Inhumans: Silent War (A Marvel Studios Film Fancast)
Since Kevin Feige is taking over taking over Marvel's television properties and possibly bringing them into the MCU fold, I thought I'd have another stab at some of my past fancasts.
I'm not going to lie, since the death of the Marvel Netflix series and the "Infinity Saga" wrapped up, I haven't been as interested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as I once was. I'm not taking jabs, it's just going a different direction than I expected. But, I still occasionally think about how things could have been if Marvel and the MCU were working as a team. So now that a little time has passed and I've warmed up to the idea of SOME of the MarvelTV properties making the leap to the MCU (they can miss me with any PG-13 Daredevil/Punisher/Jessica Jones garbage), I thought that I might revisit some of my past Fan-Casts and try to shoot for the MCU this time.
First up...The Inhumans
And let me just say this up front so as not to waste anyone's time: I DID NOT cast Vin Diesel as Black Bolt. I know it's something that he's likely to get if they do a reboot and it might even be a role that he does well in...but for the life of me I just can't see it.
Things may have changed in the MCU by the time you read this.
Okay, here's the cast!
Centuries ago, the extraterrestrial race known as the Kree waged a long war on several different fronts that resulted in massive casualties. In need of more soldiers, one vicious faction among the Kree decided to genetically modify the DNA of other intelligent life across various planets, intending to create a warrior/slave caste that they could use to help win the prolonged war. The Kree eventually came to Earth, where they created their own scientific installations and began experimenting on groups of early humans, using their own Kree DNA and advanced technology to change the genetic makeup of their subjects.
Before the experiments could be completed, another faction of the Kree came to Earth to shut down the project. The Kree eventually left Earth, believing their experiments were unsuccessful. Thousands of years later, a disgraced Kree engineer named Jat Vor-Thrul was able to get his hands on all of the data from the outlawed program and enlisted the help of a high-ranking yet corrupt government official and a sadistic Kree commander to help covertly restart the program on the secluded planet of Veritus IV. For decades, this group and a company of Kree scientists subjected captured Terrans to a series of brutal experiments and used all of their findings and successful subjects to amass a power base within the remote star-system of Rho Coronae Borealis. Over time however, the subjugated Inhumans successfully rebelled against their Kree overlords as led by a warrior who would come to be known as Randac The Great.
Hundreds of years after their uprising, the Inhumans of Veritus IV have developed a thriving, technologically advanced nation-state called Attilan, which is a mix of ancient Terran and Kree cultures. The Attilan empire is currently ruled by the royal House of Agon (formerly the House of Bolt) and its current monarchs Darius the Silent King (Black Bolt) and Queen Medusalith (Medusa). Under the royal house's leadership, Attilan has enjoyed new levels of peace and prosperity. Unfortunately, forces from within and outside of Attilan seek to shatter the nation's hard-won stability as the banished royal Maximus the Mad and the terrorist group known as The Maelstrom continually work against The House of Agon and the citizens of the empire - even as an unrelenting extraterrestrial force calling itself The Phalanx sets its sights on the small planet of Veritus IV.
Darius Bolt-Agon (Black Bolt; The Silent King; The Midnight King)
Age - mid to late 30's
Height - 6'1"
Age - 35 years old
Why I chose Garrett Hedlund over Vin Diesel
Age - mid to late 30's
Height - 5' 7"
Age - 37 years old
Ideally the actress portraying Medusa would have to be comfortable with showcasing two important qualities: 1) an ability to comfort and inspire a nation during times of peace as well as times of war, and 2) underscore the uniquely close bond that Medusa shares with one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe - Black Bolt. At critical moments in the film the actress would have to convincingly give a speech that would help to bring a nation back together after a horrific terrorist attack then - later on - inspire that same nation to fight like hell when an overwhelming force seeks to force them back into bondage. Finally, in the quieter moments, Medusa needs to come across as genuine and relatable - even though she's an queen from an alien world whose hair is capable of taking on a dozen well trained attackers while she sits unfazed on her throne. To me, Cohan has the acting chops to express that wide range of emotions as she has given great performances in a variety of genres. Particularly, she has proven herself to be a capable leader, a supportive love interest, and an all-around badass fighter in the TV series " The Walking Dead" as Maggie Greene.
Gorgon Petragon (Gorgon; The Guardian; Commander of the Royal Guard)
Age - mid 40's
Height -5' 9" (6' 9" in digitigrade stilts)
Age - 47 years old
Why I chose Christian Kane
Karnak Mander-Azur (Karnak; The Shatterer)
Triton Mander-Azur (Triton)
Steven Yeun ("Jurassic World", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Chicago Med", "The Wolverine")
Energetic. Adventurous. Charming. Spontaneous. Outgoing. Flexible. Easily bored. Tends to be short-sighted. Impulsive. Feels confined when he is required to stick to a structured routine. A risk taker. Thinks quick on his feet.
As a result of the reptilian and amphibious adaptations that the terrigenesis process instilled in him, Triton possesses a variety of superhuman enhancements, including: an amphibious physiology which allows him to breathe water as well as air, the ability to travel underwater at incredible speeds, a limited ability to manipulate water via hydrokinesis, the ability to endure the extreme pressure changes that occur beneath the seas of Veritus IV, the ability to withstand extreme temperatures in any environment, hard scaly skin that is naturally resistant to several forms of injury, and enhanced speed, reflexes, and agility. Triton also appears to be aging at a much slower rate than most other Inhumans (pre- or post- terrigenesis) as he physically appears much younger than his younger brother Karnak. This seems to be the result of some form of accelerated cellular regeneration that can also be seen in other Inhumans who have taken on reptilian features after undergoing terrigenesis. Finally, Triton's strength level is greater than the average Inhuman as he can lift between 2000 to 2500 lbs (1 to 1.25 tons) with maximum exertion.
Interesting Bit of Trivia
Once while on an exploratory mission into an uncharted and particularly harsh area of Veritus IV with his cousin Black Bolt, Triton started telling a story that was so funny that it caused the king to fly up above the clouds and let out a small laugh. The effects of Black Bolt's tiny outburst were felt throughout Attilan, which was several hundred miles away, and the feedback created in Black Bolt's recorders knocked out almost all of the electronic systems that were set up to document the mission. While a nearby cave protected Triton from most of the effects of the blast, nothing was able to protect him from a furious Medusa when he and the king returned to Attilan.
Why I chose Steven Yeun
Crystal Ama-Quelin (Crystal)
Crystal possesses the ability to mentally manipulate the elements of fire, water, earth, and air. As a result of this ability, the young princess can perform a number of superhuman acts, such as summon wind currents that allow her to levitate or take flight, create seismic tremors of up to a 6.8 on the Richter scale, control the temperature of water to create sheets of ice or scalding hot pools, as well as psionically manipulate the size and movement of flames with her thoughts. Unaided by her elemental powers, Crystal's inhuman physiology gives her moderately enhanced strength compared to normal humans, allowing her lift anywhere between 800 to 1000 lbs with maximum effort.
Interesting Bit of Trivia
While Attilan suffered the same fate as the rest of the universe during the event that they call "The Decimation", Crystal was the only member of the royal family to disappear after the intergalactic warlord Thanos wiped out half of all life in the universe.
Why I chose Skyler Samuels
Ideally Crystal would be the youthfully optimistic voice in the group who never hesitates to call out her loved ones whenever she feels they are in the wrong. She would be someone who is warm and selfless - but not a pushover. She would stand as a symbol of the younger generation of Attilan - who no longer wants their world to stay hidden from the rest of the universe, but to instead work with other planets (particularly Earth) to help prevent figures like Thanos from brutally imposing their will over others. Most importantly, she would act as a reminder to the rest of the royal family of the future that they work so hard to protect. With all that said, I think Skyler Samuels would bring that sense of resilience, and youthful determination to the role of Crystal. Her work in shows like"Scream Queens" and "American Horror Story" have shown that she has a skill for playing women whose "beautiful princess" looks belie the spirit of a fighter that sits just beneath the surface.
Maximus Bolt-Agon (Maximus the Mad; The Traitor)
Evan Peters ("American Horror Story", "X-Men: Days of Future Past", "Pose")
Ambitious. Intelligent. Charismatic. Manipulative. Unpredictable. Restless. Direct. Confident. Creative. Adaptable. Egotistical. Rebellious. Sociopathic. Narcissistic.
Maximus possesses a number of psionically based powers, including a superhuman intellect, the ability to override the thought processes and will-power of others, the power to read the thoughts of others, the ability to shut down the central nervous system of certain creatures (causing either total body paralysis or instant death); the ability cast telepathic illusions, and a limited level of precognition.
Interesting Bit of Trivia
During one of his first attacks on the royal family, Maximus lost his left hand while battling his brother. After fleeing to one of The Maelstrom's hidden camps, he replaced the severed appendage with a cybernetic hand of his own design. Once the new hand met all of his specifications, he had his right hand cut off and replaced as well in order to "provide symmetry" to his body.
Why I chose Evan Peters
The First (First of the Phalynx)
Lance Henriksen ("Aliens", "Aliens vs Predator", "The Blacklist", "Into The Badlands" "Terminator" )
Unemotional. Unyielding. Oppressive. Domineering. Cold. Calculating. Rigid. Intelligent
The entity calling itself First of the Phalynx has the ability to control the hive-mind of the techno-organic race known as The Phalynx. The First is a form of advanced artificial intelligence that doesn't require a physical body to exist, yet it routinely takes on the form of a massive being when it needs to communicate with an alien race. Whenever The First takes on its physical form, it has the ability to shapeshift, infect and control most forms of organic life, and infect and control electronic and computer based systems.
Ideally The First would be an unrelenting force of nature whose only purpose is to spread The Phalynx throughout the universe like a virus. Unlike Ultron, it would not be prone to outbursts of emotion but would instead come across like a mix of Data (from Star Trek) and Agent Smith (from The Matrix). I chose Lance Henriksen because of the fact that he is a legendary actor and has one of the most famous voices in the world. To bring the character of The First to the screen, there would obviously need to be a mix of CGI and voice acting. I have no doubt that Henriksen would bring the right amount of intimidation and menace to the role.
Post Credit Scene
We see Karnak and Crystal walking through the halls of the palace. He explains that her disappearance during The Decimation event affected Queen Medusa so deeply that she pleaded with the ancient Inhuman Eldrac The Door to take her to Thanos so that she could either kill him or die trying. He states that while Eldrac didn't teleport her to Thanos' location, he was so moved by Medusa's pleas that he teleported a strange device to the grieving queen. We hear how Medusa and Black Bolt quickly discovered that the device gathered information from a number of different planets from across the universe, and allowed them to instantaneously search far off portions of the cosmos. Karnak explains that while they were never able to locate Thanos, they often saw beings who were just as cruel and destructive as The Mad Titan. Karnak brings Crystal into a secluded part of the palace before continuing. He tell her that after a cosmic event reversed Thanos' actions and returned the previously missing citizens of Attilan back home, Black Bolt and Medusa began to take a keen interest in one particular planet. We see the pair step into what appears to be a secret control center where a large holographic representation of Earth is shown spinning in the center of the room. As Crystal steps closer we see windows popping up from various points on the globe with other figures from the MCU being displayed.