Little is known about the “Inhumans” character actress Ellen Woglom will play when the comic book series is adapted for television by ABC, and it’s looking like it could stay that way for quite awhile. While names like Black Bolt and Medusa have long defined the “Inhumans” storyline, according to showrunner Scott Buck, Woglom will play an original character, created specifically for the show.
The news comes as part of an interview with Entertainment Weekly, in which Buck took a deep dive into the show, its characters and its relationship to other Marvel television properties. As for Woglom’s character, though, he remained tight-lipped.
“She’s not a character in the comic books,” Buck said. “She’s someone new who we have brought in.”
Woglom is best known for her role as Chelsea Koons on the Showtime series “Californication.” In “Inhumans,” her character is an introverted employee at a private aerospace company who is enthusiastic about all things concerning outer space and the Moon. Nothing else about Woglom’s character, including her name, is known at this time.
It’s possible Woglom’s character, whose interests lie in space, could be pivotal in the discovery of Attilan, the always-on-the-move homeland of the Inhumans that is actually a floating island capable of surviving in the cold of space (recently in the comics it took up residence on the Moon). According to Buck, Attilan will not be located on Earth when it first appears in the show. While it’s purely speculation, it’s possible that Woglom’s private aerospace company could be the vector by which humans are first introduced to Inhumans. It’s unlikely fans will know for sure until the show’s first two episodes debut in IMAX theaters in early September.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kibry, the race called the Inhumans first debuted in “Fantastic Four” #45 in 1965. The group is ruled by the Inhuman Royal Family, which consists of Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton, Crystal, Maximus the Mad, Lockjaw and their king, Black Bolt. The Inhumans were created millions of years ago in a series of genetic experiments conducted by an alien species called the Kree, who were deep in conflict with the Skrull race at the time. The Kree established an outpost on Neptune, but soon realized the genetic value of the human race and began tampering with their biology, intending to create a race of mutant super soldiers to fight the Skrull.
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The project was eventually abandoned and the Kree departed Earth, leaving the genetically altered humans, soon to be known as the Inhumans, behind. Persecuted for their mutations, the Inhumans separated themselves from the rest of humanity, only to develop advanced technology and, eventually, leave the planet altogether.
Debuting in theaters on September 1, the first two episodes of “Inhumans” will screen in IMAX theaters two weeks before the show’s debut on ABC this fall.