Medusalith Amaquelin (Medusa)

Next character from Inhumans is one of the female leads, the proud queen Medusa, portrayed by Serinda Swan. She’s described as a wise and elegant advisor to her husband Black Bolt, but this seems to be a limit at the beginning of the series, as she’s looking for a place out of her husband’s shadow, using her remarkable qualities to emerge outside their relationship. Her portrayal is surely similar to the comics’ one…but she’s not exactly what fans were expecting, mostly because her make-up and costume make her look like an ugly cosplayer. Let’s just hope that her garments (and everything else) will look better in the actual show than in the promotional pictures, right now let’s just come back to the source, and let’s take a look at the original queen of the Inhumans.

Medusalith Amaquelin was born in Attilan, the hidden city home to the Inhumans, the descendants of prehistoric humans mutated by experiments led by the alien race of the Kree. She was the daughter of nutritionists Quelin and Ambur, and her father was the brother of Rynda, wife to the brother of the king, thus making her a member of the Royal Family. When she was still an infant, her parents exposed her to the Terrigen Mist, and the process of Terrigenesis gave her the ability to manipulate any single hair as it was a limb; soon after that, she became known as “Medusa”, after the Gorgon from Greek mythology who had snake for hair. As a cousin to the future king Black Bolt, Medusa was bethroted to him, but the boy was in an isolation chamber as long as he could not control his impossibly powerful voice; not discouraged at all, and willing to know her future husband, Medusa from time to time sneaked into the isolation chamber, introducing herself to the boy and learning to communicate with him through a special sign language they invented together. The bond between them grew stronger with the years, and when Black Bolt, at age nineteen, was finally allowed to leave his chambers, it finally blossomed into love: at that point, the two cousins were able to understand each other without any sign at all, thanks to a psychic bond Black Bolt himself had created between them. Medusa started accompanying her bethroted into his first steps as a prince, and along with him and his cousins Gorgon and Karnak she exposed the king, only known as the Unspoken, as a traitor to his people. Soon after, Black Bolt’s parents died in an accident caused by his brother Maximus, and he became king at an extremely young age: Medusa stayed by his side, and helped him through the first chrisis of his government, including the great exodus that had the Inhumans moving their home to the Himalayan Mountains. When Maximus tried to seize the throne leading an army of Alpha Primitives, Medusa fought against him and his creation, the Trikon, but during the battle her flying sled was damaged, and she crashed many miles from Attilan. When she reawakened, she couldn’t remeber anything of her past life.

Wandering in search of hints about who she was, Medusa arrived in ParisFrance, where she first experienced humans’ racism against her kind. Seeking refuge from an angry mob, she was found and saved by Paul Dumas, a thief who meant to use her for his heists: grateful to her savior, Medusa accepted to help him, and she became an expert burglar, using her powers to assist the thief. When Dumas started making advances on her, however, she felt increasingly uneasy, until she left him and France; on her way, she met a monstrous man, who actually was her cousin Gorgon: not recognizing him, Medusa refused to follow him to Attilan, and she escaped once again, this time ending up on a deserted island in the Mediterranean Sea. The French police eventually tracked her back there, and the woman had to defend herself from the intruders: while she was battling the French, a man found her: Bentley Wittman, aka Wizard, a supervillain who was forming a team to counter his enemies, the Fantastic Four. Wizard, impressed by Medusa’s powers, asked her to join him, Sandman and Paste-Pot Pete in the Frightful Four, an offer she accepted. The Wizard, realising that Medusa was amnesiac, secretly put a device in her costume that kept messing with her memories, so that she could stay with him without the risk of remembering anything of her previous life. Medusa fought the Fantastic Four more than once, even crushing Reed Richards‘ and Sue Storm‘s engagement party, but each time they got defeated, either by the superheroes alone or with some help from others, such as the Asgardian warrior Balder. While battling the X-Men, Medusa ran into Professor X, who theorized she could be a mutant and offered to restore her memory with his telepathy: as soon as the Professor located Wizard’s device on the base of Medusa’s neck, he instructed Cyclops to destroy it: free from Wizard’s control, Medusa left him to the police, and resumed her search for her origins…but she was found again by Gorgon, whom she still perceived as a menace. This time, thanks to the help of the Human Torch, Gorgon managed to defeat Medusa and to take her back to the Royal Family: upon seeing her beloved Black Bolt and her sister Crystal, Medusa’s memories finally came back: it was time for the Inhuman queen to claim her place to her king’s side.

Medusalith Amaquelin is a strong and resourceful woman, a devoted bride and a committed queen who leads her people with wisdom and determination, albeit she’s not so fond of rules and protocols as her husband is. As Medusa, she can control her hair like many mobile appendages, gifted with an unnatural durability and strength: she can move them one by one or all together, as they were a single giant limb; if cut, her hair grow back very quickly; as an Inhuman, she’s also stronger, faster, more durable and agile than any human. A queen worthy of her throne, more than capable to rule even without her husband (something that she’s forced to do from time to time), Medusa is the true pillar that holds the entire Royal Family, the perfect match for a leader such as her beloved Black Bolt.