Auran

New promotional images from Inhumans showed us another recurring character, the first one outside the Royal Family (albeit very close to them): Auran, portrayed by Sonya Balmores. In the show, 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 seemes to suggest she’ll be some sort of mole within Maximus‘ new court. Her appearance is surely different from her original one, and quite radically, as in the comics she looks like some sort of anthropomorphic fennec, while in the pics she appears to have a perfectly normal look, missing even her trademark ears. It’s soon to say anything on the series as a whole, but this compulsion to “ground” the source material made the characters pretty unrecognizable. Anyway, let’s take together a look at the tough, unfortunate Auran.

Auran was an Inhuman, born in the hidden city of Attilan. Not much is known about her past, but she most likely lived her childhood on the Himalayas, the city’s second location. Along with all the other Inhumans, she moved aboard the city on the Moon, following Black Bolt’s effort of keeping his people safe. When she was exposed to the Terrigen Mist as a child, Auran gained a vixen-like appearance, and her sense of hearing was augmented beyond imagination, making her able to locate a person anywhere in the city (and, with training, on an entire planet) following his or her voice only; this made her quite a superb investigator, and she found a place within the Security Force. In the meanwhile, Black Bolt had been chosen as the new ruler of the Kree Empire after a war with Vulcan, and Attilan was moved once again, this time on the alien world of Hala, where the Security Force had to work even harder to keep the king, not exactly welcomed by many Kree traditionalists, safe. In this time, Auran had a mate, and she had two daughters from him, Treste and Irelle; it’s unknown what happened to her companion, but she raised her daughters alone. Things became even more complicated for the Inhumans when Attilan was moved once again, as Black Bolt had discovered a plan from the Supreme Intelligence to annihilate all Inhumans: the city came back to Earth, this time hovering over New York City, but it didn’t stay there for long: the cosmic warlord Thanos attacked Attilan in his search for his lost Inhuman son, Thane, and Black Bolt, trying to protect his people from the almighty Mad Titan, unleashed his voice on him…thus destroying Attilan and making it crash in the Hudson River. Auran was among the ones who escaped the disaster, and she saved her daughters as well, but she lost many friends and colleagues in the catastrophe. Now, she and the rest of the Inhumans had to rebuild and restart from scratches…without a king, as Black Bolt was missing after the fight with Thanos.

Queen Medusa, new ruler of the Inhumans, confirmed Auran in her role, but she also gave her another task: when Attilan exploded, it released Terrigen Mist on Earth, so that every human who had Inhuman genes underwent Terrigenesis, becoming what they called NuHumans. Due to her investigative skills, Auran was tasked with finding the NuHumans before they could hurt themselves or others with powers they could not control, or before xenophobic people attacked them, bringing them to New Attilan, built form the ruins of the old city. Among the ones Auran found there was Frank McGee, a decorated police officer who had gained the ability of photokinesis: due to his experience with NYPD, McGee was offered a place in the Security Force, and he eventually became Auran’s partner. It was her who gave him his Inhuman name, Nur. With Auran’s ears and Nur’s eyes, there wasn’t much that could escape them, and they became quite an effective couple. Together, Auran and Nur stopped some smugglers who were trying to sell (fake) Terrigen Crystals, and stopped a series of anti-Inhuman crimes. Thanks to their successes, they were summoned by Queen Medusa in person, who entrusted them with the most important mission of all: to locate her missing husband, Black Bolt, and to bring back to New Attilan its king. Auran couldn’t use her powers on the king, since she could not pinpoint a voice that couldn’t be used, but she located his treacherous brother, Maximus, in a nightclub: she and her partner went there to investigate, and they found both the royal siblings in a hotel room, with Black Bolt now a slave to Maximus’ mind control. As Nur tried to shoot Maximus, the mad prince told his brother to “say hello” to the guests: Auran shielded Nur with her own body, and she was destroyed by the king’s impossibly powerful voice. This was meant to be the end of Attilan’s greatest detective, but months later her daughters asked The Reader, an Inhuman who could “make real the things he read”, bring their mother back to life. Auran did come back, but now she faced an existential chrisis, as she couldn’t control her powers anymore, and didn’t even know if she was the real thing or just a copy created by The Reader’s powers…

Auran is a brave and smart Inhuman, a soldier and an investigator fiercely loyal to her king and her people. As an Inhuman, she’s stronger, faster, more agile and durable than a normal human, and she possesses an incredible sense of hearing, that allows her to focus on a single word and to locate the precise spot on a planet in which it’s pronounced (such as when she found Black Bolt by following the word “Maximus”, spoken by two girls he had tried to hit on); she can also recognize any word and sound at incredible distances, a trait that makes her Attilan’s best detective. Once tough and intuitive, she’s now a broken woman looking for her true self, with the only thing left for certain being her love for her daughters, and her unshakable loyalty to New Attilan and the Royal Family.

Triton

A new trailer for the upcoming Inhumans has been released, and we got our first look at the last member of the Royal Family who was missing from the previous family portrait: Triton, portrayed by Mike Moh. In the trailer, we see him as he helps Crystal escaping through a forest, thus hinting he’ll be among the ones exiled by Maximus on Earth. We know he’ll retain his ability to breathe underwater, albeit he seems to be able to survive on land as well in this version, and judging from his greenish pigmentation and his head-fin, it’s easy to say he’ll also be as hideous as he is in the comics, but how much will depend on the budget mainly. Now, let’s take a look at this last family member’s story.

As most of the Inhumans, the man known as Triton was born in the hidden city of Attilan, the eldest son of philosopher Mander and social activist Azur, both members of the reigning House of Agon. As it was custom, Triton was exposed to the Terrigen Mist when he was still a child, at just one year old, and the Terrigenesis had on him a devastating effect: he was mutated in a human-fish hybrid, able to breathe and move freely underwater, but incapable of living on dry land. It was due to this extensive mutation on their first son that Mander and Azur obtained not to expose to the Mist their second born, Karnak. Azur studied ocean life to better take care of her son, and she deviced for him a respirator that allowed him to move on dry land while breathing water, thus saving at least part of his social life. Unfortunately, this underwater researches were also the cause of Azur’s death some years later. Unlike Karnak, who spent most of his time with his cousins MedusaGorgon, 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 the Pacific Ocean at the time, and doing so he even met and befriended Namor, prince of Atlantis. Once, he crossed path with a huge ship, that was accidentally hit by a military submarine and sank: wanting to help the people inside, Triton only managed to save a boy, Billy, while all the others drowned. Shocked by the experience, he came back to the island, wanting to train to become stronger and faster. In the meanwhile, Black Bolt had become the king of the Inhumans, and he named Triton Attilan’s scout, thus allowing him to swim and explore as much as he liked, with the special task of keeping an eye on humans. It was while doing this that Triton spotted a woman attacked by a fishman like himself: wanting to help her, he intervened…but the woman was an actress who was filming a B-movie. As an answer to his bravery, the film’s crew incapacitated him, and captured him.

As soon as he realised he had stumbled upon a true fishman, the director decided to bring Triton to New York City to become rich, and he locked him in a water-filled glass case. As soon as he realised they wanted to keep him caged forever, Triton broke free and sank the ship, but he swam to New York nevertheless to explore. Once again, as soon as people saw him they started attacking him, taking him for a monster. Back to Attilan, Triton informed his king that humans were still a violent and dangerous race, and that he feared that, with their technological progress, they would have found Attilan soon enough. Black Bolt took him very seriously, and decided to move all his people to another location; thanks to his connections with the Eternals, the king brought the entire city of Attilan on the Himalayas, thus hoping to keep Inhumans safe. Unfortunately for Triton, this also meant that there was no more sea around the city, and he was forced to wear his respirator all the time, being able to swim only when he was in his personal tank, or when Lockjaw teleported him back to Earth to pay visit to Namor. When Maximus overthrew his brother, Triton was exiled along with the rest of his family, and he was dispatched by Black Bolt to discover Medusa’s location on the planet. The Royal Family finally found its missing member in New York, where she had been brainwashed to be a villain; Triton and Gorgon fought against the Human Torch to reach Medusa, and when he managed to escape the group was pitted against the Fantastic Four altogether. During the fight, Triton was kidnapped by the Seeker, an agent of Maximus, who held him prisoner along with the android Dragon Man. The latter, in panic, broke free destroying Triton’s water tank in the process, so that the Inhuman was doomed: the Fantastic Four intervened, and the Invisible Woman saved him, using her powers to form a water-filled energy field around his head. The Seeker claimed him from Mister Fantastic, but as he came back to Attilan with his captor, Triton now knew that not all humans were evil as violent as he had thought…

Triton is a gentle but somehow melancholy soul, a man destined to a lonely existence by a mutation that sets him aside from the rest of his people. With a scaley green skin, fins and gils, Triton can breathe only underwater like a fish, and his body allows him to withstand the great pressure of the abyss and the chilling temperatures of polar waters; as an Inhuman, he’s stronger, faster, more durable, agile and resistant than any human, but all his strength and grace are at maximum underwater, where he can swim at incredible speed, and where all his senses are at their peak capacity. An outsider from a people of outsiders, Triton finds a home only in a sea that is constantly distanced from him.

Lockjaw

Snippets from the upcoming trailer for Inhumans gave us a look at another main character, albeit this one is even weirder than the previous 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 power, as he surely is a loyal companion to the Inhumans, but also their means of transportation, as he can instantly teleport everywhere in the world. He is one of the most iconic characters from the comic series, and it would have been a pity not to see him in the show…but the fact that he’s here in flesh and bones (and CGI), with this kind of rendering, is pleasantly surprising nevertheless. Let’s take a look at this overgrown puppy.

Lockjaw’s origins are quite a mystery: born in Attilan, he was part of the Inhuman race, an offshoot of humanity genetically engineered by the Krees to obtain superhuman abilities when exposed to the Terrigen Mists; problem is, no species other than humans had been experimented on by the Krees, so for years it was believed that Lockjaw was actually a human being, transformed by Terrigenesis into a giant, teleporting dog. This hypotesis was never proved, and since he was a puppy Lockjaw was a loyal companion to the House of Agon, so there was nobody who ever saw him as a human…but the fact remains that he possessed teleportation powers that didn’t come from Terrigenesis. Anyway, he was trained to be the loyal companion and protector of the Royal Family, and he bonded particularly with Crystal, the youngest (future) princess. When, after years of confinement due to his unstable powers, the future king Black Bolt finally entered public life, Lockjaw was introduced to him as well, and he became just as loyal to him as he was to Crystal, always accompanying him wherever the prince wanted him to. As soon as Black Bolt became king, Lockjaw’s teleportation powers were used to take the new ruler to the Himalayas, where a new home for the Inhumans was found. Years later, the king’s brother Maximus the Mad started a rebellion with the Alpha Primitives, and he created an invincible energy creature, the Trikon, to seize the throne; nobody from the Inhuman family was able to defeat the indestructible creature, and eventually it was Lockjaw who got rid of it by using his teleporting powers to bring the Trikon to the Negative Zone, an alternate dimension born from antimatter instead of positive matter. When he came back, however, Maximus had obtained the crown from Black Bolt, and he had become the new king: as the Royal Family was exiled, Lockjaw followed them on Earth, where his powers were used by Black Bolt, Gorgon and the others in their search for Medusa, lost somewhere on the globe.

Finally, Gorgon tracked Medusa in New York City, in the United States of America, and Lockjaw soon brought there the entire family, waiting for Gorgon to return. Crystal, in the meanwhile, had found a man she liked and she believed to be an Inhuman too, Johnny Storm…when Gorgon came back, however, he recognised him as a member of the Fantastic Four, a group he had fought before, and started another battle. When a minion of Maximus, The Seeker, abducted Triton, Black Bolt ordered Lockjaw to bring them all back to Attilan, something that he did. In the following battle, not only Black Bolt freed Triton, but he also claimed back his crown from the usurper Maximus…who retaliated by creating an impenetrable dimensional barrier around the city. None of the attempts from the Royal Family managed to even crack the barrier, despite Karnak coordinated the efforts…but Lockjaw’s powers allowed them to travel through dimensions as well, so he wasn’t bound by it. Looking for help, Lockjaw teleported himself outside the barrier (apparently, he wasn’t able to take anyone along), searching for a way to help his masters still in Attilan. He travelled the world for a while, until he was found by Johnny Storm, who recognised him (difficult not to), and asked him to teleport him to Attilan, as he wanted to see his beloved Crystal again. Lockjaw, however, couldn’t pass the barrier with “passengers”, and everytime he tried, he brought Johnny and his friend Wyatt Wingfoot to weird dimensions and realities (whether he did it “bouncing” on the barrier or exploring the multiverse in search of a way to destroy it is debatable). He even assisted both Johnny and Wyatt in a battle with the Mad Thinker and the resurrected Human Torch android, later resuming his search…until Johnny finally gave up, and left. Black Bolt managed to destroy the barrier (and half of Attilan) with his voice, so Lockjaw could reunite with his family: this time, he wouldn’t have let them go so easily.

Lockjaw is a good-hearted and tender dog, not particularly intelligent, but fiercely loyal to his masters, especially to Crystal. As an Inhuman dog (or a dog-shaped Inhuman?), he’s far stronger and more durable than any regular dog, he can dig through ferro-concrete with his claws, and his jaws are strong enough to break steel; his main power, however, is his teleporting ability, powerful enough to allow him and whoever he carries as a “passenger” not only everywhere in space, crossing even cosmic distances, but even across dimensions, slipping through the multiverse; his senses are so keen that he can smell anyone even across realities and dimensions, making him the ultimate tracking dog. The most loyal friend and companion the Royal Family will ever have, Lockjaw is also extremely useful as a “living vehicle”…as long as one can stand the outstanding amount of saliva he leaves as a sign of his affection.

Maximus Boltagon (Maximus the Mad)

Time also for the last character appearing in the pic from Inhumans, the one who’ll be the main villain of the series: Maximus 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 Black Bolt, conspiring against him in order, according to his words, to better serve Attilan and to grant freedom to its people (thus hinting at a possible grudge against his brother’s reclusion policy). Apparently, he also tries to involve other members of the Royal Family in his rebellion, first of all Queen Medusa, but it’s unlikely he’ll succeed…at least in this. Waiting to see Rheon portray another evil bastard on the small screen, let’s take a look at the original deranged tyrant.

Maximus Boltagon was the second son of Attilan’s top geneticists, Agon and Rynda, both belonging to the Inhuman Royal Family. Maximus was exposed to the Terrigen Mist when he was still an infant, but apparently the Terrigenesis didn’t have any effect on him, as he showed no physical change nor any superhuman ability; while growing up, however, Maximus started developing powerful psionic abilities, that he chose to keep hidden from his family, preferring to pretend to be an “inert” Inhuman. Maximus didn’t grow up with his older brother Blackagar, as he possessed an uncontrollable power that made it impossible for him to live with other people, and stayed in an isolation chamber; he spent most of his childhood with his cousins Medusa, Karnak and Gorgon and, as the troublemaker he was, he often put them in troubles with adults. With time, however, he grew closer to Medusa, and started flirting with her even if she was promised to Black Bolt: when he was sixteen, at last, Black Bolt was released from the isolation chamber, and Medusa made it clear she was loyal to her bethroted only. At first, Maximus was happy as everyone else to have his brother back, and he even grew close to him…but he eventually became jealous of him, and he even tried to trick him into speaking, so that his powerful voice would have caused damage and he would have been imprisoned again. His cousins stopped him, but Maximus didn’t give up on trying quite yet. When Agon became king in place of the Unspoken, Maximus started nurturing ambitions over the throne destined to his brother as well, and he arrived to the point of making a deal with the Kree, the alien race that had created the Inhumans and always tried to regain control over them, to help them reconquer Attilan in exchange of the throne. Black Bolt, however, spotted him making a deal with a Kree officer, and he stopped his plan by destroying the alien ship with his voice: this had two results, as the ship came crashing on the Inhuman parliament, killing also Agon and Rynda, while Maximus, who stood close to Black Bolt, was driven almost to insanity by his brother’s scream, which also apparently suppressed his (hidden) mental powers. Even more resentful towards his brother than ever, Maximus swore to oppose him as long as he lived, swearing to win the throne (and Medusa’s hand) for himself.

With Black Bolt now on the throne, Maximus devoted himself to the sole purpose of overthrowing him. He started making experiments on the Alpha Primitives, a subhuman species used as servants by Inhumans, until he exposed three of them to the Terrigen Mist, transforming them into an energy creature he dubbed Trikon. The energy monster wreaked havoc in Attilan, and while Black Bolt and the others were busy with it, Maximus took many prominent Inhumans hostages; using them as leverage, he forced Black Bolt to resign the crown to him, and then exiled thim, putting to death anyone who knew about the Alpha Primitives’ uprising so that he kept the illegitimacy of his rule secret. When Gorgon returned to try and bargain the Royal Family’s return, Maximus agreed on condition: Gorgon’s parents would have remained his hostages, at least until the warrior had brought back to Attilan Medusa (whom, secretly from Gorgon, Maximus wanted to force to become his wife). As a precaution, Maximus sent one of his most trusted minions, The Seeker, after Gorgon, to monitor his progresses and to intervene if something went wrong. In the following years, Maximus ruled over Attilan with an iron fist, bringing all his deranged fantasies to reality. He also dedicated himself to a number of brilliant inventions, among which the Atmo-Gun, a device that would have wiped out the human race from Earth, so that Inhumans could inherit the planet. When The Seeker came back to Attilan telling him that Black Bolt was coming along with his cousins to reclaim the throne, Maximus prepared to activate the Atmo-Gun, but he was stopped by his brother. Not yet defeated, he activated another one of his machines, that created an unbreakable barrier made of the Negative Zone‘s energy around the city, locking all Inhumans inside. He then tried to escape with the Seeker, but they were reached by Black Bolt and Gorgon: Maximus used his reemerging mental powers to take control of his brother and use him against Gorgon, but he used his cousin to shield himself from the Seeker’s blasts, redirecting them to Maximus, hitting him in the head, knocking him out and making him even madder than before. Imprisoned, Maximus was constantly interrogated by his cousins, who tried to force him to reveal the key to destroy the barrier, but Maximus was totally mad, and apparently only interested in building toys. He eventually told that the barrier’s secret lied in his brother’s secret, so that Black Bolt understood he had to use his forbidden voice to free Attilan. When the barrier was destroyed, the Royal Family left to better explore the human world…thus leaving Attilan defenseless and ready for Maximus to retake it as soon as possible…

Maximus Boltagon is an extremely intelligent yet ambitious man, a prince whose ego makes him think to be the best possible ruler for Attilan and all Inhumans; with no loyalty but to himself, he’s ready to do anything in his power to obtain the throne, and whatever else he desires. As Maximus the Mad, he’s significantly stronger, faster, more agile and durable than any human; he possesses mild mind powers that allow him to take control of other people’s minds, with variable effects depending on his mental state, from total control while at the peak of his strength to mild influence when weak; his most remarkable and dangerous talent, however, is his genius intelligence, that allows him to create a number of lethal devices and to conceive intricate plans to outsmart his enemies. As brilliant as he may be, however, Maximus is completely mad, so he tends to act illogically, often in opposition to his own interest, thus being not only an extremely dangerous foe, but also a highly unpredictable one…

Karnak Mander-Azur

Next character from Inhumans is one of the most popular ones, who even received his own comicbook series recently: Karnak Mander-Azur, portrayed by Ken 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 in any kind of situation. He also has quite a dry and droll sense of humour. His appearance somehow resembles his comics’ one, albeit he doesn’t show the same kind of garments the original version has (not that they would have looked particularly good in live action, actually). Well, let’s take a look at one of the most fascinating Inhumans around, who distinguishes himself for not having any superpower, being more dangerous than most of his peers nevertheless.

Karnak Mander-Azur was born in Attilan, the secret city of the Inhumans, the heirs of the genetic experiments left behind by the Kree. The son of philosopher Mander and biologist Azur, Karnak lived his early life as every other Inhuman, and he was supposed to undergo Terrigenesis and be transformed as all the others as a teenager, but his older brother, Triton, when exposed to the Terrigen Mist, became an amphibian creature incapable of living outside water. Fearing that Karnak would have undergo a similar transformation, Mander and Azur begged the Genetic Council to spare their second born from the transformation, and the Council agreed on one condition: that the boy was sent to the Tower of Wisdom, the religious seminary held by the same order his father belonged to, where he would have been trained in the Inhuman philosophy and in the order’s secret martial art. Karnak spent his entire youth training, and was allowed to exit the Tower only when he was eighteen years old: by that time, the extreme discipline of the seminary had taught him many things, and he could now instinctively perceive the weak point of everything, from a solid wall to a philosophical idea. He reunited with his brother Triton and with his cousins GorgonMedusa and Maximus shortly before his older cousin, the heir to the throne Black Bolt, was allowed to come out of his confinement. As soon as he did, Karnak put his wisdom and his tactical ability to his future king’s service, and followed him as one of his most trusted advisors. Usually accompanied by Gorgon, Karnak stayed by Black Bolt’s side when he became the youngest king known in Attilan, and during the first chrisis of his government, which had him forced to move the entire population (and city) of Attilan to the Himalayas, looking for a safer place for his people. Karnak also fought by his king’s side when Maximus, driven by his ambition, organised a rebellion among the Alpha Primitives to seize the throne, also creating the powerful Trikon to help him in the task: Karnak and the other members of the Royal Family lost the battle, and were exiled on Earth.

Even before planning a way to take the throne back from his brother, Black Bolt wanted to find his bethroted Medusa, who had been missing since the battle: Karnak and the others dedicated all their energies to find her across the globe, finally locating her in New York City, in the United States of America where, amnesiac, she had become a supervillain. While waiting in their refuge for Gorgon to return with Medusa, Karnak was the first one to meet Johnny Storm, an alleged Inhuman Princess Crystal had found in the city: to introduce himself, Karnak knocked him out with a single move. Gorgon returned just in time to see Johnny wake up, but he recognised him as an enemy he had fought before: a battle ensued, and soon the young man was reached by his teammates, the Fantastic Four. In the following battle, Karnak distinguished himself by holding his own against the super-strong Thing, but he had to abandon the battlefield when his brother Triton was kidnapped by a minion of Maximus, The Seeker, in the chaos of the battle. Black Bolt took the entire Royal Family back to Attilan, where he single-handedly defeated Maximus and took the crown from his head. Karnak aided him by taking care of the Alpha Primitives, but he could do nothing to prevent Maximus from activating one of his inventions, that created an indestructible barrier around Attilan, trapping the Inhumans inside. Karnak, whose specialty was to find weak points of everything, became obsessed with destroying the barrier, but the only thing he achieved was to nearly destroy his hands in the attempt. Finally, Gorgon managed to convince his cousin to stop injuring himself and to help him crack Maximus’ resistence, forcing him to reveal how to remove the barrier: if breaking the barrier proved to be impossible, breaking Maximus and forcing him to confess turned out to be easier…but the deranged usurper only said something about Black Bolt being forced to “reveal his secret”. The solution, in fact, was in the king’s forbidden (and secret) power, his extremely destructive voice: Black Bolt used it on the barrier, shattering it…and Attilan in the process. While most of the Inhumans stayed home to rebuild the city, Karnak and the Royal Family explored the outside world to better understand it: a task in which Karnak’s ability would have proven essential…

Karnak Mander-Azur is a wise and highly intelligent man, a philosopher used to examine everything and everyone in the deepest way possible, always analyzing and understanding the slightest details of anything. As an Inhuman, he’s stronger, faster, more agile and more durable than any human, but he doesn’t possess additional superhuman abilities; his unique style, however, allows him to sense the weak point in anything, so that he’s able to destroy even stone pillars with a single strike; this nearly extrasensory ability extends to ideas, philosophies and reasonings, making him an unbeatable tactician; he’s also Attilan’s best martial artist, capable of besting accomplished fighters such as Black Widow or Fantomex. Often (rightfully) considered the most dangerous Inhuman in the Royal Family, Karnak is loyal to his king only, and he puts all his remarkable talents and his vast knowledge and wisdom to Black Bolt’s service, having renounced to any personal interest or ambition during his training.

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.

Crystalia Amaquelin (Crystal)

Next character in the Inhumans main cast is the other female one, Crystal, portrayed by Isabelle Cornish. Described as “naive and curious”, Crystal will be the princess of the Royal Family, sister to Queen Medusa and eager to explore the world outside Attilan. This particular trait marks a similarity between the live action version and the comics one, as originally Crystal is the one who pushes the more to force the Inhumans to blend in with other people, and who’s always represented a bridge between Attilan and the outside world with her friendships, romances and occasional membership in several superhero teams, Avengers included. Unfortunately, due to the usual copyrights conflict, we won’t see Crystal interact with the hero who’s been her main love interest for much of her early publication history…but we can find their story here nevertheless.

Crystalia Amaquelin was born in Attilan, the secret city of Inhumans, from nutritionists Quelin and Ambur. The Inhumans, an off-shoot of humanity created millennia before by a group of Kree, allowed their people to be exposed to the Terrigen Mist and to obtain the special abilities deriving from Terrigenesis only after a period of formation, but like her older sister Medusalith, Crystalia was exposed to the Mist when she was still a child, and she gained the remarkable power of controlling the four classic elements, earth, air, water and fire. Crystalia, or Crystal for short, used to hang out with her older sister and her cousins Gorgon, Karnak and Maximus, but because of the age difference they mostly acted as a babysitter to her. Another inseparable companion of hers was her pet dog, the huge Lockjaw, a teleporting guardian that accompanied 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 Inhumans because of his uncontrollable power. Not much time after that first meeting, barely a year, the young Black Bolt was forced to accept the crown of king, as his parents, the current rulers, died during an accident caused by Maximus, whose ambition knew no limit. It was because of Maximus that a war erupted within Attilan, forcing the Royal Family to battle the prince, his army of Alpha Primitives and his newest creation, the powerful Trikon: during the following conflict, Medusa crash-landed somwhere in Asia, and the Royal Family lost the war, being exiled by Maximus, the new king. Crystal spent the following years with her cousins, growing up in a world that was alien to her and trying to locate her sister, who suffered from amnesia and couldn’t return to them. Luckily enough, Lockjaw stayed with her, so Crystal and the others could reach any place on Earth they wanted in no time, accelerating the search. Unlike her relatives, however, Crystal was fascinated by everything she saw, and growing up out of Attilan made her extremely receptive to the outside world’s uses and costumes. Finally, the Inhumans located Medusa in the United States of America, in New York City.

One night, while patrolling the area to try and find Medusa, Crystal met a man who was literally on fire: he was Johnny Storm, the Human Torch from the Fantastic Four. Between the two it was love at first sight, and they spent much time together. Crystal even mistook Johnny for an Inhuman because of his powers. When she tried to introduce him to her family, however, something unexpected happened: Gorgon had already battled the Fantastic Four before, and believed that the Human Torch wanted to harm Crystal. The two started fighting again, with the rest of the FF coming to Johnny’s aid, and Black Bolt coming in Gorgon’s favour. Medusa, however, had been found, so Black Bolt interrupted the fight making Lockjaw transport the Royal Family back to Attilan, where he claimed the crown back from Maximus; the Fantastic Four arrived on the scene, having understood the Inhumans were no enemies, but Crystal couldn’t do anything but watch as the deranged Maximus activated an impenetrable energy barrier that divided Attilan from the outside world, seemingly forever. With her blocked on one side of the barrier and her beloved Johnny on the other, Crystal was heartbroken, and not even the joy of having her big sister back with her could do anything to heal her love labours. Black Bolt, moved by her feelings, dedicated all his energies to breaking the barrier, and involved every capable mind in Attilan to do so, but apparently none of his or Karnak’s ideas gave any result. Finally, Maximus revealed that the barrier’s weakness lied in his brother’s voice, and Black Bolt found himself forced to use his forbidden power to free his people: Crystal and the others hid below the city, while the king spoke for the first time in years, shattering the barrier…and decimating the city. The Council decreed that the Royal Family had to stay away from Attilan as long as it was rebuilt to his former splendor, so Crystal faced yet another exile…but this time it was one she accepted with joy, as she could join her beloved Johnny once again. Thanks to Lockjaw, she arrived at the Baxter Building just in time to save the Fantastic Four from Sandman, finally able to fall into Johnny’s arms once again. Now, Crystal was where she belonged, not with her people, but with the man she loved.

Crystalia Amaquelin is an intelligent and dedicated young woman, a princess who knows her responsibilities and her duty to her people, but who’s also fascinated by everything belonging to the world outside Attilan. Often in disagreement with her sister Medusa, she nevertheless respects her and her family, and is ready to sacrifice her own happiness and interests for the sake of her people (such as when she agreed to marry the Kree Ronan to ensure peace between their two peoples). As Crystal, she possesses the Inhuman ability to control air, water, fire and earth, with a lot of variations coming from experience that make her extremely resourceful (i.e. aerokinesis allows her to fly and create “wind walls” as force fields, hydrokinesis allows her to manipulate ice and vapor as well, geokinesis makes her able to manipulate also metals, pyrokinesis allows her to control temperature); she’s also learnt to mix the elements for new abilities to emerge, and she’s now able to control electricity as well, and even to manipulate matter on an atomic level; she’s also stronger, faster and more durable than a regular human. Truly the child of two worlds, Crystal inherits the best of both, acting as a joining link between two peoples and two races: the perfect Inhuman ambassador for the human world.