Marvel's Inhumans Has a Unique Way for Black Bolt to Speak
If there’s one thing you need to know about Inhumans King Black Bolt heading into the series premiere of Marvel’s Inhumans, it’s that his voice is his superpower in the worst way possible. One word from Black Bolt can level a city, destroy an army or, worse, kill someone close to him. That’s why it is his superhero burden to never, ever speak.
Black Bolt’s inability to speak due to his power creates great dramatic tension in comic books when the audience can live inside of the character’s mind, but is a bit more challenging to convey on a TV show. As the leader of the Inhuman Royal Family that lives in the city of Attilan on the dark side of the moon, TV show Black Bolt needs to be able to communicate with more than just strong eye contact. Anson Mount took on the role of the leader of the Royal Family knowing he would never speak a word as his character, but the series did have a different approach to allowing him to communicate.