Ruling a nation is a challenging gig. It gets even harder when speaking to your people would destroy it.
For Black Bolt, the Inhuman king capable of leveling entire cities by simply making a sound, communication methods with his people had to be developed creatively. Luckily for the king of Attilan, his wife, Medusa, is willing to help.
Speaking during a panel a San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Black Bolt actor Anson Mount revealed that he developed a sign language to communicate with Medusa. The cast and crew were careful not to incorporate any elements of English sign language by creating a wholly original system of communication.
Medusa, however, is not always completely honest when translating her husband's words. She is an opinionated and powerful woman looking to influence the community in her own ways, knowing her husband literally cannot speak up. With Maximus (portrayed by Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon) eager to nab the throne from his brother, Medusa's communication of Black Bolt's perspective and orders will be a crucial factor in Attilan's politics. While Medusa does not appear to be deceitful or entirely misleading in translating her husband's signs, clips shown to Ballroom 20 during the Inhumans panel indicate touches of frustration on the leader's face when she speaks for him.
In Marvel's Inhumans, after the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.
The Inhumans, a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. Since that time, they have grown in prominence and become some of the most popular and iconic characters in the Marvel Universe. Marvel's The Inhumans will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.
Marvel's Inhumans stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Iwan Rheon as Maximus, Ken Leung as Karnak, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Mike Moh as Triton, Sonya Balmores as Auran, and Ellen Woglom. The show is executive produced by Scott Buck (Dexter, Marvel's Iron Fist) with Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage) and Jim Chory (Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage). Buck is serving as showrunner. Roel Reine (Admiral, Black Sails) will direct the first two episodes, which will debut in IMAX theaters. Marvel's Inhumans is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.
The first two episodes of Marvel's The Inhumans will premiere in IMAX theaters on Friday, Sept. 1. The full eight-episode series will air on ABC on Fridays as part of the network's fall television lineup.