The Misunderstood Obscure: An Analysis of Marvel’s Inhumans

Only now are most people getting to know the Inhumans. And the popular word for them? Marvel’s answer to Fox’s X-Men films.

They cannot be more wrong, can they? It is an outright slap to their identity. This very indifference and ignorance and dismissal as just another obscure product is also uncannily the driving plot of the Inhumans storyline in the comics.

The Inhumans are my favourite Marvel title and my most favourite non-fantasy fictional race. I have an obsessive infatuation with the Inhumans and I cannot be more restless to see Blackbolt’s wrath uncorked and Medusa bind us all in her majesty.

In this lengthy blogpost, I will attempt to squeeze in complete character details, history of the Inhumans and speculate how the plot for the film could be.

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Created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, it was a beloved new title in the increasingly popular Marvel comics in 1965. They were still on semi-campy side of things back then until a 12 issues limited series by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee from November 1998-October 1999 completely changed the game. The Inhumans were suddenly become a philosophical, scientific and grim title.

Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee did justice and realised the potential of the Inhumans in its truest form. The Inhumans were now characters with the most depth and pathos. This limited edition title consequently became my favourite series in Marvel Comics in terms of depth, along with Doctor Strange.

The Inhumans are not similar to the X-Men and it is actually speculated that the X-Men are an offshoot of the Inhumans. They have now been introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Marvel’s Agents of Shield. We have met Quake (Daisy Johnson/Skye) and Raina, who most probably is Tigra. We have also seen an eyeless man, who is a recent Inhuman, teased in the finale of Agents of Shield’s winter break titled “What They Become.”

It is really exciting to know that there will be a complete, extended plot solely focusing on the Inhumans in the second half of the season and that it will continue in the third season as well. We are in 2015 and will get the Inhumans feature film in November 2018. It is a very smart move by Marvel to replace the void left by X-Men and bettering it in the course with the Inhumans. It is excellent; we will have the Inhumans familiarized to us with Agents of Shield’s protagonist Skye and in their own way explore the myth and history of this glorious race before we are introduced to the royal family on the big screen.

And then we shall have the Inhumans join forces with the Avengers, the Defenders and the Guardians against Thanos.

So, let me brief you on their history as a race.

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Origin Of The Inhumans

They were lab rats for the technologically super advanced military alien race Kree during the time when they were embroiled in an inter galactic war with the Skrull, another highly advanced alien race. They were stationed on the planet Uranus, as it was a strategic base camp. They were apprised of a sentient race created by the Celestials on planet Earth. They conducted experiments on the primitive Homo Sapiens and altered their genetic composition so that they can use these earthlings for espionage, assassination and various levels of infiltration against the Skrull and other alien empires. Their experiments basically gave humans the ability to copy form and powers of different races…so that they can send these experiments as inside men for infiltration.

They abruptly abandoned experiments because a prophecy warned them that their experiments will evolve to a point where they will usurp and collapse the Kree Supreme Intelligence.

The Terrigen Mists, and the Terrigen Crystals are the key to unlock the genetic evolution in the Inhumans. It is a ceremonial rite to enter the Terrigen pods and evolve.

The Inhuman Social Structure

The Inhumans have always lived in secrecy, away from the rest of humanity in their hidden city of Attilan, once rooted and now floating. They have had domains in the heart of the Himalayas, upon Atlantis, the Blue Side of the Moon and in outer space. They are technologically more advanced than anything on Planet Earth. Their technology of course is alien in origin and comes from the Kree; hence their city is shielded and shrouded by an impenetrable force field.

They are believers of the caste system, and all Inhumans are segregated according to their genetic abilities and their use to the society. The Alpha Primitives are the primitive kind and are relegated to the underbelly of Attilan, tirelessly working on maintaining its many systems. They are led by the royal family.

The Royal Family

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King Blackagar Boltagon (Blackbolt)

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Their King’s name is Blackagar Boltagon. He is known commonly as Blackbolt. He is one of the strongest superheroes in all of Marvel Universe. He shrouds his unrelenting power in meditative silence. He is not too popular amongst those outside ultimate Marveldom, for reasons I still cannot deduce.

tumblr_n232q4xwti1qhpx4lo1_1280 Blackbolt is the manifestation of the title King. He is the embodiment of supreme empathy and responsibility. In a mishap that ended up in the death of his parents due to him, he lost his dimly joyous persona and made a lifelong nemesis in his very own brother Maximus, who – as a result of that mishap – lost his bearings and received the title of Maximus the Mad.

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 enormous battleship.

His hypersonic scream is the reason why he meditates every night to make sure he does not 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.

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Blackagar Boltagon The Black Bolt

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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The Scream of Death

An organic mechanism in his brain’s speech centre 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 up to 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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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.

Queen Medusalith Amaquelin Boltagon (Medusa)

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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.

infinity-medusa She has always been the voice of Blackbolt to the commonwealth and the rest of the world and the voice of reason to her husband. She has always been the one person to calm all his qualms and give him the mental and spiritual support, she is his pillar and his only romance. She 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.

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. tumblr_mqxbvmGApZ1qiknbco1_500

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. Maximus is also in love with Medusa, to aptly put it: a mad love. Medusa shares no such feelings for him.

She has had stints with the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, and was actually introduced firstly in a Fantastic Four issue.

She also happens to be one of my favourite superheroes.

Crystalia Amaquelin (Crystal) 

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Crystalia Amaquelincommonly known as Crystal, is the most social and outgoing Inhuman. Younger sister of Medusa, she has been a long time girlfriend of the Human Torch (of the Fantastic Four) and the Avenger Sentry and has married the Mutant Quicksilver – and birthed a daughter – and divorced the speedster, and then she married again, this time to the Kree Warlord Ronan the Accuser.

She is the most popular Inhuman amongst comic book fans due to her alliances with different superhero teams. She has played an active role in several story lines. She has lived with the Fantastic Four and is usually traversing the United States of America with her lovers.

Arachne-01 She is also an established Avenger. Youngest of the royal family and most exposed to the outside world, she usually brings a better understanding of both sides to each other. She is a friend to the royal family watchdog Lockjaw.

She has also been on the other side of the coin, forsaking all alliances – even her marriage – except to her true family – the Inhumans. She fought against S.H.I.E.L.D and the Mighty Avengers when the Inhumans – under extreme pressure of the united nations and conspirators – declared war upon the United States of America as an act of retaliation.

Crystal_002 She can mentally manipulate the four elements: Fire, Water, Earth and Air. Like Blackbolt, she can psionically interact with molecules of the aforementioned elements. She can spontaneously cause fire by controlling the molecules present in oxygen and can douse any flame that thrives upon oxygen by depriving it of its molecules. Hence, she could render the Human Torch useless if confronted. War_of_Kings_Warriors_Vol_1_2_Textless

She can also create rain by summoning hydrogen and oxygen molecules from the atmosphere within a two miles radius and joining them. She can also animately control water by manipulating its surface tension, diving it from the ground and bending its movement to her will. She can control up to 15,000 gallons of water in one time, and that is just under observation. But it also means that she cannot alter the course of rivers or sunder seas.

e0a5b9780a83dddfc96e527ebd11ad00 When concerning the Earth, she can manipulate iron, granite, limestone, shale and all substances that collectively come under bedrock. This ability can be used to create seismic tremors that hit a 6.7 on the Richter scale, and can exceed if there are any tectonic plate fault lines in her vicinity. This very act can cause a sudden shifting of the earth for a volume of 1/800 cubic mile. That is enough to have a contest with Gorgon.

She is also a master manipulator and harbinger of tempests; controlling oxygen atoms and molecules containing oxygen she can summon different storms by intermingling them with other elements such as earth, air and fire and creating dust-storms, typhoons and firestorms. And solely in control of air molecules, she can rip apart towns with Category 5 tornadoes.

Prince Maximus the Mad 

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He is the Marvel equivalent of the Joker. He loves Chaos and has an unhealthy obsession for tormenting his brother Maximus, much like how the Clown Prince of Crime tortures the Dark Knight. By law, he has the right to the throne of Attilan; but by common sense he isn’t fit to hold any office. He is diabolically schizophrenic and a pure yet tainted genius. He has no physical super powers…but he does possess an ability that usurps those of the rest: Mind Control.  That isn’t a good power to have for a psychopath.

Maximus_(by_Greg_Land) As an infant, he was exposed to the Terrigen Mists. But unlike his brother, whose psionic voice caused apparent damage and led to his incarceration, Maximus showed no change at all. But his psionic abilities matured with age well shrouded, his antisocial behaviour was noticeable to all though. When Blackbolt was released from protective custody at the age of 16, Maximus tried to make him unleash his voice. Soon after, Blackbolt caught Maximus conspiring with a Kree emissary. Blackbolt, in his attempt to stop the emissary from fleeing, unleashed his hypersonic voice which lead to the crashing of the spacecraft upon the parliament building. There were maximum casualties, including the death of his parents. But his voice also accelerated and awakened the unstable cells in Maximus and rendered him mad.

Blackbolt, though aggrieved, was ascended to the throne; Maximus opposed his brother’s claim and accused him of genocide and vowed to usurp him to the title. Thus began their rivalry. Ever since that day he plotted his brother’s downfall with obsessive discipline and also lusted and sought Medusa. His plans were always thwarted and he was incarcerated in a special cell underneath the palace. But he did eventually manage to usurp and won favour of the people, effectively rendering his brother’s claim void and sending him and the royal family in exile.

First Minister Karnak (The Shatterer) 

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Cousin of Blackbolt, just like Medusa, he is the strategist of the royal family. He never went through terrigenises because of the mishap with his brother Triton. He instead went to a monastery to master meditation and focus, and has helped Blackbolt with the same on several occasions. He is a martial artist who is so supremely intelligent that he can find the weakest spot in any object: animate or inanimate and exploit it to shattering effect. Hence the title The Shatterer. He exudes inhuman levels of calmness and composure in the most stressful environments. He is calculating and well learned. He is the brains of the family to summarize.

Commander Gorgon (The Sunderer)

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He also is a cousin to the King,  his father the brother of the previous King Agon. He was exposed to the Terrigen mists as a teenager and received hooves that could create seismic waves. They are disastrous in nature and can sunder the very earth beneath his feet up to miles. He has the standard superhuman strength of his race but is highly adept in hard hitting combat. He is the personal bodyguard of the King and also trains all those who have recently gone through Terrigenisis.  

Triton 

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Triton was exposed to the mists as an infant. It turned his skin green and scaly and fishlike and took away his ability to breathe in a non aquatic environment. But it also gave him the ability to breathe underwater, survive extremely cold temperatures, stay unaffected in the deepest pits of the ocean, aquatic vision, flexibility and agility. He lived in a specially designed area of Attilan. He was given an apparatus to breathe outside water, which was cumbersome; and then Maximus made an easy to carry apparatus.

Lockjaw (The Royal Guard Dog) 

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Born on the island of Atlantis where Attilan was once situated, Lockjaw is an Inhuman giant bulldog who serves as the teleporter to the royal family. He is an unassuming yet fierce protector of the throne. Though manipulated by Maximus the Mad on a couple of occasions, he has otherwise been of aid in times of great need, escorting the family from different places in the galaxy back to earth and vice versa. 3501690-crystal+from+girl+comics+02

He has the powers of teleportation, super strength, precognition, prolonged durability to attacks and matter ingestion. He is friendly in nature and acts like a puppy. He is Crystal’s favourite but also hangs around with Blackbolt, Gorgon and Medusa a lot.

He saved the royal family and Attilan from total destruction during the invasion secretly plotted by Maximus and the humans. He restored and stabilized the systems in the kingdom and teleported people from harm’s vicinity.

What Could the Plot For The Inhumans Film Possibly Be?

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It is common knowledge that the Inhumans film will be released on November the 4th, 2018 as one of the tail-end films of Marvel Phase 3.

Now, because it is being introduced so late in the game, and mind you – after Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, it is most likely that there won’t be an isolated plot.

By the time the film releases we will already have more than two years of Inhumans fed to the public via Marvel’s Agents of Shield. And also Captain Marvel – who gains her powers from the Kree. We have already received the introduction, have seen the Terrigenesis happen: the terrigen mists, the terrigen crystals, the diviner, the ancient kree city, four Inhumans.

So, when the film releases it won’t be a shock and awe or here-is-a-new-title track to it. It is also likely that the Inhumans will not be in nestling in the Himalayas and will be on the blue side of the moon or floating in space as they are currently.

Here are the possible directions the film will take:

1) There will be an alliance between Maximus the Mad and Thanos via an intermediary: Mephisto. There could possibly be an Infinity Stone under the possession of the people of Attilan.

2) There will be a full blown Kree-Inhumans war initiated by Thanos. The Kree, under Thanos, might suggest the Mad Titan to empower them and confiscate their former test subjects to use as thralls.

3) If in case the Inhumans are indeed nestled on Earth, then there could be the whole plot similar to the 1998-1999 series where Maximus allies with conspirators to expose Attilan to the world and there is great uproar and fright amongst the citizens of Earth and after a long tussle, the Inhumans leave Earth for the blue side of the moon.

4) An amalgamation of all three mentioned above. An initial conflict on Earth leading to exile from the planet, then an attack by the Kree for the confiscation of the race or/and an Infinity Stone.

I’m still trying to figure how exactly the events of Avengers Infinity War will take place.

A) Will Thanos make landfall on Earth

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B) Will the film focus on Thanos getting hold of the gauntlet and collecting all Infinity Stones from around the Universe? Because, there are 6 of them and currently Thanos has none. Power Gem is with the Nova Corps, Mind Gem is in the sceptre in possession of Hydra, Space Gem is in Asgard in the vaults, Reality Gem is with the Collector. Two others are yet to be introduced: Soul Gem and Time Gem.

Nevertheless, it is certain that the Inhumans film will not concentrate on an intimate intra state storyline concerning Maximus’ coup. Its events will be in direct link with the Infinity War and their revelation to mankind. Mayhap the climax of the film will have Blackbolt use his hypersonic scream and destroy the Kree forces.

And then when Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 releases, we can have Blackbolt annihilate Thanos’ minions and have a fist fight with the Mad Titan himself.

To conclude, I strongly suggest people to read the 1998-1999 12 part series titled Inhumans. Its amazing and awesome.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

Lady Bryce

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.