Gorgon Petragon

Time for another character from the upcoming Inhumans, always a member of the Royal Family: Gorgon Petragon, the big guy in a poncho on the far left of the picture. Portrayed by Eme Ikwuakor, Gorgon is described as a life-lover 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 counterpart. As for the rest, no hooves are clearly visible, and this would mark quite a major departure from the source, and the character suffered the umpteenth race swap, being Caucasian (sort of) in the comics. Anyway, let’s just wait and see, as always. In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at the original Gorgon.

Gorgon Petragon was born in Attilan, home of the Inhumans (a group of people genetically experimented on by the Kree): the son of architect Korath and archivist Milena, he was a heir of the House of Agon, the ruling family of Attilan, since Korath was brother to the king. As most Inhumans, Gorgon was allowed to undergo the Terrigenesis as a teenager, a rite of passage during which he would have been exposed to the Terrigen Mist that would have awakened his mutant genes and transformed him: as a result, he gained a superior strength, but his feet were transformed into hooves, giving him the ability to create quakes by stomping them on the ground, but also making his appearance quite intimidating, resembling a satyr. Gorgon grew up along with his cousins Karnak, Maximus and Medusa, and he finally met his older cousin Black Bolt, the future king, when he was nineteen, as he was allowed to leave the isolation chamber he had been locked in because of his uncontrollable power. With a strong sense of duty and loyalty, Gorgon immediately bonded with Black Bolt, and became one of his closest friends and most trusted allies. When his cousin finally became king, Gorgon was appointed by him to be his personal bodyguard (a nearly useless task, considering the power that Black Bolt held) and to train the new recruits who underwent the Terrigenesis, young and inexpert Inhumans who weren’t always capable of controlling their newly acquired abilities. He helped Black Bolt and Karnak in organizing the great exodus when Attilan was moved from the Pacific Ocean to the Himalayas, and he obviously participated to the battle that saw Black Bolt and the ones loyal to him (thus including Gorgon) against the usurper Maximus and his army of Alpha Primitives. During the battle, which was eventually lost by the Royal Family, Medusa was hurt and crash-landed somewhere on Earth: with the entire Royal Family exiled, Gorgon stayed back in Attilan to make sure that his parents were alright (actually, his father had already been killed by the Seeker, a minion of Maximus), and also begged the new king to allow his family’s return. Maximus agreed to Gorgon’s request, but on the condition that they brought back Medusa as well: fearing for his mother’s sake, Gorgon accepted the conditions, and started his search. He found Medusa in Paris, France, but the Inhuman future queen was amnesiac and didn’t recognize him, escaping from him after a brief fight.

After years of searching, Gorgon finally found Medusa again in New York City, in the United States of America, where she had become a supervillain in the Frightful Four. He tried to apprehend her, but she asked her former enemies, the Fantastic Four, for help: Gorgon assaulted the Baxter Building, and later followed the Human Torch, who was with Medusa, to Devil’s Lake. Here, the battle between the three of them awakened the android Dragon Man, who instinctively tried to protect Medusa, attacking both Gorgon and the Torch: when the monster created enough havoc to distract the Fantastic Four, Gorgon took Medusa and escaped to a secret refuge, where he also reunited with the rest of the Royal Family. Finally, Medusa’s memories returned upon seeing her younger sister Crystal…but soon the Fantastic Four reached them, and another battle ensued. Black Bolt interrupted the fight and took back his entire family to Attilan, where Maximus revealed to Gorgon that he had sent him after Medusa in order to claim her as his bride; in response to this, Black Bolt confronted his brother and his minions and claimed the crown back; Maximus, however, activated an impenetrable barrier all around the city, thus blocking all the Inhumans inside Attilan. Black Bolt and Gorgon started to pursue both Maximus and the Seeker through the city’s alleys, until Maximus took control of Black Bolt with his mental powers, forcing him to attack his cousin: Gorgon, thanks to his combat expertise, managed to turn the situation in his favour when he used Black Bolt as a shield, deflecting the blast that the Seeker had shot him to Maximus’ head, thus depowering him and making him even more insane than before. Then, he finally confronted the man who had killed his father, and slew him in combat making an entire cave collapse on him. With the Seeker dead and Maximus arrested, Gorgon joined the rest of his family to face the most pressing matter ahead: the barrier that was blocking them all in Attilan. He himself tried to destroy the barrier more than once with his hooves and weapons, and assisted Karnak in looking for a weakness in it, but all attempts failed. Finally, Black Bolt managed to destroy it with his impossibly powerful voice, but as Gorgon would have soon learned, this meant that the Inhumans were now vulnerable to threats from the outside…

Gorgon Petragon is a proud and fierce Inhuman, a warrior born whose loyalty lies in his king and family. Quite impulsive and hardheaded, Gorgon is not exactly a tactician, and often lets his rage take the best of him. As an Inhuman, he possesses enhanced strength, agility, speed, reflexes, durability and stamina, as well as an accelerated healing factor; when he stomps his hooves on the ground, he causes powerful seismic waves, and he deals massive damage even by simply kicking something (or someone); after S.H.I.E.L.D. forced him to a Secondary Terrigenesis, Gorgon has become more feral in appearance, gaining even claws and fangs, but also more powerful, now having a strength far exceeding the one of a regular Inhuman; he’s also a superb hand-to-hand combatant, among the finest Inhuman fighters. Quite a force of nature, Gorgon is a tough-as-nails soldier and a trustworthy ally, a royal whose loyalty is never to be doubted.

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