Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ Casts 'Smallville's' Serinda Swan as Medusa
Bow down, the (Inhuman) queen has arrived. Marvel's Inhumans, which will premiere this September, has casted actress Serinda Swan as Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans and wife of Black Bolt. Swan is the third official cast member, joining Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon as the villainous Maximus and Anson Mount as the heroic Black Bolt.
The show will follow the Inhumans, a group of mutant-like humans who originated in Marvel Comics written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. The television adaptation will center on the royalty of Attilan, leaders of an isolated community where those bequeathed with superpowers live out their days.
Swan has previously appeared on Breakout Kings, Graceland, Chicago Fire, and Supernatural. As the choice to play a superhero named after an ancient Greek character, Swan has superhero roots deriving from her stint as Zatanna on Smallville, with some Greek mythology roots stemming from her embodiment of Aphrodite in Percy Jackson.
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Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb thinks she's the perfect choice to play a royal character, saying that "Serinda empowers Medusa's regal glory and still maintains a relatability that synced perfectly with the character." Showrunner Scott Buck goes more in depth into what Swan will bring to Medusa:
"Serinda Swan brings a regal elegance, as well as a sense of great inner strength and fierce determination to the role of Medusa. I couldn't be happier to have her as our Queen of Attilan."
Those are necessary qualities, with Medusa being a leader of an ancient superpowered race. She has the power to manipulate her hair as easily as regular people move their hands, using it as an extra limb, weapon, and whip. It's a bizarre superpower, but odd powers have always been a staple of the Inhumans. She'll often be found by Black Bolt's side, communicating for him, since his superpowered voice makes him capable of destroying an entire city with a whisper.
Marvel's Inhumans will screen its first two episodes in IMAX theaters on September 1, 2017 for a two week window, before debuting on ABC on September 26, 2017.