat a force so devastating that at his full strength his single scream can destroy planets in its wake. And his cries are enough to sunder the earth and crumble mountains. His whisper can rock a ginormous battleship.

His hypersonic scream is the reason why he meditates every night to make sure he doesn’t utter a sigh in his sleep. His greatest strength – feared by one and all in the universe – is also his vulnerability. Afraid of his nihilistic speech, Blackbolt never speaks and is at caution at all times. He cannot laugh at a joke, he cannot cry, he cannot sneeze, he cannot cough. He is doomed to remain in absolute silence. And this is what makes him so great – his sacrifice.

His electron manipulation also grants him otherworldly powers apart from hypersonic scream. His terrigen-mist induced physique is abnormally strong – even for Inhumans. His reflexes, his durability, his strength and stamina; his agility and his speed; his concussive blasts…they are way beyond the likes of super powered Inhumans.

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An organic mechanism in his brain’s speech center enables him to harness electrons in the very atmosphere. His quasi-sonic scream is one such effect.

The antenna – which looks like a fork – is worn on his forehead and helps him channel his powers in various ways. He can channel them inwards and enhance his strength and speed, can render himself immune to telepathic manipulation and focus the same through his arms to unleash concussive blasts.

He can concentrate electrons into anti-electrons and travel at speeds up to 500 miles per hour without slowing down for upto 6 hours – protected by anti-graviton force field. This gave him the title Black Bolt.

He can also create impenetrable force fields and and manifest interaction fields that are able enough to be traversed upon successfully.

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He is wise in his silence and can communicate semi telepathically with his kin – the royals, primarily with his lover and queen Medusa…who is his sole herald to his courtiers, his commonwealth and everyone else.

Inhuman Lovers

Inhuman Lovers

He has been aided the most by his unquestioning and faithful wife Medusa. They are a romance ancient and pure and one that extends beyond the norm. He has also been hindered on several occasions by his brother and arch-nemesis Maximus the Mad.

Black Bolt has been undefeated in battle and has brought down the likes of Apocalypse, Thanos, The Hulk. He is known to surrender to his foes on several occasions for the sake of sparing everyone else from his true wrath.

The Scream of Death

The Scream of Death

So, here is my list of actors who could wear the darkling garb of Blackagar Boltagon and reign over the Inhumans in the upcoming film. I am excluding Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Black Bolt from the list because he is cast as Baron Mordo in the upcoming Doctor Strange film.

I list the below mentioned 4 actors according to preference.

  1. Alexander Skarsgård
  2. Alex O’Loughlin
  3. Garrett Hedlund
  4. Jensen Ackles
Contenders to the Throne

Contenders to the Throne

Alexander Skarsgård

alexander-skarsgard-covers-mens-journal-october-2011-02Extremely popular with the ladies for his role in the HBO series True Blood, Alexander son of Stellan Skarsgård is my first choice for the role of the Silent King. Standing tall at 6 feet and 4 1/2 inches, and sporting an enviable physique, he is fit to tower over his peers and foes as Blackagar.

He also has the jawline and extremely emotive eyes for the role.

But the real reason why he is my number one choice is because of his brother Gustav Skarsgård, who plays Floki in the History Channel drama The Vikings. tumblr_lzj2t0Kqpa1qicd2n

Gustav Skarsgård is my favourite for the role of Maximus Boltagon, the antagonist of the Inhumans series. Gustav plays the role of a mad, cunning, devilish genius as Floki in the Vikings…similar to Maximus in the Inhumans.

Wouldn’t it be delightful to watch Alexander and Gustav go against each other as brothers in the Inhumans? They can pull off the chemistry in the most natural of ways due to their real blood bond.

Alex O’Loughlin

Alex-OLoughlin-CelebHealthy_comThe beefy Australian actor is known for his Cop role in the series Hawaii Five-0 and also for the film August Rush. But again, he is relatively unknown yet a great choice for the role.

At 6 feet and 1 inches, his physique and features match those of Black Bolt and his role as a cop has him accustomed to action roles. I’d keep him in the shortlist if I were the casting director.

Garrett Hedlund

garrett-hedlundMy second choice for the role is Garrett Hedlund. He has been cast as James Hook in the upcoming Hugh Jackman adaptation of Peter Pan titled ‘Pan‘.

He is 6 feet and 2 inches tall and sports a chiselled jawline and has a face too popular with the ladies. His acting chops are great as well and he is not a newcomer to action oriented roles playing Patroclus in Troy and Sam Flynn in Tron: Legacy.

Being a relatively unpopular face, he would also help give Black Bolt his own identity rather than overwhelming the role with utmost popularity which is the case with most casting suggestions for Black Bolt.

Jensen Ackles

The CW Network's 2014 Upfront PresentationThe most popular actor in this list, Jensen Ackles is too famous for playing Sam Winchester in the television series Supernatural. Once again a 6 feet plus tall actor with features similar to Black Bolt, he is the most talented of the lot in this list as well.

He was rumoured to play the Dark Knight in the upcoming Mega film Batman vs Superman before Ben Affleck was given the role. It is high time he plays the lead in a big name franchise; and with Supernatural likely to come to an end in the next couple of years, he will have the free time to be the King of the Inhumans.

Let’s admit, we all want to see him as a superhero.

Next up is the brother of Blackagar: Maximus the Mad.

 ~ Zalysar Cuvegis