When Marvel's Inhumans debuts on IMAX screens this September — arriving two weeks before the eight-episode first season airs on televison — it will introduce audiences to a new wave of superheroes in the way that Guardians Of The Galaxy did.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965, the Inhumans were an outgrowth of experimentation conducted by the alien Kree early on in the Kree-Skrull War that took place millions of years in the past. Creating a station on Uranus (yeah, we said your anus — get it out of your system), the Kree discovered sentient life on Earth and became intrigued by its genetic potential. Notes Wikipedia, "The Kree began to experiment on Earth's then-primitive Homo sapiens to produce the genetically advanced Inhuman race. Their goal was... to create a powerful mutant race of soldiers for use against the Skrulls." Although successful, the experiments were abandoned due to a genetic prophecy that forsaw it leading to the demise of the Kree people. The Inhumans survived.
The TV version of Inhumans has been cast, and what follows is a look at the actors and their characters.
Anson Mount (Black Bolt)
The Actor: He's been known as Cullen Bohannon on the TV series Hell On Wheels. Feature films have included Non-Stop, Supremacy and The Forger (all 2014), and Visions and Mr. Right (both 2015).
The Character: King of the Inhumans, the seismic wave from his voice is so strong that even a whisper is powerful enough to destroy an entire city. Needless to say, he's not much of a conversationalist.
Serinda Swan (Medusa)
The Actress: An early role that gained her attention was Zatanna on Smallville, which was eventually followed by starring roles in Breakout Kings and Graceland.
The Character: Warrior and adviser to Black Bolt, she is able to use her hair as a lethal weapon, which she frequently does. As Black Bolt's wife, she serves as Queen of the Inhumans.
Iwan Rheon (Maximus)
The Actor: His starring TV roles have included Misfits, Vicious and Game Of Thrones, the latter of which saw him portray Remsay Bolton/Ramsay Snow in twenty episodes of the HBO series.
The Character: The brother of Black Bolt, he has been described as "fiercely devoted" to his people, but at the same time he has a burning need to lead those same people in his brother's place. Sounds like we could be in store for some GOT-like drama.
Ken Leung (Karnak)
The Actor: He played Miles Straume on forty-eight episodes of Lost, and also recurred in the TV series Deception, Person Of Interest and Zero Hour, with a regular role on The Night Shift. He also played Admiral Statura in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Character: Cousin to Black Bolt, he is another close adviser and has the power to see fault in virtually anything, whether that be in plans, people or even structures. He is a master of the martial arts and viewed as a philosopher among his people.
Eme Ikwuakor (Gorgon)
The Actor: His TV credits include We Are Angels and Extant, and the feature film Concussion.
The Character: Black Bolt's cousin, he serves as the leader of the Inhumans' military. With hooved feet and a powerful lower body, he is able to create seismic waves by stomping his feet. With that in mind, he probably wasn't disciplined much as a kid.
Isabelle Cornish (Crystal)
The Actress: Her credits include the television series Dance Academy, Home And Away and Puberty Blues. She also appears in the feature film Australia Day (2017).
The Character: Endowed with the ability to control the elements — air, fire water and earth. She is Medusa's sister
Mike Moh (Triton)
The Actor: Regular roles have included the TV series Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, The Johnnies, Super Ninjas, Street Fight: Assassin's Fist, Street Fight: Resurrection and Empire (not us, the TV series).
The Character: Exposed to the Terrigen Mist (the means by which Inhumans discover their abilities) at one year of age, he's developed a number of aquatic powers (including being able to reside underwater).
Sonya Balmores (Auran)
The Actress: Although she's guest starred on a number of television series, she's likely best known for her starring role in Beyond The Break and the 2011 film Soul Surfer.
The Character: In charge of the Royal Guards on the Inhumans home world of Attilan. Like most of the other Inhumans, her loyalty to Black Bolt is beyond question. Ironically, in the comics she was killed by Black Bolt while he was under the mind control of Maximus.
Ellen Woglom (Unidentified Character)
The Actress: Guest appearances on several series were interspersed with recurring characters on Californication, Crash and Outlaw.
The Character: Whatever the name, we know she works at a private aerospace compoany who gets pulled into an adventure that she had previously only dreamed of. Think of her as the Peter Quill of Inhumans.
The Actor: CGI
The Character: a two-thousand pound alien dog that, endowed with the power of teleportation, serves as a means of travel for the Royql Family.