In voiceover we hear Iwan Rheon’s Maximus the Mad planting the seeds for treason as he asks, “Are we supposed to follow our king and remain as silent as he is?” Another voice, which may belong to Serinda Swan’s Queen Medusa, responds, “You’re talking about betraying your brother. You’re talking about treason.” No, Maximus assures her, he’s talking about freedom. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
That exchange sets up the personal conflict at the core of the ABC drama — the one between Maximus and his brother, the Inhumans king Black Bolt, played by Anson Mount (“Hell on Wheels”). “I think our Maximus is a different, more complicated, more real, more compelling version of Maximus that has been seen in most of the comics,” showrunner Scott Buck recently told Entertainment Weekly, “and it’s just because we have the opportunity to do so much more on the screen than you would in a comic book.”
Now filming in Honolulu, Hawaii, the eight-episode series centers on the Royal Family of the Inhumans, a race of genetically advanced humans with extraordinary powers introduced in 1965 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Marvel’s “Fantastic Four.” The first two episodes, filmed entirely with IMAX cameras, will premiere Sept. 1 in IMAX theaters, two weeks before the show’s broadcast debut Sept. 26 on ABC.
“Basically we’re telling a story about a family at a very critical juncture in their lives,” Buck explained. “When we meet up with them, we’re going to find that pretty much everything they’ve ever known is at risk. He added, “We approach these all as real people who just happen to have these abilities, so they’re all very grounded people. We try to write them as real as possible, and then have fun with the powers when we can. We want their powers to seem like a very natural part of their personality.”
Co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios, “Marvel’s Inhumans” 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 also serves as showrunner. The first two episodes will be directed by Roel Reine (“The Delivery,” “Black Sails”).
“Inhumans” stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon as Maximus the Mad, Serinda Swan as Queen Medusa, Ken Leung as Karnak, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Mike Moh as Triton and Sonya Balmores as Auran.