Blackagar Boltagon (Black Bolt)

The second upcoming show we can already see the main cast of is Inhumans, the long-awaited movie turned into a tv series that will be released next September. The protagonist of the show will be the Inhuman Royal Family, so we can’t help but starting with the king, His Majesty Black Bolt, portrayed by Anson Mount. Gifted and cursed with an extremely powerful voice, Black Bolt must remain silent, forcing himself to communicate through other means (apparently he’ll be using some kind of sign language, differently from his comicbook counterpart), and Mount to appear in a mute role, quite a challenge. Black Bolt is described as strong, thoughftul but arrogant, a king who doesn’t need any second opinion and who doesn’t tolerate being questioned…thus making him pretty similar to the original, who however keeps in consideration the suggestions of his most trusted advisors, his wife being the first among them. Let’s see together.

Blackagar Boltagon was born in the hidden city of Attilan, homeland of the Inhumans (a mutated race of humans created by the Kree during a genetic experiment). Blackagar was the son of two of Attilan’s top geneticists, Agon and Rynda, who wanted to have their son be the next step in Inhuman evolution: unlike all the other Inhumans, they exposed their son to the Terrigen Mists when he was still an embryo, and this deeply affected the baby’s development, as he was gifted with powers far greater than even the Inhuman average. This, however, backfired, as Blackagar’s powers proved to be uncontrollable: the first time the baby cried, his incredible voice made the entire building he was in collapse, and he saved himself by unconsciously create an energy shield around himself. Agon realised his son had to be isolated as long as he didn’t learn to control his powers, so he was locked in a sound-proof chamber, and soon after he was given an energy-harnessing suit. Through hard discipline and meditation, over the years Blackagar learnt how to control his voice, to the point that he was also able to prevent himself from talking during his sleep (or even from sneezing); this, however, came to a cost, as for nineteen years the boy couldn’t enter society, and he never met anybody outside the chamber, including his brother Maximus. It was in this occasion that Blackagar met his cousins, including Medusalith Amaquelin, his bethroted, whom he had never seen in his life. It was also thanks to Blackagar that Agon became the king of Inhumans, as the previous king, referred to only as the Unspoken, was found guilty of treason, and the boy disposed of him. A year later, he also discovered that his very brother Maximus was trying to sell his people to the Kree in exchange of the throne, as he was jealous of Blackagar: the older brother found himself forced to use his forbidden voice to destroy the Kree ship that was leaving Attilan, but it crashed on the Inhuman parliament, killing many…including Agon and Rynda (while the sound of his voice drew Maximus mad). Ridden with guilt, Blackagar Boltagon was however considered a hero, and he was forced to accept the crown as the Inhuman king. Black Bolt was born.

Black Bolt ruled Attilan assisted by his cousins, especially by Medusa, who became his interpreter and his voice in public meetings. On one occasion, however, a member of the Royal Family, Triton, was abducted by xenophobic humans. Although Triton managed to escape quickly, Black Bolt realised that it was only a matter of time before humans managed to locate Attilan and to come in forces: he decided to move the entire city from the island in the Atlantic Ocean it had always been on to the Himalayan Mountains, helped by the scientists of the Eternals, a people he had allied himself with. This migration proved to be quite a challenge for his government, but everything went according to plans. If he protected his people well from the humans, however, Black Bolt failed to foresee the closest of threats, as his mad brother Maximus created an artificial energy creature, the Trikon, and led the slaves Alpha Primitives in a rebellion, managing to exile the entire Royal Family from Attilan. During the battle, Medusalith was lost, and in the following years Black Bolt and his cousins travelled the world to find her, eventually locating her in the United States of America where, amnesiac, she had become a criminal. Through Crystal, Medusalith’s sister, Black Bolt met the Fantastic Four, who helped him in restoring his bethroted’s memory. The heroes then accompanied the Royal Family back to Attilan, where Black Bolt single-handedly annihilated an army of Alpha Primitives and finally confronted his brother, claiming the crown back from him. While Mr. Fantastic was trying to convince the king that he needed to reveal the Inhumans’ presence to the outside world, Maximus tried to activate one of his deadly devices, the Atmo-Gun, that would have erased the human race from Earth leaving the planet for the Inhumans to take. Black Bolt promptly intervened, and destroyed the weapon before it could be used, thus saving every human on the planet…but doing so, he unwillingly activated an impenetrable barrier around Attilan, so that all Inhumans were trapped in, while all humans were locked outside. Now, with Medusalith back to his side and ready to become his queen, Black Bolt faced his most challenging task yet: to free his people from captivity, accepting the risk to face a world that most likely wanted them dead for the simple fact of being different.

Blackagar Boltagon is a serious and wise king, a man forged by his long solitude and neverending silence, strong-willed and determined to protect his people no matter the cost. As Black Bolt, he can absorb and harness electrons and ambient particles, storing them into an extra organ located in his brain’s speech centre with a variety of effects: first of all, his voice is unbelievably powerful, as a single whisper can level a city, and a scream can tear apart a planet; he can also use the absorbed energy to increase his strenght and durability, to fly and even to manipulate energy and matter at will; he also shares a telepathic bond with his wife Medusa, so that she can interpret his thoughts and speak on his behalf. Possibly the most powerful Inhuman ever existed, Black Bolt is a king loyal to his people and to his family, a proud Inhuman who’ll protect his people from any threat, coming it from inside or outside his domains, truly a man of his word, considering how lethal words can be coming from his mouth…

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  6. […] her wherever she went. When she was eight years old, she met for the first time her older cousin, Black Bolt, Medusa’s bethroted and her future brother-in-law, who had been isolated from the rest of […]

  7. […] who likes to live the moment, without much planning or thinking. He’s the cousin of Black Bolt and also the leader of Attilan‘s military, in this at least mirroring his comicbook […]

  8. […] Leung. A philosopher at heart, Karnak is described as quite pessimistic but extremely intelligent, Black Bolt‘s cousin and his closest advisor, able to see the fault in everything and to formulate a plan […]

  9. […] the Mad, portrayed by Iwan Rheon. In the show, his real name is Maximus Boltagon, and he’s King Black Bolt‘s brother…but he’s not exactly the kindest of siblings, as he plans to overthrone […]

  10. […] ones: Lockjaw, the Royal Family‘s giant bulldog. In the trailer, we see him teleporting Black Bolt in the middle of a huge street, and later disappearing along with him: that’s his main […]

  11. […] his cousins Medusa, Gorgon, Crystal and Maximus (and, when he was released from his isolation, Black Bolt), Triton was more of a loner, and he mostly explored the waters around Attilan, set on an island in […]

  12. […] Auran will be the head of the Royal Guard, a resident of Attilan who’s fiercely loyal to Black Bolt. It’s unknown if she’ll be exiled along with her king, but her character description […]

  13. […] only means she had to escape her horrible visage. Not giving up, she asked for an audience with King Black Bolt, and she pled to him to let her undergo the process, explaining her situation and telling him she […]


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