While Black Bolt and Medusa may be the most recognizable Inhumans, Triton has his own history in Marvel Comics’ universe. While speaking with the press at Comic-Con International, Triton actor Mike Moh explained his power and his role in the series. Moh also confirmed a strong connection between Marvel’s Inhumans and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which will solidify the relationship between these two Marvel shows.
Triton is a water-dwelling Inhuman, an aspect of the character which will come into play in a big way when the Terrigen crystals hit the water supply on Earth (see Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2). As seen in the sneak preview of the series, Triton will be sent by the Inhuman family to investigate the Terrigen water outbreak. “In the audition, they were like, ‘Mike, how are you as a swimmer?’ And I was like, ‘I’m Michael Phelps.’ In real life, I can hardly swim straight, so after I got the role I’ve become three times better, just because I was believing, ‘I’m Triton.’ I cannot be bad at this.” Moh assured fans that they will recognize multiple comic book elements to his character Triton. “There are so many iterations of Inhumans, if you look at Triton, when I did my research, sometimes he looks like this, sometimes that. They did a great job mixing it all in as they are trying to ground the characters a little bit.
“My character is — because he lives in the ocean, or has the ability to — he’s super strong and fast because he does have that ability to handle pressure under water,” Moh continued. “You guys will see that I’m very athletic. I think they wanted me to be very athletic for the part. I believe I can handle whatever they throw at me, like running through explosions and feeling like Rambo in the jungle.”
Not only is he (now) a good swimmer, Moh is also a highly decorated fighter with a fifth-degree black belt in American Taekwondo, something that came in handy while filming the new show. “TV moves fast in terms of action, so you have to be really quick on your feet. Our stunt team and our fight team was great. I was so eager to help out and be involved in the action I even played Karnak in a pre-visual.”
While every actor hopes their show will last for multiple seasons, Moh’s desire to see Inhumans get an early renewal goes beyond the continued health of his bank account — he’s hoping to see his character grow, and interact with other areas of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I’m excited, God willing, if we keep on the show, I’m excited to see how — I can’t say it — but hopefully our show becomes huge, and we can cross over with everything.”
Marvel’s Inhumans premieres first on IMAX September 1 and then again on ABC September 29.
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