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

 

Marvel’s Inhumans Movie Casting: Medusa


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. And I start with my darling Lady Medusa.

A Brief of Medusa   

Medusalith Amaquelin Boltagon. A Queen to the people of Attilan and a wife to the majestic Blackbolt. Her gorgeous rouge tresses are the vines of death. She is revered by both friends and foes and her beauty is subject to the lust of Maximus the Mad, the estranged brother of Blackagar.

Medusa the Ethereal

Medusa the Ethereal Queen

Though Blackbolt is the most important Inhuman, Medusa is quintessential to the well-being of the City-State of Attilan. She is the voice of the ever silent yet truly awesome Blackbolt and looks over all matters of the state with a regal confidence. She has high moral values and is the fiercest of warriors, particularly when her family and allies are under threat.

The most powerful royal couple to ever live.

The most powerful royal couple to ever live.

She was granted the power of psionically animated hair by the Terrigen Mists. When compared to an iron wire, her tresses are several times stronger, more elastic and resistant. She can lift insane amounts of weight with her hair. Her body does not bear the brunt of any weight that she undertakes to lift. Rather, it is the psionic power of her hair that balances it all. She can assign independent tasks to every lock of hers and can extend their length to her liking.

An Artist's rendition of Bald Medusa

An Artist’s rendition of Bald Medusa

She also can control her tresses even after they are severed from her head. This was showcased in the penultimate volume of The Inhumans 1998-1999 series where she brought down a generator with her hair even after Maximus the Mad had chopped her hair.

It is important to understand that in her most favourable portrayals, she has been depicted with symmetrical beauty and a visage bearing intelligence. So, here is my list of red head actresses who could play the elegant queen of Attilan.

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Here are my 4 candidates listed according to preference:

1) Bryce Dallas Howard

2) Jaime Ray Newman

3) Lotte Verbeek

4) Alicia Witt

Beauties with Grace

Beauties with Grace

Bryce Dallas Howard 

She is blessed with Inhuman beauty

She is blessed with Inhuman beauty

She wrapped my mind and whispered “I am Medusa” the moment I thought of a casting for the Atillan Queen. In fact, I’m going to make sure her casting rumours are spread wild enough to be considered seriously for the role.

Bryce Dallas Howard is the daughter of Director Ron Howard. She starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s Village and Lady in the Water. In 2006 she received a Golden Globe Nomination for her role in As You Like It.

She was then cast as Gwen Stacy in Spiderman 3 and it brought her much fame. She also appeared in Twilight Eclipse and Terminator Salvation.

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She has been cast in a starring role in The Jurassic World (2015) alongside Irrfan Khan and Chris Pratt.

She will do justice to the grace and ethereal beauty of Lady Medusa. I insist that readers ponder over this choice and spread the word…after all rumours do play a part in movie casting sometimes.


Jaime Ray Newman

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When – for the sake of this blogpost – I considered including a few more options for the role, Jaime Ray Newman was the first actress for the list.

Popular for her role of Kristina Cassidine in the 2002 Televison Drama General Hospital, she has also played alongside Leonardo Di Caprio in the acclaimed biopic Catch Me If You Can.

She is currently a series regular in Red Widow and Mind Games.

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She has had guest roles in several notable Television Dramas, namely Stargate: Atlantis, CSI, Veronica Mars, Happy Family, Supernatural, Bones, Criminal Minds, Heroes, CSI: NY, Grimm & Castle.

She would be a great choice for the role of Medusa. She has the beauty and acting chops for the role.


Lotte Verbeek

The Tamer of Rodrigo Borgia

The Tamer of Rodrigo Borgia

I absolutely adore this lady. She played Giulia Farnese in my all time favourite Televison Drama The Borgias (I hate the producers for cancelling it after the 3rd season). As the Mistress of Pope Alexander Rodrigo Borgia, she was handed a really important role. And she owned it like the Queen she is.

Active in all three seasons of the Costume Drama, her character was that of Medusa in many ways. She, for one, looked after the accounting and several other departments of the Vatican and turned the fortunes of Rome’s underprivileged. Lover to the brilliant Jeremy Irons, she played the soothing presence of Medusa to Blackbolt already in the show.

I cannot stress how amazing this actress is and how graceful too. And now that I’m typing this, I wish in one corner of my heart that she gets the role of Medusa. Lotte-Verbeek

She is an award winning Dutch Actress and has appeared in the film adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars and stars alongside Graham McTavish in the Scottish Drama The Outlander.

This lady is class and worth calling to audition for.


Alicia Witt 

Beauty with Prodigal Brains

Beauty with Prodigal Brains

A manifestation of her surname, Alicia Witt is the smartest lady on this list.

A child prodigy, she read College Textbooks at the shocking young age of Two. Yes. A two year old toddler reading college textbooks. And such people don’t garner rave fame in this modern age.

Fame poured her way when she was cast in the 1984 David Lynch film Dune as a child actress.

She also guess starred in the David Lynch Televison Series Twin Peaks. Alicia Witt (1)

She is a film, stage & TV actor, a singer-songwriter and a pianist. Few of her on-camera works include roles in The Sopranos, The Mentalist, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Person of Interest, Friday Night Lights, Justified, The Librarians, CSI: Miami, Two and a Half Men, Law & Order and The Twilight Zone.

If I were the casting director, I’d seriously consider her for the role.

Let us know in the comments who do you think is the perfect choice for the role amongst these four.

Next up is the casting for The Undefeated, Majesty Incarnate Blackagar Bolt – King of Attilan and the greatest Superhero to have ever existed.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis

Here’s Why Marvel Should Cast Katheryn Winnick as Ms. Marvel

Don't let the looks deceive you, she will cut off your manhood in a jiffy.

Don’t let the looks deceive you, she will cut off your manhood in a jiffy.

I am a Marvel fanboy; I always have and always will be. They are bold, smart, confident and thorough with their research. I adore the direction Marvel Cinematic Universe has been taking. Finally, we will have the lesser known (to non comic fans) yet brilliant superheroes make the world of comicbook-to-cinema more diverse than it ever has been in the past 50 years.

There is one superhero who is adored by all Marvel fanboys and fangirls. She has been both a fantasy and a fan favourite of many. Including mine. From Miss Carol Denvers to Kamala Khan, all women to take up the mantle have been awesome.

But, it is most likely that Carol Denvers will take up the role of Miss Marvel in the upcoming film adaptation.

So, the question here is: Who the heck will Marvel cast as Denvers?

Surely, most fans will come up with the usual roster of famous, pretty blondes. But, Marvel loves going away from the usual names and finding actors who fit the bill perfectly.

For that reason I strongly veto against any actor except Katheryn Winnick.

For those unfamiliar with the actor, she is the co-star of History Channel’s successful costume drama The Vikings.

Playing the role of Lagertha Lothbrok, wife of the protagonist Ragnar Lothbrok – king of the Vikings, she embodies everything needed for the role of Miss Marvel.

To begin with, you won’t find a hotter actor for the role than Miss Winnick who can kick serious ass.

She plays f***ing Lagertha after all, one of the legendary Scandinavian characters of the Sagas. She is a Shieldmaiden who is so good at being badass that *spoilers* she is sought after by the hunks of the show for protection and support in battle. And she is also feared by one and all, never shying away from threatening to castrate anyone with prying eyes.

She knows how to be commanding, agile, strong, relentlessly badass and seductive.

And she has the physique and the features that fit the role of Ms. Marvel.

I mean, look at her! Look at that face. The blue eyes, the perfect blonde hair and the delicate yet accentuated Eastern European grace on her face.

She also has a voice that entices.

Moreover, playing the role of Lagertha in a series as super-hit as The Vikings, she knows how to handle pressure really well.

I refuse to see anyone else in the role (though Miss Tamsin Egerton of Camelot fame hovers in my overthinking brain).

Let me know your take and also the suggestions you have in store.

I am making teeny high pitched puppy sounds in my room dreaming this.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis.