– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Marvel started the Marvel Cinematic Universe by taking risks. After the success of Iron Man, they went ahead and produced Thor and Captain America nearly in tandem, with productions being done only a handful of months apart. They took a risk when they united the Avengers, and they continued taking risks when they brought Daredevil to the small screen in the Netflix original series of the same name.

Their next big experiment comes in the form of Inhumans. It may be a production for ABC, but it seems like they’re treating it like anything but a standard network show. Instead of being a typical 20+ episode show, it’s being created as an 8-episode limited series. What’s more, they’re even going so far as to shoot the entire show using IMAX digital cameras, and premiere the first two episodes in IMAX, almost turning this into more of a theatrical event.

“The first two episodes feel like a movie, because [using IMAX] gave us a lot more freedom and encouraged us to think bigger than we would if it was just a normal network show,” showrunner Scott Buck (Iron Fist) told EW.

That’s all pretty exciting. With the TV landscape changing so drastically, it’s cool to see Marvel trying to do something unique with one of their properties.

The series revolves around alien-human hybrids, more specifically the Royal Family. The main cast consists of Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Maximus, Lockjaw, and Triton, all of whom have special and unique abilities.

Buck went on to discuss the the idea of adapting something the stranger and less mainstream superheroes.

“It was an exciting proposition. We approach these [characters] all as real people who just happen to have these abilities, so they’re all very grounded.”

One of the big questions fans have had is how they’d handle Black Bolt. He’s the leader here, but it doesn’t help much that he can’t speak. If he did open his mouth to speak, he would unleash an awful lot amount of carnage and devastation on the world. 

Buck discussed the difficulty in writing for Black Bolt:

“It’s a little bit difficult to write him, because Black Bolt does not speak, but yet he is our hero and the center of the show, so it does certainly present challenges in how you tell his story,” 


Of course, with every story involving royalty, one can expect a power struggle, and this one is no difference. The baddie here comes in the form of Maximus, Black Bolt’s brother, who works to overthrow Black Bolt and take the throne for himself. Also quite fitting wasthe casting choice: Iwan Rheon. Rheon is best known for his role as the sadistic Ramsay Snow in Game of Thrones, and while this seems like pitch perfect casting, Buck wanted to clarify that he wouldn’t necessarily be twirling his mustache.

“We were so thrilled to get Iwan. We didn’t want to create just a simple villain who’s evil for the sake of being evil. Our Maximus is a different, more complicated, more real, and more compelling version.”

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.